+ 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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29 Light Up Siesta Village and Holiday Parade
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
30 Advent Procession
3 Rachel's Challenge Anti-Bullying Event hosted by The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
4 Ringling Holiday Splendor
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The gift of music
Riverview High School received a donation of $5,000 during a break in the Kiltie Band Fall concert on Nov. 20.
Coming together for the community
All Faiths Food Bank called on volunteers to help distribute 7,000 Thanksgiving dinners Saturday.
Observer on the hunt for displays
We’re making our list of the best holiday lights displays in Sarasota and checking it twice.