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Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness compiles the Annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count

2019-07-10T11:45:23-04:00July 10th, 2019|Homelessness|

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 In Time" (P.I.T.) count conducted by the Suncoast Partnership to End [...]

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’?

2019-01-07T11:49:49-04:00January 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

2018-12-15T17:34:51-04:00December 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

2019-01-07T11:59:50-04:00December 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 [...]

Plant trees, the fish will thank you – Reduce Algae Bloom

2018-12-13T16:57:52-04:00December 13th, 2018|Greenspace|

Everyone enjoys the cool shade tree of big trees on hot Florida days, but did you know trees significantly benefit our watershed by reducing stormwater runoff and flooding? Stormwater runoff is rain that does not soak into the ground or get absorbed by trees and plants. Instead, the rain falls on hard surfaces like buildings, [...]

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

2019-01-20T13:10:45-04:00July 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

2018-12-14T10:01:52-04:00April 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

2018-12-14T10:47:46-04:00March 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

2019-01-20T12:03:09-04:00March 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

2019-01-20T13:24:09-04:00February 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

2018-10-10T15:10:19-04:00December 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 this [...]

DSCA Zoning Code Committee Survey

2018-12-14T10:53:17-04:00November 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 [...]

DSCA successfully advocates for City of Sarasota development notices

2019-01-20T12:21:00-04:00February 20th, 2017|Land Development, Local News, Zoning Code|

February 9, ,2017   SARASOTA, Fla. – The Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association, led by President Patrick Gannon, has succeeded in urging the City of Sarasota to send email notifications about development applications submitted to the city for review. The policy change makes the development process more accessible to community members who can now subscribe to receive [...]

Emergency Notification System

2018-10-10T15:21:18-04:00February 13th, 2017|Local News, Safety|

The City is going to do a test notification on Tuesday, February 14th .  It is only a test and you do not need to evacuate when you get the message!!!!!! Emergency Notification System The City of Sarasota uses Rapid Notify as its Emergency Notification System provider.  These systems are often referred to as "Reverse 911" [...]

Pineapple Park Fountain Set for Enhancements

2018-10-10T15:12:49-04:00February 6th, 2017|Greenspace, Local News|

The city is investing nearly $150,000 to restore the mermaid fountain at Pineapple Park — and that’s just the beginning of its plans to improve the downtown space. Officials held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the improvements to the public park at Lemon and Pineapple avenues, dubbed “Good Heart Plaza.” That was 2005. Twelve years [...]

DSCA Pocket Parks in Rosemary District

2018-12-15T14:31:05-04:00May 31st, 2016|Greenspace|

The Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA) submitted this proposal to the City of Sarasota for a series of Reserved Community Spaces (i.e. Pocket Parks) to be identified and included in the City’s Strategic Plan for future implementation within the Rosemary District (between Fruitville Road & 10th Street, and US41 & Orange Avenue).  This proposal was [...]

DSCA Board Meeting Agenda – May 4, 2016

2018-10-10T15:13:43-04:00April 21st, 2016|DSCA News|

DSCA Monthly Board Meeting Wednesday, May 4, 2016   4:00pm Ritz-Carlton Residences, 1st Floor Founders Room Special Guest:  City Public Utilities: Gerald Boyce, General Manager Utilities Dept. The DSCA Board Meeting is open for DSCA Board Directors, Member Representatives and invited guests. DSCA BoardAgenda-20160504v1   Send questions & comments to:  Downtown.Sarasota.Condo.Assoc@gmail.com  

President’s Message

2018-10-10T15:20:14-04:00August 17th, 2015|DSCA News|

Since our Annual Member Meeting in March 2015, the DSCA Board has been quite active.  We have had strong attendance and participation by the 13 Directors at our monthly Board meetings, including several condo member representatives and liaison partners attending each Board meeting.  This has enabled us to accomplish the following: The DSCA website has [...]

Safety Committee Update

2018-10-10T15:22:47-04:00August 17th, 2015|Safety|

The DSCA’s Operation Plan for 2015 establishes ad hoc committees to advance specific annual goals including community safety.  To that end, the Safety Committee was established to work in concert with the Sarasota Police Department (SPD) to foster programs that enhance the safety of downtown residents.  As this is the first of an ongoing series on citizen [...]

Greenspace Committee Update

2018-10-10T15:23:23-04:00August 17th, 2015|Greenspace|

DSCA helped to promote two meetings that were held by the Save Our Sarasota Trees (SOS-Trees) organization.  The first public meeting was held on June 17 at the Art Center Sarasota.  This meeting was initiated in response to reports of trees being removed from Links Park and other downtown locations.  This was an informative meeting open to [...]

Homeless Committee Update

2018-10-10T15:24:18-04:00August 17th, 2015|Homelessness|

On Apr. 20, 2015, DSCA President spoke before the City Commission in support of the City Manager Barwin 8-Point Plan on Chronic Homelessness.  We stated our support using excerpts from the Barwin report, “The report on Chronic Homelessness presented by City Manager Barwin at the Sarasota City Commission meeting on April 6, provided an extremely helpful survey of [...]

