Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year from Lake Sarasota


Band Bash, Rules of the Road and more...


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Welcome to the Sarasota County Community Connections e-newsletter. Please share this e-newsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, atcommunityconnections@scgov.net

Holiday office closings 
FireworksMost Sarasota County government offices and services, including libraries, the History Center and recreation centers, will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2, for the New Year's Day holiday. Here is a complete list of closings.

Band Bash breaks in Selby Library Teen Center Jan. 7 
Band Bash
The new center was unveiled during an official ceremony earlier this month. Nowit's time to party with some of the area's hottest teen bands and DJs.

How do you roll?  
Bike Riders
If it's by bike, the Sheriff's Office wants you to know the rules of the road in Sarasota County.

Free, low-cost health services  
DoctorThe Sarasota County Health Department will provide free and low-cost medical services at 15 sites throughout Sarasota County in January. The staff will also be present at two special events.

Cut-rate fees for energy class  
Learn how to achieve more energy efficiency in your home. Sarasota County is offering reduced class fee incentives for a limited number of residents who register for courses at the Florida Solar Energy Center.
December Economic Report now available
Sarasota County's December Economic Report has been released. Get demographic details, employment figures and more for Sarasota County.

New videos this week
Sarasota County 2012 NEST Calendar
Our local students' annual NEST calendar proves that the economic and social impact of locally grown food is not just kids' stuff.

PLUS: Tour Sarasota County'sPhillippi Farmhouse Market

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Greetings!
Welcome to the Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. Please share this enewsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, atcommunityconnections@scgov.net

Holiday office closings 
BeachMost Sarasota County government offices and services, including libraries, the History Center and recreation centers, will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday. Here is a complete list of those closings, along with some exceptions.

Free, low-cost health services  
DoctorThe Sarasota Health Department will provide free and low-cost medical servicesat 15 sites throughout Sarasota County in January. The staff will also be present at two special events.

Cut-rate fees for energy class  
Learn how to achieve more energy efficiency in your home. Sarasota County is offering reduced class fee incentives for a limited number of residents who register for courses at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

Fresh Phillippi Farmhouse!  
More than 50 local farmers gather every Wednesday at Phillippi Estate Park withlocally grown and harvested fruits and produce. Watch one of Sarasota County's more popular services.

How do you roll?  
Bike Riders
If it's by bike, the Sheriff's Office wants you to know the rules of the road in Sarasota County.
December Economic Report now available
Sarasota County's December Economic Report has been released. Get demographic details, employments figures and more for Sarasota County.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Reminder about voter registration


This message regarding voter registration has been sent to Homeowner Associations to be distributed:

KATHY DENT
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
SARASOTA COUNTY, FLORIDA
www.SarasotaVotes.com

Dec 16, 2011
Media contact: Tel: (941) 861-8606
                        Fax: (941 861-8609

Voter registration deadline nears for January 31 PPP

SARASOTA, FL – Voters must be registered by January 3, 2012 to be eligible to vote in the January 31, 2012 Presidential Preference Primary, Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent announces. New voter registrations must be postmarked by January 3 or delivered in person to any supervisor of elections office not later than 5 p.m., January 3.

Because Florida is a closed primary state, a person can only vote in the primary for the candidates of the party in which the person is registered. This means that voters registered without party affiliation or in a party other than the Republican Party will not be eligible to vote on January 31.

Ms. Dent also urges voters to verify and update their registration information prior to election day. A voter may check his or her voter registration status by going to the SOE website (www.SarasotaVotes.com). Select “Voter Information” from the menu and then select “Voter Lookup” and follow the easy instructions.

New registrations, signature updates, and name and address changes may be submitted on a Florida Voter Registration Application.    

Application forms are available at all supervisor of elections offices, city halls, county libraries and offices, and social service agencies, and may be downloaded from the SOE website.

For more information, call the supervisor of elections at (941) 861-8600 or write to Supervisor of Elections, PO Box 4194, Sarasota, FL 34230-4194.

-end-

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Calendar by kids; free surrey rides; raining barrels


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Welcome to the Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. Please share this enewsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, atcommunityconnections@scgov.net

Holiday office closings 
BeachMost Sarasota County government offices and services, including libraries, the History Center and recreation centers, will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holiday. Here is a complete list of those closings, along with some exceptions.

Annual kids' calendar  
NEST Calendar 2012Sarasota County's annual Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship team (NEST) calendar has been released. For 2012, students celebrate locally grown and produced food. Here are photos of all the winners.

