Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Airbag recall - look up your car

The Takata airbag problem doesn't only involve Japanese-made vehicles - apparently millions of US-made cars also used Takata.

More on the Takata airbag issue here and here.

Check to find out if your car might be recalled here.





Thursday, May 14, 2015

County Update: Fishing tournament, parks survey, more...



Dear Lake,
Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atcommunications@scgov.net
County commissioners and staff on Tuesday celebrated the opening of the new Landfill Gas to Energy Facility, the result of a unique public-private partnership that has environmental and economic benefits for 
Sarasota County.
In order to promote water resources and the importance of safe, clean drinking water, Region X of the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association recently held its annual Best Tasting Drinking 
Water contest.
Residents still have a chance to have their say about the future of parks, preserves and recreation services in Sarasota County over the next five, 10 and 20 years.
Sarasota County Commissioners unanimously agreed last week to rename Bay Island Park after former County Commissioner 
Nora Patterson.
It's not uncommon to find shells on Sarasota County beaches, but did you ever wonder what they can tell us about the past?
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Monday, May 11, 2015

Update: A Third SCAT Route Option going through Lake Sarasota

Further UPDATE: SCAT has provided a third option and this is now confirmed to be the one they will use:




Also: SCAT will notify neighborhoods along Bee Ridge when a decision is made about where Route #14 will end once the roadwork is completed. One possibility is for the bus to turn around at the Aberdeen roundabout, rather than continue to the Bee Ridge Extension. 


SCAT has provided average daily ridership figures for Route 14, and the maps have been updated to more accurately reflect the current alternatives.

Note the final entry under the ridership figures:
And, most significant, indicating need to retain full service: Berkshire & Coleridge:  end of line:  32 & 28

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) SCAT continues to serve Bee Ridge Road east of I-75 with our Route 14 and have been able maintain service through construction. We are now contacting you to request input from the Lake Sarasota community on a proposed detour that would start on or about August 1, 2015 and run through completion of road construction in April 2016. We look forward to your input.

SCAT has evaluated 2 options, both of which would impact the Lake Sarasota neighborhood (see attached maps):

Option 1 (preferred by SCAT) would use Mauna Loa, Brentford, Santo and Friendship in a one-way loop and add one temporary bus stop on Mauna Loa at Friendship/Bikini. SCAT would temporarily discontinue service on Bee Ridge Road east of Mauna Loa. Service would be restored on Bee Ridge Road when the road project construction is complete in April 2016 to Aberdeen. SCAT will discontinue service on Middlesex, Coleridge and Berkshire.


Option 2 would continue to use Bee Ridge Road east of Mauna Loa to Middlesex Place and then south to Mauna Loa. SCAT would continue to use the existing bus stop on Middlesex Place and ad one temporary bus stop on Mauna Loa at Friendship/Bikini. When the road project construction is complete in April 2016, SCAT will discontinue service on Middlesex, Coleridge and Berkshire.

SCAT has provided average ridership numbers for Bus #14 east and westbound -

Average Daily Boardings & Alightings:

Bee Ridge & Berkshire:  1 & 2
                   & Mauna Loa W/B:  9 & 1
                   & Mauna Loa E/B:  6 & 11
                   & Santo E/B:  3 & 3
                   & Westminster:  4 & 6
                   & Westminster (different stop):  3 & 9
Berkshire & Brentford:  7 & 2
        And, most significant, indicating need to retain full service: 
Berkshire & Coleridge:  end of line:  32 & 28

Times:

The bus would transit once an hour:

  • M-Sat 6:00am -10:00pm
  • Sun     8:00am -10:00pm

Thank you.

There is a Poll on Nextdoor.


Option 1: Brentford

Option 2: Mauna Loa -> Middlesex




Friday, May 08, 2015

County Updates for week: Nokomis Fishing Tournament


Dear Lake,
Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atcommunications@scgov.net
As part of the ongoing FEMA Flood Map Modernization project, Sarasota County and its municipalities are preparing to submit a summary report following a review of the agency's preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent will offer early voting for the May 12City of Sarasota second (runoff) election, beginning Monday, May 4 and continuing through Saturday, May 9.   
North Port Public Library will host a special video presentation of a 2013 interview with the late Dr. Eugenie Clark, the famed "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory, on her early dives at Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring. 
 
Residents still have a chance to have their say about the future of parks, preserves and recreation services in Sarasota County over the next five, 10 and 20 years.
 
