© 2020 by Rosemary District Association

Meet the 2020-2021 Board Nominees

There are 9 seats on the Board of Directors of the Rosemary District Association. Five seats are reserved for members who are Residents. Four seats are reserved for representatives of businesses and not-for-profit agencies located in Rosemary District and Rosemary District property owners (Other Stakeholders).

The term of office is one year. To ensure continuity from one Board to the next, the individual serving as Board president remains on the Board for an additional year. Therefore, 8 Board seats are up for election each year.

This year, we have 4 nominees for 4 Resident seats, and 4 nominees for 4 seats for Other Stakeholders. Richard Mones, the president of the 2019-2020 Board, will continue on the 2020-2021 Board in a Resident seat.

Nominees for Resident Seats

  • Emmett Gregory

  • David Lough

  • Moriah Taliaferro

  • Debbie Trice

Nominees for Other Stakeholder Seats

  • Howard Davis, Property Owner

  • Jim Lampl, Rosemary Square

  • Tracee Murphy, Trade Mark Interiors

  • Melody Odell, Hotel Indigo

Read the nominees's Candidate Statements below. 

Resident Nominees


 Emmett Gregory 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    If elected to the RDA Board I would advocate for the creation of a public park and improved streetscapes in the Rosemary District. I would continue to work with the City and the Open Space Committee to realize the RDA's dream of creating a central public space for all residents of the neighborhood. I would push for improvements to create a more walkable/bikeable neighborhood, looking for ways to better connect the district to downtown and The Bay. I am passionate about public art and believe in the impact it can have on a neighborhood. I hope to promote and continue to celebrate our vibrant arts community. Lastly, I would work to get the younger generation active and more involved in the RDA and the community.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    I am a landscape architect with 4 years of experience working in the City of Sarasota. During my time here I have worked on a variety of public and private projects around the City including parks, streetscapes, and multi-family development. I am familiar with City staff and local code and hope to bring my urban design expertise to the board. I believe my knowledge of current best practices and prior experience would be a huge asset as the Rosemary District continues to grow. I also currently sit on the City's Public Art Committee, where we are responsible for the allocation of the City's public art funds and approval of art provided by developers. I am a current member of the RDA and have served on the Open Space Committee this past year. While on the committee I have worked alongside other members to create the initial Rosemary District Park concept which was presented to the RDA last summer and has helped generate discussion with the City of Sarasota.

 David Lough 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    As a current RDA Board member and co-chair of the Open Space Committee I've worked very actively on a number of priority matters identified by RD residents and the our board. I feel my work of the last year has resulted both in some successes as well as laid important groundwork for future progress. My specific goals for 2020 would include getting our first Rosemary District park, the planning for more trees, improving walkability, calming traffic, and getting key RD projects added to the City's budget. I am running for a board seat again to the follow through on work we've initiated during 2019. I'm passionate about my what I do and look forward to accomplishing significant results this year.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    Prior to retirement my professional life experiences were focused in the international business development and marketing areas. I have lived in several regions of the U.S. as well on three occasions, internationally. Eight years ago, my wife, Martha and I moved from San Diego to Florida. First to Longboat Key and three years ago to the Rosemary District.

    During the last year I have very actively participated as both a RDA board member and co-chair of the Open Space Committee. I additionally was a member of the RD Zoning Team which collaborated with the city to establish new and significantly improved zoning for the RD. In my RD related work I believe I have forged strong working relationships with my fellow committee members and the board. This in addition to relationships with city staff, commissioners, and residents throughout the entire RD. Finally, and very importantly, over the last year I feel I've developed a significantly greater knowledge about the city's organizational structure, processes, and budgeting structure.

 Moriah Taliaferro 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    Community Engagement - getting more people interested and involved in the association.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    Fundraising chair of Junior League of Sarasota.

 Debbie Trice 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    Over the past year, awareness of Rosemary District Association among the people of the neighborhood has grown, but RDA is practically unknown in some residential complexes. I would like to further build awareness of RDA, increase the reach of RDA communications and expand our membership. This will strengthen the neighborhood, enabling us to hold community-wide events and influence City government when we need them to act on our behalf.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    I am now completing my first term as a member of the RDA Board. During that time I have:
    • Served as Board Secretary, documenting Board meetings maintaining membership records and handling all the email to the RDA address;
    • Redesigned and built a new RDA website, including hiring a logo designer and photographer to enhance the RDA image; and
    • Managed RDA's communications, keeping the website up-to-date, writing and publishing the monthly e-newsletter, and maintaining RDA's presence on Facebook.

