CITY ISSUES RECORD NUMBER OF BUILDING PERMITS
Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota Neighborhood and Development Services Department issued a record breaking number of building permits during fiscal year 2013-14. 7,216 permits were issued during the fiscal year, which ended this past Wednesday, October 1. That is a 14 percent increase over last year, which previously set a record. Total construction valuation nearly doubled.
“This shows we’re heading in the right direction,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “There is a culture of ‘yes’ in the Building and Permitting Division, with our exceptional employees working diligently to ensure permits are issued for everything from roof construction to air conditioning work to plumbing and window installations. We’re working together to see major projects, like the State Street Garage, The Jewel, The Vue, The Q, One Palm and others, come to fruition in our special community.”
The total construction valuation of building permits issued in 2013-14 nearly doubled from the previous year --- from $127.6 million to $362.1 million. That indicates significant developments are coming out the ground in Sarasota including hotels, mixed use projects and multi-family dwellings.
“Sarasota continues to be an attractive location for savvy investors,” said Mr. Barwin. “We’re working hard every day to be a business friendly city with a high quality of life in our community.”
For more information contact Neighborhood and Development Services Director
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On Monday, August 18, 2014, classes will resume in the City of Sarasota. As students head back to school, the Sarasota Police Department wants to remind drivers that there is a zero tolerance policy beginning Monday for speeding in school zones and passing school buses that have their stop sign extended for students boarding or leaving the bus.A few safety tips to remember as classes resume in the City of Sarasota:
Fines for speeding in school zones and passing school buses can range anywhere from $156 to $456. Officers are encouraging drives to slow down and allow plenty of time getting to and from their destination.
A news release is attached.
Genevieve JudgeSarasota Police Department
Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Cell Phone: 941-685-6377
Professional, dedicated police service in partnership with our community.
Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts. Rick Scott Governor John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS State Surgeon General & Secretary Vision: To be the Healthiest State in the Nation
Florida Department of Health Office of Communications 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-04 • Tallahassee, FL 32399-1705 PHONE: 850/245-4111 • FAX 850/488-6495 www.FloridaHealth.gov TWITTER:HealthyFLA FACEBOOK:FLDepartmentofHealth YOUTUBE: fldoh
TIPS FOR A HEALTHY AND FUN DAY AT THE BEACH
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches. We are proud to be the home of so many vacation destinations and encourage all residents and visitors to exercise healthy and safe practices when enjoying our state’s wonderful beaches. Beachgoers should remember to use sunscreen, stay hydrated, practice water safety, prevent injury, and be respectful and aware of the animals and organisms that call our coast home.
Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is recommended.
When going outside, apply a liberal amount of sunscreen to all exposed skin, even on cloudy days.
Remember to reapply sunscreen to your skin when outdoors for more than two hours, and after swimming, sweating or toweling off.
Drink plenty of water when outdoors, especially in the summer heat.
Pack bottled water when visiting the beach.
Be mindful of the signs of dehydration: Dry mouth, dizziness, lack of sweating, dry skin, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and fatigue.
Pay attention to weather and water conditions such as rip current.
Designate a Water Watcher to supervise children playing in and around the water.
Learn CPR. Learning CPR empowers you to make a difference and save a life.
Florida’s beaches are known for soft white sand; however, rocks and shells are a natural part of the beach environment. Watch where you step and avoid sharp rocks and shells.
Wear sandals or water shoes to protect your feet on rocky or shelly surfaces.
Water and wounds do not mix. Do not enter the water if you have fresh cuts or scrapes.
It is important for those who are immune-compromised to wear proper foot protection to prevent cuts and injury caused by rocks and shells on the beach.
Florida’s beach environments:
Be respectful of our wildlife. Many animals call Florida’s beaches and coast home.
Many animals, such as sea turtles, rely on responsible human behaviors to survive.
It is everyone’s responsibility to share the beach with these creatures and be mindful of their home.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov or call 850-245-4111.
