Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mauna Loa Traffic Calming Update

The Sarasota County Traffic Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, at 1:15 p.m.

The meeting will address proposed traffic controls for certain intersections on Mauna Loa Blvd. -- specifically, stop signs.

The meeting will be in the Board Chambers of the Sarasota County Administration Building, 1616 Ringling Blvd. More info: 861-5000.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Clark Road Workshop: Update

The county workshop on the plan to connect Clark Road to the Landfill south of it was over-attended by a large number of interested persons Monday evening. So much so that at least one quarter of the crowd was asked to leave to avoid breaking fire regulations before the workshop got underway.

Why was it so well attended? One man standing in line to get in nailed it when he said, "Anytime something threatens to lower my property value by double digits, I'm there."

Another workshop will be announced, a mailing will go out, and those who were unable to get in tonight will have a chance to hear and to comment. No action will be taken by the county before that third workshop will be held (there was one last week in South County).

One odd note: This is purely speculative, and might never happen. But....according to some of the people at the workshop, the maps indicated that the Bee Ridge Extension would form part of a linkage extending from Bee Ridge to Clark to the Landfill. A further extension north of Bee Ridge could create a "landfill conduit" extending from Fruitville Rd. to the Landfill, and on south from there.

That would make Bee Ridge Extension vulnerable to the sort of hard truck traffic that people on Clark are concerned about. But are people in those communities getting the notices of the Clark Road Landfill Road Workshop? Lake Sarasota residents certainly did not. Yet all these roads form a living traffic network. What happens to one part impinges on the whole. Who is being notified, and who isn't, and why?

Meeting on Clark Road access road Monday night

A neighborhood workshop will be held this evening (Monday, Oct. 30th) to discuss a proposed plan to allow access to the county landfill from Clark Road, which is north of the Landfill.

You can read more about the proposal and how some in the community feel about it by going to SaveClarkRoad.com.

Tonight's meeting is from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park.

(Next week, on Tuesday, November 7, there will be a workshop to discuss the proposed Apartment Complex for 330 apartments on a tract of land opposite the main entrance to Lake Sarasota. That meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, Roosevelt Room.)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Two East Sarasota Developments with Potential Impacts

Sarasota County east of I-75 is ripe for development, which will mean changes in roads, density, commercial space, housing and population that could affect property values and the quality of life for all those living along or between Bee Ridge and Clark Roads.

Here a just two of several projects and proposals for the area:

1. From Joe O'Hara, chairman of the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee:
In Saturday's mail I received a notice of a Neighborhood Workshop that I am not sure all of you may have gotten.

It is a meeting to discuss a re-zoning petition within or behind the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce. The entry to the project appears to be from Mauna Loa Blvd--although I can not tell from the plans attached. The meeting will be to discuss the application which will seek to change 36 acres within the Park or immediately adjacent-- from OUE to RMF-2.

The application proposes to build 330 apartments on the 36 acres.

The location of the Workshop is Hampton Inn, 5995 Cattleman Rd.at 6pm on Tues. 11/7. Please get this out to your residence as quickly as possible. It is imperative we have a strong showing for the first session.

If -- in fact -- the entry is Mauna Loa or any other road accessing Bee Ridge, we MUST prevent this until the County makes an absolute commitment to fund and complete Bee Ridge expansion.

A strong showing will help this objective.

Joe O'Hara
2. County's Proposal to connect Landfill to Clark Road:
Sarasota County wants to make an access road from the Knights Trail Landfill to Clark Road. This road would enter Clark Road near the entrance to Saddle Creek (see map below). Sixteen years ago the county reached an agreement with Saddle Creek stating that the access road to Knights Trail Landfill would only be used for emergency purposes.
The above description is taken from a website entitled SaveClarkRoad.com. Click to go to the site for more information. If you are interested, there's a meeting on Monday, October 30 at Twin Lakes Park at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the proposal.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Updates from Oct 10th General Meeting

The Lake Sarasota Community Group met Tuesday evening. Here are some highlights:

The Beautification Committee plans to attach letters to the Westminster Wall on Saturday morning, around 7:30 a.m. This entrance will be basically finished except for some landscaping.

A new sign for the Mauna Loa entrance was on display, featuring the name of the subdivision, a palm tree and a lake. Here's the idea:

Thanks to Debbie Marks, the County has agreed to pay for the sign.

A grant is "all but assured" to fund a Yard-of-the-Month program. Any home that's improved its appearance can be nominated, and winners will be plucked from a hat. The program should begin in November - more on this to come.

Traffic Calming: A county traffic advisory board meets Nov. 13th -- Debbie Marks will let us know if proposed stop signs for Mauna Loa and Jarvis will be on the agenda of that meeting.

Diane McDonald is happy to receive baked goods or small plants, etc., to go into the Welcome Wagon packages for new owners. She's already delivered a dozen or so welcomes.

Code Enforcement:
  • If a vehicle is on county property and doesn't belong there, that's a matter for the Sheriff. Contact Deputies Scott Baker or B. Pollock of the department, 316-1201.
  • If a vehicle is on private property and presents a problem, contact Charlie Marchione at Code Enforcement, 232-5317.
George Morgan is working hard to set up a Citizens Patrol. He would like to get 40 participants - he already has 24. Neighborhoods with patrols see a 30% drop in vandalism within four to six weeks of beginning the patrols, said Morgan. With 40 people involved, it won't take more than two hours a month from anyone's schedule - Friday and Saturday evenings most likely. Email George if you can volunteer a little time. He'd like to get the Patrol up and running by Thanksgiving, he said.

Sheriff Dept. Lt. Thorpe will begin providing monthly crime stats for the area to the Group.

A group of people volunteered to help plan a Fall Festival for the Neighborhood. More about that at the next general meeting.

The next general meeting will be at Sarasota Baptist on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Entrance Sign Featured at Tuesday General Meeting

Come see the proposed design for the new Mauna Loa entrance sign for Lake Sarasota at the next General Meeting of Lake Sarasota's Community Group: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. at Sarasota Baptist Church, 7091 Proctor Road.

In addition to updates on traffic calming efforts, beautification, and other ongoing concerns, a representative of the County's Code Enforcement operation will be on hand to review code issues.