2017 Sarasota Film Festival
The annual Sarasota Film Festival starts with a kick-off reception on March 23, 2017, where this year's films and guests will be announced. Live music and complimentary appetizers along with a cash bar will also be featured. Free and open to the public. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL.
The main festival events start on March 31 and end on April 9. Click here for the website link: SFF
FDOT: US 41 & Gulfstream Ave. Meeting
- March 28. After much discussion between City staff and FDOT officials about the need to improve the U.S. 41 and Gulstream Ave. intersection, FDOT is ready to hear from the public. On Tues., March 28, they will host a community open house to explain and gather input on two proposals: Convert the intersection into a roundabout or expand the intersection and add a third southbound left turn lane heading from downtown along U.S. 41 toward the barrier islands. During the open house, you'll have the chance to see videos modeling the two alternatives, ask questions one-on-one with FDOT representatives, and provide comments. Staff from the City Engineering Division also will be on hand. The meeting will be held Tues., March 28 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail. Click here for more information: US 41 & Gulfstream
Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 Project Update
The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) met with the Sarasota City Commissioners in a workshop setting to present and discuss the introduction of SBPO members, and their approach to planning the Bayfront's 42 acres. Click here for the meeting minutes. SBPO Meeting Minutes
Sea and be Scene Block Party at J.D. Hamel Park on April 7th. 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Click here for the flyer: Block Party
They have a live band, so it will be loud.
City Prepares to Replace Downtown Sewer Main
Funding has not been approved, put the planning is in full swing. The city will be replacing a 30-inch force main starting at the lift station located in JD Hamel Park. There will be traffic closures. We'll keep you posted. Click the title to read the full story.
Click the title for the article. Given the steady increase in traffic, a ferry may help to ease traffic congestion. First, they need to secure a dock, parking and the boat. The proposed Sarasota-Bradenton Beach service would launch from the Bridge Street Pier starting at 8 a.m., arriving in Downtown Sarasota about 8:55 a.m. The boat would run hourly and until late into the evening. The boat pictured is being considered, a 125 passenger Gulfport 65.
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I attended the meeting yesterday along with Ed Kanis (#601). The key discussion points are listed below:
The on-demand electric vehicle program is making progress. The training should start on 3.24.17. The city will provide training to all downtown buildings on how to find, download and use the app. A press release will be provided in the near future. They city is subsidizing this program for two years, and expecting that with the cost of the adverting wraps, the program will start paying for itself after the two-year mark. The cost for the wraps are $3,500 per month and per car (or $42K per year). Apparently it's a good deal for advertisers considering it costs $3,500 for a one day add in the Sarasota-Herald Tribune.
Five roundabouts were discussed including, US 41 at 10th, 14th, Gulfstream, Main, and Ringling. Planning is underway for all, and the 10th and 14th street roundabouts will be constructed first.
There are two Fruitville Road proposals for review. The first is a "road diet" and the other is an expansion of the sidewalks but elimination of the bike lanes. The road diet approach would narrow the road (four lanes to two) between Coconut and Lemon Avenues, and include the installation of three roundabouts at Coconut, Central. and Lemon Avenues. The other approach is to keep four lanes between 41 and 301, remove the bike lanes, and expand the sidewalks to at least 10 feet in width. Both plans would relocate the bike lanes.
The DSCA Forum for Optimal Living will take place on Wednesday, 4.12.17. Click here for the flyer.
How to Create a Better Community Together - Balancing Growth, Engaging Generations, and Leveraging Assets. Forum presenters include, John McCarthy, Kathy Black, Tom Barwin, Jamie Minton, Hedda Matza-Haugton, Greg Hall, Mary Dougherty-Slapp, and Kevin Cooper.
The Greenspace Committee has been meeting with local developers, specifically in the Rosemary District as of late, to ensure that developers are receptive and follow the tree mitigation ordinance. The committee members are optimistic about the discussions and will continue to meet with downtown developers.
Resolving the homeless issue in Sarasota is ongoing. The DSCA Homeless Committee is optimistic about the progress made by Jose Polzak of the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)
and Judge Quartermaine's Comprehensive Treatment Court (CTC) program.
US 41 at Ringling Boulevard & Main Street - Potential Roundabouts
FDOT has been considering roundabouts at US 41 at Ringling Blvd & Main Street since 2015. We just received a new notice stating FDOT is conducting a PD&E study for proposed improvements at these intersections. Click here for the project on their website: Roundabouts