My Blog

Description of my blog
Sep 17

Great Places to Eat, Drink, & Play on the North Trail

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , Great Places , Best Spots

9 Great Places to Eat, Drink and Play Along the North Trail in Sarasota!

Wednesday Posted Sep 14, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Best spots for beer, pizza and other fun essentials.

By Jennifer Wells, Correspondent


Sep 16

North Trail's New College Ranked Among Best

Posted by ntadmin in US News & World Report , Universities , New College


U.S. News Ranks New College Among Nation’s Best

New College Ranked No. 5 Best Public Liberal Arts College

  • 9/14/2016 AT 12:23PM


Sep 15

North Trail's USF Sarasota-Manatee Hits Record Enrollment

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


USF Sarasota-Manatee Hits Record Enrollment

The four-year institution saw growth in undergraduate and graduate students.


  • 9/14/2016 AT 2:47PM

  • USF Sarasota-Manatee enrollment for fall 2016 totaled 2,071 students, above the record of 2,038 students set last fall. Undergraduate enrollment rose 2.2 percent and the number of graduate students increased 4 percent compared with fall 2015. The newly released numbers, which include non-degree seeking student registrations, reflect USFSM’s growth after becoming a four-year institution in 2013. In addition to the enrollment gains, USFSM’s freshman class had a combined 3.9 GPA that exceeds the 3.77 and 3.78 GPAs of the previous two years. 
Original article published September 15, 2016, by 941CEO.
Sep 12

North Trail's New College Earns High Marks

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , New College

New College Earns High Marks for Public Service, Assistance to Low-Income Students

New College of Florida was ranked 20th among all liberal arts colleges in the United States—and first among public liberal arts colleges—in the new Washington Monthly “2016 College Rankings” issue.

New College of Florida was ranked 20th among all liberal arts colleges in the United States—and first among public liberal arts colleges—in the new Washington Monthly“2016 College Rankings” issue. The magazine ranked college “not on what they did for themselves, but on what they did for their country,” paraphrasing President John F. Kennedy. The magazine examined how much colleges help low-income students and how many students perform public service or pursue higher degrees.
Original article published September 12, 2016, by 941CEO.
Sep 01

North Trail's C4 Presents New Student Opportunities

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , Consortium , Colleges

C4 Presents New Student Opportunities, Degree Flexibility
Thomas Schwarz,

Students are flocking back in record numbers to the Sarasota-Manatee area this semester with the ability to gain new post-secondary opportunities presented by a collaborative effort between area colleges and universities. The Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast, or C4, connects with local colleges on a mission to maximize student and community benefits presented by the mix of colleges in the area, including New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) and Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. The academic year promises to be big, showing record-shattering numbers across many campuses in the local area. The USFSM campus boasts more than 1,900 students this semester, Ringling College, with 1,400 students, has a record 450 new incoming freshmen, while the State College of Florida hosts nearly 9,300 students this semester.

C4 cultivates numerous student-orientated ideas toward an expansion of the high quality education already available at these area institutions. Dr. Laurey T. Stryker, initiative manager for C4, has direct oversight to the integration of cross-registration within area schools. The cross-registration system is designed for those students whose specific academic paths veer from those courses available at the student’s home campus, allowing students the option to achieve their academic goals with greater ease by enrolling in courses available at different campuses while pursuing one composite degree. “It helps the students so they don’t have to leave the area in search of available courses and it helps the local state colleges become more competitive with its students who might try to leave, so it’s a win-win,” says Stryker.

Aug 23

North Trail's Ringling College Moves Up

Posted by ntadmin in Ringling , North Trail

Ringling Film Program Moves Up in Nationwide Ranking


The Hollywood Reporter recently ranked Ringling College of Art and Design as the nation’s 16th best film school.

The Hollywood Reporter recently ranked Ringling College of Art and Design as the nation’s 16th best film school, up from No. 17 last year. The publication cited the college’s new “30,000-square-foot soundstage and postproduction complex, the Gulf Coast’s first such professional film facility,” as well as its Studio Lab program in ranking it highly.

Original article published August 23, 2016, by SRQ Daily and 941CEO.
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.”