HART’S LANDING DEEMED STRUCTURALLY UNSAFE
Sarasota, FL: Due to public safety concerns, City of Sarasota building officials closed Hart’s Landing, along the John Ringling Causeway, late this afternoon. A recent inspection revealed that multiple foundation pilings are significantly deteriorated, making it unsafe for the public to occupy the structure and dock.
The deterioration of the pilings at Hart’s Landing could only be seen by getting under the building during low tide. The City recently contracted with an engineer to inspect the adjacent Saprito Fishing Pier and asked the engineer to inspect Hart’s Landing as well.
Although the property is owned by the City of Sarasota, it is managed and routine maintenance is provided by Sarasota County, which leases it to a bait shop concessionaire.
City of Sarasota and Sarasota County officials discussed the matter this afternoon via conference call with the concessionaire. City officials are coordinating with the concessionaire to allow him to access the facility to drain bait tanks and reduce heavy weight from the structure.
The City plans to hire a structural engineer to provide further inspection and make recommendations for repair. It is unknown at this time when Hart’s Landing will be repaired and allowed to reopen.
In the meantime, City and County officials are collaborating on how to provide facilities for the public in the vicinity, including possible port-o-lets.
Hart’s Landing was constructed in 1960.
For more information regarding the closure, contact
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Mango Coconut Curry Chicken
Recipe By Chef Samantha Slechta
Chicken 1.5# diced
Red Curry paste 2 TbsOnion ½ cup small diced
Bell pepper ½ cup small diced
Carrot ¼ cup small diced
Mango 1 medium dice
Coconut milk 1 cup
VF Mango Vinegar 2 Tbs.
Soak Mango in Mango Vinegar. *Mix half curry paste into chicken and set aside, sauté vegetables to release (flavor about 5 min)*add chicken, cook until seared on all sides(about 5 min)*add coconut milk and rest of curry paste, let simmer (about 10 minutes)*Add mango to warm, serve over rice.
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Serve a scoop of a good quality Vanilla Ice cream in a cup. We use Edy's from the 1300 block of Main Street.
Lightly Sprinkle with instant espresso, like Bustello or Pilon.
Drizzle with a flavorful single-malt Scotch. We like to use our very own Benrinnes 13 Y.O. Speyside Scotch.
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VOM FASS Sarasota News Letter August 2014
Dear DSA ,
We've got many great things in store for you in the coming months. We've scheduled some of the area's leading wine experts for upcoming wine tasting events. They'll be opening some great wines, so don't forget to RSVP for these events. Two new amazing blended malt scotches, a great new bourbon, and a few delicious new liqueurs arrived and are on the shelves , so be sure to stop by for a taste.
We've scheduled 4 more classes with Chef Sam, so you can bet that the aromas of deliciousness will keep wafting on Main Street. Don't wait till the last minute to reserve your space. It's not too early to start thinking about end-of-year client appreciation gifts. Call Debbie at the store to arrange a meeting to discuss the possibilities for unique and personalized gifts and gift baskets.
As always, we look forward to your next visit.
The VOM FASS Sarasota Staff
Summer Cooking Class Schedule
Chef Samantha Slechta is a phenom when it comes to turning a few simple ingredients into a delectable gourmet meal. Her recipe for mango coconut curry chicken was nothing short of amazing. We've scheduled 4 more classes for August and September. Each class includes a full meal menu and is very hands-on.
Monday, August 11th at 7:00 pm
Ginger-Plum crusted Salmon with Lightly Smashed Truffle and Red Wine Vinegar New Potatoes
Monday, August 25th at 7:00 pm
Orange-Cranberry-Fig Marinated, Grilled Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Basil-Pomegranate Couscous
Monday, September 15th at 7:00 pm
Blackened Mahi-Mahi Fillets with Date Demi-Glaze, Citrus-Apple Cole Slaw, and Sautéed Sweet Potato Pearls
Monday, September 29th at 7:00 pm
Grilled Buffalo Burgers with Porcini and Caramelized Onion with an amazing Potato Salad a 'la VOM FASS that Chef Sam will create especially for this class.
