Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The Late Waldo Proffitt Jr. on Growth


Longtime editorial writer and managing editor of the Herald Tribune Waldo Proffitt Jr. died Dec. 6. This reflection was shared with us by Dan Lobeck:


Waldo Proffitt Jr.

October 8, 1924 - December 6, 2016


As Managing Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune from 1961-1998, and as a columnist and editorial writer,
Waldo Proffitt  helped shape Sarasota County for the better (together for most of that time with Publisher David Lindsay).  

He always favored carefully managed and controlled growth, as reflected in these interview excerpts.
Waldo Proffitt is greatly missed.

From an Interview – 10/16/2013:
 … growth is not necessarily good, it’s only the right kind of growth that will help the community remain a good place for people to live and that is the product that Sarasota has to sell: that this is a good place to live. And I believe that that idea has become fairly widely circulated, I certainly hope so.

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Well, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by density. I mean that’s not easy to do, because the more people you can pack into a given area, the more money you can make.

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I’m very fond of Siesta Key but the fact is that now it is getting overpopulated and unless we are very careful about what we allow to be built in there, it can have an negative impact on the quality of life, and that is, I think, a statement that I think could be applied to almost any waterfront community— they are very sensitive to density.

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From an Interview – 8/27/2003:

WP: 

I always tried to sell the concept that growth is good up to a point … I can tell you what the maximum population [of Sarasota County] will be. I figured it out to be 1.6 billion. The population of Sarasota County would give you twelve square feet for every person to lie down in the sun, and you couldn’t have any double decking because everybody wants to get the sunshine. … then you can start asking the question, how much growth should we have? Then you start asking a whole different set of questions, and then you’ve come to the concept of sustainability. How much growth can we sustain over the long haul based on the resources available? The truth is we don’t know, and people have thought about this and they still don’t know. We will never get a satisfactory answer to that question, but as long as you keep asking the question, you get people in a mind-set where they are not afraid to say, no, you can’t do that because that is something we can’t sustain over the long haul. We can’t follow this precedent.

Question: In very specific cases, if we look at Southwest Florida, already there are issues of water, pollution, and traffic. Once that starts impacting the life of an average citizen of this community, they are going to start complaining.

WP: Yes, and [they] have.

Question: But the power of the developers is that they will say, look, we want to expand, that’s jobs, more people come, more businesses, it helps the economy, more taxes, better schools, that growth is not only essential but beneficial. How do you counteract those kinds of statements?

WP: In the first place, you go back and examine the tax history in the county, which I don’t think anybody has done recently but I did several times and printed the results. The truth of the matter is that as the community grows, the per capita tax rises. Growth doesn’t lower your taxes; it actually raises them. I think in most any situation, you can check the tax records and that is what happens. 


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Update on FDOT plan for Bee Ridge Exchange

We asked a representative from FDOT to update us on plans for the Bee Ridge interchange. Here's the latest as of today:

The Florida Department of Transportation anticipates conducting informational meetings in late-January/early-February 2017 where display boards will be set up in an open-house format in which attendees will have the opportunity to view the project and ask questions of FDOT staff and its project engineering consultant team.

A video presentation will also be provided that will review the history of the project, a detailed description of the current design and hopefully address many of the questions you and others may have about the project. Check for updates at the project website.

Two questions:
1. Does the plan for the continuous flow intersection at Cattlemen call for two legs or four?   
The slide attached, of the Bee Ridge Road/Cattlemen Road intersection, was taken from the presentation given during the July 26, 2016 public hearing. As shown, the Continuous Flow Intersection configuration will displace the left turns in both the eastbound and westbound direction of Bee Ridge Road only. The northbound/southbound left turn movements along Cattlemen Road at Bee Ridge Road will function as a conventional left turn movement (non-displaced).


2. Is the current plan for the southbound off-ramp leading to Cattlemen still the new plan to come in not immediately opposite Wilkinson, but a bit north of it?  
The plan for the terminus point of the southbound off-ramp onto Cattlemen Road is the same as that presented at the July 26th public hearing (see attached slide), which is approximately 430-feet north of Wilkinson Road.



At present there are no updates or changes to the timeline or funding of the project beyond what was presented at the July 26th public hearing. Right-of-way is partially funded in the Department’s Five-Year Work Program and construction remains unfunded.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Bee Ridge Dedication, new commissioners, more . . .



Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback relating to this newsletter, contact us at communications@scgov.net
Sarasota County Government offices, including libraries, Sarasota County Historical Resources and recreation centers, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Thanksgiving Day, home cooking fires are likely to occur more than three times the daily average than any other day of the year, so the Sarasota County Fire Department is urging to the community to keep safety in mind during the holidays.
The Board of County Commissioners welcomed Nancy Detert and Michael Moran on Nov. 22.
Sarasota County will host a celebration Nov. 28 for the recently completed Bee Ridge Road Improvements Project, which spanned a 2.6-mile stretch of the roadway between Mauna Loa Boulevard and Iona Road, east of Interstate 75.
The wildly popular Sandy Claws Beach Run returns Saturday, Dec. 10, for its 40th year on Siesta Beach.
The 11th annual Sustainable Communities Workshop - "Paths to a Sustainable Future" - will bring the community together Dec. 1 to discuss and plan future priorities.
Workshops will present the details of the Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program, which provides grants up to $10,000 per neighborhood. 
As part of a major initiative focused on housing affordability, Sarasota County is seeking community input on the topic through a newly launched online survey.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Reminder: Lake Sarasota Community Yard Sale Nov. 19th

Folks can decide their hours, but normally customers are here by 8 a.m. and traffic dies down by 2 p.m. We do not have maps. The sale will be advertised. Participating homes might wish to put some balloons or something on their mailboxes to catch the eye.


Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Siesta Crystal, Phillippi Estate, affordable housing, I-75 overpass . . .


Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback relating to this newsletter, contact us atcommunications@scgov.net
Master sculptors are coming to Siesta Beach for the 7th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival Nov. 11-15.
Join Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources as it celebrates the 100-year anniversary of Phillippi Estate Park with a series of free events Nov. 12-13.
As part of a major initiative focused on housing affordability, Sarasota County is seeking community input on the topic through a newly launched online survey.
As part of the ongoing FEMA flood map modernization project, the FEMA flood maps for Sarasota County and its municipalities became effective Friday, Nov. 4.
A major resurfacing project is set to begin Nov. 14 on River Road between Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 in south Sarasota County.
Sarasota County will hold a public workshop on the proposed Interstate 75 overpass connecting the future Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Cattlemen Road at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Church of Hope, 1560 Wendell Kent Road, Sarasota.
Sarasota County's Health In Motion staff will provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness during November. A registered nurse will help individuals who lack medical insurance find a medical home for ongoing health care through referrals to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County. 
The 11th annual Sustainable Communities Workshop - "Paths to a Sustainable Future" - will bring the community together Dec. 1 to discuss and plan future priorities.
Workshops will present the details of the Neighborhood Initiative Grant Program, which provides grants up to $10,000 per neighborhood. 
 
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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Hot dogs, soda, games, people



What's not to like? It's the Lake Sarasota Fall Festival - a chance to meet folks in the neighborhood, eat some hot dogs, and enjoy a fine Fall day at the Lakeview Park pavilion, right on the lake. Not sure where? Take the dirt road off Hand Rd. right by the dog park all the way own to the lake. You'll find us at the pavilion from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday Nov. 5th.

Bring the kids!

If you want to let us know you're bringing food or games, you can tell us here.

Exercise Caution with changing traffic pattern

The Grand Opening is November 28th, 2 pm at the Colonial Oaks Baptist Church, in the parking area.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Paving complete, Bee Ridge set to open two lanes after striping

Bee Ridge is nearly complete - the paving is mostly done - striping to come, and additional trees at Golf Course Blvd and Iona. Use caution at roundabouts.

After striping is done, barrels will be lifted and road will be open to two-lane flow in both directions.

A reminder that the Grand Opening Celebration is Nov. 28th, 2 pm at the Colonial Oaks Baptist Church (at Golf Course Blvd) parking area. Snacks and beverages will be on hand.



Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips, Job Fair, more. . .

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As children get caught up in the excitement of Halloween, they can sometimes forget to be careful, leaving them more prone to accidents and injuries. The Sarasota County Fire Department offers tips for keeping kids safe this Halloween.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office will host a job fair to recruit communications operators (9-1-1) for the Emergency Operations Bureau. The job fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center, located at 6050 Porter Way, Sarasota.
Sarasota County will hold a public workshop on the proposed Interstate 75 overpass connecting the future Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and Cattlemen Road at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Church of Hope, 1560 Wendell Kent Road, Sarasota.
Sarasota County Area Transit announced that free Wi-Fi is now available on all buses and bus routes.
Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is reminding voters to confirm their polling place locations before election day. There are recent changes in polling locations, including two changes effective for the Nov. 8
General Election.
Sarasota County's Health In Motion staff will provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness during November. A Registered Nurse will help individuals who lack medical insurance find a medical home for ongoing health care through referrals to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County. 
Join Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources as it celebrates the 100-year anniversary of Phillippi Estate Park with a series of free events the weekend of Nov. 12-13.
 
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Sarasota County Achievement of Excellence in Procurement
Sarasota County Achievement of Excellence in Procurement


Phillippi Estate Park 100-year Anniversary
Phillippi Estate Park 100-year Anniversary


New mangrove ordinance effective Nov. 1.



2016 Florida Neighborhood Conference in Venice, FL
2016 Florida Neighborhood Conference in Venice, FL


Mosquitoes drain and cover to protect yourself and your yard
Mosquitoes drain and cover to protect yourself and your yard