Friday, November 23, 2012
Sarasota project asks residents to fly their artistic flags at key places in Rosemary, Five Points neighborhood.
When explorers like Christopher Columbus sailed the world, they would plant a flag to proclaim their ownership and connectedness to a land — the same could be said for Lewis Colson who drove a stake in Sarasota at the eventual Five Points. In Sarasota fashion, Rosemary District and Five Points residents were invited to plant their flags in a unique communal art project that will debut this week. The Sarasota-based project is called The Distance Between where people in the Rosemary District and Five Points area are asked to make their own flags and plant them where they have a personal connection to or feel that the little patch of grass has significance. A reception for The Distance Between will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the 421 …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Five Things To Know: USDA Tour | Special Meeting | Beach Access Closed | Walk For The Kids | Restored Clock
1. Two U.S. Department of Agriculture officials will tour Sarasota Tuesday to get a closer look at some of the county's food programs. Kevin Concannon, U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, will make a special presentation at Phillippi Shores Elementary School, to the Sarasota County School District to honor the 22 district schools that were awarded the U.S. Department of Agriculture HealthierUS School Challenge Award. The two will also stop at All Faiths Food Bank to learn more about the county's only food bank, which also serves DeSoto County. Last year, All Faiths Food Bank distributed 6 million pounds of food – equating to 5 million meals. 2. The City Commission will host a special meeting today …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
The late Carroll "Corky" Ramsey will be honored with a plaque for his efforts helping to restore the Five Points clock.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
News report Former City of Sarasota employee Carroll “Corky” Ramsey, who had died in March, will be honored for restoring the historic clock at Five Points in downtown Sarasota with a plaque dedication ceremony Friday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. The stain glass clock dates back to 1926 when First Bank and Trust opened in downtown Sarasota with the clock mounted on the building facade. Decades later, when the structure was known as the Palmer Bank Building, the clock was placed into storage during a renovation project and apparently forgotten – until Ramsey discovered it while working in the Parks and Recreation Department. Although the clock was in pieces, Ramsey used his welding skills to restore it to its original grandeur. Ultimately, the …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Sarasota police are targeting the Selby Library and Five Points Park area for arrests of violations of city ordinances where homeless tend to congregate.
As Sarasota city officials and police look for a way to discourage vagrants and homeless from congregating and sleeping around Selby Library and Five Points Park, they're hoping that 55 arrests during a four-week span will help. The Sarasota Police Department had 55 arrests in the Five Points area during August, with charges ranging from illegal lodging (eight), disorderly conduct, open containers, panhandling, smoking on a non-smoking property, drugs and two people were arrested on warrants, said Police Captain Wade McVay Tuesday at the City Commission meeting. The arrests come after residents and officials complained about aggressive panhandlers and what they classify as vagrants as opposed to homeless at Selby Library sleeping and …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sarasota Patch commenters are passionate about the issue of downtown vagrants, panhandlers, the homeless and safety. Here are some highlighted responses.
Sarasota Patch commenters are passionate about the issue of downtown vagrants, panhandlers, the homeless and safety. The Patch story ran Tuesday morning and by the end of Wednesday, 99 comments were posted. Many of which were reacting to Mayor Suzanne Atwell's bold statement about walking downtown given the vagrants and aggressive panhandling. "I don't feel comfortable downtown anymore," Mayor Suzanne Atwell said at the City Commission meeting Monday night. Here are some highlighted responses of what Patch users had to say: "I had lunch with her a few weeks ago about the subject. As many know, I am just about everywhere on foot downtown every day/night. As a female that lives and LOVES downtown, and equally LOVES sending guests downtown (…
Thursday, June 7, 2012
City and organizations will continue to iron out fine details, logistics for downtown events.
Special events downtown aren’t causing any major issues, and they’ll continue as is for the most part. Despite the anticipated fireworks leading up to a special City Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, civility and common sense prevailed as it turns out that any major issues with downtown events are isolated to two arts and craft festivals sponsored by the Downtown Sarasota Alliance simply because city staff and a new DSA point person have to learn to work together better. “I think that if the DSA can have a person, like Paul Thorpe, that can oversee events and is on site, there won’t be an issue,” said Sarasota Auditoriums Manager Deborah Perez to the commission. Thorpe is now with his own organization called Sarasota Holiday …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The Pineapple and Ringling Boulevard roundabout is open to traffic but the Palm Avenue roundabout will not open until June 15.
1. The Pineapple and Ringling Boulevard roundabout is open to traffic. The roundabout quietly opened Friday, but traffic cannot continue west on Ringling toward Palm Avenue where the other roundabout is being completed. That is expected to reopen June 15. 2. A memorial service for Longboat Key Police Chief and former Sarasota Mayor Al Hogle will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Robarts Arena. The burial will be at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, at 3 p.m. Hogle died May 14 in a motorcycle crash while vacationing in North Carolina. 3. Due to Hogle's memorial and burial, the Sarasota City Commission will reschedule Thursday's special meeting that would discuss events being held downtown and at Five Points Park. Commissioner …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sarasota City Commission will address downtown special events at a special meeting June 6.
Update May 21 8:13 p.m.: The city commission has canceled Thursday's special meeting because of a scheduling conflict. The memorial and funeral for Longboat Key Police Chief and former Sarasota Mayor Al Hogle is scheduled for Thursday at Robarts Arena and Sarasota National Cemetery, and commission members and staff attending would not be able to get back to the meeting in time. Commissioner Terry Turner also stressed at Monday's meeting that the commission and staff does not have any proposal or recommendation to eliminate events at Five Points Park. Earlier: Sarasota’s City Commission will debate at a special meeting Thursday whether Selby Five Points Park should be as quiet as Selby Library. The commission will consider the space’s use …