Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

Citizen Diplomats—Carving a Path toward Peace since 1963


New Year 2017 Article in the Herald Tribune

Dear SCAS Board Members,

I want to wish you and your families all the very best for the New Year in 2017.
We started the year with our first 2017 Luncheon on January 10th, 2017, Celebrating the 10th Year of Sister City Relationship with Xiamen, China.Thanks to everybody who helped to make this event a very successful one.
Article from the Herald Tribune January 11th, 2017:

Wish you a Very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year

Sarasota%2BSister%2BCities%2BLogo.jpgDear Members and Friendsof the Sister City Association of Sarasota,
“When President Eisenhower proposed the establishment of a program of affiliation between American and foreign cities on September 11, 1956, no one could have anticipated how successful it would become in creating imaginative and valuable exchanges in the fields of education, culture, youth, business, local government and professional expertise. 

All who have given of their time and talent in this effort can take great satisfaction from their accomplishments.”-This was a statement by President Gerald Ford, when he took office in 1974.
This is and will continue to be true in our future andI would like to thank:     
The City of Sarasota and all of our members and friendsfor the steady support they have given us,their belief in the work of the SCAS,and most importantly, our accomplishments of this past year.
2016 was a very exciting year for this Organization, however we cannot let this be the end of our accomplishments.
I encourage you to get involved in our Association.I encourage you to invite others to get involved in our Association. A tap on the shoulder can often go a long way.
Everyone has something unique to offer that can be a great help.
After all, our mission isn’t to only acceptthose that are the same as us,But to accept that we are  all  different.
Let us all work together to make 2017 our most successful year yet.   I wish you all and your families and friendsa Very Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year in 2017.
Marianna%2B%2Bgespiegelt.jpgMarianna Janz-WeckePresident SCASSister City Association of Sarasota, FloridajanzweckeSCAS@gmail.comCell: 941-726-9381

Briefs From Barwin Jan 13, 2017

From the Desk of SarasotaCity Manager Tom Barwin
January 13, 2017
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As seasonal residents and visitors return to Sarasota, they’ll probably notice some of the new developments underway in downtown and the Rosemary District.  Located at the corner of N. Palm Ave. and Cocoanut Ave., this construction project will be a hotel, called Hotel Sarasota.  The project includes a new roundabout at the intersection which is now open to traffic.  The construction boom is continuing so please be vigilant while traveling around town and be on the look out for construction crews and possible shifts in traffic patterns.  

  • St. Armands BID
    Tues., January 17 — 10 a.m.
    City Hall — Room 109
  • City CommissionTues., January 17 — 2:30 p.m. & 6 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers
  • Independent Police Advisory Panel WorkshopThurs., January 19 — 9 a.m.
    City Hall Annex — SRQ Media Studio

City Career Opportunities Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.  
Application Developer
Director of Planning
Electrical Maintenance Mechanic
Equipment Mechanic I
Golf Course Attendant (Part Time)
Landscape Maintenance Tech I (Part Time)
Maintenance Mechanic II — RLT
Manager, Accounting & Payroll Systems
Plans Examiner
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Senior Pension Analyst
System Integrator
Technical Support Technician II   

                             Click here for all job descriptions 

This Week’s Items to Know:

1. MLK Day — Jan. 16  Administrative offices will be closed next Monday, January 16 as the nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be picked up as usual — no changes.  All City of Sarasota recreational facilities will be open with regular business hours.

To celebrate the life, dreams and achievements of Dr. King, a variety of events and activities will be held, including a golf tournament at Bobby Jones Golf Club, memorial breakfast, and a “Stride Toward Freedom” unity walk and celebration.  The walk starts at 11 a.m. on MLK Day at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and will conclude at Dr. MLK, Jr. Park where a celebration with live music, vendors and speakers will take place.  To see a complete list of community events click here.

Sarasota continues to make strides with diversity and equality, as is being documented now with recorded oral histories by Vickie Oldham and the Newtown Conservation Historic District.  We’re honoring the community’s past while, like Dr. King, contemplating dreams and opportunities.  The new SMH teaching clinic will open soon and so will the Ringling soundstage, presenting more opportunities for small businesses to open and grow along the newly renovated Dr. MLK, Jr. Way.     

2. Bobby Jones Golf Club — Public Input Wanted   We’re inviting the community to participate in walk-throughs of all 45 holes of the three
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golf courses comprising the Bobby Jones Golf Club Complex.
A golf course architecture firm, Richard Mandell Golf Architecture, is spearheading the master planning process for the complex and principal Richard Mandell will be in Sarasota to assess the course alongside the public. 

