+ Main Street input received
Residents and business owners gave their input Monday at City Hall on a Main Street streetscape project that calls for a more uniform look with bricked streets in the historic district.
Cards were distributed to the participants so that they could provide their input. The cards, and the chosen project, will be presented in December to the Downtown Improvement District board for its review.
The goal is for the city to finalize a design and cost for the future project before presenting it to the Sarasota City, Commission for its review by the end of the year.
DID Chairman Ernie Ritz said the goal of any future project will be to minimize project construction as much as possible so it doesn’t affect the business of the Main Street merchants.
+ Pines of Sarasota receives $1 million gift
Pines of Sarasota announced a $1 million gift, its largest gift from an individual, donated by Jeanne and George Manser to establish the Manser Family Rehabilitation Center. The center, along with a redesigned entrance and newly renovated thrift shop, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov 18. The public is invited to attend the ceremony on the Pines campus, 1501 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.
For more information, visit www.pinesofsarasota.org.
+ Trash schedule changes for Thanksgiving holiday
There will be no city trash collection Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.
The schedule for collection will be as follows: Thursday: garbage, recycling and yard waste collection will occur one day later on Friday, Nov. 25. Regularly scheduled Friday garbage, recycling and yard-waste collection will occur on Saturday, Nov. 26.
City of Sarasota administration offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. All offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 28.
For more information, please call the city of Sarasota Solid Waste Division at 365-7651. If you have questions regarding recycling, yard waste or bulk waste, please contact Waste Management at 497-8088.
+ Utilities crews contain sewer leak
Utilities crews began repairing a 20-inch forcemain at 34 S. Gulfstream Ave. Wednesday after it began to leak at 2:30 a.m. City staff is not sure what caused the forcemain to break, spilling 40,000 gallons of sewer water into Sarasota Bay.
Meetings & agendas
• Sarasota City Commission Regular Meeting — 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
• Joint Sarasota City/County Commission Meeting — 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, Sarasota County Administration Center, Third Floor Think Tank Room, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
• Board of Adjustment — 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
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24 What are you doing on Christmas Eve?
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
26 Lights In Bloom
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3 FREE 5K Fun Run
7:00 am - 8:00 am
3 Historical Trolley Tour
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sound of hope
The holiday season hasn’t officially started until our favorite bell ringers return to their posts.
Shoppers and residents were treated to some holiday harmonies by the Senior Friendship Centers’ group, the Second Wind Harmonica Players, in Downtown Sarasota.
Stepping up to the plate
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County teamed up to bring the anti-bullying event Rachel’s Challenge to Sarasota Dec. 3.