Friday, July 22, 2016

Have questions about gardening? Food? Pests?

Lake Sarasota residents with questions about plantings, gardens, bug control, mulching, growing food, native species, etc. may find a useful resource in IFAS Sarasota, the local branch of the state's extension service that offers a library and consultations to residents for agricultural and gardening needs.

From their site:

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County is a partnership between Sarasota County, theUniversity of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and theUSDA. Our mission is to translate research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to our three program areas: food systems, water and environmental resources, and youth and community resource development. Part of the national Extension system founded in 1914, we provide practical education to build a better future. View a timeline of our history.
AddressUF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
Twin Lakes Park, Green Building
6700 Clark Road
Sarasota, FL 34241
Phone941-861-9900
Emailsarasota@ifas.ufl.edu
Office Hours8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Bee Ridge Update: Saturday work east of Wake

Crews to work Saturday, July 23, east of Wake Avenue.


Friday, July 08, 2016

Bee Ridge Update - median landscaping and more


Gator warming


An alligator is blamed for the death of a medium-size dog around July 4th at Lakeview Park. Though there were no witnesses, some disc golfers were out playing in the afternoon with their dog, a sort of medium-size ridgeback, when it disappeared. The man returned later with a kayak and found the dog floating in the lake. Dog owners and parents are advised to be very careful - keep dogs on leash near Lake Sarasota.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Updates from the County


Dear Lake,
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
Get ready to discover your superpowers this July with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and the National Recreation and Park Association. Check out the Friends of Sarasota County Parks as well!
Sarasota County Health and Human Services is continuing to recruit a team of volunteers to manage and run Volunteer Reception Centers during a time of disaster.
Keep your home looking spiffy by taking part in the Pinecraft/Sarasota Springs and Southgate Community Cleanup, 8 a.m. - noon,  Saturday, July 16.
Sarasota County's Health in Motion staff will provide free and low-cost public health services during July.

 
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Friday, July 01, 2016

Bee Ridge: Trees going in median - no work July 4

Drivers advised to exercise caution as landscaping crews will be installing trees in the median in the coming week.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

SCAT to no longer enter Lake Sarasota


Users of SCAT please take note - this came from SCAT:

SCAT service change (Bee Ridge Rd and Middlesex) is effective Saturday July 9, 2016.
Due to the opening of the rotary at Gary Player, SCAT service will no longer turn into Middlesex Dr and exiting Wake Ave.

Patrons are encouraged to use SCAT bus stops and shelters along Bee Ridge rd.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Landscaping to begin, Bent Tree Roundabout functional

Landscaping Bee Ridge proceed from West to East trees overhanging right of way will be trimmed back. Roundabout pattern in effect at Bent Tree, but still under construction. Iona reduced to one lane.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summary of LSCG Meeting 6.9.16

The volunteer Lake Sarasota Community Group met Thursday - here's a brief summary of the meeting:

Neighbors on Allan Place have expressed concerns about car lights, noise, bus noise, and exposure to Bee Ridge Rd. Meetings with the County are ongoing, and the some plans are in place for buffering. Further communication with the County and with SCAT is planned.

Also, the placement of the SCAT bus stop at Allan Place presents concerns about traffic safety as well as nuisance issues. The Board unanimously voted to send an LSCG letter regarding these matters to the County, to SCAT, and to the District 2 Commissioner.

Bee Ridge roadwork is largely complete along the Lake Sarasota area, except for landscaping, which is scheduled to begin very soon. If you have any issues let us know - preferably via NextDoor, or in comments, or at lakesarasota@gmail.com.

Major roadwork continues to the East, at Bent Tree and Iona, where a fourth roundabout is underway.

Sheriff's reports show little crime for the last four months - a brief spree in April, which ended in apprehension of a suspect. The May report, which came in after the meeting was held, indicates one theft, one burglary, and one juvenile disturbance for May.

The Board of LSCG encourages folks in the neighborhood to join our Facebook and Nextdoor communities and to check the blog.

The Board also intends to feature lovely neighborhood homes -- if you have photos of a Lake Sarasota home or yard that you think would people would like, feel free to send them to Joy.

Also, planning is underway for a Neighborhood Party, to be held in the Fall when the weather cools. More to come on that.

The current LSCG treasury total: $202.96



Friday, June 10, 2016

Crews to work Saturday at Iona

The bulk of the activity is now to the East of Lake Sarasota - towards Bent Tree and Iona Blvd, where a crew will be working June 11 to create the roundabout:



Thursday, June 09, 2016

County Update: Comp Plan, Youth Guide

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 urges residents to be prepared for an emergency and prepare an all hazards kit. 
Sarasota County is hosting a public hearing at 9 a.m. at the Administration Center at 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, to discuss land use, economic development, mobility and public utilities.

***NOTE: See some of the controversy surrounding this "Update" here.
Find hundreds of free events for children, tweens and teens in the 2016 Sarasota County Public Library Summer Youth Activities Guide. Explore your library and its free programs, computers, books movies and more.
Sarasota County is hosting six open houses starting Monday, June 20, to address changes to FEMA floodplain maps, which take effect Nov. 4.
The public pistol and rifle range at Knight Trail Park will closeMonday, June 27, for the installation of sound-reduction baffles.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County will host a community meeting with families to discuss its Florida Healthy
Babies initiative.
 
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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.

LSCG Meets Thursday June 9

The Lake Sarasota Community Group will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Thursday, June 9, at 7 pm.

Take this opportunity to meet the new board. Read Keith's introductory letter here.

As usual, we will meet in the conference rooms behind Sarasota Alliance Church, which is opposite Chaucer Rd.

-Update on Bee Ridge roadwork-Tom M

-Allan Place-Tammy F

-Treasury - Ellie H.

-Traffic conditions in re:new construction

-Crime stats-Tom

-Membership: fb/twitter/nextdoor usage-Joy

-revive "Yard of the month" award?

-revive welcome wagon?

-Labor Day Party

-sponsorship opportunities

-planning

-concerns/questions/new business