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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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Oct 13

October Meeting Minutes

Posted by ntadmin in NTRP , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership

Thanks to all who joined us for our October meeting!

Please see the attached meeting minutes here

Jul 05

North Trail's USFSM Opening New Campus Cafe

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

College to Open New Café Run By Faculty, Students

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee faculty chefs, students and professors are opening a new café on the college’s campus.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee faculty chefs, students and professors are opening a new café on the college’s campus. The new eatery, still unnamed, will replace the previous café, which closed this spring. The new in-house operation will rely on chefs employed directly by the campus and student interns, offering made-to-order entrées, soups, salads and sandwiches. The café is scheduled to open when the fall semester starts, on Monday, Aug. 21.

Original article published July 5th by 941CEO.
Jun 30

Benderson Plans North Trail Starbucks

Posted by ntadmin in Starbucks , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , Benderson

Benderson Development filed plans with the city earlier this month for a Starbucks at 2455 North Tamiami Trail, giving a jolt to an area where business owners and residents are clamoring for redevelopment.

On June 6, Benderson filed an application for a traffic study for the proposed business. A building permit application filed with the city in May lists the project as a Starbucks. The documents say the coffee shop would be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with 60 seats and up to seven employees working at any one time.

The property, just south of Dr. Martin Luther King Way on the North Trail, is .56 acres. The plans call for two access points, one along U.S. 41 and one on 25th Street. The proposed building is 2,200 square feet. The business will have 28 parking spaces and a drive-thru lane.

Jun 20

North Trail's Own SPD Receives Award

Posted by ntadmin in SPD , Sgt Armstrong , North Tamiami Trail

June 19, 2017, Sergeant Robert Armstrong received the 16th District Congressional Law Enforcement award for Dedication and Professionalism from Representative Vern Buchanan.  Sgt. Armstrong was chosen for his leadership, dedication and hard work with the Sarasota Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and prostitution diversion program, Turn Your Life Around (TYLA) from September 2015 until March 2017.

Sergeant Armstrong traveled throughout the state of Florida to train other police departments and non-profit organizations specializing in human trafficking in TYLA.  He worked to partner with Selah Freedom to provide four-hour training to all new Sarasota Police officers.  Sgt. Armstrong reached out to every hotel in the City of Sarasota with education material on how to recognize human trafficking and the role the service industry plays.

In 2015, Sgt. Armstrong also received the 16th District Congressional Law Enforcement award for Dedication and Professionalism from Representative Vern Buchanan for his actions and leadership during the investigation of two high profile cases: SRQ Cartel I & SRQ Cartel II.

“Sergeant Armstrong’s dedication to the problem of human trafficking illustrates his exception achievement to the cause of human rights,” said Chief Bernadette DiPino.  “The Sarasota Police Department is dedicated to training our officers, the community and service provides along with our TYLA partners in changing the perception of prostitution from being considering the ‘World’s Oldest Profession’ to the ‘World’s Oldest Abuse Story,” said Chief DiPino.