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C. Philip "Phil" McGuire

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McGuire, C. Philip "Phil"
Aug. 28, 1932 - Aug. 10, 2013
C. Philip McGuire "Phil" or "Mac" 80, passed away on August 10, 2013. Phil was born on August 28, 1932 in Syracuse, New York. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Doris, his daughter Carolyn and his brother James. He is survived by his daughter, Patty Gilliland (Kim) of Sarasota, son Bob McGuire (Sarah) of Sarasota, daughter Penny Garrett of Ocala and daughter Susan Finch (Steven) of Tampa. He was blessed with five grandchildren: Kyle Gilliland, Emily and Max Garrett and Reagan and Alex Finch. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Syracuse University in 1954 and his Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from Oregon State University in 1958. He served the United States Coast Guard from 1955 to 1957. He was a founding member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Starting his career as an Associate Planner in Syracuse New York, Phil moved his family to Sarasota to work for Sarasota County in 1960 and served the County as Planning Director, Director of Management and Budget, Deputy County Administrator for Growth Management and Interim County Administrator. He retired in 1991 after 31 years of service. His career accomplishments are many and significant to the citizens he served so well. These accomplishments include the first Sarasota land use and transportation plan, defining the exact alignment of Interstate-75 through Sarasota County which also created an urban containment policy restricting growth to east of I-75, the fostering of environmental policies which among other things restricted the heights of coastal high rise buildings, the acquisition of significant park and beach properties such as portions of North and South Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Caspersen Beach and Manasota Key for the forever enjoyment of the public, negotiated with Florida Power and Light to pay franchise fees for their use of County rights-of-way thereby generating millions of dollars of revenue to the County, mass transit, a street tree planting program, the County logo and the idea for Sarasota County to purchase the Sarasota Terrace Hotel which was built by Charles Ringling to be preserved and redeveloped as the Sarasota County Administration Building. His soft spoken and reserved nature allowed him to go about his profession as an urban planner without yielding to political whims. His accomplishments serve as his legacy to the County he loved so much. After he retired from Sarasota County, Phil spent time with his family, served Saint Martha's Catholic Church as a Eucharistic Minister and played tennis every chance he could. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Martha's Catholic Church on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Saint Martha's Church and/or Syracuse University in Phil's name.


Published in Herald Tribune from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2013
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