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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.
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 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.” 

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.

Apr 10

North Tamiami Trail Region Named Happiest!

Posted by ntadmin in Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami Trail

Region Named Happiest in America
The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metro area has been named the No. 1 "Happiest City in America" by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The poll reports population growth of 6.4 percent between mid-2010 and July 2014, attributing the cause to employment opportunity and Americans seeking warmer climate. The poll also suggests that strong health indicators--an obesity rate of 22.5 percent in the North Port area was among the lower rates nationwide--and retirement may be among the contributing factors to well-being. Read more here
Original article published April 8, 2015, by BIZ(941).
Feb 08

North Trail's Profit With Purpose

Posted by ntadmin in North Tamiami Trail , Motels , Apartments

Profit with purpose

Harvey Vengroff owns more than 1,400 apartment units in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. He recently started a new business line to convert rundown motels into efficiency apartments for homeless people.

Executive Summary
Entrepreneur. Harvey Vengroff   Industry. Multifamily real estate Key. Vengroff is in rare space, converting rundown motel rooms into studio apartments.

Read full story published by The Business Observer here .....

Dec 01

Repurposed motels aid homeless, and North Trail

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

In the lobby of what used to be the Sarasota Airport Hotel, the manager must tell people — sometimes, desperate people — that he has no vacancies.

This place is not a motel anymore, but it is full.

It still looks like a motel, from its battered old front desk to the ice machine and rooms overlooking the pool. But for the past few months, it has operated as the Oakridge Apartments. It's an experiment in low-income housing conceived by a savvy businessman who has been buying up North Trail motels and renting the rooms out monthly.

Oct 24

North Trail's Asolo Rep Opens New Season

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , Asolo Rep

The Asolo Repertory will open its 2014-15 season in November and continue its series exploring the American Character with a production of the 1949 Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific. Known as much for its musical score and story as it is for its progressive social awareness, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has brought great talent to town, including Kelly Felthous, previously Glinda in the Wicked national tour, as Nellie Forbush and Anthony Festa, who recently starred in a West End production of West Side Story, as Lt. Joseph Cable.

Loretta Ables-Sayre also returns as Bloody Mary, the role she played in the Lincoln Center revival for which she received a Tony nomination.

Preceded by 1776 in 2012 and Show Boat in 2013, South Pacific brings the American Character series up to World War II and America’s struggle with racism in a changing world. Actor Ben Davis returns to the series after last season’s Show Boat, as does director Rob Ruggiero, who feels the show to be a fitting addition.

Oct 07

North Trail's NCF's Featuring Dr.Burger

Posted by ntadmin in North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , New College

Burger Presents “The Five Elements of Effective Thinking”

New College of Florida ( hosts a free public speaking event at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 8, featuring Dr. Edward Burger, president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and co-author of “The Five Elements of Effective Thinking.” Burger’s talk will take place at the Sudakoff Conference Center on the New College campus. For more information, contact David Gulliver, news services manager, at (941) 487-4154 or

Original article published October 7, 2014, by BIZ(941).