Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Plan to plan Thursday

Come Thursday if you can - we're organizing the Lake Sarasota Fall Festival, which will happen Nov. 5th. At the Sarasota Alliance meeting rooms opposite Chaucer at 7 pm.


Monday, September 26, 2016

One to keep an eye on

From Sarasota County's Emergency Center:

Good Morning—we are continuing to monitor the movement of Disturbance #36 as it moves across the Atlantic. Here is the latest information we have and forecast tracks. Enjoy your week!





























Disturbance 36 s roughly near 9.3N, 45W. It is moving to the west near 25 mph. There is a 70 percent chance of the system developing into a tropical storm prior to reaching the Windward Islands on Wednesday. There is a 90 percent chance of development upon entering the Caribbean Sea. Tropical storm force winds are likely to occur along and near where the center moves across the Windward Islands. Confidence in the track of Disturbance 36 decreases beyond 5 days.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

National Public Lands Day Sept. 24, County Updates



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 Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will host the Fifth Annual Youth Fall Fishing Tournament at 8:30 a.m.Saturday, Sept. 17, at Manasota Beach in Englewood. The event is for children 14 
and younger.
Its time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, junk and yard waste. Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Laurel area from 8 a.m. to noon,Saturday, Sept. 17
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources are hosting their second annual Free Family 5K Walk/Run event onSaturday, Sept. 24 at Nokomis Beach, 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis. The race begins promptly at 8 a.m., rain or shine.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff will host a volunteer event honoring the 23rd Annual National Public Lands Day from 9 a.m. to noon at Pinecraft Park, 1420 Gilbert Ave., Sarasota.
Early-bird registration is now open for Sarasota County's 11th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, to be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
The award, which was presented by the Florida Sports Foundation, recognizes the unparalleled contributions of Florida's county and municipal parks and recreation departments to sport tourism. 
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's Health In Motion staff will provide free and low-cost public health services
during September.
 
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Thursday, September 08, 2016

Rains delay installation of sod on Bee Ridge


Become a water steward, celebrate Public Lands



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
Join a new program offered by Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability and help protect and preserve water resources by becoming a water steward. 
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's Health In Motion staff will provide free and low-cost public health services
during September.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff will host a volunteer event honoring the 23rd Annual National Public Lands Day from 9 a.m. to noon at Pinecraft Park, 1420 Gilbert Ave., Sarasota.
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operational hours have changed due to the end of summer and the close of the Labor Day weekend.
 
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Community Yard Sale and Fall Festival

A new entrance sign has been built and installation is expected in the near future at Mauna Loa and Bee Ridge.


In other news, at the Sept. 6th Lake Sarasota meeting, a few plans were set in motion:

1. A new flag and a solar light for it are in the works.

2. A Community Garage Sale date has been set for Saturday, Nov. 19th.

3. The Lake Sarasota Fall Festival is set for Nov. 5. We welcome all who wish to help plan and set up for the event, which will be at the pavilion in Lakeview Park. A meeting specifically to organize the festival is set for Thursday, Sept. 29.

More to come on all the above.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Next Neighborhood Meeting Tues. Sept. 6 - UPDATE

The next meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group (all-volunteer, anyone who can make it is welcome) will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, (instead of the usual Thursday time) from 7 - 8:30 pm.

As Joy says:
Meet to talk about Lake Sarasota — the community, roadwork, beautification, security, etc. We'll also be talking about plans for our upcoming fall festival! The meeting is at Sarasota Alliance Church, opposite Chaucer, in the conference rooms behind the church.



A number of people expressed interest in helping produce a fun neighborhood party. This is the meeting to attend if you want to be involved!

Also on the agenda:

Flag: Replacing the flag and rope. We hope to fund this and get knowledgeable residents to help choose a new flag (material, size, vendor, etc.) and put it up.

Flooding. Last week saw heavy rains from Hurricane Hermine. We want to document where our streets and yards flood - get photos and addresses - and share with the County.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

No roadwork on Labor Day; Mowing to start if weather permits


Sarasota County Updates



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
Try conserving water and helping to reduce the volume entering our 
sewer system.
Most Sarasota County Government offices, including the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day.
Help protect and preserve water resources by becoming a water steward in Sarasota County, with a new program offered by Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability.
The North Sarasota Public Library has established a new partnership with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Gulf Coast Florida.
Country music group "One Night Rodeo" will be at the Nokomis Community Park Pavilion from 2 to 5 p.m.Saturday, Sept. 3.
Sarasota County needs enthusiastic, friendly volunteers to help staff our Welcome Desk at 1660 Ringling Blvd. Knowledge of the downtown area and county services is a plus, but not required. If you enjoy meeting and helping your fellow citizens, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 861-5000 for details, or visit Volunteer Sarasota at scgov.net (keyword Volunteers).
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Sarasota, Florida 34236 
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Report potholes, storm drains, directly to the county

Have a pothole to report? A traffic light not working? Storm drains not draining?

Sarasota County has new ways to get in touch with the county to report problems and see follow-up action:



Sarasota County has launched two new digital tools that will provide citizens with additional ways to engage with their government.

First, the county has partnered with SeeClickFix on a new platform that will allow the public to report quality-of-life issues and request county services.
With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, Sarasota County citizens will now be able to provide county staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions and a real-time location with their reports or requests. Citizens can report non-emergency issues, from traffic hazards like potholes to inoperable traffic signals, as well as view and comment on problems submitted by their neighbors. They can even create their own "watch areas" to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests, not just the ones they report. 

See these links

Contact the Call Center

Besides the phone (941 861-5000), you can now email or request service by filling out a form at the link.

Apparently there's a way to follow the County's response time to a service request, using See Click Fix.