Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Volunteer your help with National Night Out

From Teresa Mast, with Sarasota County:

I am in the process of trying to locate Neighborhoods throughout Sarasota County who would be willing to bake cookies for National Night Out. I have attached a flyer to help explain what,when,where, how, all that good stuff. We will be serving a FREE dinner for all that attend and we like to be able to hand out either a cookie or a brownie (something individually bagged) as people come through the food line.

Please post this on your website and ask people to please contact me if they would be willing to make a dozen or more cookies for the event. I am also wondering if Lake Sarasota would be interested in having a table or 1/2 of a table, we are encouraging all neighborhoods to get involved and it's a GREAT networking opportunity to promote all of the good things that you are doing and learn from others at the same time. Please let me know what your thoughts are.

If anyone wants to participate - and especially if you can help coordinate involvement from Lake Sarasota -- please be in touch.

Teresa can be reached at:

Teresa R. Mast

Community Outreach

Sarasota County Neighborhood Services

941-861-5415 office

941-861-5417 fax

1660 Ringling Blvd. 4th Floor

Sarasota, FL 34236


Monday, June 29, 2009

National Night Out Against Crime

It’s time for the...


Last year this special Sarasota event brought out over 1,300 residents. It's to raise awareness about crime and explore how we can work together as a community to combat it.

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Time: 6:00--9:00 PM
Where: Payne Park/Payne Auditorium - at 2100 E. Laurel Street, located in Downtown Sarasota, south of Ringling Blvd between S Washington Blvd (US 301) & S School Ave.

For more information, please call:
941-861-5000 or 941--954-2612

Non-Perishable Foods
(All Faiths Food Bank)
Pet Food/Supplies
(Sarasota County Humane Society)

Hazards and Partnerships

From Scott Montgomery of Sarasota Emergency Services:

Good morning: I wanted to take some time to share with you a new program that Emergency Services has created called the "All Hazard Neighborhood Preparedness Program".

The goal of the All Hazard Neighborhood Preparedness Program is to build partnerships with neighborhoods and Emergency Services, by providing opportunities for the neighborhood to take ownership of the safety of their immediate community, while the County provides information, guidance and education programs. The program provides specific criteria with step by step instructions for neighborhoods to take action on the following safety-related programs offered by Emergency Services:

*Proper Use of 9-1-1

*CPR/AED training

*Swimming Pool Safety

*Homeowner Safety

*Neighborhood Disaster Planning

*Neighborhood Fire Hydrant/Road Accessibility

Upon completion of the program criterion, the neighborhood will be recognized by Emergency Services as All Hazard Neighborhood Prepared. On an annual basis, Emergency Services will bring all successful neighborhoods to be formally recognized by the Board of County Commissioners.

For a neighborhood to be recognized as All Hazard Neighborhood Prepared, the neighborhood will need to meet the criterion detailed within a booklet that contains the program information and program signoff forms. After completion of each item and validation by the Sarasota County Emergency Services Business Center representatives, the neighborhood will be recommended to the Board of County Commissioners to be recognized as All Hazard Neighborhood Prepared. Each recognized neighborhood may advertise the recognition for a one year time frame. In order to maintain the recognition designator, the neighborhood will need to review the criterion and be revalidated by an Emergency Services Representative, to keep up to date with newest Emergency Prevention and Response Techniques; educate new residents; and to ensure the various criterions remain maintenance annually.

A neighborhood is defined as any organized resident, homeowner associations and/or ad-hoc groups of neighbors in Sarasota which come together for the common good of the area residents (as defined by the area residents).

I do believe that many of you have already completed the Proper Use of 9-1-1, CPR/AED training, and the Neighborhood Disaster Planning components of this program

If you are interested in this program, or would like to receive a booklet to start the process, please contact Karen Vail, Strategic Planner for Emergency Services (232-2008), or myself (861-5927) at your convenience.

Thank you for all you do to keep our community safe!

Foreclosure advice: Stay put

Attorneys advise clients to stay in their homes

SARASOTA COUNTY - Phil Agnes and other lawyers have two words for homeowners facing foreclosure: Stay put.

The flood of foreclosures has clogged the courts, allowing homeowners to stay in their homes while the paperwork goes through the system. Many homeowners are unaware that they can remain at home for months while the foreclosure is in court, attorneys say. More...

An expo at Venice Community Center on Aug. 1 will bring social service providers together to help homeowners facing foreclosure.

The expo will offer information on consumer credit counseling and avoiding scams. Representatives of lenders will also provide information about loan modification options.

The expo will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 326 S. Nokomis Ave. It is organized by the Sarasota County Human Services Department.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Mosquito Info Here

To report a mosquito problem, request mosquito fish, report special outdoor events or request information call 861-5000.

This message and a zone map can be found at http://www.scgov.net/MosquitoManagement/default.asp - a permanent link to Mosquito Management is on the sidebar -->

Laurie Tarleton

Sarasota County Mosquito Management Services

Program Specialist Outreach



Thanks to Tisha for the info.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sarasota EOC on Twitter

A tweet from Sarasota Emergency Operations:


Sarasota County Residents: Do you know your hurricane evacuation zone? If not find out here: http://maps.scgov.net/evacinfo/evacinfo.aspx

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Recap of tonight's meeting

Citizens Patrol:

  • - Sheriff's crime report not in yet (they use snailmail - Ted will see about email)
  • - prime crime days have been late in the week - this might change during the summer, but we won't know until we see stats.
  • - Keep your vehicle in the garage if at all possible - thieves are breaking into parked cars to steal vin numbers and to get garage door openers to gain access to homes.
  • - A child's electric scooter was stolen from a garage.

