Thursday, September 25, 2014

National Public Lands, Wallenda, voter Reg, Magical Mystery tour, more...



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SATURDAY: Sarasota County will host a volunteer event from 9 a.m. to noon at Arlington Park in Sarasota
High-wire daredevil and Sarasota native Nik Wallenda will help the county's Historical Commission honor the rich history of the Sarasota Bayfront with a new historical marker 
Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, Oct. 6 to be eligible to vote in the General Election on Nov. 4.
Discover the hidden gems of Sarasota County as you enjoy a guided tour on an open-air trolley pairing surprise destinations with first-class dining experiences.
The Sarasota County Pistol and Rifle Range at Knight Trail Park will be closed to the public Saturday, Oct. 11, for a law enforcement competition. The range will resume normal operations Sunday, Oct. 12.  Operations at the Trap and Skeet Club and the Archery Club will follow normal operating hours. 
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 Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Changes to 2050 - What's at stake - Check the new blog

A new blog is now consolidating information, background resources, and current conversation surrounding the proposed changes to Sarasota County's 2050 Comprehensive Plan.

The blog is SarasotaVision2050, and it can be found here:

http://sarasotavision2050.blogspot.com/

The stakes are not trivial for communities East of I-75. If developers get the green light to start building all at once, not only will they choke our roads and land with excessive housing, but the new housing will dilute and degrade the market of existing homes - yours and mine - in Sarasota County. What's more, the developers will be competing against each other for a very limited resource - the high-end retiree market. Instead they should be planning a knock-out beautiful public vision of East Sarasota - and let the developers consider all kinds of housing - for working people, families, as well as rich retirees.

If the changes to 2050 pass, and it is expected they will at a County hearing on Oct. 22 (1:30 pm at the County Admin Center on Ringling Blvd.), watch your taxes go up, the value of your homes go down, and your quality of life go South.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Coastal Clean-Up, NPLD, Tour Sarasota - County Updates


SATURDAY: Keep Sarasota County Beautiful will help clean coastal and other areas during the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at sites throughout Sarasota County (rain date: Saturday, Sept. 27). 
SATURDAY: Keep your home looking spiffy by taking part in the Laurel Community Cleanup, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20.
 
SATURDAY: 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.
Save money, energy and water on the purchase of ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances and WaterSense-labeled products during the Sept. 19-20 Tax-free Holiday. Sales tax will not be collected on the first $1,500 of the sales price of select ENERGY STAR and WaterSense products, including ceiling fans, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, light bulbs, bathroom sink faucets, shower heads and more. 
Sarasota County will host a volunteer event from 9 a.m. to noon at Arlington Park in Sarasota
In recognition of World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, Sarasota County is emphasizing the importance of pet vaccinations to prevent rabies transmission. Rabies prevention can be exercised through ensuring adequate vaccination of pets and farm animals, avoiding contact with wild animals and educating individuals at risk.
Discover the hidden gems of Sarasota County as you enjoy a guided tour on an open-air trolley along with dinner and libations. Surprise destinations are paired with first-class dining experiences sure to intrigue even the most in-the-know county residents and visitors.
Scott Schroyer has accepted a conditional offer to become Sarasota County's new Public Utilities Director. Schroyer has more than 30 years of experience in local government.
The Sarasota County Pistol and Rifle Range at Knight Trail Park will be closed to the public Saturday, Oct. 11, for a law enforcement competition. The 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 Extension Master Gardeners will host the 10th annual Plant Sale and EdFest, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota.  
 
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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.

Ted Cover,


Citizens Patrol

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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Sept. 11, 2014
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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!