Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sarasota Sheriff's report for Lake Sarasota


There were five incidents reported, down from eight in July. School starting Aug. 18 may have had something to do with that. The lower numbers are more in keeping with the pattern for the last two years. Crime is definitely down.

Here is a breakdown of the crime figures for Lake Sarasota.

There were three thefts, one burglary, and one juvenile disturbance. There were no incidents of vandalism.

The one burglary occurred Aug. 24 at 6311 Jarvis Road, reported at 2:52 p.m.

The juvenile disturbance occurred Aug. 31 at 3983 Coleridge, reported at 2:11 p.m.

The three thefts occurred on the following dates and locations:
  • Aug. 11 at 6820 Jarvis Road, reported 10:36 a.m.
  • Aug. 19 at 4039 Vana Drive, reported at 9:21 p.m.
  • Aug. 30 at 4151 Palau Drive, reported at 10:13 a.m.
The first two were thefts from autos. The third was unspecified.

Four of the five incidents occurred in the latter half of August. Three were discovered and reported in early afternoon. One was reported in mid-morning. One was reported late in the evening. Three incidents occurred in the eastern portion of Lake Sarasota. The other two occurred in the western half. Two incidents occurred along the western portion of Jarvis Road, about two weeks apart.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Contractor to work this Saturday

Work will proceed on the retention pond on the North Side of Bee Ridge road between Wake and Hidden Glen. Other work will take place along the North side.


Sky Zone to open in December on Bee Ridge

Construction on Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline and fitness facility, is well underway at on Edgelake Drive and kids should be bouncing early next year.



Sky Zone under construction

Community Meeting Update

A summary of the Lake Sarasota Community Group meeting of Sept. 11, 2014.

Treasurer’s report - the group has $297 and no debts. It voted unanimously to renew membership in CONA Sarasota.

Update on Bee Ridge roadwork: Speed limit remains 35 mph throughout the duration of the project. Police are actively enforcing the limit.

Racetrac has begun work on its gas station at Mauna Loa Blvd. and Bee Ridge Rd. opposite the entrance to Lake Sarasota. The station will have 20 bays and a large store footprint.

Racetrac construction

TerraCap and the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce: TerraCap requested and received a postponement of its petitioned rezoning for the 50-acre plot at the north side Mauna Loa and Bee Ridge Rd. to allow time to meet with neighborhood representatives who are seeking a legally binding covenant to limit impacts on traffic and nuisance issues (bright lights, noise at night, etc). The rezoning will be heard at the County on Nov. 4. Representatives of residents will meet with TerraCap in the interim.

2050 Plan update. The County has one more hearing coming in October on amendments to the 2050 plan. The new amendments were mostly promoted by developers and builders who feel the Plan makes it too costly or restrictive to build East of I-75. Environmentalists and those who value the rural character east of I-75 say the proposed changes will compromise the Plan and unleash rapid, large-scale development.

Rothenbach Park Initiative. The Group heard about an initiative to plant trees and buffering foliage in Rothenbach Park.

Dragon Boat Racing. The Group heard about the rowing event featuring teams from around the world, all breast cancer survivors. It's coming to Nathan Benderson Park the weekend of Oct. 24-26, and they are seeking Ambassadors to help teams find what they need while visiting. More here.

Fall Neighborhood Garage Sale: A committee was formed to work on a garage sale for Saturday, Nov. 15th, possibly to include a bake sale to raise funds for the LSCG.

The Sheriff’s report will be posted when available.

Neighborhood Grants: The Group discussed four different projects, perhaps with the help of neighborhood school children, that could qualify for a Neighborhood Grant from Sarasota County:
  • Walkway from Mauna Loa to Lakeview School
  • Hina Park Fix-up
  • Luzon Butterfly Garden
  • Bicycle Racks at bus stops
County Grants Coordinator Kathlyn Clayton will be invited to the next meeting, which is scheduled for Dec. 11, 2014, 7 pm at Sarasota Alliance. Bring your ideas!

Keep up with these issues on the 
Lake Sarasota Community Group 


Dragon Boat Racers are coming

Dragon boat teams from all over the world are coming to Sarasota in October 24-26th. Every team is made up of women who are breast cancer survivors. They will compete at Nathan Benderson rowing park. It's an event to see - also, if you're interested, you can become an ambassador - helping a team get oriented while it's in town.


