Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update on Bee Ridge from the County


Primary Election coming - are you registered?


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Sarasota County's next Emergency Service director is scheduled to begin Aug. 4, and brings with him 25 years of public safety experience. Rich Collins, the current Emergency Management director for Osceola, Fla., will fill the county's vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Mike Tobias.
Time to get happy and vote for Sarasota County parks! Our summer campers and staff worked hard on a video for a Florida Recreation and Parks Association contest. Help us push it over the top by voting between now and July 27. Visit the "It Starts in Parks' Facebook page and click on the video contest tab. Select the Sarasota County video and enjoy watching the energy and enthusiasm of some of the best campers ever! Vote now!
Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28, to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.
Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28, to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.
With local schools scheduled to resume Aug. 18, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child's immunizations updated now.
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operational hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. The extended hours will run through the Labor Day weekend.  
 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Voter registration deadline nears for Aug. 26, 2014 Primary

SARASOTA, FL – Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28 to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.

To register, one must complete a Florida Voter Registration Application. Applications are available at supervisor of elections’ offices, city halls, county libraries, county offices, and social service agencies and may be downloaded from the supervisor of elections (SOE) website at www.SarasotaVotes.com.

Dent also recommends that voters visit the SOE website to verify their registration and precinct information prior to going to the polls to vote. Just click on “Voter Information” in the main menu and then select “Voter Lookup” or “Precinct Finder” and follow the easy instructions.

A voter who has moved, had a name change, or needs to update his or her signature since the last election may do so by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application. Voters may call the supervisor of elections at 861-8600 for assistance or for more information. ​








Election Info, SCAT on Facebook, Love your Parks


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 pubcom@scgov.net.   
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Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28, to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.
July is National Parks and Recreation month, and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation is celebrating by launching its own Instagram account this week. 
With local schools scheduled to resume Aug. 18, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child's immunizations updated now.
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operational hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. The extended hours will run through the Labor Day weekend.  
 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Four incidents in June in Lake Sarasota


Ted shared the latest Sheriff's report for the neighborhood:
The June 2014 Sheriff's Dept. report for Lake Sarasota shows four incidents:  one act of vandalism, two burglaries, and one theft (auto).

The vandalism occurred at 4123 Westminster on June 20, and was reported at 9:36 a.m.
The two burglaries occurred at 6323 Bikini on June 7 (reported at 2:22 a.m.), and at 4172 Lancaster on June 22 (reported at 10:26 p.m.
The theft occurred at 6950 Jarvis Rd. on June 25 (reported at 8:57 a.m.

This compares to five incidents during May, 2014.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Clean Up Update



Note Changes this year including shorter hours and limits on tires and what can go to which dumpster.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Bee Ridge Groundbreaking: Culmination of 10 years of work

Full Tent



Joe O'Hara and Commissioner Charles Hines (seated)


Dignitaries and Citizens Dig In

Laughter, speeches and cookies made today's groundbreaking for the widening of Bee Ridge Road an enjoyable moment. The road project, which is expected to take two years to complete, will transform Bee Ridge Road East of I-75 into a gateway to the East. 

The road will be widened to four lanes up to Laurel Oaks/Bent Tree. It will have a planted median, bio-swales, sidewalks, bike paths, four roundabouts and buffering -- some 12,000 trees, bushes and plants will be put in with drip irrigation. The project began with a proposal that came from the communities of Bee Ridge Road. Joe O'Hara initially approached Sarasota county officials in 2002, and formed the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee to work with the County to work on every aspect of the project to make sure that in the end -- after the dust settles -- it will add beauty, value to the communities along Bee Ridge, and be neighborhood friendly in design, safety, and ease of use. For example, the SCAT bus route will likely be extended to Iona Rd., and new bus stops will be covered to shield commuters from sun and rain. 

Sarasota County will have a regularly updated web page with updates about any changes in the road conditions: lane closures, work progress, and any special information. 
The road engineers are CDM Smith, and the construction will be performed by Westra Construction of Palmetto. The current plan will move in segments from Mauna Loa Blvd. toward Iona Rd., and calls for the road to have two lanes open most of the time. The outer lanes will be built first, then the inner lanes and median. There will be months of utilities being installed, and old utilities being removed. FPL light poles, Verizon cables, water lines, drainage lines, etc. will have to be relocated before any pavement goes in.

