Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know that our dear friend and former SCAS President and colleague Marianna Jan’s-Wecke passed away this morning at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. May she rest in eternal peace.

Beth, will you please inform the CD Board.

Toni, please plan to inform our membership - perhaps send out an eblast when we get more details of service and funeral arrangements.

Thank you.

I will share more information when I receive it. I hope that our Board will be available to offer Marianna’s family: husband Werner Wecke and their young sons; Daniel and David comfort and support in these sad and difficult times.



It is with regret that I inform you that Marianna passed away this morning. Details on funeral arrangements will be sent out as soon as we have them.

I know this is a very difficult moment for all of us.

Beth Ruyle Hullinger


Thank you Isabelle for sharing this tragic news and for being the SCAS representative to Marianna's family. I wish I could provide some immediate support to the family and to you but I am leaving on a cruise for 10 days on Sunday. This means I will probably miss the funeral or Memorial Service. It
is with heavy heart that I leave Sarasota at this time.

Marianna was a brave leader whose influence will live on forever.

With great sadness,

Gloria Grenier


Oh no, that is not what we wanted to hear. Briana and I had planned to visit her after the last more positive news.

Please keep us informed about the arrangements.

Thank you.

Werner Knoop

Very sad. Our sympathy for her family.

She and her family are in our thought and prayers.

Craig Harlan Hullinger

Such a tragic event. It is so sad, she was such a dedicated, sweet person.

Raymond Young

Thank you

It is a sad day
May she rest in peace.

Kenney DeCamp


Marianna meant a lot to me and I’m so sad to hear that she has passed away. My sincerest condolences to the family and friends that have been impacted.



My deepest condolences for the family. So sad and unbelievable.

I will keep her and her family in my prayers.

Charlotte Hull


SCAS Selby Library Presentation Series

Members & Friends: 

The Spring SCAS Selby Library Presentation Series is set for the next season starting this Thursday, January 10 with a presentation about immigration impact on Greece.  We need attendance by members, friends & especially our whole Board of Directors to show our support for their efforts.  Note that we have several presentations by our City Directors and it would be nice if all the City Directors and ACDs attend the whole series.

Hope to see you there and Happy New Year!

Ray Young

Speakers Bureau Presentations - Selby Library, 4:00 pm

 January 10, 2019     
Europe’s Migration Tragedy and It’s Impact on Greece
Burton Gloor
Former School Administrator & Educator
U.S Department of Defense, Dependent’s School                                          
Meet & Greet (following presentation)- Clasico Restaurant, 1341 Main St

February 12, 2019   
Israel Beyond the  Politics, Strife and Even Religion: What Makes the Country Such a Compelling Place to Visit 
             Rabbi Jonathan Katz
             City Director: Tel Mond, Israel
             Sarasota Sister Cities Assn

March 7, 2019 
International Exchange & Global Leadership 
  Linda Solomon
Chief Program Advisor
Atlas Corps
Washington, D.C.

April 4,  2019 
The Past & Present of the Chinese Ethnic Group: Teochiu (Chao Chou)
Dr. Douglas Sparks,
City Director: Xiamen, China
Sarasota Sister Cities

May 7, 2019 
A Day in Diplomacy
Sune’ Venter & Toni Duval
 Student Representative & VP Communications
Sarasota Sister Cities

Date of Issue: 1/5/2018

Weekly Briefs from City Manager Tom Barwin


From the Desk of Sarasota
City Manager Tom Barwin
August 24, 2018
It's the dog days of summer!  Patti and her canine companion, Lucy, usually like to visit Bayfront Park for an afternoon stroll but with the ongoing effects of red tide, they opted for Arlington Park this week.  (Latest on red tide below.)  Lucy, 6, is a schnoodle (schnauzer-poodle mix) and a certified seizure service companion dog.  Lucy likes to travel (80+ trips with her mistress), is learning doggie commands in Spanish, French and Italian, and like Patti, enjoys long walks in the park.  


  • Board of Adjustment
    Wed., August 29 - 1:30 p.m.

    City Hall - Commission Chambers

  • Tree Advisory Committee
    Thurs., August 30 - 3 p.m.
    City Hall - Commission Chambers

City Career Opportunities 
Opportunity, Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Copy Room Over The Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

Assistant Head Usher
Flood Zone Specialist
GIS Coordinator
Maintenance Tech
Parking Enforcement Specialist
Parks & Rec - Facility Maintenance Tech - Part Time
Parks & Rec - Head Life Guard
Parks & Rec - Life Guard
Parks & Rec - Life Guard - Part Time
Parks & Rec - Maintenance - Clay Tennis Courts
Parks & Rec - Rec Attendant - Part Time
Parks & Rec - Rec Specialist - Part Time
Pension Plans Administrator
    Police Officer, 2nd Class
Redevelopment Manager
     Volunteer/Unpaid Intern  


This Week's Items to Know:


Red Tide Update   With 42.16 miles of waterfront and shoreline within our city, we continue to monitor the serious outbreak of red tide and have mobilized cleanup efforts to respond the best we can with assistance from Sarasota County. The red tide odor and volume of dead fish varies day to day, sometimes hour to hour, with smells reported as far east as I-75.  Crews will clear an area of washed up marine creatures, only for more to wash ashore in a short time.  
Inspecting the waterways impacted by red tide.    
With the effects lingering much longer than anyone anticipated, we're weighing options and identifying funding to procure equipment and  hire extra laborers and contractors as needed to assist with the cleanup.  This is a significant unanticipated expense and we're determining funding options with the hope of recouping some dollars from the state with our local State of Emergency in effect for this natural disaster.      
The City is committed to cleaning up public spaces as warranted
Some residents are using long nets along private seawalls to remove dead fish. 
including Bayfront Park, Eloise Werlin Park, Bird Key and Indian Beach Sapphire Shores. The waterways and canals are being monitored. The County will continue to clean the public areas of Lido Beach.
During this morning's boat tour of citywide impacted bayous and canals, we observed residents using nets along private seawalls to remove the dead fish.  To help with cleanup on private property, the City is offering solid waste assistance. Plastic bags may be placed outside your cart for pickup. Please make sure they're securely closed and weigh under 50 pounds. Unbagged fish will not be collected.
The City is also offering special pickups at no extra cost on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. To schedule
Garbage Containers
Public Works is offering extra pickups at no extra cost and allowing tied bags to be placed curbside.   
a pickup, please call 941-955-2325. This additional service will remain in effect during the local red tide State of Emergency. 
Red tide hot buttons are located on the homepage of the City's website: www.SarasotaFL.Gov.  The information is updated as frequently as necessary regarding temporary closures at Lido Beach and Bayfront Park.
As of this writing, Sarasota Memorial Hospital and state and county health agencies are reporting no upticks in hospital admissions or
With lifeguards on duty at Lido Beach.
emergency room visits known to be related to red tide, although it clearly irritates the eyes and lungs to various degrees of individual sensitivities.
A big thank you to our dedicated City employees and those with the County who are still out there working in these tough conditions  -- some with breathing masks strapped to their faces to safeguard their respiratory systems, as I saw last weekend when I toured Lido Beach.   


St. Armands Garage - Going Vertical   Vertical construction is now underway at the site of the new St. Armands Parking Garage.

The City broke ground in May on the much-anticipated garage at 47 N. Adams Drive. The project is the result of the City's collaboration with St. Armands merchants, property owners and residents to address parking needs in this shopping and restaurant district.
The four-story garage - which will house 503 parking spaces, including adjacent surface parking - is expected to be completed in December.
The St. Armands Parking Garage is on track for a December opening.
Construction is being done out of season to minimize impacts to parking availability in St. Armands. The $12 million project is being funded through a special assessment on commercial land owners and paid parking, which will begin when the garage is open.

New parking meters and pay stations will be installed in the St. Armands parking district later this fall but won't become active until the garage opens, so the community can become familiar with them in advance. The meters are also now on display in the lobby at City Hall for anyone who would like to try them out.  
You can also take a virtual video tour of what the parking garage will look like, or visit for more information.


U.S. 41 Water Main Replacement  As part of our ongoing U.S. 41 AC Water Main Replacement Project, several homes and businesses along the U.S. 41 South corridor will have their potable water service temporarily interrupted over the next several weeks.

These necessary interruptions should only last for a few hours (up to four hours, typically) as crews will be completing new tie-in connections for these locations. All affected customers will be given advance notice, typically one to two weeks, of the temporary shutdowns and any mandatory boil water notices that may be issued.

This is the final phase of the pipeline replacement work, with asphalt street restoration to commence shortly after the tie-ins are complete. The work is scheduled to be finished in late November.
Crews working on the U.S. 41 water main replacement.
The project updates and replaces approximately 20,000 linear feet -- 3.78 miles -- of water mains and related infrastructure that is more than 40 years old, from Payne Park to Hibiscus Street. Many of these water distribution mains are composed of asbestos cement (AC) pipe material that has required an increasing number of repairs in recent years.  

For more information, contact William Swick with the City of Sarasota Utilities Department at 941-365-2200, ext. 6310, or visit   

Van Wezel:  Shows on Sale Now! 

Dr. Dave Band 

Friday, September 14:  5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story will be at the Van Wezel on October 27.
Jerry Seinfeld 
Thurs., September 20 - 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Eddie Izzard 
Thurs., October 11 - 8 p.m.

Lord of the Dance 

Sun., October 14 - 7 p.m.
Kenny G 
Fri., October 19 - 8 p.m.
Bob Dylan & His Band 
Sun., October 21 - 8 p.m.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story 
Sat., October 27 - 8 p.m.
Capitol Steps 
Wed., November 7 - 8 p.m.
Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock & Roll Part II 
Fri., November 9 - 8 p.m.
Doo Wop Spectacular Vol. 3 
Sat., November 10 - 7:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events, visit

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Tom Barwin
City Manager
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