Tickets are $45 Each or 2 or more for $80 and are limited to the first 16 paid reservations for each class. Call or stop by the store to sign up.
Reserve Your Spot for Wine Tasting Events
Wine Tasting night has changed at VOM FASS. Starting in August, our monthly wine tasting event will move to the third Wednesday of each month. We will have many great wines open for sampling and will serve light hors-d'oeuvres. Every wine in the shop will be specially priced during the event.
Cost of the event is $10 and is limited to 50 people.
Wednesday, August 20th from 5:30 - 7:30
Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 - 7:30.
Call or stop by the store to RSVP. (941) 365-2137
August is almost here! Don't forget to participate in our Tails of the City - Pet Calendar...
CITY COMMISSION SETS PRELIMINARY MILLAGE RATE;
RATE REMAINS SAME
Sarasota, FL: Following two days of review of the proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 budget, the City Commission unanimously set the preliminary operating millage rate at 3.1728 mills. This is the same millage rate as last year.
The proposed 2014-15 total budget is $198 million – a three percent increase from the current budget. The increase is due primarily to projected increases in retiree medical claims and planned spending in several revenue funds, including the Community Redevelopment Agency.
Proposed solutions to balance the budget include using a one-time-only budget transfer, continuing hiring delays, and reducing funding of other post employment benefits (OPEB). Staff will work with an insurance consultant and actuary to devise recommendations to make OPEB fiscally sustainable.
For each property tax dollar collected, just $0.18 goes to the City Sarasota. The remainder is divided between Sarasota County, Sarasota School Board and other authorities.
Two public hearings on the proposed budget are scheduled:
Anyone interested in speaking about the proposed budget is invited to do so then. The proposed budget and budget workshops can be viewed on the City’s website: www.SarasotaGov.com
The preliminary millage rate will be transmitted to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser, who will compile all proposed millage rates for individual properties and issue a TRIM (Truth in Millage) notice later this summer. Taxing authorities, including the City of Sarasota, cannot raise preliminary millage rates once they are established; however, rates can be lowered.
For more information contact Finance Director
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On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11 a.m., between 10 and 15 Sarasota Police Department Volunteer Ambassadors will begin their new initiative at Selby Five Points Park in Sarasota traveling on foot throughout downtown at various times. **Media is invited to attend a News Conference at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 22nd at Selby Five Points Park in Sarasota (between Pineapple Avenue and Central Avenue)**
Ambassadors will be a friendly face, be able to answer questions about events going on downtown, give directions and serve as walking “kiosks” for help. They’ll be clearly identified by their Royal Blue shirts that say ‘Police Volunteer’ on the back and ‘Blue + Volunteers + You’ on the front. They’ll assist in sharing information about Sarasota as well as what is happening at places like the Van Wezel and other areas around town.The Sarasota Police Department Volunteer Ambassador Program is one of the BLUE + YOU Initiatives. Ambassadors are volunteers that have completed the proper training with the Sarasota Police Department. They’ll carry a police radio and will be able to call in any emergencies. Ambassadors will have no arrest capabilities.“Citizen Volunteers are an important asset to the Sarasota Police Department and our community. We are extremely fortunate to have citizens living in our area willing to donate their time which then enables our officers to focus on their essential law enforcement functions,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino, Sarasota Police Department. “They are an extra set of eyes and ears for the downtown area as well as a repository of information about our community,” said DiPino.The Sarasota Police Department is continuing to accept applications for Ambassador positions. Ambassadors should like to walk, be able to walk several miles in the afternoon and have an outgoing disposition. If interested, contact Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Rinaca at 941-366-2845 or
A photo of the Ambassador shirt is attached along with a news release.
Office Address: 1416 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone Number: 941.366.7040 / Fax Number: 941.366.6633