If you'd like to see if you can be an ambassador, contact John Krotec - John is Volunteer Coordinator at Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associate (SANCA) at Nathan Benderson Park.

Email: John@SANCA.US
Cell: 941.224.1861

Sarasota Updates for the week




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.   
The county's bonds have received another favorable mark from Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research, based on an excellent credit profile and "very healthy" financial position.
beach lifeguards will be on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on Sarasota County's guarded beaches: Lido Beach, Siesta Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach, Venice Beach and Manasota Beach.
Keep your home looking spiffy by taking part in the Laurel Community Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20.
 
Sarasota County will host its third annual Youth Fall Fishing Tournament,Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at Manasota Beach in Englewood. The event is for children ages 14 and younger.
The Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Pistol and Rifle Range at Knight Trail Park will be closed to the public Saturday, Oct. 11, for a law enforcement competition. The Pistol and Rifle Range will resume normal operations Sunday, Oct. 12.  Operations at the Trap and Skeet Club and the Archery Club will follow normal operating hours. 
The sale will be held at Laurel Park on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. A total of 20 resident vendor spots are available at $10 per space. 
Sarasota County Libraries' One Book One Community program and its community partners have narrowed down the list of possible titles for the 2015 One Book. The group is also unveiling a new logo in recognition of the 12th year of promoting this program.
Residents can benefit from the county's sustainability expertise by attending a free 30-minute Energy Upgrade workshop that will provide information, tips and materials to help them identify opportunities to save money, energy and water in their home. 
Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners will host the 10th Annual Plant Sale and EdFest, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sarasota County Extension Office of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.  
Sign up now for the ninth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center in Sarasota.
 
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Monday, September 01, 2014

Community Meeting Sept. 11th, 7 pm

The next community meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group (LSCG) will feature a Sarasota County grants coordinator who will talk about how to apply for county grants of up to $10,000 for the neighborhood, and the kinds of projects that can be done.

The LSCG will meet Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7 pm at Sarasota Alliance Church, directly opposite Chaucer at Bee Ridge. The meeting rooms are behind the church building.

So far the agenda includes:
  • Grants talk and help - Sarasota County volunteer coordinator Kathlyn Clayton.
  • Update on Bee Ridge roadwork.
  • Status of Racetrac.
  • Status of TerraCap and the BRPOC rezoning.
  • 2050 Plan update.
  • Rothenbach Park Initiative
  • Possibility of Fall Neighborhood Garage Sale.
All are welcome to attend these meetings - we are strictly volunteer - no dues!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After meeting with TerraCap, Wait and See: UPDATE

UPDATE: Late this afternoon, the attorney for TerraCap confirmed that the firm, which owns the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce, has asked the County to postpone a rezoning hearing previously set for Sept. 10th. The reason is to allow time to work on a mutually beneficial agreement between TerraCap and the Lake Sarasota. See below for details of the neighborhood's reasons for seeking such an agreement.

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At a meeting yesterday with TerraCap and a land-use attorney it has retained, representatives from Lake Sarasota and the Bee Ridge Neighborhood Committee laid out neighborhood concerns related to the prospective development of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce (BRPOC). The meeting was the first with corporate officers for TerraCap, which owns the land. Earlier discussions with its local agents had stalled.



Key points of our presentation:

- The 50-acre plot of land lies directly opposite the front entrance to Lake Sarasota, at an already difficult intersection that sees frequent traffic accidents and is now undergoing widening.

- A giant Racetrac gas station will begin construction within a few weeks on the northeast corner of Mauna Loa and Bee Ridge. TerraCap has no control over this project -- Racetrac owns the two-acre parcel and has received approvals for it -- but the concerns having to do with noise, traffic, and potential degradation of property values stem from planning having been done without the knowledge of residents who will have to put up with it.



- The land was originally intended for large clean employers, such as HealthSouth, Ridgelake, and METI. However, the former owner of the BRPOC and its agents worked persistently to persuade the County to change this land use to commercial and industrial zoning.

- The BRPOC is a cul de sac -- as such all traffic entering via the Mauna Loa intersection will leave the same way. If busy commercial ventures -- e.g. drugstores, convenience stores, gas stations, fast food -- are put in, the pressure upon the intersection will sharply increase. So too will the noise and nighttime activity.

