City of Sarasota

Nonpartisan Doesn’t Mean Non-Biased

March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

I wrote about non-partisan elections last month and the value of political parties in the effort to help get a candidate elected.  Since then, members of Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations have made a point to come up to me to address this issue.  As if my opinion was a personal affront to their organization, they argued the merits of no party interference.  As they stood there wearing their candidate buttons and T-shirts telling me […]

Nonpartisan Races Not What You Think

February 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nonpartisan races—what should unite us with its core intent—continue to divide us in ways that one would never have thought. Established to control partisanship amongst candidates, the rules dictate no political party shall be indicated on the ballot and no candidate should identify which party they are a member of. Yet in order to register as a voter, and therefore a candidate, one must declare a party affiliation. Most people have a romantic notion nonpartisan […]

Veterans Day Parade brings Sarasota together to celebrate service

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

By Matt Defalco Sarasota’s Main Street was filled on Tuesday morning, as the Veterans Day Parade drew a crowd of all ages and backgrounds with one thing in common: reverence. Music, cheering, and applause were constant from the parade’s start at Osprey Avenue to its finish at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park, where a ceremony was held to honor those who have served.  The parade had the sidewalks packed, and although the spectacle was more than […]

Power To The People – What Is Happening To The Internet?

June 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the most frustrating experiences everyone shares in Sarasota is the relationship they have with their cable and internet provider. For several thousand dollars a year, you can get hundreds of program and still have nothing to watch, constant buffering, slow downloads and lousy customer service. The only option for consumers is to switch back and forth between the two companies, Verizon and Comcast, in order to get anyone to pay attention to you. […]

A House Divided Against Itself

March 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

[The Report]  A House Divided Against Itself              Susan Nilon,   The Sarasota City Commission is about to set a precedent that will change the integrity of our local government. On March 3, during a regular city commission meeting, citizens and a former mayor testified in support of the City continuing to pay the legal fees of a lawsuit against one sitting commissioner. Impassioned testimony, based on principle and emotion, they stood behind the notion […]

Where the Lights are Much Brighter

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

As a child, I remember when it wasn’t safe to go downtown after 6 o’clock. Crime was at an all-time high. The stores closed at dusk. And everyone went home out of fear that something might happen. My perspective changed about crime in the city when I graduated high school and went on to a university located in North Philadelphia. While I was there, Tom Brokaw declared on national television that North Philadelphia was the epicenter […]

Is Sarasota Ready for a 4th Go-around to Support an Elected Mayor?

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Under the name of “Revised Charter Caucus,” people such as Linda Holland (Chair) and Diana Hamilton are holding meetings at The Hub to work with a group of city dwellers to that support having an Elected Mayor in the City.   Their main purpose is to change the current government structure, remove the position of City Manager, and have an Elected Mayor with Five Single Member District Commissioners.   They have chosen to bypass the […]

Pride and Prejudice: A City’s Struggle with the Homeless

December 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Fear and loathing of the drug-addicted homeless who will undoubtedly flock to District One in numbers never before seen are what have prominent members of our city up in arms. From the moment Dr. Robert Marbut released his study, certain distinctive members of our city have had their nose out of joint because his top three locations are in District One, otherwise referred to as North Sarasota.   What most people, including our City Commissioners, […]

Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner decides not to run for re-election to City Commission

November 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

November 16th, 2010 by Susan Nilon in News, Politics, Sarasota-Manatee Sarasota Mayor Kelly Kirschner has decided not to run for re-election. After serving just one term, he made history as the youngest mayor in Sarasota history. CL met with him what to discuss what led to his decision and what he will do next. CL: There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not you will seek a second term. It is my understanding that you have decided not to […]

Local Rally Emphasizes Get Out the Vote Message

October 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

 Sarasota Rally to Restore Sanity Open to all Island Park, downtown Sarasota near Marina Jack  Saturday, October 30, 2010           10:30 a.m. This Saturday, October 30, when Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and tens of thousands of Americans gather in Washington, D.C. for a rally to restore civility to politics, a local, satellite event is being held at Sarasota’s Island Park for those who cannot travel to D.C. It is an inclusive event for any […]

Top 10 Reasons NOT To Sign Another 30-Year Contract With FPL

October 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Don Hall, Transition Sarasota In advance of the Sarasota City Commission Meeting on Monday, November 1, where there is likely to be a vote on whether or not to renew a 30-year franchise agreement with Florida Power & Light, it makes sense to bring together in one document the most salient arguments against signing this highly problematic contract: 10. Eliminate a hidden tax on the public: The 5.6% franchise fee that the city is given […]

Help design a 30-year energy plan for our city.

September 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Design our energy future Sarasota Power needs you to help design a 30-year energy plan for our city. Right now, the City of Sarasota has to decide whether or not to renew a 30-year agreement with Florida Power and Light (FPL).  In addition to the FPL franchise agreement, the city of Sarasota is also considering owning and operating a municipal utility, purchasing our energy from some other source, or just operating without a franchise agreement. […]

30 years is a very very long time when it comes to energy!

August 23, 2010 // 1 Comment

Here is a story that I like to tell to help put things in a new perspective: 30 years ago, the pinnacle of computer technology was a company with three initials – let’s call them XYZ.  With their computers that filled large rooms that required air conditioning along with dozens of fans to cool these giant pieces of equipment, everyone knew that XYZ was the company to work with when it came to the information highway.  After all, […]

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