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Sarasota, Florida 34236 
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bee Ridge Roadwork Tonight


There will be night work tonight (Thursday April 29) at the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and Mauna Loa Boulevard.

One mast arm was not installed, at this location, due to an overhead conflict with FP&L. The conflict has been resolved, and there is a window of opportunity for the subcontractor to install the mast arm tonight (actually it will be, Friday morning, May 1, beginning at 1 a.m.). Missing this window may delay the mast arm installation several weeks. Permission has been granted for this work to be performed, provided proper "Maintenance of Traffic" is installed and traffic flow is maintained. Bee Ridge Road will be narrowed to one lane with flag men directing alternating traffic flow. The duration of work is expected to be one hour and the Construction Engineering Inspection team will be on site.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free SCAT, Advisory Boards, Seagrass Survey, more...

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communications@scgov.net
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is offering an unlimited-use tennis pass at Payne Park Tennis Center for the months of May through September for $150.
Sarasota County Government invites the public to volunteer for one of its many advisory board opportunities, including the General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board and Mechanical Contractors Licensing and Examining Board.
To celebrate Earth Day, Sarasota County and local partners invite the public to volunteer in a seagrass survey on Saturday, April 25, at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. 
Keep your home looking spiffy as a community cleanup event comes to Kensington Park in Sarasota from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25. 
Residents and visitors are invited to ride Sarasota County Area Transit buses for free Saturday, April 25, in celebration of Try Transit Day 2015.
The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail Park will be closed to the public starting Monday, April 27, for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The community is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Blackburn Point Park additions on April 29, to celebrate the improvement and expansion of the park's amenities. 
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is excited to continue a long-standing tradition at Siesta Beach with the return of the 43rd Annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday, May 2.
North Port Public Library will host a special video presentation of a 2013 interview with the late Dr. Eugenie Clark, the famed "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory, on her early dives at Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring. 

The Environment - Sarasota wants your input

Sarasota County invites us to give input regarding future directions and policies - this month it's a big topic - the Environment - if you can't make the workshops, you can still provide input at the link.

Comp Plan Update Workshop Reminder
Sarasota County's economy and quality of life are inextricably linked with a healthy environment. Clean waterbodies, clean air, and a balance of natural land and developed areas all contribute to making Sarasota County a desirable place to live, work, and play. Cycle 1, addressing Environmental Systems in Sarasota County is now open, until April 30, 2015Click here to learn more and take the first survey!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

County Update


Dear Lake,
Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atcommunications@scgov.net
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Sarasota County, which is part of a national network of local volunteers, exemplifies how a committed team of volunteers can make a difference in the health, safety and resiliency of 
our communities.
Financial professionals and non-profit agencies will host a variety of presentations during "Money Smart Week @ Your Library," April 18-25 at Sarasota County libraries. 
SCAT will not be traveling through the Publix parking lot at 535 S. Tamiami Trail, in Venice.
For one day only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, the Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is accepting payment for overdue traffic tickets and criminal fines and fees without charging the 25 percent collection agency surcharge. 
Elsie Quirk Public Library will host a special program aimed at helping people face some of life's biggest challenges.
Real estate agents, landlords, property managers, architects, multifamily complex builders, permitting officials and all community members are invited to attend a free Fair Housing seminar at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Sarasota County the "Tree City USA" designation for 2014, based on the county's demonstration of environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. 
To celebrate Earth Day, Sarasota County and local partners invite the public to volunteer in a seagrass survey on Saturday, April 25, at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. 
Keep your home looking spiffy as a community cleanup event comes to Kensington Park in Sarasota from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25. 
Residents and visitors are invited to ride Sarasota County Area Transit buses for free Saturday, April 25, in celebration of Try Transit Day 2015.
The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail Park will be closed to the public starting Monday, April 27, for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Learn what's driving local transportation and infrastructure improvements in Sarasota County during National County Government Month (NCGM) 
in April. 
The first cycle of the Comprehensive Plan Update is in full swing, as county planning staff works to examine Sarasota County's 
environmental systems. 
North Port Public Library will host a special video presentation of a 2013 interview with the late Dr. Eugenie Clark, the famed "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory, on her early dives at Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring. 
The Community Health Center of North Port Inc., which partners with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) to provide affordable health care to over 30,000 people annually, changed its name to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County (CHCSC) to better reflect its connection to the entire county. 
 
About Us
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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.
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