On Wednesday, the corporate officer from TerraCap, Wayne Humphries, who met with us indicated his company -- a large Canadian property management and development firm -- will carefully review the information we presented.

We are thus in a wait-and-see mode. However, if a September 10th hearing goes ahead on a rezoning application filed by TerraCap, we will file a report reiterating our concerns and desire for a voluntary protective Covenant to the County Board of Commissioners.

Stay tuned.

Labor Day Update - Concerts, Plant sale, Bandana, more


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Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and Historical Resources will be closedMonday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day holiday.  
Effective Monday, Sept. 1, Liberty Pass, which provides unlimited monthly rides on Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT), will only be available through participating social service providers.
The run will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, on Dearborn Street in Englewood.
Registration for Sarasota County's first Indoor Community Yard Sale begins Tuesday, Sept. 2. The sale will be held at Laurel Park on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. A total of 20 resident vendor spots are available at $10 per space. 
Join the outdoor Rockin' Tailgate Gate Party with Bandana at the Englewood Sports Complex, Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, to address Sarasota County's sign code as it pertains to electronic message center signs. These are signs that contain changeable copy in a digital display and are typically seen in front of businesses. 
Sarasota County Libraries' One Book One Community program and its community partners have narrowed down the list of possible titles for the 2015 One Book. The group is also unveiling a new logo in recognition of the 12th year of promoting this program.
Residents can benefit from the county's sustainability expertise by attending a free 30-minute Energy Upgrade workshop that will provide information, tips and materials to help them identify opportunities to save money, energy and water in their home. 
Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners will host the 10th Annual Plant Sale and EdFest, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sarasota County Extension Office of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.  
Sarasota County will host its third annual Youth Fall Fishing Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at Manasota Beach in Englewood. The event is for children ages 14 and younger.
Sign up now for the ninth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center in Sarasota.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stalled negotiations on Covenant: UPDATE

Members of the Board and other interested residents of Lake Sarasota will meet today with representatives of TerraCap in a final effort to negotiate a neighborhood-friendly agreement addressing the concerns regarding safety, tranquility, and property values. The results will be reported here.

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A conversation about a legally binding Covenant between Lake Sarasota residents and agents for TerraCap Mgmt. has not progressed since a June 12 meeting.

The community has concerns about traffic, nuisance noise and odors, and damage to property values that could arise from mishandled development of the commercial land opposite the front entrance of the Lake S. community at Mauna Loa Blvd. and Bee Ridge Road.


Agents for TerraCap, the Canadian owner of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce who sold the front property to Racetrac, were approached in April about a Covenant, but ignored the Community's overture. After the developer's latest rezoning plan failed to receive County approval -- in part, Commissioners said, because they refused to work with the Community -- one meeting was held, raising hopes that some binding Covenant could be worked out.

Hopes faded after TerraCap did not address or offer to negotiate a Covenant outline presented by the Community after the sole June meeting. On August 13, Lake Sarasota wrote to request that the developers meet to negotiate in person. So far that request has not received a reply. The Community's letter seeking the meeting is below.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

July, 2014 Lake Sarasota Crime Report.


 
There were a total of eight incidents, up from three in June.  I attribute this to school vacation time--young people with time on their hands and mischief on their minds.
 
There were two incidents of vandalism, two burglaries, three thefts, and two juvenile disturbances.  Vandalism and juvenile disturbances are more typical of young people than career criminals.  Therefore, four incidents are more typical of criminal behavior, and actual crime increased by one.
 
The two vandalism incidents occurred at the following times and locations:
 
            7/2    Reported 3:29 p.m.  4114 Westminster
            7/8    Reported 4:01 p.m.  3934 Wake
 
The burglaries occurred at the following times and locations:
 
            7/15  Reported 11:40 p.m.    4172 Lancaster
            7/30  Reported 10:49 a.m.    6484 Tarawa
 
The three thefts occurred at the following times and locations:
 
            7/2    Reported 10:57 a.m.    4079 Hina    (Bldg)
            7/24   Reported 3:12 p.m.     6366 Bikini  (Other)
            7/26   Reported 8:53 p.m.    7000 Brentford (Other)
 
There was one juvenile disturbance occurring at the following time and location:
 
            7/31   Reported 6:31 p.m.    3983 Coleridge
 
Seven of the eight incidents occurred in the center and east portions of Lake Sarasota.  One incident, a burglary, occurred in the western portion, on Tarawa.
 
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