He’s seeking specific input from regular golfers at Bobby Jones, so he can begin creating a master plan design based on community needs, suggestions, and concerns. To read a letter of introduction click here.
The course walk-through schedule is:

  • Wed., January 25 — Noon:  Gillespie Course
  • Wed., January 25 — 2:30 p.m.:  American Course
  • Thurs., January 26 — 6:45 a.m. — American Course
  • Thurs., January 26 — 2:30 p.m. — British Course
  • Fri., January 27 — 6:45 a.m. — British Course
  • Fri., January 27 — 2:30 p.m. — American Course

You’re encouraged to register in advance for each walk-through, so we have an idea of how many to anticipate on the course.  Please call 941-954-4163 to register or sign up at the Golf Shop.     

3. Garbage/Recycling — Info  There’s a new feature on the City of Sarasota website to help you determine your garbage collection day, receive a reminder about collection days, and glean recycling tips.

On the homepage, from the list of Departments, select Public Works, then click ‘Garbage Pickup & Recycling’.  Enter your address in the space provided.  A calendar will appear showing your collection day. You can also register to receive regular reminders via email, text or phone call.  In addition, there’s an option to receive alerts, to notify you about a collection delay (possibly due to weather), if necessary.

A screen shot of the new ‘Recollect’ interactive software
on the City of Sarasota website. 

In the ‘Be Cart Smart’ area, you can type the name of any item and receive an immediate response on how to recycle or properly dispose of it.  For example, if you enter ‘plastic bottle’, you’ll be informed to place it in your recycling bin for curbside pickup — and you’ll also receive special instructions for handling the plastic cap.   
Thanks to Public Works General Manager Todd Kucharski for seeing the need for this interactive software and assuring it was implemented online for the community. 

Questions about the new software and solid waste pickup?  Please call 941-365-7651.  For recycling, contact Waste Management:  941-753-7591.   

4. Employee Recognition    When City employees go above and beyond we like to pause a moment and recognize their efforts.  This
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and Bill Mallett. 

week, we honored several employees who were tasked with renovating an outdated conference room in the City Commission office and equipping it with modern day technology — all within a very short time frame during the holiday season. 

Kudos to Facility/Asset Manager Rob Schanley, Facilities Manager Eric Patro and Webmaster Bill Mallett who worked some late nights to get the job done on time. The room’s extreme makeover is a significant improvement and the space is now functional for staff meetings requiring video/computer presentations and conference calls.  Congratulations, team!     

5. Happy 100th!  Our most seasoned regular golfer at Bobby Jones Golf Club, Larkin Lyell, is set to turn 100 years young in a couple of weeks!  What’s especially impressive…he golfs every Wednesday with the Men’s Golf Association.  Earlier this week, Larkin’s golf buddies honored
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him with an early birthday celebration before they hit the links for their regular round of 18.

Larkin served in the U.S. Air Force during WW II.  In 1976, he and his wife moved to Sarasota from Tenessee and raised four children.  Over the years, he managed motels in Sarasota and worked at Walgreen’s well into his 90s.

A City of Sarasota resident, Larkin has enjoyed playing at Bobby Jones for many years and says he looks forward to his weekly round with the guys (and he usually shoots under his age).  His secret to such youthful exuberance?  He jokes that he’s always enjoyed a lot of Blue Bell ice cream (vanilla).  Happy Birthday, Larkin….best wishes!  

Upcoming Events 

Gem and Jewelry Show
Municipal Auditorium
Fri., Jan. 13 — Sun., Jan. 15:  10 a.m. — 5 p.m.Sarasota Winter Fine Art Festival
Sat., Jan. 14 & Sun., Jan. 15
10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Circus Ring of Fame Ceremony Sat., Jan. 14
1 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.
St. Armands Circle

MLK Unity Walk 
Mon., Jan. 16
11 a.m.
Start:  Robert L. Taylor Community Complex

MLK Community Celebration Mon., Jan. 16
Noon — 5 p.m.
MLK Park (Dr. MLK, Jr. Way & Cocoanut Ave.)

Calendar of MLK Events   

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is the current show schedule through January. For more information visit    

Jay LenoFri., January 13 — 8 p.m.

Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian & Bobby RydellSat., January 14 — 8 p.m.

Michael BoltonSun., January 15 — 7 p.m.

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Elvis LivesTues., January 17 — 8 p.m.

Zoltan MagaWed., January 18 -  8 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton MarsalisThurs., January 19 — 8 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra-Pops: The Songs of Elton John and More starrring Michael CavanaughFri., January 20 — 8 p.m.
Sat., January 21 — 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Adam Trent: The Futurist
Sun., January 22 — 7 p.m.

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Ringling Town Hall — Dick CheneyMon., January 23 — 10:30 am & 7:30 pm.

RiverdanceTues., January 24 — 8 p.m.
Wed., January 25 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Spend the Night with Billy CrystalThurs., January 26 — 8 p.m.

Kenny Rogers — Final World TourFri., January 27 — 8 p.m.

Gladys KnightSat., January 28 — 8 p.m.

