Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Brief survey about Access Sarasota

Access Sarasota, your local government access television channel, requests your opinion. Access Sarasota can be seen on Comcast Channel 19 and Verizon Channel 32 and webcast on scgov.net and sarasotagov.com. Please take the time to fill out this short survey so we can continue to bring you valuable programming.

Access Sarasota Survey

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cash reward for valuable items taken from truck on Malden Drive

The following items were taken from a truck at 4110 Malden Drive sometime between Sat. afternoon, Jan. 12, and Monday morning, Jan. 14:

  • HP Laptop, silver
  • Xantech IR sensor, new in box
  • Philips Pronto DS3000 charging base, used in original box
  • Targus computer bag, black with extending handle and wheels

The owner is very concerned to have them back, as his business depends on it, and is offering a substantial cash reward for their return. Any information appreciated, no questions asked. He can be reached at this number: 376-2104

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Inform Yourself about the Florida Tax Amendment

The Jan. 29th Florida Tax Amendment is now being debated, but the details are still unclear to many. Below are a few links that might help:

This story is still developing, and coverage and commentary will intensify over the next three weeks. Stay abreast of the news by googling the Florida Tax Amendment.

The Tax Amendment will be discussed by the Sarasota County Tourist and Economic Development Board:
Please join Sarasota County's Tourism and Economic Development Board on Tuesday, January 15, 6 PM, Nokomis Park Community Center, 234 Nippino Trail, Nokomis in presenting a panel discussion to educate our community on the upcoming January 29th Referendum! Forward to friends and all interested parties! Please call Carolyn Keber if you have any questions: 941-861-5075. Hope to see you there!

Early voting in Sarasota

January 7, 2008
Media contact: Kathy Dent, Supervisor of Elections, 941.861.8606

Sarasota County supervisor of elections offers early voting

(SARASOTA, FL,) Early voting for the January 29 Presidential Preference Primary will begin Monday, January 14, 2008, and continue through Sunday, January 27, 2008, Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent announced today.

Eligible voters may vote early in one of the three SOE offices in Sarasota (Terrace Bldg, 2001 Adams Lane), Venice (R.L. Anderson Administration Bldg, 4000 Tamiami Trail South), and North Port (Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail).

Voters may cast their ballots Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; on Saturdays, January 19 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sundays, January 20 and 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Florida Law requires voters to present photo and signature ID in order to vote at the polls. If you appear to vote without current and valid ID, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

Voters who have questions may contact the supervisor of elections office at 861-8600.


Florida Law requires voters to present photo and signature ID in order to vote at the polls. If you appear to vote without current and valid ID, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

Voters who have questions may contact the supervisor of elections office at 861-8600.


Supervisor of elections offices will remain open on King holiday for early voting

All three Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections offices will remain open on Monday, January 21 for early voting.

Early voting hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the three offices in Sarasota (Terrace Bldg., 2001 Adams Lane), North Port (Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, and Venice (R.L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 Tamiami Trail S).

Voters must present a photo and signature ID or will be required to vote a provisional ballot. Name and address changes may be made through election day for the January 29 Presidential Preference Primary. However, the deadline for voter registration and party changes has passed. Voter registration and party changes will be accepted for subsequent elections only.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Stop Sign, water mains, sidewalks and yard sale

Notes from tonight's general meeting:

Mauna Loa Blvd. will soon have one more stop sign, at Friendship and Mauna Loa. The County Commission approved the addition today.

The water lines are set to be installed - it's a 120-day contract. Concurrently, sidewalks are going in on many streets (see list here) -- they'll take somewhat longer to complete. For questions about the project, contact the county coordinator, Rodney Jones, at 941 232-8295.

There's a chance we might get oak trees for the medians - stay tuned.

Plans are afoot to hold a neighborhood yard sale in the middle of March -- come to the next meeting -- Feb. 12th -- for more info!

George plans a citizens patrol training session for late February contact him at george-morgan@juno.com

Commiserations to Jeff, our new LSCGroup president, who recently suffered a back injury...get well soon Jeff!

We now are officially a FL corporation, with our own bank account. Contributions to the fund are welcome and can be mailed to:

Lake Sarasota Community Group
PO Box 21983
Sarasota, FL 34276

Christmas '07 in Lake Sarasota

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Why we need traffic calming

There is no north-south corridor between I-75 and the Bee Ridge Extension -- therefore, Mauna Loa to Lago to Hand has become the default major artery, threatening the safety and welfare of residents of Lake Sarasota, two schools (Lakeview and Oak Park), and the community of Sarasota Baptist Church:

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Late Breaking Info on Sidewalk Project


Sarasota County Communications scgov.net | 941.861.5000 | TV 19

Jan. 2, 2008

Media Contact: Susan Walsh, 941-861-0951 or 941-650-4791, swalsh@scgov.net

Project Contact: Pinky Pakalapati, 941-861-0931 or 232-5390 (cell), ppakalap@scgov.net

Construction to begin Jan. 7 on sidewalks, water main

Construction of the Lakeview Elementary School Area Sidewalks and the Jarvis Road Water Main Extension in the Lake Sarasota neighborhood is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 7.

In December, the Sarasota County Commission awarded the $1.6 million construction contract to Frederick Derr & Company Inc. of Sarasota, the lowest of seven bidders. The project is expected to be complete in September 2008.

The project covers a total of 3.06 miles of 5-foot-wide sidewalks on the following 11 roadway segments:

  • East side of Berkshire Drive from Java Drive to Bee Ridge Road
  • South side of Brentford Road from Berkshire Drive to Marlborough Place
  • North/northeast side of Friendship Drive from Allan Place to Westminister Drive
  • East side of Palau Drive from Malden Way to Hina Drive
  • South side of Hina Drive from Middlesex Place to Brentford Road
  • South side of Jarvis Road from Suva Way to Lago Way
  • West side of Lago Way from Lago Street to Mauna Loa Boulevard
  • South side of Lanai Drive from Mauna Loa Boulevard to Tarawa Drive
  • West side of Middlesex Place from Hina Drive to Bee Ridge Road
  • West side of Wake Avenue from Berkshire Drive to Bee Ridge Road
  • East side of Westminister Drive from Tema Lane to Brentford Road.

The sidewalk work also includes driveway reconstruction, drainage improvements, utility adjustments, grading and sod, pavement markings and signage. The utility portion of the contract calls for construction of a total of 2,500 feet of an 8-inch potable water main extension along sections of Jarvis Road, Lago Way and Lago Street.

Funding for the sidewalks is from a transportation bond to be repaid by communication services taxes; the utility portion will be funded from rates.

For more information about the sidewalk and water main project, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Road Program Construction.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

Tuesday Meetings

County Utility and Public Works representatives will meet with Lake Sarasota homeowners whose streets will be receiving water lines and sidewalks at Sarasota Baptist, 6:30 pm January 8. The contractor will be there as well to answer questions. Please come to the meeting. More info here.

A general meeting of the Community Group follows in the same room at 7 p.m.

Also please note - the following is still the latest info available:

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
E-Mail: pmercier@scgov.net

Joe Barbetta - County Commissioner District 2
E-Mail: jbarbett@scgov.net

Shannon Staub - County Commissioner District 3
E-Mail: sstaub@scgov.net

Nora Patterson - County Commissioner District 4
E-Mail: npatters@scgov.net

Jon Thaxton - County Commissioner District 5
E-Mail: jthaxton@scgov.net

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