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Stop the Violence and STOP! – on Peace & Justice, 9am this Wednesday June 5.

Written by on Monday, June 3, 2019

Our first guest this Wednesday will be Greg Cruz from Streets of Paradise who is hosting the fourth annual Stop the Violence cookout this Sunday, June 9 at 11am at Payne Park, 2050 Adams Lane in Sarasota.

Streets of Paradise fills a hole in the homeless crisis response network by providing those individuals being re-homed with furniture and household goods as they move into permanent housing. The organization founded the Street To Home initiative, secured warehouse space and began accepting donations of cash, goods and other resources to ensure that those moving from the street into housing are given the best possible chance to succeed.

In April 2019 Streets of Paradise became a full member of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and now has the capability of accepting case management responsibility for those clients who need emergency shelter, rapid rehousing or a range of other social service needs.

On the second half of the show we’ll talk to Mike Lasche from STOP!

MIke is an activist concerned with our city’s walkability and friendliness to bicycles and pedestrians.

STOP! is a civic group organized in 2016 to advocate for specific changes in the City of Sarasota’s zoning code. STOP! is concerned that the zoning code, and its restrictions relating to input from the public and elected officials, is allowing looming buildings with narrow sidewalks that negatively impact traffic congestion, pedestrian safety and walkability. STOP! is committed to returning public input to Sarasota’s development approval process.

City Commissioners have agreed to reconsider the approval process for large new buildings, and that discussion will take place on June 17 at 1:30 at the Commission’s afternoon session (1565 First Street).