Johnny Mathis — The Voice of Romance Tour 2017Sun., January 29 — 7 p.m.

Sarasota Concert Assn — National Symphony of UkraineMon., January 30 — 7:30 p.m.

Boz ScaggsTues., January 31 — 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets over the phone call 941-953-3368 or stop by the Box Office at 777 N.Tamiami Trail.  For a complete schedule of events, visit

The Baltimore Orioles are holding their annual mini camp for prospective players who want to get some extra work and practice in before spring training gets under way.  We appreciate our resident photographer Norm Schimmel for giving us an insider’s peek in this week’s ‘Sarasota Scene’.  First home game for the Orioles is early this year:  Wed., February 26 at 1 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Weekly Briefs will be on hiatus until January 27th. 

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Recent Activities Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

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Citizen Diplomats – Carving a Path Toward Peace since 1963

Dunfermline, Scotland – Hamilton, Canada – Perpignan, France – Mérida, MexicoXiamen (Siming Disrict), China – Tel Mond, Israel – Treviso, Italy – Vladimir, Russia

Updated February 2016

General Activities Involving ALL of our Sister Cities

  • Our annual One-World Gala honors community leaders such as Nick Bollitieri, Bob Roskamp,  Linda Rosenbluth & Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis
  • Sponsored Meet & Greets, our monthly social/cocktail hours for membership and friends at various local venues
  • Monthly lecture series/speakers bureau on a variety of topics (e.g. The Golden Age of Sarasota, Perfumes and their composition, The Sarasota/Tel Mond, Israel, Connection,  China Behind the Posters)
  • Co-Sponsored the Thistle Ball with the Caledonian Club
  • Yearly Young Playwrights’ Festival in conjunction with the Florida Studio Theatre
  • Yearly Arts Contests in conjunction with Embracing Our Differences (electronic transmission)
  • The Circus Arts Conservatory, one of our Alliance member, sponsored our Board to an evening at Sailor Circus
  • Sustainability Conference with 400 attendees and scholars from 8 foreign countries
  • La Musica holds a 50th Anniversary concert in honor of Sarasota Sister Cities
  • Twinning our elementary and secondary schools with those in some of our Sister Cities
  • Visits of foreign Sister Cities’ mayors and delegations
  • Our visits by the mayor and delegations to our Sister Cities
  • Beginning the friendship process with Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, part of the process toward becoming a twin with Sarasota

Dunfermline, Scotland (Sister City Since 2002)

  • Sarasota Geneological Society members (20) go to Scotland to study their geneology and tour
  • Dunfermline Boy Scouts come to Sarasota twice
  • Sarasota Boy Scouts go to Dunfermline
  • Dunfermline youths win Young Playwrights’ Festival several times
  • Joint meeting between Sarasota’s Caledonian Club and our organization
  • Sarasota hosts parish and business leaders from Dunfermline
  • Dunfermline’s 35-member Fiddle Orchestra visits Sarasota and performs for a week
  • Sponsor The Caledons, three Scottish tenors
  • Embracing Our Differences winner David Ewles, noted Scottish photographer, visits here
  • Principal of Carnegie College and his wife visit Sarasota
  • Carnegie College students visit here for three-week entrepreneurship course
  • Several biennial golf tournaments are held both in Sarasota and Dunfermline
  • Dunfermline hosted the designer of our own Sarasota tartan and his family
  • YMCA’s Sarasota Sharks compete in Dunfermline and the U.K.

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (Sister City Since 1990)

  • The Jason Project was participated in with Mote Marine Laboratory
  • TV new anchor exchanges between Hamilton and Sarasota
  • Three Hamilton women reenactors from the Wetfield Heritage village visit and make a presentation at Historic Spanish Point
  • Video Boot Camp
  • Three Westfield Village docents visit to speak and make maple sugar at Spanish Point

Mérida, Mexico (Sister City Since 2010)

  • Became our Sister City in an elegant signing ceremony in the courtyard of Ringling Museum
  • State College of Mérida Embassy Photo Exhibit hosted by the State College of Florida
  • Various business deals between Sarasotans and Méridianos have taken place in, among other things, yachts and cattle
  • Sponsor monthly tertullias in Sarasota to discuss events relating to Mérida and the Latino community, carried out both in English and Spanish
  • Nineteen-member delegation goes to Mérida to meet with city economic development officials and tour
  • An economic development team from Mérida came to Sarasota and talked about economic development ideas with similar staff from the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County.

