Thursday, June 7, 2012
The intersection of Orange Avenue and Hillview Drive will be temporarily closed Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. until Friday, June 8 at 6 a.m. for paving weather permitting.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Drivers downtown will have to find a detour tonight along Orange Avenue. The intersection of Orange Avenue and Hillview Drive will be temporarily closed Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. until Friday, June 8 at 6 a.m. for paving weather permitting. Orange Avenue traffic will be detoured to Arlington Street, Osprey Avenue and Hyde Park Street. Hillview Drive traffic will be detoured to Flower Avenue and Harbor Drive.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Addictive Pop Craft ice pops are gathering a following at the Downtown Farmers Market and will soon have a shop on Bee Ridge.
With summer rapidly approaching and folks looking for ways to cool down, there could not be a better time for Pop Craft to hit the scene. With a tantalizing variety of 40 unique popsicle flavors like blueberry-lemon-basil, white chocolate-balsamic-fig, hibiscus, cocoa-caramel-orange, strawberry-lavender, Mexican chocolate and pineapple-cilantro, Pop Craft provides a repertoire of choices to intrigue, delight and refresh nearly everyone's taste buds. The Sarasota gourmet popsicle provider keeps “popping up” around town. Starting in spring 2010 the Pop Craft push cart began appearing at the Downtown Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday. More recently, the pops found their way onto the dessert menu at downtown’s newest Mexican …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A workshop was held Monday, Oct. 10, to get public input for streetscape improvements in downtown Sarasota along Main Street.
Nearly 100 downtown residents, merchants and property owners came to city hall Monday night, Oct. 10, to discuss options for improving Main Street’s streetscape from Bayfront (U.S. 41) to Washington Boulevard (U.S. 301). The forum was put on by the Downtown Improvement District, and discussions stemmed from two “SemCons” (seminar/conference) in 2010 that focused on what people wanted downtown Sarasota to be. Ernie Ritz, chair of the DID, said SemCon brought about, “nine ideas, two of which the DID selected. We were [only] able to work on the Main Street streetscape improvement, as well as identifying our historic district.” Input from the public Monday night will be used to create a workshop summary and to develop alternative plan concepts…
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The city of Sarasota is contractually obligated to build the garage within four years of the Pineapple Square approval, which was OKed in December 2010.
A measure allowing city staff to put out a request for proposal (RFP) to find a design team for the first phase of a parking garage to be constructed on State Street was narrowly approved by City Commissioners 3-2 on Monday. The city is contractually obligated to build the garage because of the Pineapple Square agreement. The garage, which is lined by State Street and Lemon Avenue, would be required to have at least 300 parking spaces. Approved in December 2010, the Pineapple Square project requires the city to build the garage within four years of that date. The plan to build the garage is a two-year process. City staffers said the garage could also include a hotel, retail, residential spaces or even a drug store. Those decisions, …
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Commissioners asked city staff to bring back the signs with close to a 40 percent savings.
Like many projects that began prior to the start economic collapse in 2007, the Sarasota wayfinding sign project is being scaled back. The $3 million signs were close to being approved as-is when Commissioner Shannon Snyder said the parts to build the signs were too expensive, too excessive. The commission voted to send the signs back for staff to redesign. He proposed, and the commission approved, sending the proposal back to city staff to cut the costs of the signs by 40 percent. City staff said the current costs are in line with what the previous commission tasked them to do. They said the maintenance per year for the signs would be in the neighborhood of $200,000. "The signs are considered very important to the city for economic …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The commission voted unanimously Monday to add panhandling near parking meters to the ordinance restricting panhandling.
After 15 citizens and business owners voiced their displeasure with the problems the parking meters were causing, the commission tackled another problem related to the meters - panhandling. At Monday's City Commission meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to restrict panhandling within 20 feet of parking meters or pay stations. The ordinance would become law after the second reading next month. The ordinance is similar to the policy that makes it illegal to do so near ATMs. Capt. Karr of the Sarasota Police Department said the issue is not about homelessness, but safety. He said it is about people "going to their wallet and purse without being disturbed by somebody else," he said. The ordinance has the support of the Downtown …
Each weekday, Sarasota Patch will give you a brief rundown of need-to-know information and events for the day.
1. Former Sarasota Mayor Richard Martin was escorted out of City Hall last night after he refused to adhere to speaking time limits during the hearing of citizens. Martin was protesting what he thought were unjust policies in Sarasota that he thought targeted the homeless. 2. Commissioners unaimously approved a tobacco ban in all city parks Monday night. "This ordinance does apply to all city parks, not one particular park," said Commissioner Shannon Snyder. "If New York can ban smoking in their public parks, I think Sarasota can catch up." 3. While the parking meters are causing headaches for many downtown business owners, they are also causing safety concerns for some downtown patrons. To combat this, the city passed an ordinance Monday…
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Serving the Sarasota community for over 40 years is no small feat. What is El Greco Mediterranean Cafe's recipe for success?
Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, the El Greco Mediterranean Café has been serving Mediterranean cuisine in the Sarasota community for over 40 years. Truly a Sarasota landmark, El Greco offers a simple yet workable décor, outdoor seating and a dining room with large window views to the outside sidewalk activities. When a restaurant has been around for such a long period of time, it is easy to overlook; instead opting for one of the newer dining venues. Recently we revisited El Greco and were pleasantly surprised to see the focus on value has not changed. With a robust menu offering meat, seafood, pizza, soup and salads, El Greco is preparing both traditional and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. There truly is something for …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
The City Commission approved staff's proposal to have confidential negotiations with developers for a hotel next to the Palm Avenue parking garage.
Before Sarasota’s chief planner, Steven Stancel, presented ideas to the City Commission for moving forward with a hotel next to the Palm Avenue parking garage he had already received three letters of interest. After the commissioners approved (4-1) to allow city staff to begin confidential negotiations for the parcel, Stancel expects many more proposals will be submitted. “City staff have recently completed a detailed marketing package for the site,” Stancel said. “Given the recent completion of [the garage] we have received a large amount of interest from potential developers.” Commissioner Terry Turner expressed concerns about having an invitation to negotiate instead of a request for proposal, or RFP. “I’m not going to support the …
Thursday, February 17, 2011
With an emphasis on local brews and locally sourced food ingredients; Mad Crow Microbrewery and Grill Opens in the Rosemary District.
Although the idea of brewing beer is centuries old, the concept in Sarasota is relatively new. The interest in hand-crafted beers, made from fresh ingredients, and locally brewed spread throughout the country. Now local brewage is available right here in downtown Sarasota. Occupying and transforming the former Rustic Grill on 4th Street, Mad Crow Brewery and Grill has created a “brewery-like” experience coupled with an innovative food menu designed to complement the local brew. Locally sourced, high quality food ingredients are used extensively with local purveyors proudly listed on the menu. The menu is ambitious offering a range of items from simple small plates, salads, sandwiches, and full entrees. There is definitely something for …