    These efforts have been successful in providing useful information to Rosemary District residents, stakeholders and neighbors and in building awareness and membership. I hope to expand upon this success.

Other Stakeholder Nominees


 Howard Davis, Property Owner 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    I have been involved in the renaissance of the Rosemary District for five years. A group of us began with a grass roots planning initiative in 2016, which led to a vision statement and a set of guiding principles for the Rosemary’s future. Since then, as Sarasota’s most engaged and active neighborhood, we’ve made great progress. During the next year, I’d like to help implement our new zoning (see below), secure a commitment for open space in the neighborhood, continue to build on our excellent relationship with The Bay project, and continue to advocate for our neighborhood with city officials.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    I’ve been involved in the positive development of neighborhoods for more than 30 years, as a city planner, attorney and real estate developer. Based on my belief that we can create the best “live, work and play” neighborhood in Florida, I’ve personally invested in the Rosemary District. I purchased and renovated two building, including the former Babcock Furniture building on Blvd of the Arts which, after renovation, was selected as the top historic preservation project in the state of Florida. I am the past president of the Rosemary District Association and a current board member. Among our accomplishments is the recent adoption of innovative new zoning, which will require better architectural design, wider sidewalks, more street trees, and provide incentives for affordable housing.

 Jim Lampl, Property Owner (Rosemary Square) 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    Continue my seat on the board to keep the momentum going.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    Involved in Rosemary District for past 10 years. Experience: Real estate property management, real estate investments, small business owner (x2).

 Tracee Murphy, Trademark Interiors, 1371 Blvd of the Arts 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    I am a property owner as well as a business owner in the Rosemary District. My goal is to promote other businesses here and help with events to raise awareness to all that we have to offer while increasing the larger community engagement with our area.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    My previous board/community service includes the Junior League of Sarasota and 4 years on the Board of Directors for the Out of Door Academy. I have co-chaired many non-profit events, including one of the largest in Sarasota. My company also handles event management and see that helping to promote and grow the RDA businesses!

 Melody Odell, Hotel Indigo, 1223 Blvd of the Arts 

  • Why I am running for a seat on the RDA Board and what I'd like to help RDA accomplish during the upcoming year:

    I have been working in the Rosemary District for over 11 years at the Hotel Indigo and have seen the growth thus far. I want myself and the Hotel Indigo to be more engaged in the growth of our community. I would love to contribute to our neighborhood and understand more ways to give back to our community.
     

  • Relevant skills and/or experiences that I will bring to the Board:

    Hotel Management for 7 plus years, currently sit on a board for Rosemary place master association consulting on landscape, roadways, safety and security of residence.

Each nominee was also asked to respond to the following. Their responses are summarized.

I would like to focus my attention on the following area(s)
 

  • Business Community (promote local shopping, advocate for Rosemary District businesses, etc.)
        Howard Davis, Jim Lampl, Tracee Murphy, Melody Odell
     

  • Community Engagement (events, communications, outreach, etc.)
        David Lough, Tracee Murphy, Melody Odell, Debbie Trice
     

  • Creative Placemaking (public art, arts and culture, the creative community, etc.)
        Howard Davis, Emmett Gregory
     

  • Greenspace (parks, street trees, connection to The Bay Park, community gardens, etc.)
        Howard Davis, Emmett Gregory, Jim Lampl, David Lough,
        Melody Odell, Moriah Taliaferro
     

  • Housing (affordability, accessibility and diversity, homeless encampments, etc.)
        Howard Davis, Melody Odell
     

  • Land Use & Development (new construction, historic preservation, zoning, etc.)
        Howard Davis
     

  • Safety & Neighborhood Care (crime, cleanliness, lighting, etc.)
        Melody Odell
     

  • Transportation & Infrastructure (traffic calming, crosswalks, bike lanes, parking, overhead wires, etc.)
        Emmett Gregory, David Lough