Friday, October 31, 2014

Hearing on Tuesday for Bee Ridge Park of Commerce Rezoning

The Lake Sarasota Community Group has been working on reaching agreement on a voluntary set of Declarations (a Covenant) by which the developer (and al future owners of the BRPOC property) agrees to abide, regarding permitted uses of the property.

A Public Hearing is set for the proposed Re-Zoning of 6.9 acres of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce, directly opposite the main entrance of Lake Sarasota at Mauna Loa Blvd.

Rezone petition 13-26
PCD to CN, 6.9 acres
and special exception #1720 to allow an individual use greater than 20,000 square feet in a CN zone district.

Nov. 4 at 1:30 pm
Robert L. Anderson Admin Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL

Stay tuned for updates.

Underground utilities to be installed on Bee Ridge

Possible power outages ahead - Bee Ridge update for the coming week:


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Safety, Celery Fields Family Fest, How Community Gardens Grow, etc..


Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atpubcom@scgov.net.   
TODAY: The Town of Longboat Key and Sarasota County are asking for feedback on proposed amenities and park features for Bayfront Park. 
TODAY: Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension is hosting free open houses at community gardens throughout the county from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 as part of "Eat Local Week," sponsored by Transition Sarasota.
SATURDAY: As you turn your clocks back for Daylight Saving Time this weekend, take a moment to also consider checking your smoke alarms. 
SATURDAY: Sarasota County and the Sarasota Audubon Society will host a Family Festival at the Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1. The festival will kick off the public bird watching program offered each Saturday by the Sarasota Audubon Society and highlight the recently opened new amenities at the Celery Fields.
SATURDAY: The History Center Museum and historic Chidsey Library Building will temporarily close Nov. 1 to accommodate Visit Sarasota County's move to a new location.
There are many ways to keep children safe at Halloween, when they are more prone to accidents and injuries. The excitement of kids at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. 
The Sarasota County Library System will begin conducting its Voice of the Customer survey on Monday, Nov. 3Survey forms will be available in county libraries and online through Nov. 9.
The viewing deck at Centennial Park will be temporarily closed to ensure the safety of residents and visitors while a railing is replaced.
County staff will host a grand opening Saturday, Nov. 8, to celebrate the completion of a wetlands restoration project in three areas within the 72-acre Red Bug Slough Preserve.
The Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee and the Venice Area Veterans Council, in coordination with Sarasota County's Veterans Benefits Unit, have announced plans for this year's Veterans Day parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and Venice.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway.
The best-selling novel "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline has been selected for the Sarasota County Library System's 2015 "One Book One Community" read-together book. 
Sarasota libraries will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing, this November. On Nov. 1, participants will begin writing a 50,000-word novel to be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Write a novel, family day at Celery Fields, more..

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atpubcom@scgov.net.   
TODAY: Flooding from excessive rainfall doesn't happen too often, but when it does, it can be just as damaging as storm surge from a hurricane. Certain neighborhoods are more at risk than others. Find our if yours is one of them. 
FRIDAYSarasota County will host a grand opening celebration for its newly designed outdoor pickleball courts at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.
SATURDAY: The library at 2801 Newtown Blvd., will host a community celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, in honor of its 10th anniversary. The festivities will kick off with a 10:30 a.m. ceremony, followed by free family fun and activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
SATURDAY: Keep your home looking spiffy by taking part in the South Venice Community Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 25
Sarasota County will hold its ninth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
Access Point No. 12 on Siesta Beach will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon Oct. 27-28 due to scheduled maintenance of condominiums located there, county officials announced Monday.
Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension is hosting free open houses at community gardens throughout the county from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30as part of "Eat Local Week," sponsored by Transition Sarasota.
Sarasota County and the Sarasota Audubon Society will host a Family Festival at the Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1. The festival will kick off the public bird watching program offered each Saturday by the Sarasota Audubon Society and highlight the recently opened new amenities at the Celery Fields.
The History Center Museum and historic Chidsey Library Building will temporarily close Nov. 1 to accommodate Visit Sarasota County's move to a new location.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) buses are temporarily detouring transit service along North Honore Avenue and will not travel on North Cattlemen Road between DeSoto Road and University Parkway due to traffic around the new Mall at University Town Center. 
County staff will host a grand opening Saturday, Nov. 8, to celebrate the completion of a wetlands restoration project in three areas within the 72-acre Red Bug Slough Preserve.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway.
The best-selling novel "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline has been selected for the Sarasota County Library System's 2015 "One Book One Community" read-together book. 
Sarasota libraries will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing, this November. On Nov. 1, participants will begin writing a 50,000-word novel to be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More details about bus stops on Mauna Loa

The team recommends limiting the number of bus stops along the Mauna Loa Boulevard detour route. SCAT is proposing to add one stop northbound and one stop southbound on Mauna Loa Boulevard.