Transportation Committee Update

2018-10-10T15:24:55-04:00August 17th, 2015|Transportation|

On May 22, DSCA held a transportation Focus Group at the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce with representatives of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).  The group reviewed and provided feedback on the MPO Long Range Transportation Plans, as well as prioritization of future projects. On Aug 3, several members of the DSCA Board attended [...]

DSCA Annual All Members Meeting Draws Large, Enthusiastic Crowd 

2018-10-10T15:25:32-04:00March 25th, 2015|DSCA News|

The DSCA Annual Meeting, followed by the DSCA Forum - The Homeless in Sarasota occurred on March 25, 2015 at the Herald tribune Building. The people in attendance heard that the DSCA is in a sound and stable position, and operating in maintaining and assuring that the interests of Downtown Condominium Associations are well represented. The Members in [...]

DSCA Forum – The Homeless in Sarasota 

2018-10-10T15:26:57-04:00March 25th, 2015|Homelessness|

DSCA sponsored a forum on Homelessness as part of the 2015 DSCA Annual Members Meeting on March 25, 2015 with an overflow audience at the Herald Tribune community room.  This forum, titled: The Homeless in Sarasota – Positive Happenings and Obstacles to Navigate included the following panelsists, along with Peter Fanning as moderator: Tom Barwin, City Manager, [...]

The DSCA Cooperates to Improve Downtown Livability 

2018-10-10T15:28:40-04:00January 1st, 2014|Homelessness, Safety|

Peter Fanning with Board support is working to extend the influence of DSCA by working with other Downtown Groups, Associations and Resident Members to improve the quality of life for Downtown Residents. With the help of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA) and especially the Plaza at Five Points and 100 Central Condominium Associations and their [...]

Bayfront Mooring Field Still a Possibility 

2018-10-10T15:29:13-04:00January 2nd, 2012|Transportation|

Maybe you have forgotten by now, but soon, well in “government” time a Bayfront Mooring Field will be established. Geotechnical Analysis of the bottom of the bay where the moorings are to be place is continuing as of this posting. Once this has been completed, Requests for Proposals for anchor design and installation will be [...]

A Push for A No Smoking Ordinance, Orderly Feeding Programs for the Homeless, and Promoting Amenities Downtown such as Benches to Sit On 

2018-10-10T15:29:50-04:00January 1st, 2012|Homelessness|

The DSCA Board is supporting and providing public input at the City Commission Meetings in support of several new ordinances and policies including a ban on smoking. Elsie Souza of 100 Central and Parks Advisory Board Member appeared at the April 4 City Commission Meeting to support the Parks Advisory Board’s recommendation for a NO [...]

Three District Commission Seats Will Be Contested in March Elections

2018-10-10T15:30:25-04:00January 3rd, 2011|Local News|

The seats for City Commissioners for Districts 1, 2, and 3 will be up for election on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The incumbents in District 1, Fredd Atkins and in District 3, Kelly Kirschner have announced their retirement from the Commission. Richard Clapp, District 2, has announced his intention to seek a second four-year term [...]

Scope’s Suzanne Gregory Invites DSCA members to Contribute Information

2018-10-10T15:31:06-04:00January 2nd, 2011|Local News|

SCOPE (see Info Links Page on the DSCA Website’s Home Page for information about SCOPE) is planning an Aging with Dignity Initiative. This initiative is a partnership of SCOPE, USF Sarasota-Manatee and The Patterson Foundation.  The broad goal of this multi-year effort is to develop innovative and technological ways for older adults to age with [...]

Paid Parking Coming to a Street Near You, if you Live Downtown

2018-10-10T15:32:37-04:00January 1st, 2011|Transportation|

The City Commission at its January 3rd meeting agreed to authorize the Mayor (Kelly Kirschner), City Auditor and Clerk to enter into an agreement with Duncan Technologies to implement an on street paid parking plan. This plan anticipates that approximately 620 on street spaces will become "pay-to-use" parking spaces. It continues to be the intent of [...]

DSCA Holds All Members Meeting 

2018-10-10T15:33:25-04:00December 12th, 2010|DSCA News|

Sixty-six residents attended the DSCA all members meeting on December 6, 2010 to hear a series of speakers give an update on several very “hot” topics. Former City Commissioner Ken Shelin gave a presentation on the idea of realigning the management of Selby Five Points Park by having the City of Sarasota contract with a [...]

Bicycles for the Homeless

2018-10-10T15:34:18-04:00November 24th, 2010|Homelessness, Transportation|

If one of your New Year’s resolutions includes reducing the clutter by cleaning out the garage or storage area and you come across bicycles that are no longer used, consider a donation to Bicycles for the Homeless Inc. This organization seeks bicycles in any condition to be reconditioned and upgraded for safety, if necessary. The [...]

Downtown Farmers Market Changing Date for One Day Only

2018-10-10T15:35:41-04:00November 24th, 2010|Local News|

The City of Sarasota has informed Phil Pagano, Operations Manager of the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market, that his request to move the date of the Farmers Market for one day only from Saturday, December 25 to Thursday, December 23 has been approved.  In addition, Mr. Pagano announced that the Farmers Market will not be open on the [...]

