Monday, July 30, 2007

Updates from the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee

The Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee consists of representatives of the communities along Bee Ridge Rd. east of I-75 in Sarasota County.

The committee has updates on its site about two matters:

Improvements to Bee Ridge Road - thanks to property tax cuts, the construction will begin later, and take longer, than originally anticipated.

Palmer Place Housing Overlay - this is heading for final approval on August 29, 2007. The BRNC has several concerns about this new housing development:
  • Intensity – Palmer Place increases the area’s density by 60 percent while occupying less than 10 percent of the land.
    see BRNC Intensity Illustration (1mb) >>

  • Timing – Palmer Place gains a significant density increase without providing any affordable housing.

  • Integration – Palmer Place violates best practices by segregating the affordable villages from the market rate ones.

  • Subsidies – Palmer Place pricing scheme requires tens of millions of dollars in additional taxpayer subsidies.

  • Palmer Blvd. –Palmer Blvd. must be improved to county standards between Iona Rd. and Webber Rd. before Palmer Place is built.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

A fine dumpster day

From the looks of it, Saturday's Neighborhood Clean-up was a success. County workers reported many dumpsters filled and carried to the landfill, a steady stream of all the things we had cluttering up our garages, attics, and yards. Lake Sarasota feels a few tons lighter this morning.

I took some pictures, then left my camera behind at work. If anyone has some to share, please email to lakesarasota@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Saturday is Dumpster Day

This Saturday, July 28th is the day to get rid of all those large, useless items and yard debris. Dumpsters will be set up near the fire station and near the dog park off of Lago St. and Hand Rd., from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Happy Ending

Jessica emailed the good news about her dog, Chloe:

Hi... We just got Chloe back!!!!! : ) She was hiding behind Sarasota Baptist Church and a pool guy saw her & called. Thank you for posting a post for us and thank you also to everyone in our neighborhood. Everyone has been very supportive and helpful in our search for Chloe. We really do have wonderful neighbors in our community! : )

At Jessica's request, we're taking down the pic -- but she's a cute dog, and we're glad to hear she's home.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Water Line Update

A brief update on the Water Lines. The County asked 68 residents of Lake Sarasota last year if they would accept water lines to County water. The homes are along Jarvis and Lago. We checked on the status of the project:

According to Linda Larsen of the county, the engineering was submitted for approval on June 28th, and there are a few projects in the queue ahead of it. The bids might come in August, with work beginning in November and looking for completion in March 2008.

This is pushed back from an initial estimated July beginning for the work, which was then pushed to September.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Meeting Update and Upcoming Events

MEDIANS:
Dimetra McBride from the Forestry division discussed how trees would be most suitable for our medians, would be low maintenance, and environmentally friendly. We can get trees planted and irrigated by the county once we decide on what type of trees and exactly where to plant them. She will be presenting 3 options at our August meeting that could include removing the existing palms. We will be voting on this at the August 14th meeting, so be sure to attend.

FLAG AT ENTRANCE:
We voted to place the new flag at the second median (first median is slated by county to be removed). It may be a month before this happens, as we have to get a new permit and county paid by insurance company from accident.

CRIME IN LAKE SARASOTA:
Sgt Joe Giasone attended to update us that crime is down in Lake Sarasota and he's pleased to see our Citizen's Patrol going.

He did remind us to not keep valuables in vehicles parked outside garage. With budget cuts, we aren't likely to see the mounted horse patrol after October and special units, like his, will be re-distributed to mainly just patrol. You will still be able to email him.

DIRECTORY:
Since the response has been low to form a directory of services offered by residents, we voted to incorporate this idea into our newsletter and do business card style "ads" as an insert. This will go out in August and those who currently requested to be in directory will be at no charge (since they were told it would be at no charge for directory). Future "ads" will be $25 each, with proceeds funding community projects.

TRAFFIC CALMING:
Tisha and Judy need your signatures if you want to see
speed tables on Mauna Loa and possibly other side streets.
Contact them @: jewj@verizon.net or teafarrington@comcast.net

DUMPSTER DAY & MEDIAN CLEAN-UP: July 28th 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Watch your mail for more info.

Please share your thoughts and ideas !
Thanks,
Laura Mathis
Lake Sarasota Community Group

Monday, July 09, 2007

Last reminder: Meeting Tuesday

Another Reminder - Monthly Meeting on Tuesday July 10th @ 7 pm - Sarasota Baptist Church - Room #100....

Will discuss: Medians / Flag Pole / Dumpster Day / Directory

Also…..Other Reminders to Lake Sarasota residents:

CRIME, SPEEDING & TRASH in Lake Sarasota:
Here's what has helped and how you can help:

CITIZEN'S PATROL: Get involved and invite your neighbors. Let me know if you want to know more.

EMAIL LAW ENFORCEMENT: If you see something, report it to: bpollock@scgov.net & jgiasone@scgov.net
or call the Non-Emergency: 316-1201 or County Sheriff: 951-5800

TRAFFIC CALMING INITIATIVE: We have achieved lowering the speed limit and getting more stop signs.
Now we are working on speed bumps. If you haven't signed the petition and would like to, let me know.
We will have it at the meeting, too.

