Monday, May 30, 2011

Two from NPR

Bicycle-sharing schemes are a fixture in European cities like Copenhagen, but now they are taking root on American soil. In Washington, D.C., over the past eight months, the nation's largest bike-share system has become so popular, it may become a victim of its own success. Click here for story.


What to do with failed golf courses? In Palm Beach, they're turning a course into a 160-acre park with a driving range, concert lawn, bicycling lanes, picnic grounds. Deerfield Beach is turning half of an old course into a cemetery. And Davie is transforming a former exclusive course into, voila, an affordable golf course.

Incidentally, the Sarasota County Government Sustainability page on Facebook is a rather solitary place - it could use some friends.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Medians will be on 6.09 agenda


The next quarterly meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group takes place on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the meeting rooms at Sarasota Alliance Church, 7221 Bee Ridge Rd., just opposite the intersection of Chaucer Lane and Bee Ridge Rd.

One item on the agenda will be the status of trees in the Mauna Loa media. Some have died due to frost and to a disease that affects holly.

One question: Lake Sarasota has roughly $530 left in in a county grant. Should the money be used to replace some of the trees?


Friday, May 27, 2011

Community Connections This Week


Memorial DayCounty schedule set for Memorial Day holiday

Most Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Monday, May 30, to observe the national Memorial Day holiday. However, Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and the Arlington Park Recreation Center will be open from noon-5 p.m. (MORE)

Siesta BeachSarasota County's Siesta Beach is rated Best in the Country!

Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, "Dr. Beach" is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. Since 1991 he has been traveling the United States annually in search of the county's top 10 beaches. Siesta Beach in Sarasota with its pure white quartz sand and warm Gulf of Mexico waters has been ranked 2nd Best for the last two years, until now. (MORE)

Major Kurt HoffmanCounty Commission and County Administrator Jim Ley agree to contract termination

The Sarasota County Commission has agreed to a contract termination agreement with County Administrator Jim Ley. The decision is effective immediately.


The commission also voted to offer the position of interim county administrator to Major Kurt Hoffman of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Hoffman will not be a candidate during a search for a new county administrator. (MORE)

medical workersSarasota County to hold open house on pain management clinics

Stakeholders and other people interested in pain management clinics will have an opportunity to comment on proposed ordinances regulating these clinics during an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota. (MORE)

National Trails Day Celebration set for June 4
  • Legacy Trail useJune 4, 2011 - 9 a.m. to noon Shamrock Park and Trailhead
  • Activities include bicycle rides and walks on Park trails, indoor nature walk.
  • Free bicycle helmets, lights and backpacks while they last (courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation).
  • Information about Parks and Trails from the Friends of the Legacy Trail and other Friends Chapters, surrey rides and free trail snacks.
  • Event at Shamrock Park and Trailhead, 3900 Shamrock Road, Venice, FL.
  • For more information call 861-7245.
Kids Summer Beach runEarly registration offered for 'Kids Summer Beach Runs'
The co-sponsor of the popular "Kids Summer Beach Runs'," which is New Balance Sarasota, 1872 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, will offer early free registration to the first 100 kids who register for the beach runs at the store, 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. The one-time $1 registration fee will be paid by New Balance Sarasota for registrations collected at this location only. (MORE)

Upcoming Events

Memorial Day Concert at Phillippi Estate Park
Monday, May 30 at 5 p.m.
Tickets $5; children 12 and under free.
Call 861-5000 for info.

Veterans plan Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and Venice
Sarasota parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Main Street and Osprey Avenue.

http://bit.ly/lgkgqJ

For information about the SCAT student summer bus pass click here

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bee Ridge Corridor on Track, Tenuously

The Bee Ridge Road Project is still intact with a plan for Low Impact Design (the preferred choice), but due to the turndown in taxes being collected, the project might be delayed. This much became clear at a County Commission today. According to one Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee member who attended recent County hearings:

The Design and Engineering and Right of way purchases will continue for Bee Ridge through the end of 2012. The actual construction is scheduled to start in Oct 2013 but is highly dependent on an improving economy which will generate more sur tax revenue. If that does not occur, then the actual constuction will probably be deferred for several years.

Friendship Center Hurricane Prep Event June 3rd


We’ve all been hearing about what an active hurricane season we may have this year.

On Friday June 3rd from 2 pm to 4 pm, the Friendship Volunteer Center is offering a Community Disaster Preparedness Educational event at the Community Foundation Non-Profit Resource Center. Ed McCrane, Sarasota County’s Emergency Management Director, will present information helping local nonprofits, associations and businesses on how to better sustain a hurricane or other disaster—and to better serve the community in its wake.

Please pass it along to any agencies, friends, businesses or neighborhood associations that would benefit from this FREE offering. The event is open to the public but registration is required. Please call the Friendship Volunteer Center at 953-5965.

Nature Events in June


Click here to see a very comprehensive list of Nature Events for June in Sarasota.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Keeping your children safe


From the Sheriff:

In honor of National Missing Children’s Day today, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is offering information to help parents be vigilant and to encourage them to educate their children about how to stay safe this summer.

What parents can do:

  • Know where your children are at all times.
  • Be familiar with their friends and activities.
  • Be alert to someone who is paying an unusual amount of attention to your child.
  • Listen carefully to your child’s fears and be supportive in your discussions.
  • Teach your children that no one should touch them in a way that makes them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused. If so, they should immediately tell you.


More - including a video.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Community Connections This Week

Sarasota County News Update
Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. We hope that you will share this eNewsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for featured articles, or feedback on the system at e-mail pubcom@scgov.net.