Your DSCA Board of Directors Met on Thursday, November 18

2018-10-10T14:27:22-04:00November 24th, 2010|DSCA News|

The Board of Directors of the DSCA met on November 18, 2010 and took the following action: The Board received another update on the recently initiated website for DSCA and its evolution toward being a major vehicle of communication for DSCA members. Once again, the Board expressed its gratitude for all the effort and time [...]

New Decorative Lighting Coming to Downtown

2018-10-10T14:27:50-04:00November 24th, 2010|Safety|

In its continuing efforts to make the downtown area more attractive and vibrant, the Downtown Improvement District (DID) and the Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA) have moved forward with a plan to have lights installed on the electric poles along Main Street from 301/Washington Blvd. to the Bayfront and along several adjoining streets. There are 280 [...]

Tobacco-Free Zones in the City?

2018-10-10T15:36:42-04:00October 11th, 2010|Greenspace, Safety|

After the City Parks, Recreation and Environmental Protection Board asked the City Commission to consider creating tobacco-free zones in children’s areas of city parks, DSCA asked the question why limit it to just the children’s areas. Residents and merchants downtown have been complaining for sometime about the litter being created downtown by people who inappropriately [...]

SemCon II 2010-2011 — Residents Turn Out to Give Advice

2018-10-10T14:30:34-04:00October 11th, 2010|Land Development, Local News, Zoning Code|

How about brick streets, arcades mid-block along Main Street, wider sidewalks, refurbished store fronts that follow the historic underlay, a pedestrian friendly connecting portal from Main Street to the Bayfront, a circulating “people mover” to not only get people connected throughout the downtown and adjacent areas, but also to other public transportation including maybe a [...]

Fences Up — Five Points Park Under Construction 

2018-10-10T15:37:14-04:00October 11th, 2010|Greenspace|

You probably noticed the blue safety fence that has gone up around the Five Points Park.  According to the City Public Works Department the schedule calls for •    Removing existing wall surrounding the park •    Grading of the Park •    Installation of a new irrigation system •    Brick walkway installation •    Landscaping Hopefully, we will [...]

Support to Dolphin Tower Evacuees

2018-10-10T14:31:39-04:00August 23rd, 2010|Local News|

The DSCA is providing support to the residents of our member association, Dolphin Tower. Reality struck home when residents like Carol Reynolds (also an active member of a number of the subcommittees to the DSCA Board) was told to evacuate her home and bring along only a few possessions that she could carry. Through the assistance [...]

Improved Member Communication through New DSCA Website

2018-10-10T14:32:00-04:00August 23rd, 2010|DSCA News|

The DSCA Board of Directors establishes communication with its members and improving member input to other associations as the number one priority for the upcoming year. If you have already visited the About Us Page you know that the DSCA is very much interested in improving communication among its members and the Board of Directors. This new [...]

Involvement with Homeless Issues in Downtown Sarasota

2018-10-10T14:32:07-04:00August 23rd, 2010|Homelessness|

The DSCA has heard you, its members, and has taken the initiative to address the accommodation of those persons who are homeless in the downtown area. Harry Chororos, President of the Sarabande Condominium Association, has agreed to Chair the DSCA’s Sub-Committee on Persons Who Are Homeless. Soon after, realizing how pervasive and complex this issue [...]

Input with City Commission Regarding Vibrancy and Quality of Life Issues

2018-10-10T15:37:39-04:00August 23rd, 2010|Greenspace, Safety, Zoning Code|

The DSCA leading the way in collaborating with other stakeholders with an interest in improving the vibrancy and quality of life downtown appeared several times before the City Commission to encourage a compromise that works for everyone. The DSCA, based on the advice from many of our association members, has appeared many times before the [...]

Beautification and Redesign of Five Points

2018-10-10T15:38:03-04:00August 23rd, 2010|Greenspace|

The Beautification and Redesign of Five Points Park is Underway with The City Commission’s Acceptance of the Plans Brought Forth By the Downtown Improvement District (DID). The improvements to beautify Five Points Park and make it functionally a much more useable and comfortable resource for residents and visitors will be taking place at the same [...]

Downtown Sarasota Projects

2018-10-10T14:33:30-04:00August 23rd, 2010|Land Development|

It seems as though when the traffic around town lessens, the activities of our City Commission and of the various City Departments increases. Watching Downtown Improve right before our eyes! So much of downtown is undergoing renovation and upgrades that if you blink you might just miss something.  Of course, as all of you know [...]

City Commission Moves Forward with Mooring Field Project

2018-10-10T15:38:28-04:00August 23rd, 2010|Greenspace|

Peter Fanning, DSCA President, appeared before the City Commission on August 16 to again push for completion of the Bayfront Mooring Field. This much discussed, off again-on again effort, has been going on for nearly a decade, and was identified by the Board of Directors with member support as a priority for this year. Peter [...]