About Patrick Gannon

President, DSCA Condo on the Bay City of Sarasota Planning Board

DSCA Greenspace Committee Gets Update on FDOT Landscaping Plans

2021-09-18T18:20:55-04:00September 18th, 2021|DSCA News, Greenspace, Land Development, Transportation|

On August 24, 2021, members of the DSCA Greenspace Committee and interested residents held discussions with  FDOT and City experts; which included Mark Miller, Sr. Arborist & Dan Ohrenstein, Assistant City Engineer; City of Sarasota; Darryl Richard, District 1 Landscape Architect, FL Dept of Transportation (FDOT). The committee and guests discussed the following agenda items: [...]

Condo Members to Discuss Building Inspections

2021-07-10T16:52:01-04:00July 10th, 2021|DSCA News, Land Development, Local News, Safety, Zoning Code|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 9, 2021 DSCA Condo Members to Discuss Building Inspections The Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) and its members send our thoughts to those in Surfside, FL affected by the tragic building collapse. Downtown Sarasota condos spend over $60 million per year in operating expenses that includes regular building maintenance [...]

Rosemary Resident Takes Reins At DSCA

2021-05-02T22:52:29-04:00May 2nd, 2021|DSCA News|

The Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) board of directors is pleased to announce that it has elected David Lough as its new President. He succeeds Eileen Normile who has moved to a senior board position with the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations (CCNA). Lough has served on the DSCA [...]

Trees on Florida Ave

2021-03-31T23:08:51-04:00March 31st, 2021|DSCA News, Greenspace|

In February 2021 the effort to install canopy trees on Florida Ave. in the Rosemary District, between Blvd of the Arts and 5th , was completed. In all ten canopy trees were planted, including seven Pink Tabebuia’s which are known for their spectacular display of pink blossoms in the Spring. The work included several [...]

DSCA Electric Vehicle Charging Subcommittee

2021-03-04T14:05:29-05:00March 4th, 2021|Transportation|

The DSCA Transportation Committee has formed a new Electric Vehicle Charging Subcommittee under the leadership of Alan Freedman, DSCA Board Director from Alinari condo. The EV Charging Subcommittee will meet soon to review suggestions and comments from downtown residents and condo managers regarding Electronic Vehicle Charging Stations in downtown condos (multi-unit dwellings).   Several members [...]

DSCA Supports Safety of Ringling Bicycle Trail

2021-01-31T12:24:25-05:00January 31st, 2021|DSCA News, Local News, Safety, Transportation|

Moves to Make Bicyclist Feel Safe Downtown  The Board of Directors of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) has enthusiastically endorsed the construction of the Ringling Bicycle Trail from the Legacy Trail to Pineapple Avenue in downtown Sarasota. Thousands of people are currently using the Legacy Trail and with its completion to Fruitville Road [...]

Marlon Brown named interim city manager

2020-12-08T17:22:08-05:00December 8th, 2020|DSCA News, Local News|

Sarasota, FL:  The City Commission on Monday evening appointed Marlon Brown as interim city manager and moved to transition him into that role permanently. Brown has served as Sarasota’s deputy city manager since 2009. He will succeed City Manager Tom Barwin, who is retiring at the end of this month following more than eight [...]

US41-Gulfstream Roundabout Project Phases

2021-01-30T15:30:28-05:00November 10th, 2020|DSCA News, Transportation|

 US 41/Gulfstream Roundabout and Gap Stormwater Project Narrative  The FDOT Temporary Traffic Control Plan (TTCP) is to build temporary diversions (bypass roads – purple areas on exhibit) through a portion of existing parking along Bayfront Park Drive and a portion east of US 41 at Gulfstream Avenue to handle traffic while the roundabout is [...]

Second Heart Homes Buys Homes for Homeless

2020-11-11T10:28:02-05:00November 5th, 2020|DSCA News, Homelessness|

Second Heart Homes, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent housing to those with mental illness who have experienced or are at-risk of homelessness. Our goal is to provide long-term solutions that revive dignity and enhance quality of life through self-sufficiency. Second Heart Homes meets people where they are at and [...]

