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Feb 16

North Trail Redevelopment Partnership Meeting Minutes

Posted by ntadmin in NTRP , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership

Thanks to those able to join us at the meeting February 8th!     

Please find the meeting minutes here ....      

Jan 10

North Trail's SRQ Airport adds Allegiant Flights

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport , Allegiant Air

Airline Adds New Routes Between Sarasota, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh

The new Allegiant flights will operate twice weekly, with fares beginning at $48.

By Staff  1/10/2018 at 3:24pm

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Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

Jan 04

Next Meeting of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership

Posted by ntadmin in NTRP , North Tamiami Trail

North Trail Redevelopment Partnership

 Thursday:   January 11, 2018 12:00 pm

Kasa Sushi (

Jan 02

North Trail's Museum of Art & Whimsy's Cookie Party a Success!

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail Events , North Trail , Museum of Art & Whimsy


2017 Cookie Party A Huge Success!

Dec 28

NTRP Meeting Minutes of 11-09-2017

Posted by ntadmin in NTRP , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership

North Trail Redevelopment Partnership

Meeting Minutes of November 9, 2017


Dec 14

North Trail's USFS-M Names New Regional Chancellor

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee , Universities

University of South Florida Names New Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor

University of South Florida system president Judy Genshaft on Thursday named Karen Holbrook the new regional chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

University of South Florida system president Judy Genshaft on Thursday named Karen Holbrook the new regional chancellor of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Holbrook most recently served as executive vice president at the college and senior adviser to Genshaft. Prior to this position, she served as the interim president at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University after leaving the University of South Florida, where she was senior vice president for research and innovation, then senior vice president for global affairs and international research. Before coming to the University of South Florida, Holbrook served as president of The Ohio State University from 2002 to 2007.

Original article published December 14, 2017, by 941CEO.
Dec 12

New Manager for North Sarasota Redevelopment Office

Posted by ntadmin in Redevelopment , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership

Newtown Redevelopment Office Selects New Manager

Sarasota’s Newtown Redevelopment Office recently hired DeAndrae Spradley.

By Staff  12/12/2017 at 2:29pm

Sarasota’s Newtown Redevelopment Office recently hired DeAndrae Spradley as its new redevelopment manager. Spradley has spent the last 15 years working with real estate developers across Florida in both the private and public sector. He designed preliminary site plans for companies such as Publix, Walgreens, Walmart and Wendy’s. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and a graduate degree from the University of Florida. His tasks at the Redevelopment Office will include updating the neighborhood’s redevelopment plan, promoting new business improvement incentives and more.

Original article published December 12, 2017, in 941CEO.

Dec 04

Elite Airways Adds Flights to North Trail's SRQ Airport

Posted by ntadmin in SRQ Airport , North Trail , Elite Airways

Elite Airways to Connect Pirates Fans to Gulf Coast

Pittsburgh Pirates fans now once again can fly direct from the home field in Pennsylvania to the spring training ground in Bradenton. Elite Airways on Friday announced that it would begin twice weekly flights between Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport starting in February.

“We’ve been working on this for six months, trying to get this destination,” says Rick Piccolo, president and CEO of SRQ Airport. He says direct flights between the cities existed in the past, from 1989 to 1997, but those flying between the cities for the past two decades were forced on connecting flights. Since then, PIT has risen to be one of the top 15 desired destinations for direct flights to SRQ.

Nov 24

Sarasota Bayfront Planning Reaches Goal

Posted by in Sarasota Bayfront , Bayfront 20:20

SBPO Reaches $2.1 Million Goal to Reimagine Sarasota’s Bayfront
Funding goal met two-weeks before city and community kick-off activation events take place.
 SARASOTA, FL (November 29, 2017) -
Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization has reached their $2.1 million fundraising goal to ensure the delivery of a professionally prepared master plan for the sustainable development of the 42-acre Sarasota Bayfront. The announcement was made last week at the publicly-noticed board meeting after a year-long volunteer fundraising effort led by Drayton Saunders, Veronica Brady, and Shaun Merriman.   Read more here ....
“In addition to being proud to have worked with two amazing people who volunteered their time to make this goal a reality, we are extremely thankful for all those who said yes to investing in the future of our Bayfront,” said Saunders, President of Michael Saunders & Company. “The 42-acres carries with it the aspirations of a community and the tremendous potential to continue to define the best of what a community can achieve when it collaborates.” 
Nearly 60 donors have invested in the planning initiative to reimagine Sarasota’s Bayfront.
“We are very grateful to all of our investors for supporting the future of our Bayfront,” said Brady, Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “This project has tremendous potential and the success of this campaign will allow us to more effectively attract future investment opportunities for what’s to come along our bay.”
Many foundations also provided financial support including The Patterson Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. 
“Each member of our community has the opportunity to help our Bayfront evolve into a resource that will be accessible and enjoyable for generations to come,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation, which provided $300,000 in catalytic funding to support SBPO’s work. “SBPO’s commitment to engaging the very best master-planning team and working deliberately with stakeholders from multiple sectors to inform the project’s path going forward will surely result in a positive return on everyone’s investment.”
The funds will be used to hire the leadership team along with planning and design firm, Sasaki, to create a financially feasible, operationally viable, and environmentally sustainable master plan for the City Commission to review and approve in the Fall of 2018. 
“2017 has been a year of important pre-planning for the SBPO Board,” said AG Lafley, Board Chair for SBPO. “We are grateful for the generous financial support from local foundations and private individuals. We look forward to beginning master planning efforts with the very capable and experienced team of Sasaki, Managing Director Bill Waddill and City Planning Director Steve Cover.”
The community is encouraged to meet this leadership planning team next week during a series of events to kick off the beginning phases of the master plan creation. The timeline and event listing is:

  Monday, December 4:
•      6:00 - 7:00 PM - Sasaki will be introduced to the City Commission at City Hall, 1565 1st St., Sarasota

Tuesday, December 5:
•      10:00 - 11:00 AM - Sasaki will be introduced to the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations at the Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
•      3:00 - 5:00 PM - Sasaki will present at the SBPO Board Meeting at the Blue Pagoda, 655 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
•      5:00 - 6:00 PM - Sasaki will be introduced to the Sarasota Bayfront 2020 membership at the Arts and Cultural Alliance, 1226 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Wednesday, December 6:
•      4:00 - 6:30 PM - Herald Tribune Community Forum/Panel and Reception - RSVP’s required by calling 941-361-4065 by Monday, December 4 - at the Van Wezel Grand Foyer, 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

For more information, please visit or contact Mike Marraccini at or by calling 941-914-5324. 

 About Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO):   
The Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO), a 501(c)(3) corporation, was formed in 2016, building on work completed by the Sarasota Bayfront 20:20 organization to advance the development of City-owned land along the Sarasota Bayfront. This private-public partnership is headed by a nine-person board comprised of trusted and experienced individuals with a diverse set of competencies and is privately funded by the private sector and local foundations, including The Patterson Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Selby Foundation, Barancik Foundation, and Berlin Foundation.  The SBPO is tasked with ensuring the delivery of a professionally prepared master plan for the sustainable development of the 42-acre Sarasota Bayfront in accordance with the Guiding Principles established by Bayfront 20:20 constituents which were subsequently adopted and approved by the City of Sarasota Commission. The SBPO will propose an operating structure that will professionally manage the Sarasota Bayfront Project during and following construction. For more information, visit

Nov 24

North Trail Gains New Restaurants and Shops

Posted by in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

By Jimmy Geurts