Thursday, April 16, 2015

County Update


Dear Lake,
Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atcommunications@scgov.net
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Sarasota County, which is part of a national network of local volunteers, exemplifies how a committed team of volunteers can make a difference in the health, safety and resiliency of 
our communities.
Financial professionals and non-profit agencies will host a variety of presentations during "Money Smart Week @ Your Library," April 18-25 at Sarasota County libraries. 
SCAT will not be traveling through the Publix parking lot at 535 S. Tamiami Trail, in Venice.
For one day only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, the Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is accepting payment for overdue traffic tickets and criminal fines and fees without charging the 25 percent collection agency surcharge. 
Elsie Quirk Public Library will host a special program aimed at helping people face some of life's biggest challenges.
Real estate agents, landlords, property managers, architects, multifamily complex builders, permitting officials and all community members are invited to attend a free Fair Housing seminar at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Sarasota County the "Tree City USA" designation for 2014, based on the county's demonstration of environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. 
To celebrate Earth Day, Sarasota County and local partners invite the public to volunteer in a seagrass survey on Saturday, April 25, at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. 
Keep your home looking spiffy as a community cleanup event comes to Kensington Park in Sarasota from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25. 
Residents and visitors are invited to ride Sarasota County Area Transit buses for free Saturday, April 25, in celebration of Try Transit Day 2015.
The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail Park will be closed to the public starting Monday, April 27, for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Learn what's driving local transportation and infrastructure improvements in Sarasota County during National County Government Month (NCGM) 
in April. 
The first cycle of the Comprehensive Plan Update is in full swing, as county planning staff works to examine Sarasota County's 
environmental systems. 
North Port Public Library will host a special video presentation of a 2013 interview with the late Dr. Eugenie Clark, the famed "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory, on her early dives at Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring. 
The Community Health Center of North Port Inc., which partners with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) to provide affordable health care to over 30,000 people annually, changed its name to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County (CHCSC) to better reflect its connection to the entire county. 
 
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Thursday, April 09, 2015

County Update


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Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communications@scgov.net
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Sarasota County, which is part of a national network of local volunteers, exemplifies how a committed team of volunteers can make a difference in the health, safety and resiliency of 
our communities.
Residents of the City of Sarasota and Town of Longboat Key must be registered by Monday, April 13 to be eligible to vote in their respective elections scheduled for Tuesday, May 12.
To celebrate National Library Week, Sarasota County Libraries is hosting a week-long series of events designed for the public to 'Discover
Local Authors.'
SCAT will not be traveling through the Publix parking lot at 535 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL. 
For one day only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, The Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is accepting payment for overdue traffic tickets and criminal fines and fees without charging the 25 percent collection agency surcharge. 
Elsie Quirk Public Library will host a special program aimed at helping people face some of life's biggest challenges.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Sarasota County the "Tree City USA" designation for 2014, based on the county's demonstration of environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. 
Real estate agents, landlords, property managers, architects, multifamily complex builders, permitting officials and all community members are invited to attend a free Fair Housing seminar. 
The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail Park will be closed to the public starting Monday, April 27, for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Learn what's driving local transportation and infrastructure improvements in Sarasota County during National County Government Month (NCGM) 
in April. 
The first cycle of the Comprehensive Plan Update is in full swing, as county planning staff works to examine Sarasota County's  environmental systems. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Letter to Sarasota County regarding RaceTrac

As many know, Lake Sarasota and other Bee Ridge neighborhoods tried to work with RaceTrac to add some buffering to their landscaping - a few more trees, etc. Normally such large gas stations are not situated directly across from residential neighborhoods. Unfortunately the plans for the gas station were submitted years ago and approved by the Sarasota County Commission before virtually anyone in the community knew about it.

The letter to County Administrator Thomas Harmer from a couple of days ago came from the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee, which represents 14 communities along Bee Ridge Rd. and Bee Ridge Extension, comprising a total of over 9,000 rooftops.

Mr. T. Harmer  
tharmer@scgov.net
County Administrator
Sarasota County

Dear Mr. Harmer: 
Recently a RaceTrac gas station opened at the intersection of Manua Loa and Bee Ridge Road, (Northeast corner). While facing Bee Ridge, it sits directly across the street from the Lake Sarasota Community. Several homes are directly impacted by light coming from the station.

Over the last 3 years we tried to negotiate with RaceTrac to add more landscaping along Bee Ridge to alleviate the light issue in the long term. They have decided not to accept our request and have planted according to the County standards for landscaping -- doing only the minimum required.

While we recognize little can be done at this point (other than to continue appealing to RaceTrac), we believe the County needs to rethink their landscape requirements when any Commercial installation is placed in or facing a residential neighborhood.

It is one thing to landscape where other Commercial buildings exist. It is quite another to impact residential neighborhoods with intrusive light, noise, etc. that certain Commercial installations bring.

Would you please ask Staff to take a good look at County regs and consider having a multi-tiered approach to landscaping -- dependent on where the new facility is being placed. 
Thank You

[Signed by a former Chairman and Founding Member of the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee]




After the above letter was shared with residents, we received this note from one Lake Sarasotan who lives opposite RaceTrac on Brentwood:

It's good to see continued effort to mitigate the light that comes from the Race Trac Station.  My master bedroom and dining room face the station so I get the full impact of the light all night.  As was stated in the letters, a small addition of landscaping would made a difference to the home owners who live across the street and now have to live with the light intrusion.  Thank you for your continued effort to protect the interest of our community.  



