Thursday, July 23, 2015

County Updates



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Sarasota County's Procurement division has been honored for "Achievement of Excellence in Procurement" by the National Procurement Institute (NPI), an organization dedicated to establishing and developing efficient purchasing methods and practices in governmental, educational and institutional procurement. 
Sarasota County Commissioners recently approved a new lease with the Sarasota Family YMCA, which means reduced entry fees for the aquatic center located at Potter Park for non-YMCA members. 
Motorists are urged to use caution as construction work on the Myakka River Bridge is slated to begin this week, with the project eyed for completion in Spring 2017. 
Gulf Gate Public Library and Sarasota County beach pavilions are nominees in the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects People's Choice Competition.
Access Sarasota is undergoing maintenance.  Local live meeting coverage will continue, but scheduled programming will be 
temporarily interruped.  
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Change in plan at Publix Center at Bee Ridge Extension

From Sarasota County:
We stated in last week’s Project Update (see attached) the entrance off of Bee Ridge Road to the Publix would be closed this week, but the exit would be open. This would need to happen for connection to the utility infrastructure. However when the contractor started digging this morning, they found out that the waterline was not where it was shown on the plans. Therefore they are going to have to dig up a larger area.

In order to shorten the duration of this closure, they will need to close the entire entrance/exit on Bee Ridge Road. The patrons of the Publix shopping center will need to use the entrance/exit off of Bee Ridge Extension. Hopefully, the closure will only last for one week.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Public Info about University Interchange Project July 23rd


Public Information Meeting
I-75 (SR 93) / University Parkway
Diverging Diamond Interchange Construction Project


Sarasota/Bradenton, FL – The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a public information meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Keiser University located at 6151 Lake Osprey Drive in Sarasota.


The public may arrive anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. andview an animation of the project design and talk one-on-one with project staff about the I-75/University Parkway Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) project. There will be no formal presentation.

Construction begins in August 2015 with completion in fall 2017.


Improvements being made as part of this project consist of constructing a diverging diamond interchange, adding an auxiliary lane on northbound and southbound I-75, constructing new bridges on I-75 over University Pkwy., widening of University Pkwy., widening of I-75 bridges over Erie Creek and Foley Creek, realignment of on-ramps and off-ramps at I-75/University Pkwy., addition of ponds, drainage improvements, new lighting and signalization, construction of a noise wall on the west side of I-75, sidewalks, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways.


The Florida Department of Transportation solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator at 800-292-3368 or email jamie.schley@dot.state.fl.us at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

For more information, you may contact: Trudy Gerena, Senior Public Information Officer at 813-299-3579 or Robin Stublen, FDOT Communications Specialist at 863-519-2828.

Celebrating 100 Years of Innovation, Mobility and Economic Development

Bee Ridge: New Traffic Pattern on Monday


Weather can cause unavoidable delays in construction.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

County Updates - DAli, Canes, Neighborhood Grants

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A traveling exhibit of works by famed Spanish artist Salvador Dali is on display at North Sarasota Library through the end of July.
Jacaranda Boulevard traffic will be reduced to two lanes starting Monday, July 13, as a major construction project begins, according to Sarasota County Public Works staff.
We are two months into the 2015 hurricane season, Sarasota County Emergency Management reminds you now is the time to prepare for a hurricane. Have a plan, have your kit ready and remember "the first 72 are on you."
Could your neighborhood pride use a boost? If so, you should consider applying for up to $10,000 in matching Neighborhood Grants, which are available through Sarasota County's Office of Neighborhood Services.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's (DOH-Sarasota) Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost public health services at 10 sites around the county during July. 
 
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Talk about bicycling, walking Sat., Olympic trials at Benderson


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Help us shape the future of Sarasota County and attend a workshop on Cycle 2 of the Comprehensive Plan focusing on Mobility.  
Discuss traffic circulation, bicycle, pedestrian, trails, public transit, aviation, water transit and rail. Sat., June 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sarasota County Administration Building, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Sarasota County is offering financial assistance to help lower-income North Port residents install wind-resistant windows or hurricane shutters.
Local health officials encourage all residents to be sure they have a current tetanus vaccination as part of their hurricane preparedness plans.
Nathan Benderson Park will be the site of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for rowing, a qualifying event for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, USRowing officials announced Friday. 
 
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Monday, June 15, 2015

D.R. Horton building homes to North and East of Lake Sarasota

If you drive to the East end of Mauna Loa Blvd. and look across the boundary stream between Lake Sarasota and Bent Tree, you'll see some clearing and contouring of Bent Tree acreage bordering on the stream.

What you're seeing is the relocation of a portion of Bent Tree's golf course to accommodate 78 new homes. The homes will be built back upon a new interior road, and will have a separate gated access point within Bent Tree. A portion of the golf course is being moved toward the stream. Presumably this means folks on the Lake Sarasota side will simply get a closer look at the skills of the players at the country club, not at backyards or a road.



The homes are to be built by D.R. Horton, one of the largest home builders in the US. Horton also plans to build 89 Town Homes in the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce -- far to the rear of the property behind Racetrac at N. Mauna Loa. Entitled Baytown, the town homes will be attached homes starting at the mid $200s. TerraCap is clearing the land and expects to deed it to Horton in the Fall.




Thursday, June 11, 2015

County Update: Water Conservation Course, Beach Runs, more...



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Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability and Sarasota County Public Utilities are offering a new course to help residents save water and money in their homes. "Every Drop Counts: Water Conservation Inside Your Home" will help residents understand where their water comes from, how it is treated and specific strategies to reduce water usage in the kitchen, bathrooms, appliances and pool.
Sarasota County Public Utilities announced this week that the 2014 Sarasota County Drinking Water Report is now available online. In an effort to save tax payer's the cost of printing and postage the Public Utility Department has elected to provide the 2014 Consumer Confidence Report electronically. The report details the high quality of Sarasota 
County's water. 
Parents who are looking for healthy activities for their kids this summer can find a great one at the Kids' Summer Beach Runs presented by Sarasota County Parks and Recreation and New Balance Sarasota.
The community has a chance to guide the future of parks, preserves and recreation services in Sarasota County over the next 20 years by participating in an online survey, but the deadline to do so is July 5
 
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Reminder: No June LSCG Meeting

The Lake Sarasota Community Group will not hold its regularly scheduled on June 11, as no action items are currently pending.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 pm.

Keep up with what's going on at the Lake Sarasota Community at Nextdoor and to the neighborhood page on Facebook, where folks regularly share information.

At the moment, we are receiving complaints about an abundance of mosquitoes - is this something many are noticing?