MAUNA LOA BOULEVARD, WEST SIDE of the street, approximately 25 FEET NORTH from BIKINI WAY.

MAUNA LOA BOULEVARD, EAST SIDE of the street, approximately 25 FEET SOUTH from BRENTFORD ROAD.

SCAT will also maintain three existing bus stops within the neighborhood on Berkshire Drive and on Middlesex Place. These are long standing bus stops and are used by SCAT passengers.

The reason for the limited stops is to allow Route 14 to stay on time. The detour adds considerable distance to the route, and stopping frequently would add time to the route. The locations at Bikini Way and Bretford Road closely reflect current service.

SCAT buses will adhere to all speed limits and use added caution when traveling along Mauna Loa Boulevard and at all times within the neighborhood. We value the safety of Lake Sarasota residents and SCAT passengers.

I appreciate your support and continued discussion. Please contact me with any questions.

Sarah Blanchard, AICP
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT)
Desk: 941-861-1045

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Use your freedom to speak your mind about 2050

Tomorrow, Oct. 22, Sarasota County Commissioners will vote to approve a set of changes to the county's 2050 Comprehensive Plan that will weaken it, allow development to overbuild, ignore wildlife and water issues, and change the face of Sarasota county forever. More Racetracs. More pavement. More burbs, fewer trees, farms, ranches, and native creatures. Would you like East Sarasota to resemble Miami?


Miami, FL
If you don't want that, show up. Wear a white shirt. Use your freedom. 

The hearing will be in the Commission Chambers beginning at 1:30 pm. To speak, sign a card that you'll find in the back of the room. You get 5 minutes.

To learn more about the issues, check out the 2050 Action Network blog here:


A good overview by Sarasota's Cathy Antunes is at the blog's top - it begins:  
On Wednesday the County Commission will be voting on amendments to the Sarasota 2050 plan. The original 2050 standards for rural land outside the Urban Service Boundary (USB) were the result of a robust collaboration with community leaders and development interests. Since 2050 was adopted over ten years ago, understanding of best land use practices has improved dramatically. The 2050 changes fail to incorporate these new insights, nor are they the result of community collaboration. Rather, the changes are the result of County meetings with a handful of landowner/developers focused on facilitating development of their rural land.
Continue reading: "Our quality of life is at risk" - Cathy Antunes

Friday, October 17, 2014

Temporary Lane Shift Begins on Bee Ridge Rd


Update: SCAT Detour: Bee Ridge Bus Lines to go thru Mauna Loa



Due to the road construction on Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus system is working on a temporary detour that would bring Bee Ridge route buses through Mauna Loa Blvd. to Middlesex. From the County Coordinator:
The map shows the proposed detour onto Mauna Loa Boulevard with the dark blue circles being temporary bus stops. The green circles are existing SCAT bus stops that will continue to be served. Those three stops are the busiest stops we have for the Bee Ridge route so the detour has been set up to continue service to those locations.
Click on image to enlarge:

Proposed temporary bus detour via Mauna Loa Blvd.
 and locations of future Bee Ridge Bus Stops
We expect that all the bus stops currently on Bee Ridge Road are going to be removed by the road construction contractor in the next couple of weeks. (You can also see on the map the new stops and shelters that will be built along Bee Ridge as part of the road project.)

1. Mauna Loa stops are temporary until the roadwork is completed. 
Update: The bus stop signs on Mauna Loa Boulevard will need to be regular SCAT bus stop signs rather than temporary “yard sign” type signs. We have learned that the construction may last up to 18 months and we need the signs to last long-term. The bus stop signs will be installed on public right of way not private property between the sidewalk and the curb on Mauna Loa Boulevard. 
 SCAT Planning is also working to consider the long-term location of the bus route on Bee Ridge east of I-75 and would like to work with residents to discuss that issue. Our long term plan calls for the route to travel to the Publix store at Iona Road in the future. However, if Lake Sarasota residents would like to continue some service on Mauna Loa, SCAT would certainly consider that as part of our future planning.