Click on this image below for a larger size -- it shows the segments of the work moving from left (West) to right (East) in sequence from beginning to conclusion over a span of 2 years.


Segments of work plan for Bee Ridge Road




Diverging Diamond

A visual explanation of the change planned for the exchange at University Parkway at I-75:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

7/11 is Bee Ridge Groundbreaking




The Groundbreaking Ceremony is set for Friday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at the Firehouse grounds on Bee Ridge and Tora. Look for the large tent - there will be refreshments, and brief remarks from County Commissioners. The hope is that residents of Bee Ridge neighborhoods will come out and show their support for the project. If the County understands that the road is important to residents, it might be more likely to consider modifications.

For an update on the timing, costs, and design of Bee Ridge Road, and details of the four roundabouts, click here.

While the full time line for the project is 600 days (Summer 2016), the expectation is for most of the work to be substantially completed within 300 days of commencement.

Note that the work schedule is approved for roadwork from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 6 days a week. One lane of Bee Ridge will always be open for cars to get through.

More details here.



Thursday, July 03, 2014

Neighborhood Clean-Up July 19th


We have not received official notice, but word is, the annual Neighborhood Clean-Up for Lake Sarasota will be held Saturday, July 19th, 8 a.m. to 2:30 pm.



If the pattern follows previous years, dumpsters will be ready at the usual two locations: near the dog park on Hand Road, and at the Fire Station at Tora.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Construction Notice for Bee Ridge Rd. Widening


Rodeos, fireworks beaches and more - County Updates


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Most Sarasota County Government offices, including the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, will be closed Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.. 
Sarasota County is hosting three upcoming public workshops at multiple locations seeking input from area residents and business owners about the county's future solid waste master plan. 
Every year people are taken to hospital emergency rooms in the United States because of injuries from fireworks. What's the best way to stay safe and enjoy the Fourth of July? Sarasota County Fire Department advises community members to celebrate by attending public fireworks displays. 
Don your Stetson and grab your boots, because local country music sensation One Night Rodeo is bringing its smooth-as-sipping whiskey harmonies mixed with a high-octane, full-throttle show to the Venice Community Center.  
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operational hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. The extended hours will run through the Labor Day weekend.  
 
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Monday, June 30, 2014

2050 Plan completes round of public hearings

The third and last public meeting focusing on changes to the Sarasota 2050 Plan was held Monday evening at Twin Lakes Park. Approximately 125 people were there to listen and to discuss many ramifications of the proposed changes.

There is still time to get up to speed on this very important issue. The plan will be going through public hearings in July and August and is scheduled to be voted on before the November election.

Some background information is here. Many more documents focusing on parts of the plan are here, on the lower right side of the page. From this page residents can also submit comments or questions that are posted here.

In brief: Many people feel that the changes to the 2050 plan dilute it and essentially open the floodgates to rapid and poorly conceived development east of I-75. They see the primary movers of the changes to be a handful of developers and builders who simply wish to put more of the same sort of housing and commerce in the rural lands to the East that already exist west of I-75.

Is there an alternative to more gated communities, malls, and strip malls in East County? Here's one media viewpoint. What do you think?




Friday, June 20, 2014

Orchard Festival, Free HIV testing, One-Night Rodeo, more


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SATURDAYThe festival will be held Saturday, June 21, 8:30 a.m.-noon, at Colonial Oaks Park. It will feature free youth birdhouse-building workshops, fruit tastings, and information on growing fruit trees and the "Growing Fruit Trees and Kids" program.
SATURDAY: The North Port Library will host a free discussion titled "Overview of Parkinson's Disease and the Supportive Role of Neuro Challenge Foundation" Saturday, June 21, 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Free HIV testing will be available to the public at several locations in Sarasota County as part of the 20th Annual National HIV Testing Day observance during the next several weeks.
Free HIV testing will be available to the public at several locations in Sarasota County as part of the 20th Annual National HIV Testing Day observance during the next several weeks.
Health Department and Emergency Management officials will host a free luncheon meeting to update local faith-based organizations on procedures for the upcoming hurricane season on June 25.
Don your Stetson and grab your boots, because local country music sensation One Night Rodeo is bringing its smooth-as-sipping whiskey harmonies mixed with a high-octane, full-throttle show to the Venice Community Center.  
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operational hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. The extended hours will run through the Labor Day weekend.  
 
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