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Real History by Jeff LaHurd: For Sarasota skyline, concrete signs that more is less

Enjoy this article on the history of the Sarasota skyline. Our beloved Gulfstream Towers is in the article.

 

Thanks to Bill Denhard (GST BOD, Director) for providing the article. 

Click here to read the article. 

41 & Gulfstream Ave Roundabout

August 15
Activities Include:

  • During the traffic switch, expect stop and go traffic, changing lane conditions to new traffic patterns and restricted movements.

  • Traffic will be diverted to the newly constructed pavement, new traffic signals, pavement markings and barrier walls will be in place. There will no through movement at the intersection.

  • Please see the Phase 1A Traffic Movements Video for detailed Phase 1A traffic movements: Motorists are urged to find alternate routes, if possible.

  • Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms and lighting. Police officers and roadway flaggers will be onsite to direct motorist onto the new traffic patterns.

  • Traffic shift to construction Phase 1A is scheduled Friday, August 13th, weather permitting. Work is expected to start at 8 p.m. and crews will work continuously, day and night until the traffic shift is complete. This work may be extended to the following days/nights depending on weather conditions.

  • Excavation for new utility lines will begin on the west side of US 41 between Fruitville Road and Gulfstream Avenue.

Detours/Crossings:

  • Detours during construction Phase 1A will be implemented after the traffic switch.

  • Pedestrian crossings on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue and 1st Street are closed. Temporary pedestrian paths around the work zone are available on Fruitville Road or Main Street during construction. Please use designated paths and follow posted detour signs.

  • Marina Jacks north parking lot entrance/exit on Gulfstream Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. Motorists may access the parking lot via Bayfront Drive at Main Street/Marina Plaza. No through traffic allowed through this area.

  • Eastbound through travel lane on Gulfstream Avenue (towards downtown) will remain closed as part of the Pre-Phase of construction. Use alternate routes via Main Street or Fruitville Road.

Construction activities will take place during the daytime and occasionally during nighttime hours.

Expect noise from grinding asphalt, hammer drills, noise and vibration from construction equipment, backup alarms, vacuum trucks, pumps, and lighting.

Motorists are urged to use alternate detour route, if possible. Please use caution and watch for construction vehicles and trucks entering or exiting the work zone.

Detours and lane closures will be in place during various phases of the project. During construction, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph on US 41 and Gulfstream Avenue.

Improvements being made as part of this project consist of replacing the existing signalized intersection on US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue with a roundabout, installation of HAWK pedestrian crossing signal system, raised pedestrian refuge islands, replacement of underground drainage structures, utilities, fiber optic, new LED streetlights, reconfiguration of stormwater retention ponds, sidewalks, and pedestrian walkways. Expected completion is early fall 2022. The contractor is Russell Engineering, Inc.

To receive weekly email updates, register on the Email Updates page.

For additional information on projects throughout Southwest Florida visit the links below.

SWFLRoads.com | @MyFDOT_SWFL | facebook.com/MyFDOTSWFL

Andy Orrell, FDOT Public Information
(863) 519-2828andy.orrell@dot.state.fl.us

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Six88 Residences 

The SIX88 Residences development, located in Golden Gate Point, is moving along. The finished building is pictured on the left (top on the mobile app) and the current construction photo is on the right (below on the mobile app).

Their website link is below if you're interested in learning more.

https://vandyk.com/residential/688goldengate/

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The DemarCay

The DeMarcay development is moving along. At least the pile driving is complete. It felt like small yet extended earthquakes to me while vising the Palm Avenue Express store (I used to live in LA so I'm used to quakes). Mary Ellen (#608) works at the store and said several bottles of wine fell from their shelves. 

Their website link is below if you're interested in learning more.

https://www.thedemarcay.com/gallery/

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41 & Gulfstream Ave Roundabout

The roundabout construction started on March 15, 2021, with a completion date of Fall 2022.

 

They've closed the opening to Gulfstream Avenue (AKA condo row).

If you're interested in staying up to date on this project, the link is below:

http://www.swflroads.com/gulfstreamroundabout/

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COVID-19

Florida’s Department of Health is closing its COVID-19 vaccination site at Sarasota Square Mall this month, redirecting those still in need of a vaccine to a pair of DOH clinics.

https://www.yourobserver.com/article/state-moving-covid-19-vaccine-clinic-from-sarasota-square-mall

Local COVID-19 Links:

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Coronavirus Daily News Update

https://www.smh.com/Home/News-Events/Release/coronavirus-daily-news-update

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Response

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

SRQ Airport - What to Expect

https://srq-airport.com/what-expect-airport