2. The proposed detour route is south-east on Mauna Loa, north on Middlesex to Berkshire, then right (east) on Bee Ridge, right (south) on Middlesex and continue south back to Mauna Loa where the bus will head back west and north to Bee Ridge Road and the signal.

3. The only part of Bee Ridge that SCAT Route 14 will use is between Berkshire and Bee Ridge. (SCAT may have to make adjustments during the time the roundabout at Berkshire is constructed.)




National Novel Writing Month and lots more from Sarasota County Updates

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at pubcom@scgov.net.   
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) buses will temporarily detour transit service along North Honore Avenue and will not travel on North Cattlemen Road between DeSoto Road and University Parkway beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1, due to the upcoming grand opening of the Mall at University Town Center and anticipated traffic. 
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to several bus routes, transit officials announced Thursday. The added service allows passengers late-night access to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway.
Want to look your best this holiday season? Need a little extra push to get in shape? Beginners Boot Camp could be just what you're looking for.
Flooding from excessive rainfall doesn't happen too often, but when it does, it can be just as damaging as storm surge from a hurricane. Certain neighborhoods are more at risk than others; is yours one of them? 
Keep your home looking spiffy by taking part in the South Venice Community Cleanup,
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 25
Early voting for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election will begin on Saturday, Oct. 25 and continue through Saturday, Nov. 1.
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is reminding voters who request an absentee ballot for the November 4 General Election that they may track their ballot online from the time they request it until the voted ballot has safely reached the supervisor of elections office.
The best-selling novel "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline has been selected for the Sarasota County Library System's 2015 "One Book One Community" read-together book. 
Sarasota libraries will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo),a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing, this November. On Nov. 1, participants will begin writing a 50,000-word novel to be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
The current fall and approaching winter season brings an expected increase in seasonal flu viruses. The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) reminds people to get a flu vaccine as your best defense against several flu viruses.
The Liberty Pass, which provides unlimited monthly rides on Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) to qualified passengers, has been made available for sale at additional locations.


 
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Sept. 2014 Sheriff's Dept. Crime Report for Lake Sarasota

There were eleven incidents:  five acts of vandalism; two burglaries; two thefts; and three juvenile disturbances.  Here is the breakdown.
 
Vandalism:  5 incidents
 
    Tues. 9/9  6565 Samoa Dr.;  reported 6:24 a.m.
    Tues. 9/9  6770 Mauna Loa;  reported 7:29 a.m.
    Wed. 9/24 4033 Lancaster; reported 9:25 p.m.
    Thurs. 9/25 4050 Lancaster; reported 7:21 p.m.
    Sun. 9/28  7150 Lago; reported 6:04 p.m.
 
                    Note:  7150 Lago is Lakeview Park
 
Burglary:  2 incidents
 
    Sun. 9/21  3891 Wake; reported 12:06 a.m.
    Tues. 9/23  6288 Jarvis Rd.; reported 4:22 p.m.
 
Theft:  2 incidents
 
     Thurs. 9/4  3953 Hina  (Bldg); reported 9:41 a.m.
     Fri. 9/5  3946 Vana (Other); reported 10:23 a.m.
 
Juvenile Disturbance:  3 incidents 
 
    Sat. 9/6  6909 Brentford Rd.; reported 7:52 p.m.
    Fri. 9/12  (no address given) Hina; 7:10 p.m.
    Fri. 9/12 7150 Lago; reported 8:14 p.m.
 
                    Note:  7150 Lago is Lakeview Park
 
Five incidents occurred between Sept. 4 and 9.  The locations and reporting times for the 9/9vandalism incidents seem to indicate that they were committed by the same person or group.  The two thefts occurred in the same vicinity one day apart may have been committed by the same individual.
 
The two incidents on Lancaster on the 24th and 25th (vandalism) may have been committed by the same person or group.  There were a total of five incidents between 9/21 and 9/28.
 
Six incidents were reported in the afternoon hours; five in the morning hours.
 
Four incidents occurred in the center of Lake Sarasota.  The rest were scattered throughout Lake Sarasota.
 
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