Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Lake Sarasota Business Directories are done. Who knew there were so many talented and enterprising folks here?
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Samples are being received by Florida Department of Health Laboratories for analysis from physicians and hospitals across the state.
The Department of Health continues enhanced surveillance and outreach to physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals. The surveillance system, consisting of sentinel physicians reporting influenza activity, DOH laboratories receiving specimens from physicians and hospitals and our ability to monitor emergency room cases and over- the-counter drug sales is fully operational. We have activated our response plan and are ready to respond to any cases of swine flu if it should occur.
Department of Health continues its enhanced surveillance with a network of Sentinel Physician Providers. These providers send selected samples of laboratory specimens to state laboratories for testing if they have patients with influenza like illness (ILI). These physicians also continue to report weekly ILI cases to the Department of Health.
Anti-virals have been pre-positioned to areas of potential need. We have over one half million individual courses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 896 confirmed cases of novel influenza in the United States with two deaths.
The World Health Organization (WHO) alert level remains at Phase 5. The declaration of a Phase 5 is a strong signal that the pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.
Participation in Centers for Disease Control and other national conference calls will continue.
The State Surgeon General provided these recommendations:
People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.
§ Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
§ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
§ Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
People experiencing cough, fever and fatigue, possibly along with diarrhea and vomiting, should contact their physician.
If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Mike Pelfrey of the Sheriff's Office listened to concerns about speeding, break ins, and narcotics dealing. He recommended that garage doors be closed and locked at all times; that cars be parked inside garages, and that GPS systems and garage door openers not be visible from outside the vehicle.
Here is an image of herringbone pattern stamped brick:
It's all happening tonight, Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m., at Sarasota Baptist, Room 100.
Other items on the agenda:
Park restoration, Yard of the month, Lakeview update, future events (Thanksgiving, Park celebration,) etc.
Monday, May 04, 2009
According to Ray:
This is an ongoing County program that began about 10 years ago to educate the public not to dump near drain openings and pollute the water ways and ultimately the bays. Any one can do it. The County provides everything that is needed.
Read more about the program here and here (scroll down), and if you'd like to get involved, here's how:
To find out more about how YOU can participate in a storm drain marking, contact Julia Burch of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) at 941.955.8085. Or, you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fountain is open daily 10am - 5pm until Memorial Day. On May 25th, extended summer hours will go into effect with the fountain open daily noon - 7pm.
For information call the Children's Fountain hotline: 941-954-4101 ext. 5254.
City of Sarasota
Public Information Officer
Florida has five confirmed cases; two in Lee , one in Broward, one in Orange County , and one in Pinellas.
The second Lee County confirmation is a 7 year old male who attends Spring Creek Elementary School. The Pinellas County confirmed case is 24 year old male.
Alachua, Lee, Indian River, Okeechobee, and Clay have one probable case each. Palm Beach has two probable cases and Miami Dade has three. Hillsborough County has five probable cases.
A public health emergency was declared by the State Surgeon General.
A toll free information line has been established to address an increasing number of calls from the public requesting Swine Flu information. The number is
1-800-342-3557 and it is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Burglary at 3990 Hina Dr. occuring some time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Among items stolen was a big screen TV. The house was unoccupied at the time of the burglary. The break-in and burglary was discovered by one of the children on returning home from school. The house was locked and garage door down at the time of the break-in. Either the house did not have a security alarm, or it was not activated.
Citizens Patrol organizer Ted Cover said: "This very serious incident illustrates the audacity of the perpetrators, and the importance of having a working security alarm and setting it on leaving the house."