Downtown Sarasota, Florida US 41 Roundabout Educational Videos

2020-10-17T14:26:06-04:00August 29th, 2020|Safety, Transportation, Uncategorized|

Educational videos show how to navigate new U.S. 41 Roundabouts  These videos, produced in conjunction with engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, can be viewed online on the City’s website. The series of videos includes: A simulated driver’s view of the two roundabouts Understanding the symbols used in roundabout pavement markings and street signs 10th Street roundabout lane and [...]

2020 Homeless Point In Time Survey

2020-06-24T10:33:50-04:00June 24th, 2020|DSCA News, Homelessness, Local News|

Each year the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, Inc. (Suncoast Partnership) on behalf of the Sarasota/Manatee Continuum of Care compiles the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count. This survey provides a snapshot of homelessness in Sarasota and Manatee County on a single night, January 27 to January 28 of 2020. While it is not possible to [...]

Poll workers needed for 2020 elections

2020-06-24T09:25:03-04:00June 24th, 2020|DSCA News, Local News|

SARASOTA, FL – Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is urging county voters to consider becoming poll workers for the August 18 Primary Election and November 3 General Election. “Sarasota County is facing a shortage of poll workers for coming elections, which are only months away,” Turner said.  “Recruiting poll workers is always [...]

MPO Transform Tomorrow Survey

2020-06-18T11:48:58-04:00June 18th, 2020|DSCA News, Transportation|

The Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) invites City residents to participate in our Transportation Investment Survey. In the next 25 years, almost $5 Billion may be invested in the Sarasota/Manatee transportation system. Your priorities will help decide which programs and projects are submitted to state and federal transportation departments for funding.   We would [...]

Salute to Downtown Green Space Pioneers

2020-05-12T11:59:18-04:00May 12th, 2020|DSCA News, Greenspace|

April 2020, Sarasota, Florida. National Arbor Day was celebrated on April 24, 2020 this year to promote cleaner air and water, protect wildlife in their natural habitats, and improve human health — all through planting and nurturing trees. In recognition of National Arbor Day, and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, DSCA celebrates the [...]

Second Heart Homes Expands

2020-05-12T11:51:14-04:00April 18th, 2020|DSCA News, Homelessness|

April 2020, Sarasota, FL. Second Heart Homes, Inc. just announced the addition of a new house to their mental health housing program! This will have a major impact by getting 6 individuals with severe mental illness off the street and into the lives they deserve. This will bring a ray of hope to our [...]

Roundabout Educational Videos

2020-04-10T15:21:28-04:00April 10th, 2020|DSCA News, Local News, Transportation|

Educational videos show how to navigate new U.S. 41 roundabouts  Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota is sharing a series of informational videos to help educate motorists on how to navigate the new multi-lane roundabouts on U.S. 41 at 10th and 14th streets ahead of their planned opening next weekend [April 17-20]. See diagram of [...]

Mental Health Special Dependent District

2020-02-13T19:01:44-05:00February 13th, 2020|Homelessness, Local News|

According to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute, Florida ranks 49th out of 50 states in funding of mental health services.  Sarasota County wants your feedback on whether a referendum to fund the establishment of a local Mental Health Special Dependent District (MHSDD) through an increase in millage (Property [...]

Revised Selby Gardens Master Plan

2020-02-16T20:18:06-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Land Development|

SARASOTA, Fla., January 26, 2020 – Marie Selby Botanical Gardens today released details of a new compromise Master Site Plan, including a number of significant changes made to address concerns. After more than 40 hours of public input at hearings last fall and, more recently, at follow-up meetings with the community, three recurring concerns were voiced: [...]

Roundabouts reduce traffic fatalities

2020-02-03T09:25:49-05:00February 3rd, 2020|DSCA News, Transportation|

Carmel, IN's secret to reducing traffic fatalities? Roundabouts! Dive Brief: To get congestion, road safety and emissions issues under control, cities should consider installing roundabouts at intersections, Carmel, IN Mayor Jim Brainard told Smart Cities Dive last week. Since he took office in 1996, the city has installed more than 120 roundabouts, which Brainard said [...]