Community Clean-Up will be Sat. July 25th, from 8 am to 3 pm - with dumpsters at the Fire House (and possibly at the dog park).

LSCG may have a "presence" there - we need to get community input on how to spend the balance of our neighborhood grant, among other things.

Mauna Loa Entrance: The flag pole will probably be moved this week by the developer (HealthSouth) - it will be in the second median. Another sign may be moved by residents.

Business Directory: LSCG commends Sandy Allen for her fine job with the directory, which has received many compliments. Business owners say they've received calls directly due to their being listed.

Lakeview Park:
A representative from Bent Tree addressed concerns of 30 lakeside residents there that the pump installed to circulate water from Lake Sarasota to the canal in Lakeview Park would decrease an already depleted lake, affecting property values, bird and other wildlife habitat, and visual beauty.

Representatives of Lake Sarasota Community Group stated that their estimates show the pumping would have no visible effect whatsoever, and that moving water through the canals will greatly reduce the algae and duckweed in the canals.

A brief discussion led to an agreement to seek a clear determination as to whether the pump would impact the lake in any material way. A separate meeting may be held to resolve the issue between the communities.

Open discussion: There is interest in building a small fund, separate from the LSCG account, which might be available to assist needy families. More on this as it develops.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 14.

Regular Lake Sarasota Meeting Today

The community group meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the usual Sarasota Baptist location.

Some likely agenda items:
Mauna Loa Entrance - flagpole, plantings

Upcoming events - July Clean-up, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.

Lakeview Park - pump.

A member of the Sheriff's Office may be present.

Yard of the Month, Citizens Patrol, Treasurer's report.

Florida Neighborhood Conference, July 9-11

This year, the 13th Annual Florida Neighborhood Conference will be held at the Bayfront in St. Pete. Some of the most innovative and dedicated community activists and organizers will be there. Here's a quick run-down of events, and you'll find more detailed info about the workshops -- they're about everything from housing to traffic calming to making neighborhoods more livable -- here.

Want a ride?

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Sarasota County, Manatee County, the City of Sarasota, and SCOPE, free transportation is available with early registration.
The Florida Neighborhoods Conference is designed to assist communities in building strong neighborhood foundations by offering workshops, tours, speakers and opportunities for neighborhood advocates from small towns and large cities to network and share information. Workshop tracks include: Housing Innovation, Neighborhood Quality, Livable Community, Creating an Atmosphere of Neighborhood Collaboration, Sustaining Neighborhoods, Resources for Neighborhood Leaders. A variety of tour opportunities will be offered around notable St. Pete neighborhoods and historic sites.
Register before June 12 for a reduced rate. Call April at SCOPE (941)-365-8751 or your local government neighborhoods office today to register for a seat on the bus - space is limited!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Bee Ridge Road widening pushed back, says HT

From the Herald Trib:

Public works plans on hold

Published: Monday, June 8, 2009 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 10:38 p.m.

SARASOTA COUNTY - Even as the county speeds up public works spending to create local jobs, plummeting tax collections have tossed into limbo $107 million in projects once slated to happen in the next five years.

Among the pushed-back projects are the restoration of Sarasota Bay spoil islands, a number of large drainage facilities, widening Bee Ridge Road east of I-75, a revamping of the county's fairgrounds and the purchase of new buses. more...

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sarasota EOC now Tweets

Dear Sarasota County Residents:

The Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center has added the free social media network, Twitter, to our box of tools to communicate with the media and residents during the 2009 hurricane season.

Every day the EOC Twitter page will have updates called “tweets” on news releases, as well as, other messages to help you prepare for emergency situations.  During actual emergency activations information on closings, shelter openings, hurricane track updates, changes in the solid waste collection schedules and other messages pertinent to an emergency activation will be provided.

Tweets are limited to 140 characters, so the messages will be succinct, and many times will direct you to a Web page link for more detailed information.

To follow the Sarasota County EOC on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/scgoveoc

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A new blog for Sarasota citizens

On Monday, June 8th Sarasota County takes another step into digital communication with its first virtual Town Hall Meeting.

The subject is the county budget, and the panel, including county officials and local citizens, will be televised and shared on the web. More details about the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., are here, and a brief public service announcement is here.

Besides being televised, the virtual meeting will have open channels to allow citizens to participate in the conversation. One such channel is a new blog, called Sarasota Community Conversations, that will enable those watching to comment in real time (and later, if you wish) on the conversation. 

The blog is a citizen's effort, by and for Sarasotans interested in bringing more voices into key conversations about the most important issues facing the county in this challenging time.

At Sarasota Community Conversations you'll find links to county resources relevant to the budget, as well some introductory posts highlighting features of this new step for Sarasota. Check it out, and feel free to comment in advance to let us know how we can make this component of the dialog as relevant and useful as we can. And join us on Monday online.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sarasota County Virtual Town Hall Meeting: June 8th

The county will hold a virtual conversation about “Money Matters“ – a public discussion about Sarasota County’s revenues and budget planning for next year. It's on Monday, June 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be televised, and you'll be able to join in via the net. More details soon on this, but click here now for a video preview.