TRASH PICK UP: Trash begets Trash, so if we keep it picked up; most people are less likely to deposit more.
If you'd like to help with walking Mauna Loa to collect trash, let me know.
Or just keeping it picked up on the streets where you live is a big help.

Cutting of dead palm fronds in medians:
If anyone knows of someone with a bucket truck, please email me their info. The county can't do this often enough, and it needs to be done.

Thank You :)
Laura Mathis
Lake Sarasota Community Group

Local heroine

Lake Sarasota Resident Susan Rosell is featured in the latest newsletter from Sarasota County Neighborhood Services. Susan launched the community's Yard of the Month program. The article is entitled: "Lake Sarasota - a model for the future."

Hurricane Links

It's "that time" of year again, and at the Sarasota All Hazards Preparation Site, you'll find useful info for all kinds of emergencies. You might want to bookmark it, and have a look at a few links on it in particular - a good resource:
You might also want to print this out:

Disaster Supply Kit

Every home should have a Disaster Survival Kit. Ensure a minimum three day (preferably one week) supply for each person. If you have chosen to evacuate to a shelter here are some items you will want to have ready in your shelter kit. These are items you should keep handy in your shelter kit:


  • Have a two-week supply of Critical Prescription Medications
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Baby needs; diapers, formula, etc.
  • Battery operated television or radio and flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags or lawn chairs (bedding is not provided)
  • Sanitary supplies, wet wipes
  • Nonperishable foods for snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Extra clothing
    • Wet and cold weather clothing
    • Rain gear and sturdy shoes
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Travelers checks/cash
  • Keys
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled
  • Wheelchair or walker if needed
  • Cards, book, small games
  • Road maps
  • Pet foods and medications (Proof of current pet immunizations is required for pet-friendly shelters), leash, muzzle, medications, food and water
  • Special diet foods
  • Important documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, insurance cards, social security card, important family and business contact numbers, health records, mortgages, deeds, titles, financial documents kept in a protected place.
    • Keep videotaped documentation or list of all valuables

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Update on Tuesday's Meeting

From Laura:

Here are the topics we will discuss:

PLEASE JOIN US AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS!!

FLAG AT ENTRANCE
If you hadn't noticed, it was hit last Friday night and bent beyond repair - along w/ bushes.
-Where should we put replacement: behind sign on west side of entrance or second median?
(first median is proposed to be removed when intersection redone, so we are likely not going to be allowed to replace it there.)

TREES FOR MEDIANS
Dimetra McBride from Forestry Dept will be out to speak to us about what types of trees are available & where they could be placed.

COMMUNITY DIRECTORY
Original vision was to use as a free resource to promote the gifts and talents of our residents
(when you need a plumber, electrician, landscaper, etc. you can find a neighbor to call)
-Would you like to be included?
-What else would you like to see in it?
-Should we incorporate as advertising in newsletter?

DUMPSTER DAY AND MEDIAN CLEAN UP - July 28th 8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dumpsters will be set up again behind fire station (Tora & Brentford) and near Lakeview Park (Hand & Lago) for large items to dispose of. We will need volunteers.

YARD OF THE MONTH

CITIZEN'S PATROL

Hope to see you there! - Tuesday, July 10th, 7 p.m., Sarasota Baptist Meeting Room.

Thank You :)
Laura Mathis
Lake Sarasota Community Group

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Tell us what you think

At the general meeting next Tuesday, July 10, the Lake Sarasota Community Group will ask attendees to help us decide on a couple of issues.

First, as you might have noticed, the flagpole that was at the Bee Ridge/Mauna Loa entrance is down due to a traffic incident. Where should it be placed to avoid future problems? Some think it should go in the second median; others say it would be better placed behind one of the entrance signs to the side of the entrance. Let us know what you think.

Second, a forestry expert from the county will be at the meeting to offer advice on what sort of trees will do well in our medians. We're hoping to learn about trees that will offer a canopy of shade, but not involve too much maintenance. Again, we welcome your input.

Come out on Tuesday at 7 p.m. It's at Sarasota Baptist on Hand Rd.

We'll also have updates on the Neighborhood Clean-up set for Saturday, July 28 - dumpsters will be set up near the Firehouse and near Paw Park on Lago St.

There's more - a report from the Sheriff, Yard of the Month, and ideas for further improvements. We hope to see you there.

Monday, July 02, 2007

General Meeting July 10th

Attn: All Lake Sarasota Residents

Yes, we will be meeting on July 10th from 7-8:30 @ Sarasota Baptist Church Room #100 and will have Charlie from Code Enforcement out to speak to us about the clean-up day planned for July 28th. We will have dumpsters available for larger items to be disposed of.

If anyone has suggestions for further discussion, please let me know by Thursday.

Also, I wanted to clarify that for the Citizen's Patrol, we can now have only one trained person in the vehicle, but at least 2 people still need to be in vehicle. Please call George Morgan if you would like to get on the schedule: 377-4437. Remember - you 'patrol' only a once a month :)

Thanks and have a great day!
Laura Mathis
Lake Sarasota Community Group