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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.
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.
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.
FYZICAL™. Spelled different because we are different.
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.
While enjoying Saturday mornings downtown, stop by, chat and learn more about the DSA and Downtown on Saturday, July 12 from 9AM to 2PM. Learn more about participating in the 3rd Annual DSA Tails of the City Pet Calendar. Need that perfect photo to submit? Bring your favorite furry friend and its favorite outfit and let DSA Board of Directors member and professional photographer Lynn Elkes of Selwin Photos snap your entry!
Note: Pet Photo contract and payment is due for photo opportunity.
Click here to download calendar information and contract.
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Sarasota, FL 34236
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Small Business of the Year Award (50- 100 employees)
Sponsored by: Herald-Tribune Media Group
Small Business of the Year Award (50 employees or less)
Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida
Young Professional of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.
Cultural Organization of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
Van Wezel Foundation, Inc.
Retail Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Westfield
L. Boutique & L. Spa
Healthcare/Wellness Organization of the Year Award
Sponsored by: CriticalVetCare
Neuro Challenge Foundation
International Organization of the Year Award Sponsored by: Sarasota - Bradenton International Airport
Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award
Sponsored by: Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Goodwill Industries-Manasota, Inc.
Thank you to our additional sponsors!
GET THE TRUTH ON THE HOMELESS SITUATION
Meeting Location: First Church 104 S. Pineapple Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 955-0935 http://www.firstsrq.net/ Please attend this very important meeting. SDMA Board of Directors
News from the Sarasota Farmers Market
From the Executive Director
The Market is proud to announce that our hours will be from 7:00 until 1:00 pm year 'round. In the past, the market has closed at 12:00 pm in the summer months. The Board, over the last few years, has done many surveys with customers and vendors, and have found that the majority would like the Market open until 1:00 PM year 'round. This will give the community more opportunity to enjoy the Market each week.
Please enjoy some renderings of what the State Street parking garage will look like when complete. This will be a huge asset to the Market and the City come February-March 2015.
PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE; BAYFRONT DECKS TO BE REPLACED
Sarasota, FL: An improvement project is underway to replace the Hog Creek pedestrian bridge, which connects the area of the former GWIZ property, on Boulevard of the Arts, to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Four observation decks on Sarasota Bay behind the Van Wezel also will be replaced.
The Hog Creek Bridge, which is 20 years old and warped from exposure, will be replaced first. The new bridge will be constructed from a wood alternative. The lighting in the area also will be replaced. The project is expected to be finished by Friday, June 27.
Work on the observation decks is scheduled to begin after Tuesday, July 8. The wood decks and railings are in poor condition and have become a public safety concern. They will be replaced with a concrete boardwalk material. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.
The improvement project is budgeted for $236,600 and is being funded via the Local Option Sales Tax III, which was approved by Sarasota County voters in 2007.
For more information contact
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Don't Forget Dad!
DON'T FORGET DAD!
Fathers Day is Sunday, June 15th. Show your appreciation with a little of the good stuff. Whether Dad likes Scotch, Brandy, or if he's a home chef, we have you covered at VOM FASS Sarasota.
Wine Tastings at VOM FASS Sarasota
The 3rd Thursday of each month
5:30 - 7:30
We will have experts on hand, pouring and educating about the wines.
Special pricing will apply during the events.
These are free events.
No reservations required
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VOM FASS Sarasota News Letter June 2014
We have some fantastic good times scheduled for June at VOM FASS Sarasota. Be sure to mark your calendars for Winemaker Kirk Lambert's visit on June 5th. He produces some excellent Australian wines that you don't want to miss. We've scheduled the next installment of our Summer Cooking Classes with Chef Sam. Her first class sold out pretty quickly, so don't wait to buy tickets. We've got some great gift ideas in store for a gourmet Fathers Day, the 15th of June. Our Third Thursday wine tasting event is becoming an institution on Main Street so be sure not to miss that. Grilling season is in full swing, so stop in for some great ideas to turn up the gourmet for your barbecue. The Offshore Power Boat Parade and Independence Day are just around the corner, so be safe and be active.
