Jacksonville vs Sarasota: Revitalizing Downtown

Downtown Sarasota is the urban center of Florida’s 5th largest metropolitan area. Despite being one half the size of metropolitan Jacksonville, Sarasota’s core faces many challenges that downtown Jacksonville does. For starters, Sarasota is no longer the largest city in the metropolitan area. That honor now goes to North Port, a sprawling Nocatee on steriods…

Bradenton Downtown Development Authority approves purchase agreement for old Manatee Inns property

BRADENTON — The Bradenton Downtown Development Authority has recommended selling the old Manatee Inns property on 14th Street West to Beneficial Communities for $700,000. Beneficial attorney Casey Colburn of Sarasota’s Colburn Law Firm made final modifications to the agreement. The DDA wants to retain rights to intellectual property such as environmental studies performed on the…

1000 Friends Upcoming Webinars

Webinar:  Sign Regulation after Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZSeptember 16, 2015, noon to 1:30 Cost $10 per participant Register Now! The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert may make it more difficult for local governments to regulate signs in a content neutral manner under the First Amendment. City of…

Public Parking Development (RFEI) – Surfside, Fl

The Town of Surfside (“Town”) is issuing a Request for Expression of Interest (“RFEI”) by those organizations and individuals who are interested in developing a public parking structure with a possible mixed-use component in the Town at one or more of the following locations (see Attachment “A” – Memorandum of Parking Structure Land Use/Zoning Analysis…