Showing posts from February, 2011

County temporarily going offline

County data center move to temporarily interrupt online services
A number of online services provided by Sarasota County will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and lasting through Sunday, Feb. 27, while they are relocated to the county's new data center at 5875 Bahia Vista Road. (MORE) Beach water advisories in effect for Venice, Turtle beaches Water quality at Venice Public Beach and Turtle Beach does not meet current health standards for recreational waters, according to the Sarasota County Health Department, which monitors water quality weekly at 16 sites along Sarasota County's 34 miles of beaches. (MORE) Englewood community cleanup scheduled for Saturday It's time to clean out the garage and gather up yard waste, tree trimmings and discarded household items. Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Englewood area from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. (MORE) 2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta hosting charity event this…

Sarasota County Announcements

County offices closed for Presidents Day holiday Most Sarasota County government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, to observe the national holiday that celebrates Presidents Day. All Sarasota County libraries will be closed. (MORE) 2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta to host charity eventWhen competitive rowers take to the waters of Nathan Benderson Park, 2500 Honore Ave., Sarasota, for the 2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta on Feb. 26-27, they will be competing for more than trophies. Rowers from the U.S. National Team, Olympians and future Olympians will participate in the charity portion of the two-day event to raise money for an adaptive rowing program designed to introduce individuals with physical and/or mental challenges to the sport. (MORE) Sarasota County named a Tree City USA for 20th year Known for its reputation of protecting the natural environment, Sarasota County again has earned the designation as a Tree City USA for 2010, the 20th consecutive year it qualified f…

Telephone scam targeting Sarasotans

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a prevalent telephone scam that has claimed another victim this week. Click here for more information on how an 85-year-old Sarasota woman was victimized by a con artist pretending to have information about an injury to her grandson.

Spring into Snook Haven March 12th for FOSCP

Come out to the Spring into Outdoors Snook Haven Fest on Saturday, March 12th and you'll not only have fun, but you could win a fantastic prize:
A $1,800 Hobie Pedal Kayak:

Or, a $700 64 Gig iPad:

Or, a $400 DJB Charters Fishing Boat Cruise. Lots more prizes will be raffled or sold at auction, plus games for kids, a Cornhole tournament, food, music by the Gumbo Boogie Band, all happening at Snook Haven on the idyllic Myakka River.

These are limited raffles. There are only 300 tickets in the whole world for this kayak, and only 250 each for the iPad and the Charter Boat, so chances of winning are VERY GOOD! Tickets will be on sale at the event, if any are left. Or, you can get them NOW at any of Evie's locations.

Note: This is a Friends of Sarasota County Parks (FOSCP) event -- that's to say, it's a fundraiser that benefits all the public parks of Sarasota County. FOSCP is a 501(c)3, and donations are fully tax-deductible.

***Click for more about fun to be had at the Snook Ha…

Crime Report for January 2011

According to the Sheriff's Office, there were 8 reports of vandalism in January, 4 burglaries, 3 thefts and one juvenile disturbance in Lake Sarasota. Ted Cover, who gets these numbers from the SO, noted that there were a couple of additional actions, including a brick being thrown through a bedroom window in the 4100 block of Tonga Drive, which were published in the Sarasota Observer. The paper states that the Sheriff was called to investigate, but these incidents did not appear in the monthly report. It's unclear why that would be.
The most popular street for crime was Friendship; the most popular day was Sunday (4 incidents), the next was Monday (3).
Anyone up for Citizen Patrol? Please contact Ted: at or 379-0758.
Update from a regular Lakeview Park user: I see the "reported" crimes listed on the Lake Sarasota page but don't recall seeing any of the frequent vandalism in the park mentioned. There are many people that enjoy the park and hate t…

A few openings remain for new Civics 101 class

Some news about the upcoming "semester" of Civics 101 -- now's a good time to let people know who might be interested, it's filling fast:
Seats still open for Civics 101Seats still open for Civics 101
Sarasota County government’s popular Civics 101 program still has a few seats open for the session beginning March 10.

Civics 101 is a 10-week program that introduces people to the operations and services of Sarasota County government. Each week, staffs from different county departments guide participants through a particular area, exposing them to the inner workings of county government. The classes give students a better understanding of how county government works, and allows them to build relationships with county staff. Sessions are offered at no charge in the spring and fall each year to Sarasota County residents and anyone working in Sarasota County. Twenty-five people are selected each term on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available here.The cou…

Free Emergency Alert for Sarasotans

Free emergency alert notification system available for property ownersSarasota County Utilities is encouraging all property owners and occupants to submit their contact information into the CodeRED emergency alert notification system online at this site, keyword search CodeRED. Registering your contact information with the CodeRED system is free, and Sarasota County does not share the information with any private third party vendors.

CodeRED uses the Sarasota County 911 system to issue an automated phone call to alert registered property owners and occupants in the event of an incident that could impact their daily activities. “The CodeRED reverse 911 system is the fastest way to let people know about incidents such as water main breaks, boil water notifications, sudden major road detours or evacuation alerts,” said Paula Parson Grubb, Sarasota County Utilities. “By registering your contact information, you are ensuring that you and your family will be notified of events that could imp…