Perpignan, France (Sister City Since 1994)

  • Twenty-seven member Sarasota delegation tours Perpignan, including a dinner reception dinner with city officials, educational tours to historic, art, and architectural sites
  • Economic Development Brochure: Created a 4pp. brochure with information facilitation  economic development in Perpignan and Sarasota.  Is published both in French and English
  • Hosted a student pilot from France who was in Sarasota to study English and take flight instruction
  • A seven Sister Cities member delegation is invited to the dedication and opening of the new Perpignan Performing Arts Center, The Archipelago.  During the visit, the delegates also met with the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, department heads of the University of Perpignan interested in solar energy, various business leaders, and representatives of Perpignan’s other Sister Cities (in Israel, Algeria, Germany and England)
  • Hosted a representative of the Perpignan Department of Tourism on a visit and tour of Sarasota
  • Eight students from Sarasota high schools and two chaperones were guests for a week-long Catalan Festival.  The students presented an original composition at the festival.
  • Delegation from Perpignan comes to the Sarasota Film Festival.
  • In collaboration with one of our Alliance members, the Alliance Francaise de Sarasota, an intern from Perpignan spent four months working in Sarasota in the office of the Alliance Francaise.
  • Perpignan gave a gift of children’s books to Sarasota’s Island Village Montessori School
  • Exchanged tourist brochures with Perpignan
  • Hosted families and students from Perpignan
  • Twenty-four Perpignan students and four professors come to Sarasota as part of a project on renewal energy and conservation.  The exchange won a Department of Energy award for an innovative sustainable energy program
  • Sixteen students from Riverview High School visit Perpignan and present their study/report on American culture
  • “Elaboration en Signature” signed by the University of Perpignan and New College.  Three New College students attended.
  • Exchange of World War II historical information to assist French author Pieter Kohnstam
  • Facilitated the Computer Art Exchange between l’Ecole Supereure d’Art and Manatee Community College
  • Facilitated the gift of art books from Perpignan Museum to the Ringling Library

Siming District, Xiamen, China (Sister City Since 2007)

  • Seminar on conducting business in Asia
  • Long-running Chinese Film Series in conjunction with Ringling College of Art and Design
  • An economic development program was developed with Xiamen, China (in cooperation with Florida State University) as a prototype for future economic development efforts
  • Beijing Magazine, an international Chinese magazine, write an article on Sarasota Sister City innovations in culture and business involving Xiamen
  • Two Xiamen, China, artists come to Sarasota for painting demonstration
  • Two Sarasota artists go to Xiamen to demonstrate their painting style
  • A painting of a Chinese student was a winner in the Embracing Our Differences art contest
  • Our member, Irene Leung, a Xiamenese, continues to make business connections with Siming

Tel Mond, Israel (Sister City Since 1999)

  • Project Renewal of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation provides a close relationship with Tel Mond
  • Tel Mond dancers performed at “Coexistence” opening-day celebration at the bayfront
  • Tel Mond dancers came to Sarasota and performed for the Girl Scouts, Sister Cities, Booker High School, the Jewish Community Center, and the Goldie Feldman Academy
  • Pen Pal Exchange between Sarasota and Tel Mond, involving over 60 students in Ashton, Pineview, and Goldie Feldman Academy
  • The Tel Mond Singers perform in Sarasota
  • Tel Mond Dancers combine with alumni from the Perlman Music Institute for a Night of Music and Culture
  • Delegation visits Tel Mond to meet with city officials and tour
  • Mayor of Tel Mond, Ronny Golan, discusses economic development opportunities with Michael Crosby, CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory

Treviso,  Italy (Sister City Since 2007)

  • Gala Ball for combined Italian groups in the area
  • Taste of Treviso, an SCAS luncheon honoring Richard Storm for his vestment to Knighthood of the Italian Republic.
  • “The Province of Treviso seen through the Works of Canova and Palladio” created by photographer Cristina Madeyeski.  The exhibit was co-sponsored by Sister Cities and the University of South Florida – Sarasota/Manatee
  • Provided a presentation of the architecture of Venice, the capital city of Veneto, where our Sister City of Treviso Province is located
  • Sponsored an art exhibit at University of South Florida-Sarasota/Manatee entitled “Mostra Sarmede – Le immagini della Fantasia,” featuring some 300 illustrations of over 150 artists.  This is a travelling exhibit begun in 1983 and frequently updated.  Three international relations representatives from the Province of Treviso were present

Vladimir, Russia (Sister City Since 1994)

  • Sponsored an Electronic Art Exchange between Manatee Community College and Vladimir Pedagogical University
  • Facilitated a link between Sarasota Bay Rotary and Vladimir Rotary
  • Participated in Hands of Heritage, a multicultural art exchange with Vladimir
  • Help establish classroom pen pals between Vladimir School #7 and Sarasota elementary school students
  • Helped Sarasota County Environmental Services (Solid Waste Unit) to provide blueprints for a new municipal landfill for Vladimir
  • The Vladimir CD worked with the Moscow Nights Agency to bring Russian dancers to Sarasota for performances at several local venues.

