City to convert police headquarters into homeless shelter
→ APRIL FOOLS — Plans are in the works to turn the Sarasota Police Department into a state-of-the-art homeless shelter.
With the Sarasota Police Department being axed and the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office taking over policing efforts throughout the city, there are many options for the two-year-old, two-story police headquarters with its floor-to-ceiling windows and view of Payne Park. The city plans to contribute $28 million to revamp the building into a city-funded, state-of-the-art modernized homeless shelter. Construction could start as early as January.
The ground floor of the shelter will house … [click here to read on!]
Legoman Land lands on Siesta
→ APRIL FOOLS — Sarasota County officials approved construction of a new Legoman Land theme park on Siesta Key Beach, due to the success of LEGOLAND Theme Park, in Winter Haven.
His grand entrance caused quite a stir, drawing national attention, including a spot on Time magazine’s Top 10 Oddball-News Stories of 2011. After making guest appearances all over town, he’ll finally have a permanent home on Siesta Key Beach.
City officials recently approved an offer from LEGOLAND to begin … [click here to read on!]
Company shows naked ambition
→ APRIL FOOLS — The operators of three Florida nudist resorts has made a serious offer to settle the Colony dispute.
The operators of three successful nudist colonies in Pasco County have submitted a proposal to the Colony Beach & Tennis Association Board of Directors and Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber, and apparently it is getting serious consideration.
With Klauber and the association board … [click here to read on!]
Parking meters come to Ranch
→ APRIL FOOLS — After the Sarasota City Commission voted in March to shut down its $510,000 parking-meter program, Schroeder-Manatee Ranch Inc. purchased all 459 meters to install in Lakewood Ranch.
Schroeder-Manatee Ranch President and CEO Rex Jensen last week negotiated with the city of Sarasota to purchase all the assets from its failed downtown parking-meter program.
The meters will be removed from Sarasota curbs this week and placed throughout Lakewood Ranch in the next two months, Jensen said.
Sarasota paid $510,000 for the 459 meters; SMR purchased them for $300,000.
“It was a bargain,” Jensen said. … [click here to read on!]