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SRQ DAILY Jun 25, 2018

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"There is no reason to take an initial site track when the project meets all zoning by right."

- Jesse Biter, Bold Lofts
 

[Development]  Could City Collect More in Site Plan Fees?
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A coupling of development fees has political leaders threatening action against the City of Sarasota. They suggest the city has lost out on tens of thousands each on a number of projects while limiting transparency to the public. But developers say it’s already expensive to do business in the city without additional, potentially prohibitive costs. 

The dispute centers around site plan and building fees. Civic group STOP says the city frequently allows large projects to be built without providing sufficient notice to citizens or paying site plan review fees to the city. “They need to provide a definitive answer about whether they are going to provide notice for all of these administrative projects that require a site plan and need to decide whether they will collect fees,” says Kate Lowman, a STOP steering committee member. “If they are not going to do those things, they need to say why.”

Sarasota city spokesman Jason Bartolone says developers have the option to have site plans processed in conjunction with a building permit, rather than doing one process and then the other. “Only one fee is charged in those cases because less staff time is required to process both at the same time,” he says. And that would appear to be an option growing in popularity.

STOP officials says they reviewed 16 projects permitted over the past five years and of those, nine elected to do site plans in conjunction with their building permit review. Lowman says her chief concern with the process is citizens effectively lose the right to appeal approvals on these projects because affected parties don’t get notified the same as when a site plan gets reviewed separately from winning its final permit. And she suggested city staff, knowing developers involved in the permit process have already invested substantially in a project, end up being less likely to advise site plan changes that make for better city planning.

Beyond transparency, she says there’s also a financial cost. She looked at five projects that did pay fees separately—BLVD, Cityside, The Mark, Renaissance and The Vue—and on average those developers paid $23,897 per development.

But one of the developers who elected to process site plans and a building permit simultaneously says it would make no sense to force developers to pay more than they already get charged. While his BOLD Lofts appears on the list of developments STOP says paid no site plan fee, BOLD developer Jesse Biter says that’s because the project did not require an initial site plan approval. “We submitted for building permit,” he says. “There is no reason to take an initial site track when the project meets all zoning by right.” Still, pulling all necessary permits for BOLD Lofts cost almost $200,000, and that’s before another $522,000 in impact fees.

Lowman says that shows that for a developer, the site plan fee would represent a fraction of total cost. Law firm Lobeck & Hanson sent a letter to the city saying STOP is prepared to take legal action to compel the city to fulfill its obligations regarding the fees.

Bartolone says right now developers who undergo the formal Development Review Committee process get charged appropriately. But city officials will review their process. “Senior staff, administration and the City attorney plan to meet sometime in the next week or so to address possible changes to administrative procedures involving site plan applications,” he says. 

[Government]  CONA Invites Commission Candidates to Open Forums

All candidates who qualified to run for county commission have been invited by CONA Sarasota (Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations) to participate in a candidate forum scheduled for their race. The forums are free and open to the public. The forum for district two candidates for county commission will be held by CONA on July 9. The forum for district four candidates for county commission will be held by CONA on August 13. The location for both forums is the Sarasota Garden Club. A social at 6:30pm precedes the forum that begins at 7pm. Qualified candidates for any scheduled local race and those proposing ballot initiatives are welcome to attend the social before each of the forums in order to make contact with voters and to distribute literature and yard signs—even if not scheduled as a member of the panel for that forum. 

CONA Sarasota

[Arts and Culture]  EOD Awarded Tourism Grant, Receiving Submissions

The Sarasota County Commission has awarded Embracing Our Differences a $52,082 Tourist Development Cultural/Arts grant to help fund its 2019 exhibition season, which runs January 19 through March 15 in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. For 15 years, Embracing Our Differences has drawn on the passion and perception of artists, children and others to create powerful statements of diversity and acceptance in its annual outdoor public art exhibition consisting of 45 billboard-sized works of art and accompanying quotes. The scale and impact of this outdoor exhibition has continued to grow, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors since its inception. This exhibit is the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness of and promote diversity. A call for art and quote submissions for the 2019 exhibit is ongoing through October 15.  

Embracing Our DIfferences

[Music]  SCA Receives Tourism Grant for 2019 Great Performers

The Sarasota County Commission awarded the Sarasota Concert Association a $46,116 Tourist Development Cultural/Arts grant to help fund its 2019 Great Performers Series. The 2019 Great Performers Series features the piano duo Anderson & Roe (January 14); the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (January 24); the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (February 11); Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with Jeremy Denk, piano (February 21); the Pavel Haas Quartet (March 15); and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Fabio Bidini, piano (April 3). Five of the concerts are at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and one concert is at Riverview Performing Arts Center. SCA also presents Music Matinees, a free concert series that includes performances by high-caliber, area-based artists. The series is designed to offer a variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz and opera, and features vocal and instrumental performers. 

Sarasota Concert Association

[Real Estate]  Worth Earns CLHMS Designation

Amy Worth, broker-associate with RE/MAX Platinum Realty in Sarasota, recently earned the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The CLHMS designation recognizes experience, knowledge and expertise in high-end residential properties. Worth joins an exclusive group of real estate professionals who have completed the Institute’s training and have a proven performance in the upper-tier market. A local real estate professional for more than 25 years, Worth is president-elect of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee. She holds the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), Certified Depressed Property Expert (CDPE) and e-PRO designations. 

