Tuesday, April 28, 2009

From Sarasota County Emergency Servicees:

April 28, 2009 — Swine Flu update
The Sarasota County Health Department has activated its Flu Information Line, 941-861-2800 with recorded information about swine flu. It will be updated regularly.

Good Morning: I have attached a press release from the Florida Department of Health regarding the Swine Influenza:


TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health is actively monitoring the current swine influenza situation in California, Texas and Mexico. Currently, there are no known human cases in Florida.
The Florida Department of Health is proactively responding to this event by enhancing surveillance and monitoring efforts for influenza across the state. The Florida Department of Health, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has the capability needed to detect novel influenza viruses.

Since influenza season is winding down, any influenza occurring now will be carefully assessed to see if it is due to the new strain.

Some good hygiene tips to adhere to are:

*Practice good respiratory etiquette by covering your cough
*Frequent hand washing can lessen the spread of respiratory illness
*Stay home if you are sick

For more information please visit the CDC’s Web site

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Noise Abatement for Lake Sarasota?

It appears that FDOT is looking into the possibility of putting up a noise wall to buffer Lake Sarasota from sound coming from I-75. A hearing was held in February, and another will be held on May 21, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 6611 Proctor Rd. Open House at 6 p.m.m, Presentation at 7 p.m.

More below - click to enlarge the images.

Feedback on the Yard Sale

A note from Sandy:

Hi, everyone!

I'm looking for feedback on the garage sale.  What did you like about it?  What could we do better?  How did you do?
Please take a moment to email me your thoughts.  Every comment helps make the experience better for everyone.
Events Director
Lake Sarasota Community Group

Friday, April 17, 2009

Daycare in Lake Sarasota?

We've been asked whether there is a daycare in Lake Sarasota that anyone knows of and can recommend. Please either reply in the comments here or to lakesarasota@gmail.com

Update from the Chairman

Residents of Lake Sarasota:
Considering the weather we had a great turnout for the meeting on Tuesday, April 14th.  We discussed many subjects of interest to residents of our community.
One thing of concern was the fact that there were 4 more instances of thievery in March than there were in February.  Please keep your garage door down if you are in your house, and please do not leave bikes, toys etc. on your lawn.  There are definitely thieves out there that are looking for a chance to steal something of value.  If you would like to be part of the neighborhood patrol, please contact Ted Cover at 379-0758. 
The Yard Of The Month program director, Renee Pitts would like to hear from more of you with nominations for Yard Of The Month.  Please call her at 371-3988 with your nominations.
Tomorrow is the Community Yard Sale.  You can pick up a map for the sale at Mauna Loa and Bee Ridge at 8:00 tomorrow morning.  For those of you participating in the sale, we will be around tomorrow morning to pick up the $2. charge for printing and advertising for the sale. GOOD LUCK WITH THE SALE!!!
The clean up that we had in the canals at Lakeview Park was a big success.  We were able to remove about 3 dumpsters worth of trash and dead wood from the canals.  We had 58 people come out and volunteer for the cleanup.  The response from our community and from the disc golf players was outstanding!  
We are anticipating having our new Business Directory out by May 1st.  We will be delivering it door to door, and if you would like to volunteer to help please let us know.
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Tuesday May 12th, 2009. Please come and invite a friend to come along with you.  There are a lot of things happening in the neighborhood that will be of interest to you.
Bill Pitts
Lake Sarasota Community Group

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Highlights of the April Meeting

A few key points from the April General Meeting:

Ray and Connie will have tables containing donated items at the Yard Sale on Saturday, April 18th. Stop by their place (3951 Marlborough) if you're out looking, as all money will go to the LSCG funds.

Plans are afoot for a Lakeview Park rededication following last week's superb clean-up and the installation of a pump to re-fill the canals. Look for further details soon. Thanks again to the 58 people who came out and did a tremendous job, including quite a few of the Sarasota Sky Pilots. And thanks to the county for their help with all.

Ted is looking for folks to sign-up for citizens patrol, and is working with the Sheriff's Office to address certain crime patterns in the area.

Speaking of crime, there is an open case developing around an alleged drug house on Lancaster Drive. There is also a warning to dog owners that a pit bull on Lancaster has attacked other dogs being walked on that street.

Yard of the Month will select three new yards for April shortly.

There's a plan to organize a community turkey pot luck dinner, possibly the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Meeting Tonight

The Community Group meets this evening and should hear updates on several initiatives, including the Lakeview sump pump installation, the business directory, the yard sale (this Saturday, April 18th), and more.

"More may include discussion of the Mauna Loa Walkway - if you have an opinion, come and voice it.

Lake Sarasota Baptist, 7 p.m., Room 100.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

April 18th Garage Sale

Here's the map for the next Lake Sarasota Garage Sale, coming up on April 18th - contact Sandy by Tuesday, April 14th at sallen11@comcast.net to get listed (a $2 listing fee will be collected on the day of the sale):

View Lake Sarasota Garage Sale in a larger map

Bee Ridge Road News

As Lake Sarasota's Mauna Loa entrance undergoes reconfiguration, other changes along East Bee Ridge Rd. are pending: a new Publix will open soon, out near the extension, and on April 25, the county will dedicate Rothenburg Park with a picnic, 10 am to 2 pm.

See also: SCOPE focus group focused on Bee Ridge.

Monday, April 06, 2009

A message from Ray and Connie

Ray and Connie organized the park clean-up (and brought the food) and to them a great debt of gratitude is due, as it is to all who came out on Saturday, pitched in, and made Lakeview Park a healthier, safer (from fires), cleaner place. Here's an email from them:

Hi Guys, The park clean up was a huge success! Connie ran a tally of the sign in sheets and arrived at a total of 58. We served 65 sandwiches.  Some of our hungrier helpers had two but several preferred just having water. Our attendance included several people that don't reside in Lake Sarasota. Some were here all the way from Manatee County. Some were here from surrounding neighborhoods that use the park to walk their dog, play disc golf or just enjoy the beauty & nature of the park. It amazes me when I see what can be done in a very short period of time when neighbors join forces for a common cause!

Thanks to everyone that joined in to help! 

Ray & Connie

Also please note: 

Ray has a metal leaf rake & a pair of pliers with blue handles that were left behind. If anyone is missing any items, or finds they have an unexpected addition to their tools, they can contact Ray and Connie at 371-1180.