Board approves thousands to support local events

ENGLEWOOD — The Englewood Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board approved more then $2,700 in support of upcoming events in Englewood Thursday.

Friends for the Advancement of Musical Education president Jim Pivovar requested $1,000 to hire sheriff’s deputies for Music City 2013 at Pioneer Park Nov. 8-10. F.A.M.E. provides repurposed instruments for students in low-income families. Music City is a three-day music event featuring country, jazz, blues and rock live acts. The request was approved by the CRA board.

Maggie Shaw, president of Angels Appear, asked the board for use of Pioneer Park on Nov. 2 for their fall festival, a fundraising event, and $150 for portable restrooms, which the board approved. Angels Appear is a nonprofit group offering an assortment of assistance relating to adoption from financial aid, counseling referrals, adoption awareness seminars and fundraising events.

Bill Bond, an organizer with Buchan Aviation Day and Fly-In Breakfast, requested and was granted $600 for permits and portable restrooms for the event at the Buchan Community Airport on 1390 Old Englewood Road. The aviation exhibition and breakfast will take place Oct. 12.

Jennifer Perry, manager of Elsie Quirk Library, requested and was granted $1,000 for permitting and staffing of sheriff’s deputies for the Halloween Safewalk on Oct. 31.

Dawn Marie, owner of Bobarino’s Pizzeria on Magnolia Drive, addressed some future concerns of parking around Dearborn Street and how it may affect her business.

“The parking is not an issue at this point, because while they’re doing the (construction) project, people are still allowed to park across the street, out front and all over,” Marie said. “The problem is, once the project is finished, my whole dilemma is what is going to happen when they say, ‘This parking is designated for this area.’ We have a school (in session at Englewood Church of the Nazarene) that’s happening in here and when the church says, ‘We have school going on and now we need the parking.’ When the street has new people going along, they stay open and they need their parking. My issue is that it’s two blocks’ walk down Green Street in the dark in the rain and I have a lot of elderly and handicapped clients. We’re a family restaurant and not a bar.”

Marie said she would like to see Magnolia Drive designated a one-way street and have suitable lighting. She said Sarasota County has been accommodating to businesses, particularly on the east side on Dearborn Street.

“The historic west side of Dearborn is being overlooked for parking,” she said. “I need them to understand that I need something from the county to continue parking for me.”

Marie said she has talked to owners of surrounding businesses who agree it would be beneficial for Magnolia to be converted to better accommodate parking.

“My thing is that I don’t want people to walk so far (when they are parked two blocks away),” she said.

While not all businesses on and near Dearborn operate the same hours, the CRA board addressed the issue of parking availability, stating owners allow lot use after business hours.

Other items addressed at the meeting included an update on the pilot Low-Impact Design project at 60 percent completion, filament containers and improved education programs at Cherokee Park.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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