Saturday, August 23, 2008

LS Business Directory?

One of the initiatives we've discussed at the Lake Sarasota Community Group meetings is the development of a Business Directory. Basically a simple list, or database, of area businesses that our neighbors patronize because they do good work, provide good services, and contribute to the betterment of the community.

Here's an example of a business directory created by the people at Fruitville 210. Anyone care to nominate some for Lake Sarasota?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A message from Ed McCrane

Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief

We all were very fortunate to avoid any serious threat from Tropical Storm Fay and we’ve been able to lift the mandatory evacuation order for residents living in mobile homes.

I’m also glad to report that Sarasota County government, county courts, the cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port, and the town of Longboat Key government offices will re-open Wednesday.

SCAT is resuming services and expects to be running on regular schedules later today.

Sarasota County schools will be re-open Wednesday. Solid waste collections will resume their normal schedule for county residents Wednesday. City residents should contact their municipalities for information on trash pickups.

We had 299 people and 18 pets who stayed in the general population shelters that were open, in addition to 150 people in shelters for people with special needs.

I urge you to remain prepared during this storm season and continue to monitor weather conditions.

For information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Emergency Management, or visit

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fay Alert

Click on the image to go to the Sarasota County Emergency Storm Center.

The latest on Fay:

An opening in a ridge of pressure over the southeastern United States is expected to draw the storm northeast into the Gulf coast for a landfall somewhere between northern Tampa Bay and South Florida on Tuesday morning at the earliest, according to the majority of computer models.

... also a possibility the storm will leave the Keys and curve east toward the Miami area, or trek north through the Gulf to make landfall in the Panhandle late next week.

National Hurricane Center

Weather Underground

Friday, August 15, 2008

A message from Sarasota County Emergency Management

From the County Emergency Managers:

We are now enter the heart of hurricane season--the time of most active hurricane activity. With this in mind, Sarasota County Emergency Management recommends all citizens to:

*Have a Family Plan (if evacuating, know where you will go, communicate with others your location)

*Plan to be self-sufficient for at least 7 days (food, water, cash, gasoline)

*Have a weather radio

*Have a Neighborhood Plan to help neighbors prepare and recover from a storm

*Have important papers secured from getting damaged/wet

*Have a Plan for pets

*Photograph items of interest inside and outside of the home for insurance purposes

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Disaster Preparedness Talk and General Meeting 8.12.'08

Ask anyone who attended tonight's LSCG meeting (Aug. 12th '08) - they'll tell you it was one of the most worthwhile meetings the group has ever had.

The reason mostly was Scott Montgomery, Recovery Chief for Sarasota County Emergency Management, who gave an informative overview of two kinds of preparedness for disaster that neighborhoods can choose to adopt. The first is neighborhood disatster planning, the second is CERT.

The county will train neighborhood volunteers to prepare in a common sense way for disasters: to look out for neighbors, to prepare for emergencies, to develop chains of command, communication, medical and other assistance, disaster assessment information and more, according to a customized plan developed by the neighborhood itself, said Montgomery.

With the CERT Program, the county offers 20 hours of training in first aid, triage, disaster assessment and search and rescue to neighborhood volunteers, who become the first-on-site eyes and ears of the county Emergency Operations Center.

Montgomery also recommended that every family have a personal disaster plan, and to be prepared with a disaster supply kit, which would include at least 7 days worth of food, water, medicine, cash and gas on hand, and a weather radio.

Click here for the 2008 Sarasota County storm shelter and evacuation route map.

After Scott's presentation, those present agreed to follow up with a newsletter report, and to make copies of the presentation CD available for anyone who wants one.

The Group also:

  • Voted to accept a $990. bid to landscape the front entrances at Mauna Loa and Westminster by Diffley and Daughters.
  • Agreed to have designated members look at the materials, costs and requirements for two projects that could be funded by the neighborhood grant: a pocket park at Hina, and a butterfly park at the end of Luzon. They are to report their findings at the next meeting.
  • Agreed to purchase meeting signs to alert residents to upcoming meetings.
  • Welcomed several volunteers to serve as interim chairpersons to chair future meetings until new officers are elected.
Update: A note on Citizens Patrol from Ted:
The chief crimefighting tool of a Citizens Patrol" or Neighborhood Watch" is its visibility. Sight of a vehicle with patrol signs either cruising the streets or stationary in one spot is a strong deterrent to the career criminal or the teenage vandal. They realize that the patrol members are only a cell phone call away from law enforcement. We all know of the tragic chain of events about two miles from here (on Lalani Drive in Colonial Woods) that cost a young man his life. I don't know if Colonial Woods has a neighborhood watch program. If they had, and the Patrol made an appearance, perhaps the "party crashers" would have been dissuaded from remaining, and the fatal fight not broken out. Or, had the party noise level kept increasing, a Sheriff's Deputy summoned by the patrol would have broken it up. Fellow Patrol members, when the call goes out for volunteers again, please consider the importance of the Patrol and try to devote at least one night a month to protecting Lake Sarasota.

Ted Cover
Citizens Patrol
Lake Sarasota Community Group

SCOPE Summit Implementation Meeting Sept. 9

Find out more about what people in Sarasota are doing about Transit, Water, Solar, and Water Heaters:

Summit Implementation Groups Meeting

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Center for Arts and Humanity

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Contact Kate Irwin for more information: (941) 365-8751 or

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Tuesday Agenda

The Lake Sarasota Community Group will have a lot to talk about at Tuesday's meeting - disposition of County grant funds, for one thing. And the landscaping of the Mauna Loa entrance, for another.

Also, a representative from the County will be on hand to answer questions about the CERT Program - a neighborhood emergency response program.

The meeting is at 7 pm at Sarasota Baptist, Room 100.

Sorry for the unusually sparse posting - weather knocked us offline for most of the past week.

Update: A full agenda is downloadable here.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Free School Supplies Aug. 9


The Mary Bradley Weeks Educational Project, Inc.,
7 th Annual Fall Semester School Supply Giveaway!

Sudakoff Center
August 9, 2008
12 p.m. (noon) to 3 p.m.

Sudakoff Center at
New College/USF Sarasota-Manatee
5845 General Dougher Place
Sarasota, Florida 34243

For More Information Contact:
Mary Bradley Weeks
(941) 953-4499

The Mary Bradley Weeks Educational Project, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c)-(3)

Mary Bradley Weeks (941) 953-4499

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Meet Candidates

  • Who's running for Sheriff? For Property Appraiser?
  • Are they qualified?
  • What do they stand for?
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Races: Sarasota County Property Appraiser, Sarasota County School Board and Sarasota
County Sheriff
Place: Selby Auditorium, USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

No Registration Required For more information on the forums, call Donna
Fitzpatrick-Conard 941-359-4774 or contact