INFO @ SARASOTA SISTER CITIES January 1, 2017 #2:1b

January 1, 2017    #2:1b
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6-9pm
          Selby Library’s Friends present the 7th annual “Looking into the Crystal Ball.  This event is packed with continuous performances by musicals, performance artists, wellness, art & author exhibits.
          Sample savory bites from local restaurants along with full cash bars throughout the library.  Graze your way through the evening!
          This casual “People’s Gala” has an inclusive low-cost with high energy entertainment.  Proceeds support FREE youth and team programs at Selby Library.
TICKETS: Inside Selby Library at the Friends of the Library bookstore —$25 in advance, $30 at the door.
          Come by and say “Hello” at the Sister Cities booth.  I personally had a great time there last year; hope YOU join us this year.

          Gabriella works in her parents’ school “Cooking with Giuliano Hazan” at Vila Giona near Verona, Italy.  She works with students to understand authentic Italian cuisine and acts as an interpreter of language and culture for students there.
          She was also a team project leader of “Sister Cities United Youth,” a program that connects the youth of all of Sarasota’s Sister Cities so they can understand each other’s cultures.
          As a Pine View student she has demonstrated fluency in Italian and French.  She captains the Public Forum Debate Team at school.  In 2015 she was president of United Synagogue Youth for Sarasota-Manatee and has been chosen in 2016 to represent Sarasota/Manatee as a Bob Malkin Young Ambassador on a trip to Israel.
        Gabriella, sorry this info did not come in before the segment I wrote about you on the 1st.  Welcome to Sister Cities!

         You may register and pay online at or call me to reserve your place (Dave Harralson, 941-870-5516)
Questions and Comments to yr ‘umble editor
Dave Harralson

January 2, 2017  (#2:1)
All the information in the New Year that’s fit to print…………..
Some of you have asked why there were no newsletters for the last month, but things slow down during the Holiday Season.


Jan 11, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Xiamen, China, Dr. Carolyn Bloomer and Dr. Hongying Liu  (Registration is required by Friday, January 6 either on our website or by check to Treasurer Werner Knoop)

Feb 11, 2017 6:00 pm at the University Park Country Club, ONE WORLD AWARD at the Festa di Carnevale — A Treviso Sister City Celebration, cocktail attire, Anna Madaschi

Mar 15, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club. Honor Our Mayors, Hope Byrnes, Susan Atwell, Kenney DeCamp, Dave Harralson

Apr 12, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Annual Membership Meeting and Elections, President Marianna Janz-Wecke

May 20, 2017 Florida Studio Theater Young Playwrights Festival The Winners are coming!
  Lecture Series and Meet & Greets will be posted shortly
          Isabelle was formerly Assistant City Director for Treviso, but resigned to accept the position of Director of Events.  She will help us streamline and improve our events management.
          She planned events as the Chief of the Protocol Office for US Ambassadors at several of our Embassies overseas.  She was a board member of several NGO’s in six countries.  She has 30 years of experience in the field of event planning, promoting, and marketing events.
          Welcome to your new position, Isabelle!

          Gabriella Hazan has become the new CYD representative on the Sister Cities Board.  (More bio on Gabriella in later issues)  She replaces Morgan Bortz who served last year.
          Community Youth Development is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the tools to empower youth as leaders in service to their community.  A CYD executive told your editor that she appreciates Sister Cities because we give our CYD student a place on the Board and let them take part in actual decision making.  CYD students grow as leaders from their work on our Board.
          By the way………….Gabriella’s Longboat Key grandmother Marcella Hazan, who died in 2013, was one of America’s preeminent Italian cooks.  In fact, her recipe “Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce,” appeared in last Sunday’s New York Times (Jan. 1, 2017).  Sam Sifton, NYT’s food editor, says that every time Marcella’s sauce recipe is printed, readers respond in droves “with nearly 1,400 five-star ratings and our mailboxes full of thanks.” And, by the way, Gabriella’s father is a noted Italian chef himself.
          So Gabriella, there’s no need to cook for us, but we’re anxious to have you “cooking” on our Board.  Welcome!

          I pass out membership badges at our luncheon meetings, lectures, and Meet & Greets.  I will have them at our Xiamen meeting on January 11.  If you’ve asked for a badge, I’ll be looking for you.
  Direct Questions, Comments, and/or Subjects for Future Issues
Dave Harralson, Editor

Briefs From Barwin

From the Desk of SarasotaCity Manager Tom Barwin
January 6, 2016
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Thanks to City of Sarasota employee Steve Owen for sharing this dazzling image of the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier.  When Steve isn’t working in the Public Works Department, he’s an avid amateur photographer and especially enjoys taking photos along Sarasota Bay.  Earlier this week, the City Commission continued County action returning the operation and maintenance of the pier and Hart’s Landing to the City’s Parks & Rec Department from the County parks system.  The area will remain open and free to the public. Your ideas for additional park enhancements are welcomed. Please send input to Jerry Fogle:  Jerry.Fogle@SarasotaFL.Gov

  • Special Public Art Committee
    Wed., January 11 — 1 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers
  • Planning BoardWed., January 11 — 6 p.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers
  • Police Officers’ Pension Plan — Special MtgFri., January 13 — 9 a.m.
    City Hall — Commission Chambers

City Career Opportunities Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.  

