Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Comments submitted to Sarasota County regarding the 2050 Comprehensive Overlay

This is one perspective on the County's ambitious plans to change the 2050 Comprehensive Plan for the rural areas of Sarasota - mostly East of the highway. The comments have been submitted to the County planning department. If others have comments that they wish to share, they can send them to LakeSarasota at gmail dot com and we'll post them.
An important public hearing about these changes to 2050 is set for Wed. Aug. 27th, 5 pm at the County Commission, Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

August 19, 2014


Anyone who looks back at how Sarasota County’s 2050 Comprehensive Overlay was developed has to be impressed by both its inclusiveness and its methodical approach. The county took years to work with residents, developers and commercial interests to produce a vision for East Sarasota County looking out to 2050. It hired the distinguished Urban Land Institute to provide a broad perspective and in-depth analysis.


The result didn’t please everybody, but it brought order to the contentious question of how to plan for future growth and development of our large rural areas. Certain priorities were clear thanks to the plan. This basic starting point did not come cheap -- it took time, patience, hard work, and cost $2 million in taxpayers’ dollars. We residents felt we had a share in it.


The county now proposes to make changes to 2050 -- changes which have once again stirred old arguments. Some say this initiative comes at the instigation of a few large developers who have their eye on five substantial parcels amounting to 17% of the total land mass east of I-75.


As others have noted, if a complex agreement worked out at great expense is to be changed, it would seem reasonable to revise it in accord with the methodology used to create it. Bring back the consultants (or hire even better ones) and work through the process of revision in the open, publicly shared manner used so effectively before.


This has not been the case. The changes have been authored “in-house” and have provoked strong criticism from some of the most articulate and informed citizens of Sarasota County.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Stalled negotiations on Covenant

A conversation about a legally binding Covenant between Lake Sarasota residents and agents for TerraCap Mgmt. has not progressed since a June 12 meeting.

The community has concerns about traffic, nuisance noise and odors, and damage to property values that could arise from mishandled development of the commercial land opposite the front entrance of the Lake S. community at Mauna Loa Blvd. and Bee Ridge Road.


Agents for TerraCap, the Canadian owner of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce who sold the front property to Racetrac, were approached in April about a Covenant, but ignored the Community's overture. After the developer's latest rezoning plan failed to receive County approval -- in part, Commissioners said, because they refused to work with the Community -- one meeting was held, raising hopes that some binding Covenant could be worked out.

Hopes faded after TerraCap did not address or offer to negotiate a Covenant outline presented by the Community after the sole June meeting. On August 13, Lake Sarasota wrote to request that the developers meet to negotiate in person. So far that request has not received a reply. The Community's letter seeking the meeting is below.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sustainable Communities, Advisory Openings, more in County Updates



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.   
Fitch Ratings upgraded Sarasota County's utility system revenue bond rating this month to "AA+" from "AA" based on an improving local economy.
In anticipation for the Sarasota Down Payment Assistance Program's opening Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development is hosting a workshop Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9:30 a.m. at 1565 1st St., City Hall Annex, Sarasota. 
Sarasota County will hold its 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, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. Registration is open to the public, and advanced registration is encouraged.
Sarasota County Government values the participation and input of its residents in the decision-making process. To further that goal, the county has more than 30 citizen advisory boards, councils and committees, with members appointed by the County Commission. The following committees have open positions:
  • Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory Committee (BPTAC): 9 vacancies (5 at large, plus Longboat Key, City of North Port, City of Sarasota, School Board representatives)
  • Building Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals: 4 vacancies
  • Citizens Advisory Committee for Public Transportation: 4 vacancies
  • General Contractors Licensing & Examining Board: 6 vacancies (engineer; general contractor; residential contractor; 3 at large)
  • Health Facilities Authority & Industrial Development Revenue Bond Citizens Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies
  • Mechanical Contractors Licensing & Examining Board: 5 vacancies (architect; master electrician; trade alternate; 2 at large
  • Waterways Advisory Council: 2 vacancies
For a complete description of committees and how you can serve, visitwww.scgov.net (keyword Advisory Council).
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Know your Candidates: Upcoming Meet and Greets


WednesdayAugust 67-8:30 PM

The Meadows Candidate Forum

2004 Longmeadow, Sarasota

 
Thursday, August 7, 6 PM

Republican Party of Sarasota

Will be a Meet & Greet Candidates

Sahib Shriners, 600 N. Beneva Rd, Sarasota


Thursday, August 14, 6 PM

League of Women Voters

Will be a Meet & Greet Candidates

Selby Library, 1331 1st Street

 
Friday, August 15, 6 PM

Rep Club of South Sarasota County

Will be a Meet & Greet Candidates

Shamrock Community Center, 3900 Shamrock Drive
 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Herald's Voter Guide for upcoming local races

Below find a few links with the Herald Trib's survey of the upcoming elections.

