Monday, April 30, 2007
Lake Sarasota Community Group
PO Box 21983
Sarasota, FL 34276
Debbie Marks, Neighborhood Services Liaison
Laura Mathis, Newsletter and leadership
Dawn Steele, Treasurer and Beautification
Laura and her son, Tyler, along with Dawn, Tisha and Debbie spent a good deal of the morning planting and mulching. Vivian also helped but wasn't around for the photo-op. Still to be planted: a couple of palms behind the signs.
The plants are all natives, and, says Tisha, will not need a lot of water or maintenance. She's going to update us with a list of the plants here in case anyone else is interested in brightening their own entrances.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
A helpful tip from a neighbor: If you have lost a pet or valuable item and wish to post a lost and found notice, keep in mind that the Lake Sarasota community newsgroup can be ideal for getting the word out.
The group can issue an email to all its members, nearly all of whom are residents. Addresses or phone numbers will only be seen by members, and are not visible outside of the group.
So if you or a neighbor have the need, keep the group in mind. If you're not a member, it only takes a minute to join.
Also, if you have lost a pet, especially a dog, be sure to post a notice at the dog park. It's a hub for dog lovers, and they and their network can be on the lookout in neighborhoods beyond Lake Sarasota.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
The dog park, disc golf course and petanque playcourt are all getting good use, but the park also offers passive rewards just as it is.
On a recent evening walk, I noticed that the county has installed at least two anchored wooden benches – one down by the public boat ramp, the other on the “point” of land that recently got a haircut. (One whole side of foliage was taken down at the request of the Sheriff, in order to give patrol cars a view from the pavilion area.)
- The public bathrooms are also looking quite clean after getting new doors, new paint, and new lighting – at least it looks like new, larger amber light fixtures.
- The county also came in and trimmed a lot of deadwood along the water’s edges –- this at the request of the Fire Department -- and pulled a picnic table out of the trees.
- Someone – probably Parks and Rec – painted and spruced up the pavilion grill, and is now installing new picnic tables.
- Fire ant killer has been applied to the myriad antpiles that've popped up in the past month.
- And a group of Sarasota disc golf players spent an entire Sunday fixing up goals and tees that had suffered from weather and vandalism, pouring concrete at their own expense.
- All these welcome improvements came not long after some Lake Sarasota residents spent a March weekend cleaning out dead tree limbs, brush, and litter. George Morgan in particular did an amazing job pulling everything from picnic tables to beer bottles out of the canals. A lot of people came out and helped.
So, right about now it’s a pleasure to walk around Lakeview Park. Its rather extravagant origins as a developer’s fantasia -- complete with goosey gondolas and water skiing elephants -- have relaxed into a tamed wildness filled with amazing birds (as Lynne’s slides attest), turtles, fish, and at least one young gator.
The other evening, as I walked my dog Max, there was a powerful whirr of wings to our right. The large blur settled onto a high limb, and looked at us through the large attentive eyes of a barred owl. It watched as we walked by, then, as we were about to cross the bridge, it gave one great echoing hoot. As if to say, “ok!”
Thanks to everyone who pitched in. The park is looking good. That's not to say it couldn't look better. A brief wishlist might include:
- A dispenser for doggie bags near the pavilion.
- Removal of some dead trees, and a good dose of fertilizer for the rest.
- Planting new trees to replace those that have been removed.
- Getting some tips from environmentalists on how to freshen up the lakewaters.
- And, as long as we're wishing: restore the pumps that apparently are still there in the park to get the water in the canals circulating.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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"When you come to Lakeview Park, bring your camera and binoculars," says Lynne, adding,"our good fortune at having these beautiful birds in our midst comes with a responsibility to protect them."
Friday, April 13, 2007
What: Spring Fling
When: May 6th 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Pavilion on Lake Sarasota (In Lakeview Park, take Hand Drive off of Hand Road at the Dog Park and head down to the Lake).
Remind us never to schedule a picnic on Tax Day!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
- Free Food - burgers, hot dogs, potato salads, and all sorts of dishes and desserts cooked, baked or otherwise prepared by your neighbors.
- Meet your neighbors.
- Make something at the crafts table.
- Take Citizens Patrol training.
- Find out about the flaky Florida history of Lake Sarasota.
- Sign up for one of your neighborhood helper groups: Yard of the Month - Citizens Patrol - Beautification - Lakes - Clean-up - Communications
- Meet your local police.
- Sign up for the next Community Yard Sale (coming May 19th)
- Meet County representatives who know about stormwater, parks, recreation, and more.
- Did we mention free food?
- Raffles - with cool prizes - gift baskets, a boat ride for a party of four!
Where: Pavilion, Lakeview Park
Why: See above
Bring: A dish, a chair and a neighbor
Saturday, April 07, 2007
We'll be making final plans for the Spring Fling on Sunday, April 15. Anyone wishing to help set up can meet at the Pavilion on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Picnic goes from 1 - 4 p.m. and will include games, face painting, raffles, food, community information, and people from the County to speak with about issues that interest you.
If you're coming out, try to bring a chair and a dish. Sarasota County is supplying tables, tents, and helping out with food and many other things.
One cool raffle prize: A two hour ride on a boat from Freedom Boat Club for a party of 4!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Your neighborhood park might not look like this today --
but if you come out to the picnic, you'll have the chance to learn about the rather unusual origins of Lake Sarasota, complete with tropical gardens and "aquabelles":
New date: May 6th, 1-4 p.m., at the Pavilion on the Lake.
Bring a dish and a chair.