Application Developer
Director of Planning
Electrical Maintenance Mechanic
Golf Course Attendant
Landscape Maintenance Tech I — (Full Time)
Landscape Maintenance Tech I (Part Time)
Maintenance Mechanic II — RLT
Manager, Accounting & Payroll Systems
Plans Examiner
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Recreation Attendant
Senior Pension Analyst
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator C
                        Click here for all job descriptions 

This Week’s Items to Know:

1. Season & Traffic -This time of year, as our seasonal residents return and visitors seeking sun and a slice of paradise arrive, we are asked what the City is doing to reduce traffic issues.  The Longboat
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Observer invited me to submit a guest column on this very topic. The City is working on short and long term solutions to help move people more efficiently.  Local strategies include the usage of shuttles & bicycles and providing wider sidewalks to encourage leaving the car at home and opting to walk to a destination.  Quite a bit is going on with this issue.  To read my guest column click here.   

2. Grand Tree Relocation   During the holiday break, a significant move took place within the city.  Icon Residential, which is developing 37 townhomes near Fruitville Rd. and Main Street, relocated a large Grand Oak tree on the property. 
A large crane was used to move the 31-inch diameter grand tree.

A 250 ton crane was used to lift the tree out of the ground and move it approximately 200 feet.  Staff Senior Arborist, Mark Miller, was closely involved with the relocation and will continue to work closely with the developer to monitor the tree to ensure its health.
The tree relocation was a condition for site plan approval for the development. Kudos to Chief Planner Lucia Panica, Senior Arborist Mark Miller and the applicant’s team for working together to re-design the plans to accommodate numerous existing trees.  Relocating a tree of this magnitude is a rare and costly endeavor, and we appreciate Icon Residential going the extra mile to invest in the community — not just bricks and mortar, but with our environmentally vital tree canopy.

The tree was relocated 200 feet on the property.  

The City Commission recently approved a revised tree ordinance focused on preserving the tree canopy and enhancing it where possible.  Thanks to our tree conservationist residents for encouraging these modifications and to Neighborhood and Development Services Director Tim Litchet and his team for drafting revisions that will ensure we continue to enjoy the beauty and environmental benefits of our significant tree canopy.   

3. Solar Co-Op  A new solar co-op, designed to make purchasing solar panels more affordable for homeowners, was announced this week by Florida Solar United Neighborhoods or FL SUN. 

The idea is to assemble a large group of homeowners who are interested in solar panels, then buy the equipment in bulk, and  through competitive bidding processes, have one company install the

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panels on all the participating residents’ homes. Other co-op efforts have shown that going solar as a group can save up to 20% on the costs of a solar panel system.

The initiative is a partnership with a diverse group of Sarasota organizations including the Florida House Institute, League of Women voters Sarasota, Sierra Club, Sarasota Classified Teachers Association and Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota.  Funding to launch the program is being provided by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

With an eye on renewable energy sources, the City’s Sustainability Manager, Stevie Freeman-Montes was on hand for the announcement.  We see this co-op as a valuable opportunity for homeowners to make our community more sustainable, especially since there is so much potential with rooftop solar panels. To get started, at least 40 homeowners will need to participate in the co-op.  Interested?  Information sessions will be held over the next several weeks including one at Selby Library on Thurs., January 19 at 5 p.m.   
For more details about this exciting community initiative visit    

4. Lift Station 87 — Update  Progress continues with the Lift Station 87 project.  A second large microtunneling shaft is now being installed with large steel piles being driven into the ground to create the walls.  These shafts will be used for the actual microtunneling under the Hudson Bayou. 

While conducting an on-site inspection earlier this week, I observed  some of the 60-inch diameter pipe casings which have already been delivered in anticipation of the microtunneling.  At this writing, the microtunneling is expected to begin the week of Jan. 23rd. This is a very technical and complex construction project and we are eagerly awaiting the completion of the critical microtunnel phase of the LS 87 project.

With some of the large pipe casings that will be used to microtunnel under the bayou. 


5. New Year’s Eve — Downtown Celebration   A big congratulations to all those involved with the big celebration in downtown Sarasota for the New Year’s Eve celebration! 

An estimated 30-35,000 revelers descended upon downtown and the Bayfront to enjoy the live music and festivities — and, of course, to see the pineapple drop.

The Sarasota Police Department did a yeoman’s job managing the sizeable crowd with 52 officers  — and no significant issues were reported. Congratulations on ensuring it was a safe evening.  And, thanks to our diligent Public Works crews who helped set up and quickly cleaned up after the block party.  All this hard work was noted by the City Commission during their regular meeting earlier this week.

