Thursday, November 20, 2014

County Updates: Two New Commissioners

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Paul Caragiulo takes over the District 2 seat previously held by Joseph A. Barbetta, who ends eight years of service with the county commission. Alan Maio assumes the District 4 seat that Nora Patterson held for the past 16 years.
The candidate, Rocky A. Burke, of Lexington, Ky., has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience within the public transit industry. He previously served as the general manager of Lextran in Lexington, where he oversaw a program that included 75 fixed bus routes and 49 contracted para-transit buses, more than 200 employees and an operating budget of $21 million.
The Knights Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. The range will resume normal operations on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Local health and school officials have teamed up to "Teach Flu
A Lesson" during National Influenza Immunization Awareness Week, Dec. 7-13.
Enjoy a run and lots of holiday fun as the 38th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach on Dec. 13
County staff will host two public meetings to discuss the expansion of the non-motorized water vessel program to Turtle Beach Park and changes to the program's guidelines, including parking and launch restrictions at South Lido Park. 
 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Garage sale a success

Last weekend's Neighborhood Yard Sale was a success, said Ellie Himes, one of the Board members of the Lake Sarasota Community Group who worked to organize the sale and produce a list of LS residences that participated in the sale.

Himes estimated at least 200 lists of homes were handed out, most to folks coming in from outside the community.

Those who signed on for the $2 donation to be on the list of homes can bring or send it to 7108 Java Drive. Thank you!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sandy Claws, Sand Sculpting, Dirty Gardening and more updates from Sarasota County

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.   
Enjoy a run and lots of holiday fun as the 38th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach on Dec. 13. The brilliant, white, pure quartz sand is hard-packed, making for fast finish times. Or, set a leisurely pace and take in the tranquil beauty of what's been named one of America's best beaches.
Sarasota Chalk Festival at the Venice Airport, Nov. 14-17, located at 900 Airport Ave, E. Venice, FL
Twenty-four Master Sand Sculptors from around the world will compete in the 5th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic presented by Margaritaville®
Come experience a fun way to learn the nitty-gritty basics of Florida gardening in Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension's "Down n' Dirty in the Demo Garden" ongoing series.
County staff will host two public meetings to discuss the expansion of the non-motorized water vessel program to Turtle Beach Park and changes to the program's guidelines, including parking and launch restrictions at South Lido Park. 
The Knights Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. The range will resume normal operations on Saturday, Nov. 29.
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.
Sarasota County Area Transit's "We'll Take You There" marketing campaign, which puts the spotlight on public transportation and how it serves residents and visitors, was honored with several awards at the Florida Public Transportation Association's annual conference Oct. 27 in Naples, including a first-place finish for its new music video.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's (DOH-Sarasota) Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at four sites and three community events around the county during November.
 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nextdoor is now open in Lake Sarasota

We are trying a new system for neighbors to communicate about things relevant to the neighborhood - upcoming events, like the yard sale, crime info, recommendations on plumbers, etc.

It's all on Nextdoor, a web-based way to communicate within a community - some other nearby communities have been using it with success.


Here's a link - put in your address and join - you might find it to your liking - 

https://nextdoor.com/invite/escqmepqmhksayvyjxvm

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

ReZoning Approved by the County

A re-zoning long sought by the owners of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce (BRPOC) was approved Tuesday by the Sarasota County Commission. The approval (changing zoning from PCD -> Commercial Neighborhood) was delayed due to complications of road design as well as concerns from nearby neighborhoods about impacts of the development upon traffic, tranquility, and property values.

The owner/developer, the Canadian firm TerraCap, entered into discussions with neighborhood representatives that led to a compromise agreement. A voluntary Declaration or Covenant, it limits the kinds of businesses that can operate in the Park of Commerce, and imposes other constraints upon hours of delivery, lighting, noise and signage. Once signed and recorded, it is legally binding upon the developer. The Commission made the rezoning approval contingent upon the signing and recording of the Declaration.

A copy of the final document can be downloaded here. In addition, the developer stipulated that no space within the CN structures would be larger than 37,500 square feet, which is the usual size for a small grocery.

The declaration does not apply to the Racetrac gas station currently under construction. That parcel was sold to Racetrac by the previous owners of the BRPOC, and surrounding communities had no knowledge of the sale or plans for a gigantic 24/7 gas station.

A request from Terracap for an additional left turn from behind the Racetrac onto Mauna Loa North was denied. County traffic engineer Paula Wiggins stated that the turn would lie within 500 feet of the functional area of the intersection at Bee Ridge and Mauna Loa Blvd.

When the Bee Ridge widening is done, that intersection will have 7 lanes and be burdened with cars moving East-West along Bee Ridge as well as traffic exiting from Racetrac and medical and business facilities in and adjacent to the cul de sac of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce, along with cars coming from Lake Sarasota to the south side of Bee Ridge.


6.9-acre CN area behind and to the East of Racetrac


Neighborhood Yard Sale Nov. 15th - $2 gets you on the map


The Neighborhood Yard Sale is coming Nov. 15th

If you wish to be on the map showing your home's location, contact Joanna at 371-1101. $2 donation.



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.