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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 

Nov 22

Sarasota Bayfront Organization Announces Managing Director

Posted by in SBPO , Sarasota Bayfront , Bayfront 20:20

Managing Director Announced to Oversee Master Plan of Sarasota’s 42-Acre City-Owned Bayfront
William Waddill selected to lead the process of Master Plan development.

SARASOTA, FL (November 21, 2017) - The Board of Directors of Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization announced today William Waddill has been selected as Managing Director. After a selection process that spanned nearly six months, Waddill will lead the Master Plan development with design and planning firm Sasaki to reimagine the 42-acre city-owned Bayfront. 
The announcement was made at a publicly-noticed meeting and marks another major milestone in SBPO’s role to ensure the delivery of a professionally prepared master plan for the City of Sarasota and its community that is fiscally feasible, operationally viable, and environmentally sustainable. Last month, SBPO announced internationally-renowned Sasaki as the selected design and planning firm tasked with creating a comprehensive and phased master plan. 
“After an extensive two-phased interview process, we believe Bill Waddill’s leadership and strategic vision will be key ingredients to reimagine the possibilities for our bayfront based on the vision and guiding principles adopted by the City of Sarasota,” said Cynthia McCague, board member for SBPO and retired Senior VP of Global Human Resources for The Coca-Cola Company. “We sought a talented local professional adept at building and managing productive teams, organizing effective outreach and collaborative efforts, and facilitating and implementing master plans. Bill’s experience as a certified planner and landscape architect with strong project management skills make him the perfect candidate for this position.”
Waddill previously served as Senior VP at Kimley-Horn and Associates and has 31 years of experience in transforming public spaces like the Bradenton Riverwalk, Perry Harvey Park in Tampa and Baker Park in Naples. 
“When I decided earlier this year to retire from Kimley-Horn, I knew I wanted to find an opportunity that would allow me to use my experience in a way that could make a difference in our community; maybe even create a legacy for the future. I can’t imagine a better opportunity than The Bay. The SBPO selected a stellar design team in Sasaki, for whom I have a great deal of respect. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to help our community to imagine the possibilities of this waterfront project.”
Waddill will begin his work as Managing Director on January 3, 2018, and all media requests and inquiries will be scheduled after January 4, 2018. For more information, please visit or contact Mike Marraccini at or by calling 941-914-5324. 
Nov 21

North Trail's Cross College Alliance Adds 66 New Faculty

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , New College , Colleges

Alliance adds 66 new faculty, boosts Manatee-Sarasota’s intellectual capital

President, New College of Florida
NOVEMBER 18, 2017 10:48 AM
UPDATED NOVEMBER 18, 2017 10:48 AM

Universities exist both to create knowledge and to pass the knowledge won by previous generations to the rising generation. They exist for their students. And, in a very real sense, a university’s students and graduates embody that institution. They physically represent what that university produces.  But a university’s faculty is the institution’s soul.

Students graduate. But it is not uncommon for faculty members to serve 30 or 40 years. Collectively, they determine the nature of an institution: how welcoming it is, how innovative, how rigorous, and how outward facing.

There are few jobs as interesting, or as all-consuming, as full-time faculty positions at institutions that value teaching. The best faculty members love their disciplines and they love teaching. To love a discipline means to practice it, to advance knowledge in that discipline, and to contribute to that discipline. That is a full-time job. To love to teach means to care about students, to be able to motivate and encourage each student and to adjust to the different ways in which each individual student learns. That, too, is a full-time job. A typical professor views holidays, when the university is not in session, as an opportunity to do research in labs or in the field or in archives.

Nov 17

North Trail's ArtSpace Artists & Arts Organizations Survey

Posted by ntadmin in Artspace , Arts and Cultural Alliance




Nov 08

Is Sarasota's North Trail on the Brink of a Makeover?

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Is Sarasota’s North Trail on the Brink of a Makeover?

Highway improvements, new businesses and multimillion-dollar projects may finally revitalize North Tamiami Trail.

By Susan Burns  11/2/2017 at 2:18pm  Published in the November-December 2017 issue of 941CEO

Nov 01

Enrollment at North Trail's USFSM Continues to Grow

Posted by in USFSM , University of South Florida , Universities , North Trail

 Enrollment at USF Sarasota-Manatee Continues to Grow 

More high school students are embracing USF Sarasota-Manatee.

“We have new academic programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities that have helped attract new students,” says Andrew Telatovich, director of admissions and financial aid.

Oct 20

ArtsSpace Survey Now Open!

Posted by in North Trail , Artspace , Artists


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