Thursday, February 26, 2015

County Updates



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
Siesta Beach has won the Travelers' Choice Award from TripAdvisor.
SATURDAY: Help promote the safe and courteous use of our non-motorized multiple-use trails. See safety displays, enjoy helmet fittings and free bicycle helmets for children pledging to follow safety and courtesy guidelines, while supplies last.
SATURDAY: Elsie Quirk Public Library will host a grand opening ceremony for its new Golden Reading Garden at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.
Sarasota County is beefing up its Neighborhood Directory, a compilation of homeowners, condominium, civic and other incorporated associations. The directory enables the county to quickly and efficiently notify registered contacts about important public safety announcements, ongoing or upcoming infrastructure improvements, development proposals, stormwater projects, grant opportunities and special events.
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) that administers green certification standards in Florida has re-certified Sarasota County as a Florida Green Local Government after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Green Local Government five-year re-certification program.
Sarasota County will host the annual Sarasota County Adult Clay Court Tennis Championships on March 5-8 at the Payne Park Tennis Center.
Irish balladeer to perform at county libraries
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Irish Balladeer Paul Carroll will perform a series of special concerts at Sarasota County Libraries in March.  
County's revenue bonds assigned AA+ rating
Fitch Ratings has announced that Sarasota County's revenue bonds were given an AA+ rating. The rating for the $32.6 million in infrastructure sales surtax bonds is based on several factors, including the county's excellent credit profile.
County's tax bond rating upgraded
New York based Moody's Investor Services announced last week that Sarasota County's limited ad valorem tax bond rating has been upgraded. The $71.3 million in bonds from 2008 and 2005 have been upgraded from a B status to an A status, reflecting the expectation that taxable property values will continue to grow over the next several years throughout unincorporated Sarasota County. 
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.
Due to ongoing construction work at the Siesta Beach pavilion the 2015 Beach University has been canceled. The program, which spans four weeks and focuses on protecting coastal eco-systems, will return in 2016.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Upcoming events: Community Garage Sale and Meeting



Lake Sarasotans are organizing another Community Garage Sale for Saturday, March 7th, 8 a.m. to 1 pm. If you wish to help with the advertising expenses, call Joanna at 941 371-1101.

Also, the next Lake Sarasota Community meeting is Thursday, March 12, 7 pm at Sarasota Alliance Church.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sarasota County Updates -


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
Feb. 19 workshop to seek input on North Port joint-use library project
TODAY: Sarasota County Government, Sarasota County Schools and the city of North Port will hold a neighborhood community workshop about the planning, design and programs for the new Suncoast Technical College and Sarasota County Public Library. The two-hour workshop is set for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Toledo Blade Elementary School Cafeteria in North Port.
SATURDAY: Sarasota County announces the continuation of the popular Barefoot Beach Bazaar at Nokomis Beach on Saturday, Feb. 21
SATURDAYSarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is hosting its Fourth Annual Englewood Community Garage Sale at the Englewood Sports Complex on Saturday, Feb. 21.
Siesta Beach has won the Traveler's Choice Award from TripAdvisor.
Help promote the safe and courteous use of our non-motorized multiple-use trails. See safety displays, enjoy helmet fittings and free bicycle helmets for children pledging to follow safety and courtesy guidelines, while supplies last.
Elsie Quirk Public Library will host a grand opening ceremony for its new Reading Garden at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.
County's tax bond rating upgraded
New York based Moody's Investor Services announced last week that Sarasota County's limited ad valorem tax bond rating has been upgraded. The $71.3 million in bonds from 2008 and 2005 have been upgraded from a B status to an A status, reflecting the expectation that taxable property values will continue to grow over the next several years throughout unincorporated Sarasota County. 
County libraries and the Orioles team up to knock reading out of the park
Sarasota County is going to bat with the Baltimore Orioles and the Big League Reader Program to encourage youth leadership. Children who sign up at a county library and read three or more books during February earn a free grandstand ticket to the Orioles Spring Training game at Ed Smith Stadium on March 14.
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.
Important changes underway to flood maps
Important changes to Sarasota County's flood hazard maps are underway. Proposed floodplain boundaries, regulatory flood elevations and vertical datum changes have been received by your community officials and published in the Federal Registrar on Dec. 31, 2014. Proposed Draft FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps are scheduled for adoption in 2016. 
"Like" the page now to stay up-to-date on all how you can help change lives in Sarasota County.
Due to ongoing construction work at the Siesta Beach pavilion the 2015 Beach University has been canceled. The program, which spans four weeks and focuses on protecting coastal eco-systems, will return in 2016.
 
About Us
Sarasota County Government 
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 
Florida 34236 
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at https://www.scgov.net/ADA/Pages/default.aspx.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mauna Loa Nighttime Closure extended through Feb. 26