Fruitville @ US41 Construction

2019-12-22T18:52:13-05:00December 22nd, 2019|DSCA News, Land Development, Local News, Safety, Transportation|

REMINDER: New Traffic Shift, Detour began Nov. 25 for US-41 Fruitville Road intersection Detours began Nov. 25 for the US 41-Fruitville Road Roundabout.  The two changes involve left turns: (1) No SB US 41 to EB Fruitville Rd - Southbound US 41 traffic will not be able to turn left at Fruitville Rd.  This will be [...]

Second Heart Homes launches

2019-12-22T22:15:24-05:00December 22nd, 2019|Homelessness, Local News|

December 2019 -  The long worked-for dream of Megan Howell and Barbara Raskowski to fund more homes for people without homes has finally come to fruition with the establishment of Second Heart Homes, Inc. as a not-for-profit corporation, approved for charitable contributions under IRS 501(c)3 rules. Second Heart Homes, Inc.  NOT A HOUSE, BUT [...]

City Transportation Master Plan

2019-12-18T21:20:43-05:00December 18th, 2019|Land Development, Transportation, Zoning Code|

Sarasota in motion ... The City of Sarasota is preparing its first citywide transportation master plan, which will serve as a playbook for how the City not only invests in transportation infrastructure, but also how it achieves the community’s larger quality of life goals.  City staff are working to gather [...]

DSCA Expands Homeless Information Program

2019-10-07T22:21:44-04:00October 7th, 2019|DSCA News, Homelessness|

The DSCA Committee on Homeless took a page from the very successful “Three E’s” program of the City of Sarasota Police Department of Educate, Encourage and Enforce to assist persons without homes. The DSCA’s program of Educate, Encourage and Activate is designed to improve the understanding and knowledge of the DSCA membership and residents [...]

Tabletop Composting

2019-07-20T17:02:04-04:00July 20th, 2019|Greenspace|

Tabletop composting:  When Tracie Troxler returned to Manatee County after living in California for 20 years, she brought with her the dream of creating a community garden. During the process, Tracie discovered here was “a huge food waste challenge and a soil challenge,” that led her to establish the Sunshine Community Compost, a nonprofit [...]

2019 Homeless Annual Point-in-Time Report

2019-07-20T17:10:24-04:00July 10th, 2019|Homelessness|

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness compiles the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count Apr. 26, 2019 According to the latest census in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the number of homeless individuals is diminished, due to community-based efforts that serve the special needs of people who experience homelessness here. This news comes from the latest 2019 "Point [...]

City-County Housing Action Plan 2019 – 2020

2019-07-10T11:29:05-04:00March 6th, 2019|Homelessness|

Mar. 6, 2019  -  The City of Sarasota and Sarasota County receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). One of the grant requirements is that we notify adjacent governments that Sarasota has prepared their [...]

Seidman: ‘The right tree in the right place’?

2019-01-07T11:49:49-05:00January 7th, 2019|Greenspace, Local News|

The city’s greenspace policy calls for canopy trees in public rights-of way, but the Lemon Avenue is proposing palms. The royal palm is a stately, elegant, regal tree. It can soar to 90 feet in height and bears more than a dozen giant fronds, each twice as tall as a basketball player and weighing as [...]

Strong Towns Articles – December 2018

2018-12-15T17:34:51-05:00December 15th, 2018|Land Development, Transportation, Zoning Code|

Why Do People Keep Being Killed on This Road?  by Charles Marohn | December 10, 2018 Tragedy predictably occurs when our road designs combine high speeds and randomness.   Three Cheers for Minneapolis (The 3 is for Triplex)  by Daniel Herriges | December 12, 2018 Minneapolis just became the first major U.S. city in a long time [...]

Lemon Ave. Streetscape Open House, Dec. 17, 2018

2019-01-07T11:59:50-05:00December 15th, 2018|Greenspace, Land Development, Local News|

The community is invited to learn about the Lemon Avenue Streetscape project during an open house with City of Sarasota staff Monday, Dec.17 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the SRQ Media Studio in the City Hall Annex, 1565 First Street. NewsRelease_Lemon Ave. Streetscape Open House Set for Dec. 17.. DSCA Board authorized a letter which was sent to City [...]

