Thursday, November 24, 2011

What's Up in Parks?

Happy Thanksgiving!

With the great weather, there's so much going on in Parks. 

Upcoming Nature Events in Sarasota County are here (Nov.) and here (Dec.) on the 




Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bee Ridge Widening Community Meeting Set

Curious what's up with the Bee Ridge Road widening? You'll have a chance to find out what's being planned, to have all your questions answered, and to present your ideas to county planners.

Sarasota County staff will be present on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4:30 pm to 7 pm at Colonial Oaks Baptist Church, 6901 Bee Ridge Road, opposite Tora.

They'll have maps and designs of the project, which will be approximately 30% along at the time of the meeting. You can learn what the widening will look like, how the wider road will be buffered from communities along Bee Ridge, where the roundabouts might be situated, plans for trees, bicycle paths, bus stops, and more.

Lake Sarasota will probably see access to Bee Ridge Rd. from some of its smaller streets closed off. All this information will be available at this event, so you can discuss the plans with the people who are designing the road, and register your thoughts with the county.

The matter of driveway closings may also be of interest: In the interest of safety, should private driveways be reconfigured to open on side-streets wherever possible? This again is mainly a question for Lake Sarasota properties.

Don't miss the opportunity to find out about this important alteration to Bee Ridge East of I-75, and to offer your input.

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Also: At 7 pm the same day (Dec. 8), the Lake Sarasota Community Group will hold its regular quarterly meeting at Sarasota Alliance Church, 7221 Bee Ridge Rd. All residents are welcome to come and discuss how they feel about the plans.

Hope for Homeowners, New Speakers Bureau, more


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Thanksgiving holiday closings
Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, the History Center and recreation centers, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is a list of those closings, along with some county services that will be available Friday, Nov. 25.

County begins contract negotiations for administrator
Randall ReidSarasota County has begun contract discussions with Randall Reid for the position of county administrator. Reid is currently county manager for Alachua County, Fla.

Sign up for the spin cycle
Cycling enthusiasts, walkers, runners and inline skaters will converge on downtown Venice for Cyclovia Venice Nov. 20. The free event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the westbound lanes of Venice Avenue between Nokomis Avenue and Venice Beach.

Hope for homeowners  
A panel of financial experts will be on hand to answer your questions about forcelosure, bankruptcy or credit during a free Hope for Homeowners seminar Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 First St., Sarasota.

Inquire. Learn. Engage.
Are you looking for a speaker to liven up a meeting, offer expert tips or cut through confusion surrounding a community issue? 

The Sarasota County Government Speakers Bureau offers timely, informative and entertaining presentations on more than 200 topics with subjects ranging from emergency preparedness to going green to tips for healthier living. Our experts on staff can tailor their information to a variety of audiences and meeting formats.
HOT TOPICS!
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Creating Jobs in Sarasota County
Where the Money Goes – 
A Voters Guide to Understanding the County Budget
Sarasota’s Green Legacy – 
What’s New in Parks, Trails and Environmental Preservation
Friendlier, Faster and Easier - 
Doing Business with the County
Play Ball! – 
Marketing Sarasota’s Sports Economy

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Community Connections


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Veterans Day closings 
Veterans DayAll Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and the Sarasota County History Center will beclosed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Osprey library opens today 
BooksThe new Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point opens Thursday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. The library will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

Four candidates selected to interview for administrator
Sarasota County SealSarasota County commissioners have selected four candidates to interview for the position of County Administrator. Find out where you can meet and greet the finalists.

Get in the EE Zone! 
Attend one of two public workshops on the Energy Economic Zone. We need your input on clean technology, incentives and how to accelerate green economic development.

Honore Avenue extension gets ribbon-cutting ceremony
Ribbon cuttingThe event will highlight a major two-year extension and improvement project for Honore Avenue from Bee Ridge to Fruitville roads. It takes place Thursday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m., at the intersection of Honore Avenue and Webber Street. 

Hope for homeowners  
A panel of financial experts will be on hand to answer your questions about forcelosure, bankruptcy or credit during afree Hope for Homeowners seminar Dec. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Selby Library Auditorium, 1331 First St., Sarasota.

Free or low-cost health care 
The Health Department's mobile medical unit is providing free and low-cost health services at 16 sites and two special events in November. No appointment is needed, and some services are free.

Speaking of Sarasota County 
SpeechYou can now request a member of ournew Speakers Bureau to share their experitse with your community, homeowners association or other civic group. This video explains some of many services your group might want to learn about.

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 Kindle comes to libraries

 Address database update 
Time extended for administrator selection
The extra time will be used, if necessary, to discuss candidates for County Administrator. Here is the revised time line.
Economic Report
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for October. Get details on population, employment, top employers and more. And stay tuned for new reports here each month.
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Drop off unsold items from Yard Sale

From Sandy:

 The Salvation Army will put a trailer at Luzon and Lancaster for people to put their leftover garage sale items in. It will be there by 1pm tomorrow (Saturday, 11.12.11) so people can take their items straight there and won't have to store them again. For larger items or for home pick up, you can call 727-541-7781 and someone will schedule to come pick the items up.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Community Yard Sale November 12th

The next Lake Sarasota Yard Sale is November 12th - that's a Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can of course choose to say open longer or shorter, but those hours will be posted on our ads in the paper and Craigslist.

This season's sale won't include any tables for food or information, or maps, so be sure to put some balloons or other eye-catchers on your mailbox.

If you have the chance to get the word out via email, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media, here are a couple of links you can share:



If between now and then you see any landscaping or other issues that should be addressed, please let us know - thanks.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Daylight Savings Coming, Legacy Overpass to Open, more

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Legacy Trail overpass opens

Legacy Trail overpassGrab your bike, strap on your skates, or lace up a dusty old pair of sneakers. The Legacy Trail / U.S. 41 pedestrian overpass opens Saturday, Nov. 5,with festivities that begins at 9 a.m. at the Venice Train Depot.

Veterans Day closings

Veterans DayAll Sarasota County government office, including libraries, recreation centers and the Sarasota County History Center will beclosed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Go online for metal ordinance

A public workshop was held Nov. 1 to discuss proposed changes to Sarasota County's scrap metal ordinance, but you can still view both proposed ordinances and submit comments, questions and suggestion online until Tueday, Nov. 8.

County goes 'WOW' for water

WaterSarasota County has proclaimed Nov. 5-13 as Water Opportunities Week (WOW) in recognition of the importance of protecting the regions' watersheds. Get your feet wet with one of the many organizations that are celebrating.

Free or low-cost health care

The Sarasota County Health Department's Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit Staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 16 sites and two special events in November. No appointment is needed, and some services are free.

Change the time and batteries
Smoke alarmDaylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. Use the extra sunshine tochange the batteries in your home smoke alarm. If you can't afford a smoke alarm, the Sarasota County Fire Prevention Office will provide one.
Speaking of Sarasota County

SpeechYou can now request a member of ournew Speakers Bureau to share their experitse with your community, homeowners association or other civic group. This video shows you how.


More Headlines

Kindle comes to libraries

Address database update

Commissioners add discussion time to administrator selection

The extra time will be used, if necessary, to discuss candidates for County Administrator. Here is the revised time line.

October Economic Report
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for October. (Yikes, are gas prices really up 15.9 percent over this time last year?) Get details on population, employment, top employers and more. And stay tuned for new reports here each month.
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The weather is here
Make your friends and and relatives up nBeachorth jealous. Text a picture of you on one of our 14 public beaches. Find your piece of paradise here.

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