Reminder: tomorrow - Saturday, June 24, from 7 - 10:00 a.m. there will be a clean-up of the medians on Mauna Loa. We'll be trimming trees, picking up trash, etc., Please join us if you're available. If you have chain saws (gas powered) or other trimming equipment, please bring that with you.
Also, the beautification committee will meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion in Lakeview Park. We'll be discussing the repair and painting work of the walls at Westminister and Bee Ridge. Our next regular meeting will be on June 11th and I'll forward you the meeting place at a later date.
Tonight's general neighborhood meeting was well attended, including some first-time residents and landlords. There was a good deal to report:
Deputy Scott Baker of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office took questions about late night noise, speeding, public nuisances, and trespassing. The general dispatch number for the Sheriff is (941) 316-1201. Both Deputy Baker and Deputy Pollack can be reached by email if you have any law enforcement questions and concerns:
The Beautification Commitee reported that it cleaned up the area around the entrance at Westminster and Bee Ridge on Saturday. Peter estimated that it will cost about $100 to repair the walls at that entrance. For more information, or to join the Beautification Committee, email Peter at P1738@Comcast.net.
The Committee and any other interested neighbors will be meeting on Saturday, June 24, from 7 to 10 a.m. to clean up the median along Mauna Loa. If you can, bring a rake and gloves, and mark them as belonging to you. The Committee is in possession of a rake left behind by someone last week.
Neighborhood Coordinator Debbie Marks is inviting residents to join her in canvassing all 1,800 homes in Lake Sarasota. The object is to build awareness of the community and to promote participation in it. Contact Debbie if you can join her for the homes near you.
The Beautification Committee will meet next Tuesday, June 27, at the Pavilion at 6:30 p.m.
The next General association meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at the Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. On the Agenda: Fundraising.
The Beautification Committee met Tuesday evening at the Westminster and Bee Ridge walls. The committee decided to meet there again on Saturday morning between 7 and 10:30 a.m. to clean up the area, remove debris, trim back trees and shrubs and begin preparing the walls for painting and lettering. If you are available Saturday morning, please bring your gardening tools and gloves and join us. Debbie is trying to get gloves and bags from Keep Sarasota Beautiful.
The June 6th meeting was well attended. The group discussed community policing, beautification, traffic calming, and the recent Clean-Up. It was agreed to try to find an indoor location for general meetings, possibly at one of the nearby churches. And Debbie Marks will be inviting residents to join her in going door-to-door to meet residents and generate broader interest and support in revitalizing Lake Sarasota.
Tuesday, June 13: 6:30 p.m. Beautification Committee meeting at the Westminster site of the proposed Lake Sarasota entrance sign.
Tuesday June 20: 6:30 p.m. General meeting.
Saturday June 24: 7:30 a.m. Neighborhood effort to clean-up along Mauna Loa.
An email from Sarasota County Neighborhood Organizer Debbie Marks:
Good morning all! This is your friendly reminder of our next meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Lakeview Park pavilion. We will be discussing the following items:
clean up day for the Mauna Loa Boulevard medians;
voting on the new entryway signs;
possible fund raisers;
surveying the neighborhood; and- future meeting locations.
Please plan to attend and bring a neighbor, we really need to increase our participation.
If you have any pull with a nearby church, please contact them to see if they would offer us a room for Tuesday evening meetings. Maybe if we had an air-conditioned room that we could depend on for the meetings and not have to be concerned with the chance of rain or the heat, we would have more people attend.
Special thanks to Dan and Judy Johnson and Robert and Dawn Steele for making the neighborhood meetings sign in the second median more permanent. Hopefully this help generate more participation.
One last note, some of you may have seen the Sheriff's Mounted Patrol in the neighborhood over the past couple of weeks. They are making lots of money off the speeders. Please pass the word to your friends and neighbors that they are in the area - we won't know exactly when they might show up, so obeying the 25 mph speed limit would be a good idea. Deputy Chris Laster will be at our meeting on Tuesday night to talk more about their program.
Thanks, have a great weekend and see you all on Tuesday!