Sarasota's Bayfront - Gifts For Sarasota - A Public Private Partnership


The improvements to Sarasota's Bayfront are the result of a major public private partnership that will enhance our economy and sustainability. A great gift to our community.


  • Ecological, economic and financial sustainability are fundamental to the long-term success of Sarasota’s bayfront and critical to the realization of our aspirations. Achieving a sustainable future for the bayfront will require continuous cooperation among the public, private and non-profit sectors.

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Mote Aquarium at I-75 and University Parkway - Gifts For Sarasota - A Public Private Partnership




About 100 people turned out for Friday’s Mote Aquarium groundbreaking next to the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota. Some firefighters, general public, press, Sarasota and Manatee commissioners and Mote trustee and board members attended the event. Mote has raised more than $75 million for the new ship-shaped aquarium and will use the existing Mote Marine Lab for research space.

A true public partnership between Mote, local governments, and charitable donors. 
A great gift to our community.

Gifts From Sarasota Sister Cities


The Sister Cities Trees are located near the tip of Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

City of Sarasota Economic Development

Office of Economic Development

1782 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Sarasota, FL 34234

The Office of Economic Development promotes Citywide economic development through projects and initiatives, including those related to the Newtown Community Redevelopment Area, the St. Armand's Business Improvement District, the Downtown Business Improvement District, and the commercial districts of the City including Southside Village, the North Trail Cultural District, and greater Downtown including Burns Square, Rosemary, Towles Court, Fruitville Corridor, and the Payne Park-Government district.


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Marian Anderson Place redevelopmentFruitville Road Redesign
St. Armand's Circle Public RestroomsN. Palm Avenue Improvements
Newtown Banking Facility2nd and 4th Street Bikeways 
Land AssemblageFredd Atkins Park
Janie's Garden Commercial Spaces FOR LEASEMain Street Improvements

Lemon Avenue Improvements
Newtown Business Assistance Grant ProgramCEO (Community Entrepreneur Opportunity) 
Opportunity Zones Newtown Technical Skills Initiative
Miss Susie's Newtown Neighborhood KitchenNewtown Vocational Facility (in development)
EDAVTE (Econ. Dev. Ad Valorem Tax Exemption)HERT: Housing as an Economic Redevelopment Tool
HUB Zone and Enterprise ZoneNewtown Business Org/Marketing (in development)
Title Repair Program "No Place Like Home"Newtown Community Redevelopment Plans
Historic Newtown: Projects, Programs, & PossibilitiesNorth Tamiami Trail
Newtown Historic Property Renovation ProgramDowntown Master Plan 2020
Cultural Special Event Grant Program (NEW!)

Steven StancelGeneral ManagerSteven.Stancel@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6286
Onya BatesRedevelopment ManagerOnya.Bates@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6281 
Susan DoddRedevelopment ManagerSusan.Dodd@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6282
Rowena Elliott Redevelopment SpecialistRowena.Elliott@SarasotaFL.gov941-263-6284
John MoranOperations Manager, D.I.D. John.Moran@SarasotaFL.gov941-724-5578
Brandy Wiesner Operations Manager, B.I.D. Brandy.Wiesner@SarasotaFL.gov941-266-7599
 Jackie GiovannoneAdministrative Specialist 941-263-6285 

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EDC Sarasota County

Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County

Sarasota County is excited to help you start, grow or relocate your business. If you’re ready to have a conversation, please call +1 941-309-1200.


Sister Cities International is continuously striving to expand our member resources. Although this year has brought many challenges, we have enjoyed the opportunity to work with our membership to expand our virtual connections!

This year, we’re tackling the virtual world by introducing our very first Online Conference. As more sister cities programs explore new ways of connecting with their international partners, we thought it appropriate that this year’s conference theme be “Reimagining Citizen Diplomacy: New Connections in a Virtual World”.

We are also excited to report that there will be no cost to participate in this year’s event. Please be sure to mark your calendars and register early.

We look forward to seeing you at our 2020 Annual Conference!

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Great Presentation on Tel Mond, Israel by Rabbi Jonathan Katz

We have twenty people at our presentation on Tel Mond, Israel. Interesting presentaition.

Organizational Chart

Memo To:    SCAS Membership
From:          SCAS Board of Directors
Date:           June 7, 2020
Subject:      Election of Board Members for Year 2020-2021

The Coronavirus has affected many of the normal operations of organizations and businesses in our country and community. We have not been able to hold any of our normal functions nor activities such as Exchange Programs with our Sister Cities, Monthly Luncheons, Afternoon Speakers Bureau or Meet & Greets. We also normally hold our annual election for the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS) Board of Directors at our May luncheon.  However due to the restrictions imposed by the health concerns we are requesting that we do not hold our normal election procedure for the SCAS Board Officers for the 2020-2021 annual appointments, but rather, reinstate all our current board members who are willing to continue in their current position for another year.

Since voting by our membership for the Board of Directors is specified in our SCAS bylaws we are requesting that our membership approve the proposed reinstatement of all our current board members who are willing to continue in their current position for another year. We would appreciate your response if you do not wish SCAS to proceed with this approach for appointment of our 2020-2021 SCAS Board of Directors. We have attached the current Board of Directors Organizational Chart for your review.  Thank You.

Respectively Submitted,

Toni Duval
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

Giving Challenge April 28-29, 2020 Noon to Noon

Please help us continue our mission to create people-to-people relationships fostering citizen diplomacy locally and world-wide!

This year’s COVID-19 pandemic is having an historic impact on our community and the world.  This demonstrates that there is far more which unites us than divides us.  People find innovative ways to stay connected and continue our mission.  Please share the important work we do with your friends and family and invite them to donate to Sarasota Sister Cities Association

Beginning Tuesday April 28 at Noon and continuing until Noon on April 29 you can give in three easy steps
  1. Visit
  2.  You can search for Sister Cities Association of Sarasota or CLICK HERE to go directly to our profile page.
  3. Click on the Donate Button to support SCAS and remember any amount between $25-$100 will be matched-thus doubling your contribution
Thank you in advance for your donation and continued support!  We look forward to seeing you again soon when we resume our monthly programs and reschedule the 2020 One World Award Gala, our annual fundraiser.  Until then, please stay safe and stay in touch “virtually”.

Best wishes,
Toni Duval
SCAS President

Vision 2020 Plan for Manatee / Sarasota MPO

The MPO and consultants presented four alternative versions for the Vision 2070 Plan.  Participants voted with their cell phones on components of the plan.

The plans were well developed with excellent presentations. The plans noted that transportation, land use, and economic development all needed to be coordinated.

The region is growing by 10,000 people each year and that growth is projected to continue. The MPO has about 800,000 people now with 500,000 more people anticipated by 2070.


My Recommendations:

1. Add a north south road. The plan as shown does not add a major north south road during the next 50 years. This means that the growth must be accommodated by the existing Rt 41, Rt 301, and I-75. I recommend that the plan be revised to include a new major north south road east of I-75. The right of way should be identified and slowly acquired. The right of way should be wide enough to permit a major road, utilities, open space and environmental corridors.

2. Add a road connecting the islands to the mainland. Congestions on the three roads connecting the barrier islands to the mainland is increasing. The MPO should study a potential forth connection on the University Parkway alignment. This connects the barrier islands with the Airport and I-75. The road should be a parkway with wetland and park space on both sides of the road connection.

3. Develop a grid road extension plan. The plan does not identify section line roads to be connected and extended. This is critical. The MPO, the Counties, and the municipalities should work together to create a detailed map showing all proposed new completions of the grid. 

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