DSCA Endorses The Bay Sarasota Final Plan

2018-10-10T15:03:18-04:00September 6th, 2018|Greenspace, Land Development, Local News|

On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the DSCA Board approved the Resolution in support of The Bay Sarasota final concept plan. The Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) has been a Stakeholder and supporter of the Bayfront 20:20 planning initiative since its early planning in 2014.  DSCA helped financially to fund the Stakeholder initiative and has provided feedback [...]

DSCA joined in issuing a Press Release on Four Civic Groups Unite to Adopt Zoning Code Principals with CCNA, STOP! and SHOUT

2019-01-20T13:10:45-05:00July 9th, 2018|Land Development, Uncategorized, Zoning Code|

July 9, 2018   SARASOTA, FLORIDA Joint Zoning Code Consensus press release-final-20180709 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Melvin Sykes melvynsykes48@gmail.com (443) 871-5879 Four Civic Groups Unite to Adopt Zoning Code Principles • Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations (CCNA) • Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) • STOP! • SHOUT Sarasota, Florida July 9, 2018 - Four of Sarasota’s civic [...]

DSCA Forum on Homelessness – Doing Good Even Better

2018-12-14T10:01:52-05:00April 11th, 2018|Homelessness|

YouTube Playlist: DSCA Forum on Homelessness – Doing Good Even Better The Francis, 1289 Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 5:30 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.  [click on individual names to view videos] Welcome, Patrick Gannon, President, DSCA The Road To Better – Peter Fanning, DSCA Director “We have a panel of “blue sky” people, because [...]

DSCA Workshop on Transportation Planning in the City of Sarasota

2018-12-14T10:47:46-05:00March 12th, 2018|Transportation|

March 12, 2018  –  The Francis, 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236 DSCA Workshop on Transportation Planning provided updates on the latest transportation projects and plans affecting the City of Sarasota. Learn about the latest status and plans for: Roundabouts on US41 (14th St & 10th St, Fruitville, Gulfstream, Main St & Ringling Blvd.) Median project (Fruitville-to-Gulfstream) [...]

Downtown residents campaign for building setbacks

2019-01-20T12:03:09-05:00March 8th, 2018|Land Development, Zoning Code|

THURSDAY, MAR. 8, 2018 by: David Conway Deputy Managing Editor https://www.yourobserver.com/article/downtown-palm-avenue-setbacks-form-based-code As the city ponders new zoning regulations, downtown residents want more space between them and new construction. During a period of growth in Sarasota, downtown residents are banding together to ask the city to reconsider its building regulations. As officials prepare to review a proposed citywide [...]

DSCA Letter to City Commission on Recommended Actions from Zoning Code Survey

2019-01-20T13:24:09-05:00February 5th, 2018|Land Development, Zoning Code|

February 5, 2018 City of Sarasota Commission 1565 1st Street, Room 101 Sarasota, Florida 34236   Dear Mayor Freeland Eddie, Vice Mayor Alpert, Commissioners Ahern-Koch, Brody and Shaw:   The Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) surveyed its members in June 2017 concerning the impact of land development and construction in our Downtown neighborhood.  Based on [...]

Hurricane Irma: The Aftermath & Lessons Learned

2021-07-13T11:52:38-04:00December 5th, 2017|Safety|

DSCA member condo associations were asked to provide suggestions on lessons learned from the September 10, 2017 Hurricane Irma storm from both a preparation and recovery process. As the member condos range in size and location, some of the comments are unique to those condos and may not be applicable to other condos. Click [...]

DSCA Zoning Code Committee Survey

2018-12-14T10:53:17-05:00November 1st, 2017|Land Development, Zoning Code|

In June 2017, the DSCA Zoning Code Committee sent out a survey to the member condo associations requesting feedback on the most critical issues affecting residents with regards to land development and construction projects in our greater downtown neighborhood. The responses were grouped and the committee’s findings were provided to the DSCA Board with the following [...]

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