As always, we look forward to your next visit,
Team VOM FASS Sarasota
Summer Cooking Classes
Chef Samantha Slechta of Keiser University at VOM FASS
EVERYONE had a great time with Chef Sam at her first cooking class at VOM FASS. We made Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak, Zucchini Beignets, Wilted Garlic Spinach with Red Peppers, and Sabayon Custard with Armagnac. The two words which best describe her menus are Dee and Lish. These are real hands-on events, so come ready to create. Chef Sam's next class will have a seafood theme, and is scheduled for Monday, June 23rd at 7:00. Tickets are $45 Each or 2 for $80 and are limited to the first 16 paid reservations. Call or stop by the store to sign up.
Chef Sam's Marinated Skirt Steak (Serves 4)
1/4th cup VOM FASS Sherry Vinegar
1/4th cup VOM FASS Star Honey Vinegar
½ cup VOM FASS Herb Sunflower Oil
1 Garlic clove minced
1 Green onion (green sliced thin)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1.5 pounds Skirt Steaks (cleaned)
Mix all ingredients well and pour over steak. Let marinate for one hour at room temperature. Grill to desired temperature. Let rest before slicing against the grain.
Thursday, June 5th
We are privileged to host a tasting with Winemaker Kirk Lambert of Stanley Lambert and Lambert Estate Wines of Barossa Valley, Australia. Kirk spent a few years as a mechanical engineer before earning his Masters Degree in Oenology and following his true passion as a winemaker. Kirk produces some amazing Australian wines, and will be pouring several excellent examples at this free event. No RSVP Required.
VOM FASS Delivery Service
Just a reminder, VOM FASS Sarasota offers delivery service to Downtown and surrounding area homes and businesses. Some restrictions apply. Call for details or to order.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance and Downtown Sarasota Alliance presents
The U.S. Army Brass Quintet
Friday, June 6 at Five Points Park, N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
SARASOTA, FL – The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and Downtown Sarasota Alliance invite the public to attend a special performance by the U.S. Army Brass Quintet as part of Live! from Downtown First FridayWalk. The quintet will perform with Master Sergeant Robert McDonald, baritone, from the U.S. Army Chorus on Friday, May 6 at Five Points Park, N. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236. The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.
Since its inception in 1972, The U.S. Army Brass Quintet has gained a reputation as one of the most highly respected and sought after groups of its kind. The ensemble has appeared before audiences and dignitaries in 48 states and 14 foreign countries.
The group’s repertoire includes over 500 selections from all eras and genres of classical and popular music, interactive entertainment, video, and works for children’s concerts. The Brass Quintet’s library also includes historic musical selections from the American Civil War which the ensemble enjoys performing on authentic instruments.
MSG McDonald enjoys a diverse career that crosses many artistic disciplines, including musical theatre, opera, and the concert stage, as well as his jobs as Baritone, Announcer, and Assistant Group Leader for The U.S. Army Chorus. Washington, D.C. An avid sports enthusiast, McDonald is a familiar face to DC hockey fans, as he is a regular National Anthem Singer for the Washington Capitals.
For questions, email orcall (941) 365-5118 x304.
The Arts and Cultural Alliance is a member-powered organization that serves as an advocate for arts and culture in Sarasota County. Founded in 1986 by a group of committed citizens, the Alliance has administered more than $15 million in grants to area artists and arts organizations. The Alliance works to ensure arts and culture remain essential to the continuing development of a vibrant, creative community. This is achieved through arts advocacy, education and community outreach. For more information about how you can join the Arts and Cultural Alliance please visit our website at www.sarasotaarts.org or call (941) 365-5118, extension 304.
--Amanda Heisey | Communications Manager | Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300 | Sarasota, FL | 34236T: 941-365-5118 x304 | F: 941-365-2787 | www.SarasotaArts.org
Office Address: 1416 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone Number: 941.366.7040 / Fax Number: 941.366.6633