The pineapple dropping to ring in 2017. 

Thank you to Ron Soto, lead organizer on behalf of the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association, and to Marina Jack for the magnificent fireworks show. By all accounts, these were wonderful events and a great way to usher in 2017.   

Upcoming Events 

Orchid Show
Municipal Auditorium
Sat., Jan. 7:  9 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 8:  10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
DetailsCelebration of Two Worlds: Sarasota Ballet
Pineapple Ave.:  First St. to Main St.Sun., Jan. 8 3 p.m. — 8 p.m.  Gala Ticketed Event  

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

The following is the current show schedule through 2016. For more information visit    

Dirty DancingTues., January 10 — 8 p.m.
Wed., January 11 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Matthew MorrisonThurs., January 12 — 8 p.m.

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Jay LenoFri., January 13 — 8 p.m.

Dick Fox’s Golden Boys starring Frankie Avalon, Fabian & Bobby RydellSat., January 14 — 8 p.m.

Michael BoltonSun., January 15 — 7 p.m.

Englebert HumperdinckMon., January 16 — 8 p.m.

Elvis LivesTues., January 17 — 8 p.m.

Zoltan MagaWed., January 18 -  8 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton MarsalisThurs., January 19 — 8 p.m.

Sarasota Orchestra-Pops: The Songs of Elton John and More starrring Michael CavanaughFri., January 20 — 8 p.m.
Sat., January 21 — 2:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Adam Trent: The Futurist
Sun., January 22 — 7 p.m.

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Ringling Town Hall — Dick CheneyMon., January 23 — 10:30 am & 7:30 pm.

RiverdanceTues., January 24 — 8 p.m.
Wed., January 25 — 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Spend the Night with Billy CrystalThurs., January 26 — 8 p.m.

Kenny Rogers — Final World TourFri., January 27 — 8 p.m.

Gladys KnightSat., January 28 — 8 p.m.

Johnny Mathis — The Voice of Romance Tour 2017Sun., January 29 — 7 p.m.

Sarasota Concert Assn — National Symphony of UkraineMon., January 30 — 7:30 p.m.

Boz ScaggsTues., January 31 — 8 p.m.

To purchase tickets over the phone call 941-953-3368 or stop by the Box Office at 777 N.Tamiami Trail.  For a complete schedule of events, visit

Congratulations to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which marked its 47th anniversary earlier this week.  47 years of offering quality performing arts shows and education programs — and it all started with “Fiddler on the Roof”!  We appreciate all that staff does there and the continued generosity from the Van Wezel Foundation.  In honor of the Van Wezel, this week’s Sarasota Scene, from resident photographer Norm Schimmel, was taken near the Hall on Sarasota Bay.Thanks for reading this week’s edition.  If you’d like to receive Weekly Briefs directly to your inbox click ‘Join Our Mailing Listbelow or send us an email at Tom BarwinCity Manager941-954-4102
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Art Center Sarasota Events

Thank you for being part of our artistic community
January 9, 2017
Galleries free and open to the public:
Monday — Saturday, 10:00am — 4:00pm
707 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota 34236941.365.2032

December 15, 2016 — January 20, 2017

Through January 13, 2017

Next Art Center Sarasota
JANUARY 26 — FEBRUARY 24, 2017
Receiving in Person: January 17, 2017
Online Submissions: December 30- January
Juror: Shawn Pettersen
Artist and sculptor, Fine Arts Technician at RCAD


New! LECTURE/ TALKS/ PANEL SERIESArt Up-Close features regional creative professionals giving insight into what informs their artistic practice, to educate and inspire the Sarasota community with the exchange of ideas and conversations about art processes. Cost: $12 ACS members/ $15 non-members (all 5 lectures $48 members/$60 non-members)
Time: 6:30pm Featured Speakers:JANUARY 18 | MICHAEL ADNO, THE VALUE OF LONGFORM JOURNALISM, a panel discussion in partnership with the Hermitage Artist Retreat.  Moderated by Dr. Ann Albritton, professor of modern and contemporary art history at Ringling College of Art and Design. Panelists include the artist Michael Adno; Chris Jones, curator of works on paper at The Ringling; and Michael Wyshock, an artist and professor of fine arts at Ringling College.
images that inform his architecture 
Award winning architect and original practitioner of the Sarasota School of ArchitectureFEBRUARY 22 | ROBERT DeWARREN, EVA PERON

MARCH 22 | ANNE-MARIE RUSSELL, Executive Director of Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)
MARCH 29 | MARK ORMOND, A CURATOR’S PERSPECTIVE – inspirations and influences ‎
Curator for Exhibitions at Ringling College Galleries A discussion on the the curatorial process and what inspires and influences decision making.
AND MORE…Complete schedule will be posted on the website

Drop-in life drawing sessions
Every Saturday, 9:30am — 12:30pm
All mediums, un-draped model, no instructor, all skill levels. Easels available
Cost: $12m/$16nm Discount card available to members. 