RE/MAX Platinum Realty



[TODAY]  SPORTS: HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix , June 23 – July 4

The 34th Annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix, offers events for the entire family to enjoy.  Powerboat racing will take place off Lido Beach on July 1 broadcasted by CBS Sports, with boats racing at speeds over 100 MPH. Other Festival events include a Golf Classic, Car Show, Kickoff Party, Racer Autograph Signing, A Fan Festival, Downtown Block Party, Motorcycle Charity Ride and much more. The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix is produced by, and benefits, Suncoast Charities for Children supporting local children and adults with special needs.

[TODAY]  PERFORMANCE: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 12 – July 28

The 2018 Circus Spectacular will amaze and dazzle you. Join the performers for an hour of incredible family fun at affordable prices. Presented in collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this onstage exhibition of circus artistry provides delightful summer entertainment for “children of all ages.”

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Murder for Two , June 27 – July 29

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman who dreams of becoming a detective. When shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of great American novelist Arthur Whitney, and Whitney ends up dead, Marcus sees an opportunity to prove his sleuthing skills. With only a short time to solve the case, he has to find out, “whodunit?” In a witty musical homage to classic murder mysteries, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem, and murder.

 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: SAF Film: "Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion" with Matthew Silva , June 28, 5:30pm-7pm

"Modern Ruin: World's Fair Pavilion" (2015) tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, including the years of neglect and recent growing advocacy efforts. Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for SAF members, and students with IDs as well as Ringling College staff get free admission. 

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , June 30, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  FILM: Films on the Fairway , June 30, 7pm

The Palms Golf Club and the Sarasota Film Festival are teaming up for Films on the Fairway. Throughout the summer, you will be able to enjoy a film, food and fun on the gorgeous greens of the Palms Golf Club. In their upcoming screening, the golf club will show Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, the 1981 Steven Spielberg classic starring Harrison Ford. Tickets can be bought in advance or purchased at the door. Premium tickets are also available on a limited first come-first serve basis. For $27.50, enjoy dinner, a beverage of choice, a golf cart with preferred viewing, unlimited popcorn and waitress service! Reservations must be made and paid in prior to June 23rd, 2018.

The Palms Golf Club, 1990 S Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Caspersen Beach to Lemon Bay , July 1, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy quiet water, open-seated kayaking and exploration from Casperson Beach to Lemon Bay. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip from Little Sarasota Bay to Palmer Point Beach , July 4, 8:30am-11:30am

Join John Sarkozy, as he shows you the natural beauty of Little Sarasota Bay. All kayak equipment will be supplied to you and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. A short training session will be given before the trip for those who wish to take it. Take a break on the “crown jewel” of local beaches and take a swim or a walk before paddling back to the mainland.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular , July 4, 4:30pm-10:00pm

Join Marina Jack for their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Independence Day between 11:00 am-10:00pm. Indulge in the decadent menus from the Dining Room, Blue Sunshine Patio Bar & Grill and Deep Six Lounge & Piano Bar all while enjoying the magnificent display of lights in the sky. Marina Jack II will host a three-hour cruise featuring a buffet, live music and premier viewing of the fireworks display.

Marina Jack's, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Curry Creek to Nokomis , July 7, 8:30am-11:30am

Enjoy the great outdoors with a kayak paddle led by John Sarkozy, through Nokomis and the Curry Creek Preserve. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which $20 for ALS members and $25 for non-members. Bring drinking water, suncreen and your sense of adventure. 

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Kayak Trip From Snook Haven Down The Myakka River , July 10, 8:30am-11:30am

Take a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy from the wild and scenic Myakka River, and travel downstream from Snook Haven. All kayak equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the trip, which is $20 per person for ALS members and $25 for non-members. For those who want it, there will be a short training session given before launch.

American Littoral Society

[SOON]  THEATER: What the Butler Saw , July 10 – July 29

Wild, risqué, and ferociously funny, Joe Orton’s classic farce takes aim at everything from sex to psychiatry. In an exclusive, private mental health clinic, Dr. Prentice is attempting to seduce his prospective secretary when his wife walks in, interrupting his sordid intentions and kicking off a maniacal tour de force involving a state inspector, bellboys, slamming doors, and, above all, Orton’s wicked wit and breakneck dialogue. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Tops from Flops , July 11 – July 22

A musical review of America’s most treasured musical theater songs that came from some of Broadways biggest fiascos.  Enjoy an evening of great and enduring all-time hits from composers like:  George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and many more!  An exuberant tour through the last 75 years of Broadways musical giants all spawned from Broadways biggest flops.

Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 North Tamiami Tr., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Tenth Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival , July 12 – July 14

Troupes are coming from all over the country, from as far away as France and Spain, all ready to bring their best spontaneous hilarity to the Gulf Coast. Featuring an unprecedented THREE headliners - Baby Wants Candy (Chicago), Impro Madrid (Spain) and Impro Theatre (LA) - one for each day of the Festival. Plus, several returning favorites including North Coast (NYC), Parallelogramophonograph (Austin, TX), ImprovBoston (Boston, MA), STACKED (Chicago, IL) and Available Cupholders (Austin, TX). 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

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