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pics from Saturday's Hina Park Fix-Up

After learning that we still had a bit of money left from a County grant from a few years ago, we contacted the County and asked about it. Turned out there was enough there to buy some mulch, some posts, some epoxy and a few other things to give Hina Park a bit of a makeover.

Thanks to all who turned out to help -- including Preston, Logan, Zack, Josh, and Sawyer --  a great bunch of kids from the neighborhood. And thanks to Sarasota County Neighborhood Services, and in particular to Grants Coordinator Kathlyn Clayton (who alas is leaving her position) for going beyond the call of duty to make this a success!












Saturday, March 28, 2015

County update: Your input wanted on Parks

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communications@scgov.net
Big trucks and two egg hunts are in store for kids at the 19th annual Big Truck Day EGGstravaganza, sponsored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. Admission is free for the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
Learn what's driving local transportation and infrastructure improvements in Sarasota County during National County Government Month (NCGM) in April. NCGM is an initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo). It is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year's theme is "Counties Moving America Forward: The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure."
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) recognizes the value of measuring health outcomes using a variety of data tools. Today, Sarasota County Health and Human Services officials acknowledged the 2015 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool, released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 
Sarasota County is asking for the public's help as it creates a Parks, Preserves and Recreation Master Plan that will serve as a road map for the future of the department.
 
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hina Park Fix-up this Saturday


Sat, Mar 28, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Hina Park at Hina Drive and Palau

With the help of a Community Grant we plan to restore, re-mulch, and re-chain the tiny park at the intersection of Palau and Hina on Saturday Morning, March 28. Joanna Kilmer will be on hand, and we're renting an auger to dig holes for new posts.

This is not the first fix-up for the park - see here:

http://lakesarasota.blogspot.com/2012/03/restoring-our-little-park.html


and here:


http://lakesarasota.blogspot.com/2012/03/restoring-our-little-park.html



Re-Paving Lake Sarasota

A caravan of road paving vehicles came down Friendship 
Tuesday and turned onto Palau.

A short while later, they had begun work on Palau by Lauzon

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bumpy Lake Sarasota Streets to be paved

Many of the road surfaces on Lake Sarasota's streets have been milled to make them ready for resurfacing.

According to the County,
Preferred Materials will be back tomorrow to start paving. They will be in the neighborhood for the next 2 weeks and then the roads should look great.




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Residents resolve to resurrect Citizens Patrol

Those attending Thursday evening's meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group discussed reports of alleged teenage activity, and considered certain security measures. The Group agreed to monitor the situation.

While there has been considerable discussion on NextDoor of some young people causing problems, no one at the meeting had any concrete knowledge of the allegations. Curiously, a long thread that reported specifics on NextDoor has apparently been deleted with no explanation. And the Sheriff's crime mapping site reflect no recent unusual activity in the area.

The costs of creating a street lighting district make it difficult to gain the 67% support for creating a district in Lake Sarasota. Those curious about the process can download a brochure from the County here. Individuals who feel their homes or streets would benefit from lighting can make arrangements with FPL for lights where needed. The monthly charges are relatively minor, and the lighting is maintained by FPL.

The Citizens Patrol is going to start up if enough volunteers are willing to get aboard. Ted handed over direction of the Patrol to Heidi, and there are several volunteers who have already been trained who say they plan to work with her.

Anyone with knowledge of houses that have suspicious activity -- drugs, squatters, late night parties, etc. -- should report these to the Sheriff, and share locations with the HOA. One resident told of a home that was finally vacated after two and a half months of nuisance and possibly criminal activity from squatters.

Our volunteer HOA has $264.21 in its account, and is registered as a 501 corporation for the current year.

A plan to advertise last saturday's garage sale fell through when insufficient contributions ($2 per participating home) came in to fund a newspaper ad. The group plans to try again in the Fall if folks come through with support for advertising.

Several who attended plan to gather next Thursday, March 19, around 8:30 - 9 am at Hina Point Park to make some repairs. The little park is at the point where Hina and Palau meet. All are welcome to come help for a couple of hours. A small remainder of a County grant might become available to do some additional work on the park.

Bee Ridge Road construction continues - the final road will be one inch higher than the old road - with lights, a median, retention ponds, trees, sidewalks, covered bus stops, landscaping, four roundabouts, etc.

The next regular Lake Sarasota meeting is set for Thursday, June 11, 7 pm at Sarasota Alliance.

County update


Dear Lake,
Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communications@scgov.net
If you are one of the millions caught up in the pickleball craze, there is still time to enter Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources' Fourth Annual Pickleball Slam.
This two-story, 40,000-square-foot facility contains the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) and the Sarasota County Contact Center (941-861-5000).A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday honored the completion of the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center.
A tour will be available at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Sarasota County Fair that will highlight the exciting world of local agriculture and show participants how to better connect with 
their food.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will host the annual, vendor sold-out Spring Arts and Crafts Show from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road in Englewood. 
The Board of County Commissioners is asking the public to submit names for the Walton Ranch site (environmental land in east Sarasota County.) Ideas must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 16
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful is seeking volunteers for the 2015 Great American Cleanup, 8 a.m.- noon, Saturday, March 21, at sites throughout Sarasota County. In case of rain, the cleanup will be held on Saturday, March 28.  
Free tax help available through AARP
Free tax aid is available at locations throughout Sarasota County for quick filing of federal individual income tax returns at AARP tax aid sites and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. The VITA sites are operated by the United Way Suncoast.
 
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