Link to Classes Info & Registration
To register please call or visit Art Center Sarasota 941-365-2032
Link to  Workshop Info & Registration

RISING REMBRANDTSBi-monthly art class (ages 6-15) Saturdays, 1:00pm — 4:00pmNext classes: January 14 & 28, 2017Fee per class: $20  ACS Members /$25 Non-Members
All Supplies IncludedThese classes will be technique and medium based allowing students to develop their skills in use of materials, composition and creativity.

(Ages 3-5) Saturdays,January 14 & 28 10-11:30am  $20m/25nm per class All materials provided Instructor Norma Vantrease, school art educator.  
Parents/ grandparents and caregivers making art together with children. Pre-registration is

(Ages 8-18)
Saturday, January 21, 2017 10am — 4pmNext project: Customizing Tote BagsInstructor: Barbara Gerdeman Emerging designers make clothing and accessories from conventional and unconventional materials.
Max 8 students/session. For more

SALON d’ ART2nd Friday of every month. FREE!
Next Salon:
JANUARY 13, 2017 4-5pm

Lively and informative discussion group, free and open to everyone. A
selected famous artist(s) is featured each month. Join the fun and chat with artists, art lovers, and the curious minded.

We read…you imagine…

$10 Art Center Members, $12 non-members
, MONDAY at 5:30 pm
The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort
Loosely inspired by a true story, this moving play describes how the women of the village of Lockerbie, Scotland, strove in a very unique way to wash away the terrible wounds inflicted by the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988.

Save the Date!February 19, 2017
To benefit Art Center SarasotaSaks Fifth Avenue/ The Mall at UTC
Artists develop wearable outfits from unconventional materials for the most exciting fashion show this year New artists, new outfits that will amaze you with the transformation of unusual items into wearable art.
Invitation mailing soon if you would like to be included!
Silent Auction Donations are much appreciated!Please email or call 941-365-2032
Link to iconcept 2017


Visual Arts in Cuba: A Panoramic View
May 11-15, 2017 / with Art Center Sarasota
For more info, please visit

Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of Partnership With Xiamen, China on January 11, 2017

Sarasota Sister Cities Association to celebrate 10 year anniversary of partnership with Xiamen, China on January 11, 2017
Sarasota, FL – December 24, 2016 – The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) will launch the celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the signing of the Sister City partnership with Xiamen, located in Fujian province of China, at a Luncheon at the Bird Key Yacht Club on January 11, 2017.  The Program will be presented by Dr. Carolyn Bloomer, Ringling College Professor Emeritus and Vice President for Sister Cities of Sarasota. Dr. Bloomer will be accompanied by Dr. Hongying Liu, Assistant City Director for Xiamen and the special envoy between Xiamen and Sarasota, Ms. Jian Li. 
Sarasota City officials, as well as five; as well four of the original signing delegation including former Mayor Lou Ann Palmer and, Wei Qinghong Wei, the original Assistant City Director, formerly with the Planning Department will also be attending this important occasion. Other guests will include officials and friends from the US-China Peoples Friendship Association (USPCFA-Sarasota); the Gulf Coast Chinese American Association (GCAA);  and the Asian Women’s Club of Lakewood Ranch. 
History ties our city of Sarasota and Xiamen to the first American united resistance to British rule and the growth of the American Revolution at the “Boston Tea Party.” Guests at this auspicious event will be served Tie Guanyin tea from Xiamen, China. The same tea from Fujian province that was dumped into the Boston Harbor from British tea ships in 1773. Sister Cities was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House conference on “citizen diplomacy,” which envisioned an organization that could be the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world to build partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts by renewing and strengthening important global relationships.
SCAS promotes citizen diplomacy based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Sister City exchanges also promote economic partnerships as well as humanitarian assistance thereby creating lifelong friendships that provide prosperity and peace between sister cities.
The city of Sarasota is partners with eight other cities around the world to foster global citizenship. They are: Dunfermline, Scotland; Hamilton, Canada; Mérida, Mexico; Perpignan, France; Rapperswill-Jona, Switzerland; Tel Mond, Israel; Treviso Province, Italy; Vladimir, Russia; and Xiamen, China. Rapperswill-Jona in Switzerland will soon be added as a Sarasota Sister City.
For more information on Sarasota Sister Cities and to sign up for this Luncheon, please visit –

Jan 11, 2017 Luncheon 11:30 am Bird Key Yacht Club, Xiamen, China, Dr. Carolyn Bloomer and Dr. Hongying Liu


Click to view Photos of the event courtesy of Thomas Winchester and Isabelle Eidet.


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