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Aug 19

A Message from Jay Patel, Chair of NTRP

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Tamiami Trail

Fellow North Trail Stakeholders,

 Many of you remember the Yacht Club that was proposed in 2007 on Whitaker Bayou behind LaQuinta Hotel on the North Trail.       Many of us remember that because it was a well discussed project among all the stakeholders along the Trail, not just the Trail, but in the whole of Sarasota.   There was a lot of distrust among the stakeholders at that time.   I am happy to report on July 18th the City Commission unanimously approved a new project by Jim Bridges of Jebco Ventures.   "The Strand" will be a residential development consisting of 156 two-bedroom units (some with dens) in three buildings with parking underneath.   There will be 50 to 55 boat slips available for purchase with a unit and will include commercial development along North Tamiami Trail in two buildings, although tenants have not yet been selected.


Aug 15

North Trail's USFSM Launches Dual Enrollment

Posted by ntadmin in USFSM , Education

High school students in Sarasota will soon be able to earn college credit under a new dual–enrollment program at USF Sarasota–Manatee. Kicking off in Spring 2017, dual enrollment will enable high school juniors and seniors to get a jump on college by taking classes at USFSM’s campus provided they meet certain academic requirements. Once the program launches, the campus will be able to accommodate up to 150 dual–enrollment students over the course of the academic year. Under this agreement dual–enrollment students will be able take up to two classes per semester provided they have an unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  

Original article published August 13, 2016, by SRQ Daily.

Aug 11

County Exploring North Trail Park Possibilities

Posted by ntadmin in parks , North Tamiami Trail

Sarasota County’s Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources department is asking for community input on a future neighborhood park, located on 6.2 acres at the corner of 46th Street and North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The property was purchased through the Neighborhood Parkland Acquisition Program in 2015. The county will hold a community workshop on the topic at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 4726 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Original article published 08-11-16 by 941CEO
Jul 29

North Trail Neighbors Approval Whitaker Bayou Project

Posted by ntadmin in Whitaker Bayou , North Tamiami Trail , Jebco

JebCo Wins Over Neighbors on Whitaker Bayou

Efforts to redevelop the old Whitaker Bayou Yacht Club for years caused tensions between nearby homeowners and developers, but a project on the North Tamiami Trail site a week ago won the support of Sarasota City Commissioners and the endorsement of neighborhood leaders living nearby. JebCo Ventures is now moving forward on plans to build 156 multi-family units contained in three buildings, each standing four stories. The plan also calls for about 50 boat slips. “We had the support of the neighborhood,” says JebCo president Jim Bridges. “I would not have gone forward with the project
without that.”

Jennifer Ahern-Koch, president of the Tahiti Park Neighborhood Association, lauds the project and praises Bridges' efforts to address neighborhood concerns. She anticipates the project will blend seamlessly into the North Trail community. “This is a good example of what happens when a conversation is had,” she says. In a series of meetings with neighbors, Bridges worked on sound fences, to keep tree removal at a minimum and to make sure commercial elements on US 41 didn’t disrupt the lives of residents. The cooperative effort made neighbors more receptive, even if they started the process skeptical. “I really commend him for that,” Ahern-Koch says of Bridges. “It’s an incredibly progressive view to take in this situation. You don’t expect it.” 

Jun 13

North Trail's Ringling College Team Places Third

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College

Ringling College Team Places Third in National Ad Competition

Ringling College’s National Student Advertising Competition Team recently won third place and an award for best plans book in an American Advertising Federation competition.

Ringling College’s National Student Advertising Competition Team recently won third place and an award for best plans book in a national competition that took place during the American Advertising Federation’s annual national conference, ADMERICA, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Competing against eight schools in the final round, the Ringling College team, comprised of advertising design, graphic design and motion design students, accounted for the only art and design college to advance past districts.

This year, corporate sponsor Snapple challenged student teams to develop innovative business solutions to enable the brand to better connect with audiences across the United States and expand consumer reach. After creating a written campaign proposal and a 20-minute presentation, winning their Federation district competition and advancing from semi-finals to the finals, the Ringling College team delivered its final presentation to the judges on June 5 and participated in a Q&A with the judges to defend their campaign.

Original article published June 13, 2016, by 941CEO.
Jun 03

North Trail's Ringling College Announces New Partnership

Posted by ntadmin in Untagged 

Ringling College, Semkhor and WEDU Announce New Partnership

The three have signed a letter of intent to develop a new collaboration centered around Ringling College’s new soundstage and post-production facility.

WEDU PBSSemkhor and Ringling College of Art and Design announced Thursday that they have signed a letter of intent to develop a new collaboration centered around Ringling College’s new soundstage and post-production facility, which is slated to become fully operational in 2017. The approximately 40,000-square-foot facility is tied to the college’s academic needs and is expected to attract a broad range of commercial productions, as well as WEDU productions. When complete, the college will conduct filmmaking classes and students will work on any commercial productions that use the complex.

Original article published June 3, 2016, by 941CEO.
May 19

North Trail's O'Shea Named President of Conference

Posted by ntadmin in Universities , New College

New College’s O’Shea Named President of Southern University Conference

Next annual national conference will be held in Sarasota.

New College of Florida President Don O’Shea was named president of the Southern University Conference, an association of more than 40 colleges, predominantly liberal arts institutions, whose members meet annually to discuss education issues and initiatives on their campuses. It was founded in 1924 with 33 members. The Conference’s next annual meeting will be in Sarasota.

Original article published May 19, 2016, by SRQ Daily.
Apr 19

North Trail's Ringling College Wins Competition

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling College , North Trail

Ringling Students Win Advertising Competition

The Ringling College National Student Advertising Competition team won first place and Best Media Plan in the District 4 competition held this Saturday in Orlando. Ringling’s interdisciplinary team beat out eight other schools to take the win, including Florida State University, University of South Florida, University of Miami and University of West Florida. Over 150 schools across the country compete in the NSAC, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. This year’s client was Snapple, and the case study asked students to develop an integrated campaign to increase purchase frequency. Ringling’s “Oddly Satisfying” campaign included TV commercials, in-store promotions, a mobile app, packaging and web designs as well as out-of-home, social media, Spotify, YouTube and experiential advertising to answer the challenge.

Ringling College of Art and Design

Mar 15

A Walk Through History on the North Trail

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , Artspace

Artspace Sarasota Presents a Walk Through History on the North Trail


On March 21,  Artspace Sarasota will hold a fund-raising event at Crocker Church, focusing on North Tamiami Trail, past and present, and its untapped potential for arts-related development. The North Trail corridor is the proposed location for an affordable housing initiative for artists and the creative sector, now entering Phase 2.

Feb 23

New Planning Group Pushing Bayfront Development

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , Development , Bayfront 20:20

New planning group will put bayfront redevelopment on fast track

A new nonprofit organization will be created this spring to begin formally planning the ambitious redevelopment of 42 acres of city-owned property along the downtown waterfront.


The new group will be an offshoot of Sarasota Bayfront 20:20, a coalition of 50 arts and civic groups led by Visit Sarasota County that is working to re-imagine the location of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as a premier district for the arts and public green space.

Read entire article published February 22, 2016, in Sarasota Herald Tribune here ....