Sarasota County Updates


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.   
County office closings for Presidents Day
Most Sarasota County Government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents Day. 
County libraries and the Orioles team up to knock reading out of the park
Sarasota County is going to bat with the Baltimore Orioles and the Big League Reader Program to encourage youth leadership. Children who sign up at a county library and read three or more books during February earn a free grandstand ticket to the Orioles Spring Training game at Ed Smith Stadium on March 14.
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.
Important changes underway to flood maps
Important changes to Sarasota County's flood hazard maps are underway. Proposed floodplain boundaries, regulatory flood elevations and vertical datum changes have been received by your community officials and published in the Federal Registrar on Dec. 31, 2014. Proposed Draft FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps are scheduled for adoption in 2016. 
Commission approves state incentives for Venice-based PGT Industries
Following unanimous approval of the Sarasota County Commission, 
Library fines forgiven during Amnesty Week
Facing a fine that's been keeping you away from the library? Patrons of Sarasota County libraries who have outstanding overdue items will be able to return the items without penalty through Feb.14 to any Sarasota County library location.
Feb. 19 workshop to seek input on North Port joint-use library project
Sarasota County Government, Sarasota County Schools and the City of North Port will hold a neighborhood community workshop about the planning, design and programs for the new Suncoast Technical College and Sarasota County Public Library. The two-hour workshop is set for 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Toledo Blade Elementary School Cafeteria in North Port.
Sarasota County announces the continuation of the popular Barefoot Beach Bazaar at Nokomis Beach on Saturday, Feb. 21
Help promote the safe and courteous use of our non-motorized multiple-use trails. See safety displays, enjoy helmet fittings and free bicycle helmets for children pledging to follow safety and courtesy guidelines, while supplies last.
From October to December of 2014, volunteers contributed 15,390 hours to our quality of life. Our community partners added another 27,311 hours. The combined value - $906,969.24. Now the program is on Facebook. "Like" the page now to stay up-to-date on all how you can help change lives in Sarasota County.
Sarasota County Area Transit and a local Boy Scout troop, along with other community partners, teamed up to enhance service at the county's southernmost bus stop in Englewood.
For the second consecutive year, Sarasota County has been recognized by the Florida Department of Health as a Healthy Weight Community Champion. Sarasota County was one of 65 communities throughout the state to achieve this distinction this year - an increase from the 38 communities recognized in 2014. 
Due to ongoing construction work at the Siesta Beach pavilion, the 2015 Beach University has been canceled. The program, which spans four weeks and focuses on protecting coastal eco-systems, will return in 2016.
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is accepting applications for a $1,200 scholarship to be awarded by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) this year.
 
About Us
Sarasota County Government 
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 
Florida 34236 
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

Monday, February 09, 2015

For the Record: RaceTrac's Landscaping Denial



The Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee -- a coalition of Bee Ridge communities including Lake Sarasota, Laurel Oaks, Bent Tree, The Hammocks, Misty Creek and several more -- specifically asked the project manager of RaceTrac to beef up the landscaping.

In return, the coalition offered to support their petition for a right-in turn lane from Bee Ridge Road. The coalition has kept its part of the bargain, but when Tom Hardy, project manager for Racetrac, was asked why there was not a single plant more than the minimum required by the County, here's Mr. Hardy's reply in toto:
I have considered your request for the additional trees along Bee Ridge Road. We will not be adding any additional trees. We feel we have a balanced landscape that meets Sarasota County’s requirements. We have provided significant base shrubs and groundcover along the frontage that is well above code. 
As far as the residents of Sarasota Lakes, we look forward to serving them and will embrace our presence in the community. 
We opened today, so I hope you had a chance to grab some Crazy Good Coffee and SwirlWorld yogurt. 
Thanks for all your concern and participation throughout this entire process. I hope you enjoy your RaceTrac. 
Tom Hardy, PLA | Senior Engineering Project Manager
Racetrac Petroleum, Inc. | racetrac.com | 3225 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 100, Atlanta GA 30339



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mauna Loa entrance to close nightly beginning Feb. 8th

Beginning Feb. 8 - Mauna Loa at Bee Ridge will be closed for approximately two weeks from 8 pm to 6 am. Signs are already up indicating detour on Brentwood.

The contractor will start night work on the intersection for approximately 2 weeks. The lanes will reopen each morning.

This is to allow extensive utility work to be done in the intersection. Bee Ridge traffic flow will not be affected except for the right turn lane into Mauna Loa.





Sarasota County News and Updates



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.   
Full slate of February events offered by Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is pleased to announce the return of their popular February programs. Whether it's music, nature, athletics or something in between, this full slate of events offers fun for everyone.
Fire Fest returns Jan. 31 at Carlton Reserve

The public is invited to take part in Fire Fest at Carlton Reserve on Jan. 31, to learn about how prescribed fire is used to manage local native habitats in Sarasota County, how fire benefits many species of plants and animals and how prescribed burns actually protect our communities and property from wildfires.
Register now through Feb. 1 for the 26th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, which take place Feb.17-22 at venues throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The two counties hold the event in conjunction each year as an effort to promote and maintain health and wellness for their residents who are 50 years and older.
Emergency Services personnel honored at awards ceremony
Dozens of men and women who work in Sarasota County Emergency Services were honored Thursday for their achievements during a special quarterly awards ceremony.
Gulf Gate Public Library celebrates new chapter with grand opening ceremony
The Gulf Gate Public Library started its new chapter with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening attended by hundreds Saturday. The two-story, 24,920-square-foot building has been under construction since 2013 and replaces the former library at the same site, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota.

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 10 sites around the county during February.
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) will host a Bay Guardian volunteer event aimed at removing the invasive air potato at North Water Tower Park on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 9 a.m.
The Lemon Bay Fest returns for the 13th year with a week-long series of events for the entire family aimed at highlighting the area's rich history and natural beauty.
Sarasota County's popular "Say I Do Again" wedding vow-renewal event returns Feb. 14 to Siesta and Caspersen Beaches.
Due to ongoing construction work at the Siesta Beach pavilion the 2015 Beach University has been canceled. The program, which spans four weeks and focuses on protecting coastal eco-systems, will return in 2016.
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is accepting applications for a $1,200 scholarship to be awarded by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) this year.
About Us
Sarasota County Government 
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 
Florida 34236 
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at https://www.scgov.net/ADA/Pages/default.aspx.
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