Good morning –
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.
UPDATED LIFT STATION 87 BUILDING DESIGN PRESENTED
Sarasota, FL: After receiving input from residents and the City, the Lift Station 87 project team has refined its architectural design for the Luke Wood Park facility. The refined design, presented on July 14, 2014, includes features similar to the historic Hover Building, which once served as Sarasota’s City Hall. The artist’s rendering along with a 360 degree animation can be seen at http://liftstation87.com/project-overview/photos/. Additional refinements will be made as the building design proceeds through the review process.
In May, the City decided to move forward with an above-ground design that could withstand the impact of a Category 3 hurricane. Lift Station 87 consulting engineer McKim & Creed worked with the City to create architectural design options that reflect Sarasota’s early development and fit in with Luke Wood Park. A community meeting was held on May 29 to obtain resident feedback.
“We appreciate residents participating in this process,” said Sarasota Utility Director Mitt Tidwell. “We know residents want to keep the project moving, and now that we have a design, we’ll start the City’s site planning review process.”
The new Lift Station 87 will replace existing Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87, located in Luke Wood Park.
For more information about the Lift Station 87 project, go to www.LiftStation87.com or call our project information line at 941-356-8071. Interested parties can also subscribe to email updates
at www.egovlink.com/sarasota/subscriptions/subscribe.asp. Also, follow us on Twitter @CityofSarasota.
City of Sarasota
Sr. Communications Manager
The 2014 property values are available on our website.
You are among the first to know that the 2014 preliminary roll property values are now available for viewing on our website.
What you can expect
Market activity continues to demonstrate a meaningful recovery from the historic lows seen over the past few years.
Overall, taxable values in Sarasota County have increased 6.65%.
Due to the increasing real estate market, 90% of homestead exempt parcels realized a Save Our Homes cap. Per Florida Statute, taxable values on these properties can only increase by 1.5% this year. (Non-homestead parcels are protected with a 10% cap on the annual increase in assessed value.)
Keep in mind that these preliminary values may change before the roll is certified in October.
As always, my office is ready to answer any of your value and exemption questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss reported values with one of our knowledgeable appraisers.
Bill Furst, CFA
Sarasota County Property Appraiser
FYZICAL™ Therapy & Balance Center on Main Street is a high-end, medical and scientific-based physical therapy and fitness/wellness facility. Our goal is to help you expand your boundaries, revitalize your health and help you live life to the fullest. Our physical therapists and personal trainers have advanced clinical education and training, specialty certifications and years of experience. FYZICAL™ on Main Street provides physical therapy, balance training as well as medically-based physical fitness/wellness programs.
With state-of-the-art therapy and fitness equipment, there is no better place to reach your health fitness goals. Our highly skilled, compassionate team is 100% focused on helping you achieve optimal health and wellness so you can love your life. Through our comprehensive and personalized programs, you will discover how to achieve the pinnacle of healthy living, expand your boundaries and feel better.
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FYZICAL™ Therapy & Balance Centers1599 Main StreetSarasota, FL 34236(941) 951-0170
CITY ANNOUNCES VINTAGE & COLLECTIBLES FAIRJULY 19 & 20
Sarasota, FL: For true bargain hunters, it’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays. The Municipal Auditorium is pleased to announce its all new Vintage & Collectibles Fair will be held Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20 with a festive Christmas in July theme.
Admission is $3 per adult and is good for the entire weekend. Children under 12 are free. Concessions will be available.
The Municipal Auditorium, owned and operated by the City of Sarasota, will be decked out for the occasion. You may even hear sleigh bells and your favorite holiday songs to help transport you to Christmastime and into the shopping spirit. Antiques, books, collectibles, artwork, vintage clothing, glassware, outdoor décor, jewelry and more will be for sale from over 40 exhibitors.
Vintage & Collectibles Fair hours:
Saturday, July 19: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 20: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Each year, the City of Sarasota sponsors at least one affordable event at the Municipal Auditorium which is open to the public.
The Municipal Auditorium is located at 801 N. Tamiami Trail. To learn more visit: www.SarasotaGov.com
For more information about the Vintage & Collectibles Fair, contact
Festival Parade of Boats
Main Street: U.S. 301 to Gulfstream Ave.
Thurs., July 3
Bayfront Fireworks Spectacular
Fri., July 4
Dusk - approx. 9 p.m.
Powerboats By The Bay
Sat., July 5
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Super Boat Grand Prix Boat Race
Lido Beach (Between New Pass & Big Pass)
Sat., July 5 and Sun., July 6
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Office Address: 1416 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone Number: 941.366.7040 / Fax Number: 941.366.6633