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Jul 14
2014

County Commissioners Approve Funding for the Arts

Posted by ntadmin in Sarasota County Commission , Ringling College of Art and Design , North Tamiami Trail , Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County has announced that recommendations for the Tourist Development Tax funding for the Arts have been approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Funds were distributed to the following organizations, among others: Asolo Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Fuzion, Sarasota Orchestra, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Ballet and the Ringling School of Art and Design.  

Original article published July 11, 2014 by SRQ Daily.

Aug 28
2013

County Commission Not Pursuing BRT Funding

Posted by in Sarasota County Commission , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail

A plan for a multi-million-dollar transportation program was put on hold Tuesday when Sarasota County Commissioners voted to withdraw an application to the federal government seeking funding for a bus rapid transit program. 

The bus rapid transit program had a projected capital cost of between $5 million and $10 million and would eventually have created rapid connection lines between such destinations as the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, downtown Sarasota, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Westfield Southgate. The decision to pull the application surprised County Commissioner Joe Barbetta, the lone vote in favor of continuing to pursue the federal funds. "If we had BRT, it would have very much helped with the redevelopment of the North Trail, but that fell on deaf ears," Barbetta said. "I'm sure it's a money thing." Jonathan Paul, interim transportation planning director, told commissioners the project had merits but was definitely a large commitment in funding. Had the project continued, staff would have needed to identify funding for consultants to update project justification and enter into project development for the Small Starts program. That would also have put the project on a timeline; at whatever point the Federal Transportation Administration approved a county application, the BRT project would have to be completed and operational within five years of that point. "In the bigger picture, BRT has validity," Paul said. "The 41 corridor could serve real traffic patterns and there is potential to revitalize the 301 corridor, so it is something worth pursuing." But he acknowledged a $10 million commitment on matching a federal grant would be difficult. The plan for BRT has been part of discussions between Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota regarding North Trail redevelopment and with Manatee County regarding the potential merger of transit systems for both counties. 

Original article published August 28, 2013, by SRQ Daily.

Jun 26
2012

North Tamiami Trail Sarasota

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , Revitalization , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development

North Trail Hotel Owner Wants to Know Where's the Money?

Reported by:   Max Winitz (Email:   mwinitz@mysuncoast.com)

With money being spent on projects to beautify downtown Sarasota, at least one business owner in another part of town is asking what about us?

For six years, Jay Patel has owned the Regency Inn on Sarasota's North Trail.   Almost everyday, during those six years, he says he sees drug transactions and prostitution taking place near his motel.

"It's a never ending story," Patel said.   "Here at my business, I have seen tourists check in and out because of the negative elements at my street corner."

Jun 12
2012

North Trail - District 1 City & County Meeting

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota

 

District 1 Sarasota City Commissioner Willie Shaw and District 1 County Commissioner Carolyn Mason will host a community forum Thursday, June 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St. the City of Sarasota has announced.  The forum will feature updates on current city and county projects within District 1, including the latest community efforts to improve public safety, a city news release says.

A featured portion of the forum will be Shaw's report on his recent trip to High Point, N.C., "where he learned more about a unique community based initiative to reduce crime," the release adds. "Led by criminologist David Kennedy, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, the High Point community used a multi-pronged approach to reduce crime," the news release says.

May 11
2012

North Trail partnership looks at ‘informal’ TIF

Posted by in US 41 , Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development

 

Posted on  by Stan Zimmerman

Apr 30
2012

Update on Myrtle Street Improvements

Posted by in Tamiami Trail , Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , Myrtle Street , My Tamiami , Booker High School

Thanks to Mike Lasche for providing additional information regarding the Myrtle Street Improvements:

On April 17, 2012, City and County Commissioners unanimously agreed to provide funding to build Phases 1 and 2 of the Myrtle Street reconstruction, from US 301 to Old Bradenton Road.  

Phase 1, which will improve the intersection at US 301/Myrtle, providing a southbound turn lane, will cost $337,000, is funded by the City, and is scheduled for construction in 2013.  

Apr 20
2012

Myrtle Street Tabbed For Additional Improvements

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , Myrtle Street , My Tamiami , Economic Development , Booker High School

By Charles Schelle

City and County Commissioners agreed to fund additional work on Myrtle Street to provide lightning and sidewalks on both side.

After some reconsideration, Myrtle Street will see sidewalks on both sides, bike lanes and lightning. But if the funding comes through.

Apr 18
2012

Commissions Ponder Bus Rapid Transit Route Options

Posted by in Universities , Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development , Colleges

 

By Charles Schelle

Sarasota's proposed Bus Rapid Transit system could have its route changed from using the Seminole Gulf Railway to routes benefiting U.S. routes 41 or 301.

Sep 12
2011

Clapp: North Trail gateway taking shape

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , Sarasota Businesses , Sarasota Business , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Gateway to Sarasota , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development Coordinator , Economic Development

By RICHARD CLAPP, Guest Columnist
Published: Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.

 

 

Something new is happening on Sarasota's North Trail. For the last two years a group of dedicated volunteers has been working diligently to improve this gateway to our city. Instead of complaining about the blight, they have taken action.


Aug 24
2011

North Trail Time

Posted by in Tamiami Cultural District , Sarasota Florida , Sarasota County Commission , Sarasota City Commission , North Trail Redevelopment Partnership , North Trail , North Tamiami Trail , North Tamiami  , North Sarasota , My Tamiami , Economic Redevelopment , Economic Growth , Economic Development Coordinator , Economic Development

Lou Ann Palmer, Louann.palmer@srqmediagroup.com

With the Sarasota County and City commissions' approval of $40,000 each, plus some $22,000 already committed by property owners, the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership is raring to go to renovate and resuscitate the northern gateway into Sarasota. "The group will be meeting this week to energize the business plan by determining the qualifications for hiring a redevelopment director," said Dick Clapp, a founder of the partnership. Sarasota City Manager Bob Bartolotta looks forward to working with NTRP and the County to develop a contract identifying the formal structure so both government agencies can partially fund the effort for the next two years. A draft version of alterations to the current overlay district will soon be presented to the partnership, North Trail Business Alliance and the four neighborhoods flanking the linear corridor -- Indian Beach Sapphire Shores, Tahiti Park, Central Cocoanut, and Bayou Oaks -- prior to presentation to the City Planning Board and City Commission. Partnership leaders including Clapp, Jay Patel, Steve Roskamp and Richard Dorfman have worked strenuously to develop a business plan and alterations to the city code to enhance, encourage and attract new development. The neighborhoods, educational institutions, property and business owners have all been involved and are enthusiastic about the timing for all of this to come together. With land costs at an all time low, opportunities for attracting financial investment is higher than it's been for a very long time. As Commissioner Willie Shaw said: "What is positive for the North Trail is positive for all of Sarasota." Jay Patel agreed. "In the last six to eight months, the North Trail has become more affordable. The momentum is building. The need is now. The opportunity is now." The City Commission unanimously jumped on board with the request. The County Commission did, too. With additional private sector support, the NTRP is anticipating their redevelopment director to be sitting in his or her Roskamp Center office ready to roll by the first of next year.

Original article appeared in SRQ Daily for Wednesday, August 24, 2011 (www.srqmagazine.com)