Holiday and New Year Activities, Events, Plans

At the December meeting, plans were made for holiday festivities, beautification, traffic calming, and citizens patrol.

1. Holiday: Sunday, December 23, 2 p.m. Plans call for Santa to ride through Lake Sarasota on a fire engine from the 17th St. Fire station. From 2 p.m. to roughly 3 p.m., Santa will be distributing candy canes (or small bottles of vodka) so make sure all Santa fans are out looking for him.

Here's the route:

Beginning at Bee Ridge and Mauna Loa, and proceeding to make a loop consisting of:

Berkshire -> Brentford -> Marlboro -> Friendship -> Lanai -> Jarvis

Click below for larger map or click here.

2. CAROLING: The same day, Sunday, Dec. 23rd, at 5 p.m., carolers will gather near the start of Mauna Loa (near where the community sign is located). There will be sheet music. Bring holiday attire, candles. There will be sheet music. The Carolers will probably proceed down Mauna Loa. Anyone is free to join at any point for as long as they wish.

3. Beautification: The Committee plans to place poinsettias near the flagpole.

4. Traffic Calming: The Board of County Commissioners has set Jan. 8th, 9 a.m. to decide on the request for stop signs along Mauna Loa. It is possible the item will be pulled from the agenda at the last minute. The best thing is for everyone who wishes to influence the commission to email the commissioners individually. Also, email Don Galloway, the manager of Traffic Operations.

The board will decide whether to approve one recommended stop sign along Mauna Loa. It may deny the request, or may decide to approve up to four signs.

Here are the relevant emails:

Don Galloway P.E. Manager

Paul Mercier - County Commissioner District 1

Joe Barbetta - County Commissioner District 2

Shannon Staub - County Commissioner District 3

Nora Patterson - County Commissioner District 4

Jon Thaxton - County Commissioner District 5

Mailing Address
County Commissioners
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

5. Citizens Patrol: George Morgan needs someone to help schedule Citizen Patrols. Contact him (377-4437 or email) if you have a little time to make some phone calls. Also, for the holidays, even if you haven't had the training, you can pair up with someone who has, and see the Christmas lights while doing good for the neighborhood.


Anonymous said…
What is the relevance of the reference to Santa handing out bottles of vodka? That's a bit over the top, don't you think? Nice neighborhood association...santa riding through the neighborhood passing out candy canes and bottles of vodka?
A bit of humor. Not to worry: Santa was on his best behavior this year.

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