The search form that will lead to info and candidates of interest to you is here.

Through the drop-down lists you can gather information on any local race and all candidates in it. No matter where you live in Sarasota County, you can vote for any county commission candidate.

Here's the voter info for the District 4 commission candidates (Patterson's seat):

Alan Maio
Candidate information
Profile

Lourdes Ramirez
Candidate Information
Profile

John C. Minder
Candidate Information

Ray Porter
Candidate Information

Here's the voter info for the District 2 commission candidates (Barbetta's seat):

Paul Caragiulo
Candidate info

Steve McAllister

Shannon Snyder

Pete Thiessen

Friday, August 01, 2014

Some Lane Closures Coming on East Bee Ridge


Bacteria in water? Paddleboard input wanted, more...


Dear Lake Sarasota,
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The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County urges area residents and visitors with certain health conditions to avoid eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to seawater and estuarine water, which may harbor bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus.
Sarasota County wants your input on a proposal to allow the rental and use of stand-up paddleboards at county-owned beaches. Come to one of two open house-style meetings that will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.
With local schools scheduled to resume Aug. 18, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child's immunizations updated now.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Update on Bee Ridge from the County


Primary Election coming - are you registered?


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Sarasota County's next Emergency Service director is scheduled to begin Aug. 4, and brings with him 25 years of public safety experience. Rich Collins, the current Emergency Management director for Osceola, Fla., will fill the county's vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Mike Tobias.
Time to get happy and vote for Sarasota County parks! Our summer campers and staff worked hard on a video for a Florida Recreation and Parks Association contest. Help us push it over the top by voting between now and July 27. Visit the "It Starts in Parks' Facebook page and click on the video contest tab. Select the Sarasota County video and enjoy watching the energy and enthusiasm of some of the best campers ever! Vote now!
Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28, to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.
Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28, to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.
With local schools scheduled to resume Aug. 18, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child's immunizations updated now.
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operational hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. The extended hours will run through the Labor Day weekend.  
 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Voter registration deadline nears for Aug. 26, 2014 Primary

SARASOTA, FL – Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28 to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.

To register, one must complete a Florida Voter Registration Application. Applications are available at supervisor of elections’ offices, city halls, county libraries, county offices, and social service agencies and may be downloaded from the supervisor of elections (SOE) website at www.SarasotaVotes.com.

Dent also recommends that voters visit the SOE website to verify their registration and precinct information prior to going to the polls to vote. Just click on “Voter Information” in the main menu and then select “Voter Lookup” or “Precinct Finder” and follow the easy instructions.

A voter who has moved, had a name change, or needs to update his or her signature since the last election may do so by completing a Florida Voter Registration Application. Voters may call the supervisor of elections at 861-8600 for assistance or for more information. ​








Election Info, SCAT on Facebook, Love your Parks


Dear Lake,
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.   
Visit and like the page now to stay on top of new service announcements.
Sarasota County residents must be registered to vote by Monday, July 28, to be eligible to vote in the Primary Election on August 26, according to Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.
July is National Parks and Recreation month, and Sarasota County Parks and Recreation is celebrating by launching its own Instagram account this week. 
With local schools scheduled to resume Aug. 18, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child's immunizations updated now.
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operational hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily. The extended hours will run through the Labor Day weekend.  
 
About Us
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1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota,
Florida 34236 

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Four incidents in June in Lake Sarasota


Ted shared the latest Sheriff's report for the neighborhood:
The June 2014 Sheriff's Dept. report for Lake Sarasota shows four incidents:  one act of vandalism, two burglaries, and one theft (auto).

The vandalism occurred at 4123 Westminster on June 20, and was reported at 9:36 a.m.
The two burglaries occurred at 6323 Bikini on June 7 (reported at 2:22 a.m.), and at 4172 Lancaster on June 22 (reported at 10:26 p.m.
The theft occurred at 6950 Jarvis Rd. on June 25 (reported at 8:57 a.m.

This compares to five incidents during May, 2014.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Clean Up Update



Note Changes this year including shorter hours and limits on tires and what can go to which dumpster.