City of Sarasota

Money to Burn and the Cost of the Homeless

November 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Reprinted from SRQ Daily, Nov. 5, 2016 PBS – A report on the Homeless It was a year ago this week that PBS came to Sarasota to report on the state of homelessness in our community. Since then, not much has changed. Unless you ask someone who sleeps on the streets. Aside from tougher ordinances that have been implemented by Sarasota County, the one issue that sticks out among others is their fear that they […]

The Human Condition

January 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

On December 21, during the Longest Night, the Salvation Army honored our homeless citizens that died this past year. That list numbered 57 people—the largest number of deaths on record in a 12-month period. Reverend Dr. David Sutton held back the tears as he called out the names. Just two days before, Major Ethan Frizzell announced in the press that our chronic homeless numbers had dropped significantly. He also added that there were plenty of […]

When a Bench is Much More than a Bench

December 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

In August of 2011, the city of Sarasota removed the five park benches in Selby Five Points Park.  It was the beginning of a long effort to rid the city of the homeless who call our city their home.  The city also removed the two-foot perimeter wall around the park that allowed people to sit when the park benches were full.  Since then, the only real enjoyment received of the park is by the little […]

When Discrimination is Your Religion: Florida House Bill HB 401

November 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

It was January 2013 when an Oregon LGBT couple filed a complaint against an Oregon baker for refusing to allow them to purchase a cake for their wedding.  The case made national headlines fueled by the bakery’s own social media efforts.  When the bakery was notified of the complaint, owners quickly took to social media and posted the couple’s personal information and grievances.  Immediately, the LGBT couple was subjected to a litany of hate and […]

It’s Not Just About Michael Barfield

October 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Before my parents, Father Jim and Nikki Nilon, donated the Bidwell House and the Crocker Church to the City of Sarasota, they housed their homeless mission in the buildings on Florida Avenue – two blocks from the Salvation Army.  For over two decades, they have devoted their lives to helping the homeless in Sarasota. I mention this because it is in their honor that I continue to assist in whatever way I can to change the way […]

Homelessness, the Law, and Fla Guardianship

August 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

It can’t be louder than this Sarasota Tiger Bay held a panel this past Thursday featuring the Constitutional Offices of our county.  And what some might think would be a “yawner” when the purpose was for each of them to give us an update on their department (including myself,)  what we witnessed instead was a moment in time that I could not have planned for and I was glad that I didn’t miss. Of the […]

What You Missed Last Week In Politics

June 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Susan Chapman’s long awaited court trial has been postponed due to an over crowding of the court docket.  It seems most likely to be scheduled for August, but October has also been mentioned.  (Maybe that is why podcast listening numbers are going up on shows that we did with her and others involved in the court case.) Joe Gruters invite went out this week to attend his first official fundraiser.  The host committee consists of […]

The Young Faces of the Sarasota Democratic Party

May 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

In an effort that we haven’t seen before with the latest city commission races, we have to be wondering what is the difference.  Who are the young faces on the campaign trail?  All but one are products of Sarasota County Schools and all have come to an understanding that it is not enough to sit on the sidelines.  Here are the young democrats who are making the difference. Kevin Griffith – Vice Chair of the […]

And The Winner is: The Sarasota Democratic Party

May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tuesday, May 12, for the city of Sarasota, history was made.  The Sarasota City voters created a commission that is made up of a majority of women, two commissioners are African-American, and every commissioner – a Democrat. Taking a look at the election outcome in both District 2 and 3, the results are pretty tell-tale for the Democrats and Republicans in the race.  Respectively, the percentages were almost identical for the candidates in how much […]

Former Mayor Kelly Kirschner Embraces Partisanship

April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A robo call went out the other day with a voice identifying himself as Kelly Kirschner …Democrat.  His robo call goes on acknowledging his support of the candidates, Normile and Zimmerman, both Republicans in the race for Sarasota City Commission seats.  In an ironic twist, Kirschner identifies himself with the same party that he has demanded to remain out of the city race. Since last November when the appointment of Normile and Zimmerman to the City Commission […]

The Year of the Woman

April 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

One thing that the City of Sarasota can be proud of is the amazing amount of female candidates that it yields every election.  There are now three women at the commission table. And if next month’s election goes a certain way, there will be four women at the commission table. Women are also in the majority on the Sarasota County School Board and have two seats on the County Commission. The Sarasota County Democrats have […]

Normile’s Robo Call Ask Outsiders To Stay Out.

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Normile’s Robo Call Monday night, city voters received a robo call from a North Port phone number.  It was Candidate Eileen Normile telling voters that she did not condone the negative mailers that are being sent out to disparage her opponent, Liz Alpert. The pressure must have been mounting from the phone calls and emails that she received after the first mailer went out.  Irate voters were incensed with the intrusion of negative campaigning into […]

Dark Money hitting hard again in Sarasota

April 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

With all of the hullabaloo that we have heard from the members of Council of City Neighborhoods Association (CCNA) about the Democratic Party staying out the city races, one has to wonder why they are so quiet on the mailers that are being sent to trash candidate Liz Alpert.  Well, that’s because the PAC that is sending out these mailers is supporting their candidate, Eileen Normile. Mailers of half-truths and distortions are being sent out by […]

Democrats are calling out one of their own

April 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Emails and conversations have been meandering about the Sarasota City Elections that stemmed from an interview that I did with Sarasota Democrat Party Chair Christine Jennings and Treasurer and former Chair, Rita Ferrandino.  It is in those emails that fellow Democrats took to task the fact that the local party is not supporting another fellow Democrat, Commissioner Susan Chapman. The indignation comes with the rationale that Commissioner Chapman has been a lifelong Democrat and she […]

Crash Test Dummies

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

We are in the peak of season in Sarasota, and I don’t mean tourist season.  I mean the political season.  And it’s very apparent at the City Commission with the two commissioners working hard to get things done during their respective election campaigns.  As incumbents, they don’t have much to run on since they were only appointed last November.  Their effort is in earnest.  Because showing unity and a solid direction, pay off could be […]

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