Downtown Sarasota residents want a vote on event approvals

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Downtown Sarasota residents want a vote on event approvals

 

 

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From: Susan Chapman Sent: 2/27/2017 12:38:13 AM
To: Robert Fournier
Subject: Fwd: Downtown Event Approvals
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Does this. Need to be placed on agenda for discussion?

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Begin forwarded message:
From: Dean Miller <deandrm@me.com>
Date: February 26, 2017 at 3:35:03 PM EST
To: Susan.Chapman@sarasotagov.com
Subject: Downtown Event Approvals

Commissioner Chapman
I am writing in regard to the City Commissions deliberation on downtown events.  As a member of the Rivo on Ringling Condominium, we appeared before the Commission last year on the review of the Thunder on the Bay event.    In that forum we expressed neutrality to the pros/cons of Thunder on the Bay event, but rather addressed the primary issue that you must now decide upon, the current policy that accords a condominium such as the Rivo with 106 titled residences one vote in the event approval process.The direction of the Commission to avoid deciding on the individual merits of events and move to a set of standards prior to allowing an event to proceed is supported.   Clear rules, and metrics to enforce the rules are preferred over qualitative assessments of each event.  However the rules should reflect an ordered and fair approach for all, impacted residents and businesses, event sponsors and the public.   Downtown Sarasota is a mixed use environment including retail, professional business facilities and residential buildings.    While highly favorable and attractive in the overall context, such a model for downtown creates challenges when the constituent occupants have different priorities. We encourage you to pursue a set of guidelines that allows all impacted parties a fair voice. Each party that has a registered occupancy in the impacted area of a major downtown event must be accorded  full representation and a vote in the major downtown event approval process.

We also express our appreciation for your support of the residents of the Rivo when it came to the approval of a 4COP liquor license for the World of Beer.   This was an unfortunate set of events.  The Rivo had never been advised of the review by the Development Board as we are at, not within, the 500 foot rule and were unaware of the Development committee public reviews.  There were serious misrepresentations by the World of Beer owner and his attorney.  Now the facility has lost its franchise, a broken business model with no value to the community, but a valuable 4 COP license that can be sold to the next tenant without restrictions.  The residents of the Rivo remember your support and this will be reflected in their votes for Commission representation.  You have done a great job and we want to see that continued
Many thanks
Dean Miller

 

 

 

 

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