Selby Library to get makeover
A $1.2 million renovation of Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, is set to begin by the end of May and will include a facelift for the inside of the building, more convenient location of computers, a new state-of-the-art Teen Center and installation of an automated check-in system. (MORE)


Memorial Day closings announced
Most Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Monday, May 30, to observe the national Memorial Day holiday. However, Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and the Arlington Park Recreation Center will be open from noon-5 p.m.(MORE)

Siesta Key bridge rehabilitation construction decision announced
The Florida Department of Transportation has reached a decision regarding the best time to perform the necessary repairs on the Siesta Key North Bridge project. The project will begin on June 5, 2012 and will be constructed by closing one lane of traffic on the bridge for 120 calendar days from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., excluding the July 4 holiday period (June 29 through the day of July 8) and Labor Day weekend (Aug. 31 to Sept. 3.) All work will halt during these holiday periods due to anticipated heavy traffic historically generated during these timeframes. The project is expected to be complete by Oct. 16, 2012. (MORE)

Public meetings scheduled on SCAT Transit Development Plan
The Sarasota County Transportation Authority has set three meetings for the public to review potential changes to the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Transit Development Plan.

Meeting topics could include bus stop improvements, future transit needs and route extensions, SCAT and Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) routes, the future Cattlemen Road transfer station, the new Sarasota-North Port Express service and the planned Venice-Sarasota Express service. (MORE)

SCAT Summer Student Pass on sale now
The popular Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Summer Student Pass will be available starting Monday, May 16, at five locations around the county. The $20 pass can be used by youths up to age19 or anyone who has a valid student identification card. The pass allows unlimited ridership on SCAT buses from June 1-Aug. 31, 2011. (MORE)
Upcoming Events

Nokomis Youth Fishing Tournament, Saturday, May 21 at 8 a.m., Nokomis Beach. $1 for children 14 and under. Call 861-5000 for info.

Youth Tennis Lessons begin Tuesday, May 24 from 6-6:45 p.m. at Longwood Park. $50/4 sessions. Call 861-5000 or visit http://bit.ly/hIwzZa

Emma Lazarus Exhibit
Jacaranda Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
May 11-June24
http://bit.ly/f7SDQD


Contact Information
Sarasota County Communications
941-861-5000

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Community Connections for the coming week

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Big truck daySaturday is Big truck Day at Phillippi Park
Trucks, construction equipment and other large vehicles will be on display at Sarasota County's 15th annual Big Truck Day, 10 a.m.--2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public. (MORE)

broomsProctor community cleanup scheduled for May 14

It's time to clean out the garage and gather up yard waste. Sarasota County will hold its annual community cleanup in the Proctor area from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

Waste Management dumpsters will be available at two locations for materials from residents:

  • Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 Beneva Road, in the west parking lot
  • Bee Ridge Park in the softball field parking lot west of Lockwood Ridge on Wilkinson Road. (MORE)

TorandoSecond Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop set

Residents are invited to the second annual Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Road (near Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall) in Sarasota. (MORE)

SCAT BusSCAT Summer Student Pass will go on sale Monday, May 16
The popular Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Summer Student Pass will be available starting Monday, May 16, at five locations around the county. The $20 pass can be used by youths up to age19 or anyone who has a valid student identification card. The pass allows unlimited ridership on SCAT buses from June 1-Aug. 31, 2011. (MORE)

For Your Information:

In case you were wondering, the county landscape projects along U.S. 41 and the State Road 681 interchange and along U.S. 41 south to Bird Bay are completed, but crews will plant some more trees near The Legacy Trail pedestrian bridge over U.S. 41, south of the split at U.S. 41 By-Pass and U.S. 41 Business.

So far, a total of 1,724 trees and 9,795 shrubs were planted. Watering will continue throughout the next year two times a week and maintenance activities will be conducted every three months. At the end of the yearlong warranty and maintenance period, the landscaping within the city of Venice limits will be maintained by the city and the rest of the trees along U.S. 41 and State Road 681 will be maintained by the county. If you have questions or comments, contact Construction Project Manager Robbin Levar at 941-861-0913.

Upcoming Events

Family Bike Adventures at the Carlton Reserve
T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve,
1800 Mabry Carlton Way, Venice
Sunday, May 15
10-11:30 a.m.

http://bit.ly/lnvVxd

Emma Lazarus Exhibit
Jacaranda Library,
4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice
May 11-June24
http://bit.ly/f7SDQD

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

For a new driver's license in FL


To get a new driver's license in Florida, more documentation is necessary now than used to be the case.

Basic links at the local Tax Collector's Site here.

To find out what specific docs you'll need, go to Gather Go Get, here.






Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Sarasota's Inaugural Dragon Boat Festival


COME PARTICIPATE IN SARASOTA'S INAUGURAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL -

SATURDAY - MAY 7TH, 2011~BENDERSON PARK~NO COST~

JUST YOUR COMMITMENT TO HAVE FUN and CAMARADERIE with fellow Sarasotans!


Join in the fun at Sarasota's Inaugural Dragon Boat Festival being held on Saturday May 7th, 2011 in Nathan Benderson Park. Teams are forming and we are looking for YOU! Be a part of a sport with deep rooted history and thefastestgrowing water sport in the world.

  • No experience necessary
  • Fun for all ages
  • Great for corporate team building
  • Excellent Fundraising opportunity

All you need for a team is 20 paddlers and a drummer (musical abilities not required). To learn more on how you, your company, your friends, and even your neighborhood can participate and experience all the action, fun, and the team camaraderie for yourself, contact info@panamdragonboat.com.


More about Dragon Boat Racing:


How to Form a Dragonboat Team


2011 Team Registration


Sarasota Flier