+ Path cleared for free electric-car service
Upon hearing about a free electric-car service on Siesta Key that could expand to downtown Sarasota, city commissioners approved a measure that could make that move possible.
As featured in last week’s Sarasota Observer, the operator of Jonny’s Free Beach Rides wants to start a similar business that would shuttle people up and down Main Street.
That service would be free to ride and would require no government subsidy.
However, city code only allows such businesses that charge a fee.
Commissioner unanimously endorsed the public-process to change a city ordinance to allow low-speed vehicles, such as the electric cars Jonny’s Free Beach Rides uses, to be operated without charging their customers.
+ Commission endorses North Trail plan
City commissioners asked city administrators Aug. 15 to find the money to help fund a North Trail economic-development coordinator position.
The commission unanimously asked that $40,000 be dedicated to that purpose.
North Trail leaders have already secured $40,000 from the county to fund that new job, but that money was contingent upon the city and North Trail business to each contribute the same amount.
Jay Patel, president of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, said he has already approached 11 businesses, and each one has agreed to put in $2,000, for a total of $22,000.
The main goal of the economic-development coordinator will be business recruitment — finding companies that will make their home on the North Trail.
Meetings & agendas
• City Commission Regular Meeting — 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
• City Commission Regular Meeting — 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
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- I hope the electric cars are city wide soon. We have needed this for a long time.
23 Senegalese Film and Discussion
23 Savvy Social Security Planning
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
24 Sarasota Pumpkin Festival
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
25 Free picture framing seminar
School of rock
Fans cheered on their favorite bands Saturday at Rock for a Cause.
A budding partnership
Local Kiwanis clubs joined forces to help break ground on a butterfly garden and new information center for Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities.
Walk this way
With less than a month until Election Day, Rhana Bazzini, left, has decided she’s had enough with current campaign financing.