+ Board approves Ringling Walmart
The Sarasota Planning Board approved a Walmart Supercenter proposed for Ringling Boulevard Wednesday, Nov. 14.
The 97,000-square-foot project will now go to the City Commission for a final vote.
If the City Commission approves the project, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to demolish the existing plaza and build the store in its place. The Ringling Shopping Center lost its anchor tenant in October 2011 when Publix Super Markets Inc. closed as the plaza’s anchor tenant.
The store would include general merchandise, a pharmacy, deli, produce and groceries.
+ Thanksgiving service changes and closures
City of Sarasota trash collection schedules will be modified for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no waste collection Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22.
The schedule for collection will be as follows: Thursday garbage, recycling and yard-waste collection will occur Friday, Nov. 23. Regularly scheduled Friday garbage, recycling and yard-waste collection will occur Saturday, Nov. 24.
City of Sarasota administration offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. All offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 26.
Meetings & Agendas
• Regular City Commission Meeting — 2:30 and 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, City Hall, Commission Chambers, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
• Development Review Committee — 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, City Hall, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
• Community Workshop — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, City Hall, Room 212, 1565 First St., Sarasota.
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18 American Business Women's Assocation-Sunset Chapter Monthly Meeting
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
19 The Power of ASSET-BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
19 Lights In Bloom
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
20 Bring Them Home for the Holidays Adoption Event
11:00 am - 5:00 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.