Friday, July 31, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Several people have recently reported seeing an alligator going from Lake Sarasota into the canals of Lakeview Park.
Tonight around 6:30 p.m. a four-foot alligator was spotted in one of the ponds in the park. It was sitting in the water, near the edge, and appeared to have a dead possum in its mouth.
People familiar with the park - including a few disc golfers - say they've seen this gator come and go for several months. About four months ago it - or another like it - was seen sunning itself near the seventh tee. The gator's presence is therefore most likely due to the natural return of water to the canals thanks to rainfall. Three or four alligators are understood to regularly circulate between the waters of Bent Tree and the lake and park.
It only makes sense to be wary. Dogs should be on leashes in the park, kids should stay out of the canals, golfers may need to accept the watery fate of discs that have gone astray.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Everyone should have received a postcard about the Community Clean-Up on Saturday, July 25.
When: 8 am - 2:30 pm
Where: Lake Sarasota - Free dumpsters will be available at Tora Place and Brentford Rd., by the Fire House, and at 7100 Lago St., in front of the dog park.
- Tires and appliances will only be accepted at the Tora Place dumpster.
- Hazardous materials, electronics, TV's and computers will not be accepted at either location.
- Hazardous waste may be taken to 8750 Bee Ridge Rd., Wed.-Sat., 8 am - 4 pm
This is the third (?) year in a row that we've had the county's support in a July clean-up, and each year we've seen enormous amounts of stuff removed. And much neater garages afterward!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The July meeting featured a PowerPoint presentation on how to recycle - and how not to. We will try to get a copy of the slides to share online.
- The group voted to allocate $50 to fertilize palms in the Mauna Loa median that are outside the county's responsibility.
- A few trees planted by the county in the same median have died and that fact will be relayed to the county.
- People were updated on the amicable meeting regarding Lakeview Park of July 10.
- The treasury of LSCG has $1,327.19, according to Ellie, mostly proceeds from various community functions. The group also still has some county grant funds remaining.
- Ted reported 10 incidents in the past month - most occurring between 4 pm and 10 pm - a shift from the pattern earlier in the year, when more break-ins and thefts were taking place in the morning hours. Most popular days were M, Tu, W, and F.
- Ted is also looking for Citizens Patrol volunteers for the next few weeks. Call him at 379-0758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- The flagpole has been moved to the second median, and construction on the new exit lane and low separator is underway at the Mauna Loa entrance.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The problem in a nutshell:
- According to longtime residents, the lake and canals used to be clear – you could see all the way to the bottom.
- There used to be lily pads in the lake, which nurtured fish.
- A pump used to circulate water from an aquifer through the canals and into the lake.
- Now there are no lily pads, the lake is low, dark and full of decomposing plantlife on its sandy bottom, fish are not plentiful, and the canals are stagnant and breed mosquitoes.
- Less rainfall has lowered the level of the lake.
- The pump that fed the lake from an aquifer has not operated in several years.
- There’s runoff from parking lots and schools – some of this might never have been monitored or approved by SWIFTMUD (are schools exempt?)
- The canals no longer move, so have become choked with vegetation in dry months, and duckweed in the rainy season.
A pump was installed recently by the county that would move water through the canals by taking water at a low rate from the lake, circulating it, and returning it to the Lake.
At Friday's meeting, folks from Bent Tree, Lake Sarasota, the Sarasota Sky Pilots Disc Golf club, and Sarasota County had a constructive discussion. There was consensus that moving the water in the canals would reduce vegetation and mosquitoes and could lead to clearer water. However, it was acknowledged that the lake is already low, and it would be detrimental to see it go down even further. The conversation led to the following action items:
Further discussion may explore a plan that could re-elevate the level of Lake Sarasota. More on this to come - stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Among items on the Agenda for Tuesday's regular meeting:
- PowerPoint Demo about the
new park at the end of Bee Ridgecounty's solid waste program - how to's on recycling and what to do with items not picked up at the curb. (Thanks to Tisha for the clarification).
- Yard of the Month
- Citizens Patrol: Ted has some new stats and analyses of crime patterns.
- Re-cap of Lakeview Park and Canal Meeting
- Other business as comes up
We ask anyone who has yellow meeting reminder signs to put them out today - Thanks!
Bonus Link: Where will we go tonight dot com
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
The county has set up a meeting to discuss Lakeview park - in particular the question of the canals, water quality and water levels of the lake, and possibly other matters.
It's at 10 am Friday, July 10, at the pavilion in the park, near the boat ramp.
All are welcome.