Cut-rate fees for energy class  
Learn how to achieve more energy efficiency in your home. Sarasota County is offering reduced class fee incentives for a limited number of residents who register for courses at the Florida Solar Energy Center

Take a slow surrey ride
Legacy Trail SurreyFriends of The Legacy Trail is giving a lift to those who  cannot otherwise share in the trail experience. The Legacy Trail surrey departs the Laurel Community Center and Trailhead every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Rides are free.

It's raining barrels 
Rain BarrelCome see why rain barrelsare a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Free workshop  Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m., at North Sarasota Library. Barrels are available for $37, including tax. Pay by check or cash.











More stories
Free and low-cost health services

Contracts approved for Gulf Gate Library and ATMS
November Economic Report
Details on population, employment, top employers and more.
New videos this week
An Introduction to the Permitting and Inspection Process
Sarasota County now has one convenient place to find information on permits and other requirements needed to build or improve exciting properties.

PLUS: Hear how homeowners in Sarasota County and surrounding cities are using the Get Energy Smart program to save energy and money.  
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From the Sarasota Sheriff

Sheriff's press release:

Scam Warning

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about seasonal door-to-door scams, most recently a scheme where people pose as students involved in a fundraiser.
Reported incidents indicate that well-dressed college-age young men are approaching people under the guise of raising money for a school trip. They claim that they attend local universities and that their parents live nearby.
The pitch differs, but on some occasions the suspects ask for $118 for a trip to an overseas sports tournament. If the homeowner seems hesitant they reduce the price and offer magazine subscriptions. The suspect will even present an official looking flyer and receipt, but they do not contain valid information.
In a separate but similar scam, the perpetrator claims to be a state or county worker doing tree work or other contracting in the area. On at least one occasion, the suspect has distracted the victim, entered their home and left with their checkbook or valuables.
However the scam plays out, we want to remind residents to not open their door to uninvited guests, even if they claim to be neighbors or claim to be doing official work.
Anyone who feels unsafe should call the Sheriff’s Office immediately so deputies can contact the individuals and verify the nature of their business. Call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number 941.316.1201.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Bee Ridge Widening Details Presented

This is a bare bones summary of changes apparent in the plans presented by the county to the community at this evening's Bee Ridge Widening workshop - more detail will be available soon. A second community workshop will take place when plans are further along, possibly Summer/Fall 2012.

Because of a greater number of changes along the Lake Sarasota stretch of Bee Ridge Rd., more details will be presented to Lake Sarasota residents, possibly in January. Stay tuned.


1. Overview

The road will be four lanes to Bent Tree / Laurel Oak, and two lanes on to Bee Ridge Extension.

It will have streetlights, a median, bicycle lanes, bus stops and sidewalks on both the north and south sides. In places where the county succeeds in purchasing homes, there will be a deeper buffer between the roadway and the communities bordering the roadway.

2. Four new Culs de Sac


Lake Sarasota roads that connect to Bee Ridge are currently planned to be closed off:

  1. Maui
  2. Allen
  3. Coleridge
  4. Chaucer



2. Four Roundabouts: 
  • These will be two-lane roundabouts, about 120' in diameter - smaller than the large one at Jacaranda, but considerably larger than those on Honore.
  • Four roundabouts are currently envisioned:
  1. Tora/Golf Course Boulevard
  2. Aberdeen
  3. Laurel Oak/Bent Tree entrances
  4. Iona/Bee Ridge Extension


Feel free to share your thoughts on the Lake Sarasota Facebook Page or via email to lakesarasota@gmail.com.

Community Connections


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Welcome to the Sarasota County Community Connections eNewsletter. Please share this enewsletter with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, atcommunityconnections@scgov.net

TODAY Homeowners seminar 
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.

Local library marks milestone  
Fruitville LibraryFruitville Library is 10 years old. Comecelebrate this anniversary from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, with music, displays and a Mistletoe Market of holiday items.

Crab legs skitter for beach run  
Sandy ClawsAmerica's best beach hosts the 35thannual Sandy Claws Beach Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the 
Siesta Beach pavilion. This year's run features a DJ spinning tunes, healthy snacks, a raffle, and of course, a visit from Santa.

County offers administrator job to Randall Reid
Randall ReidPending a satisfactory pre-employment background check and physical, the Sarasota County Commission today approved hiring Randall Reid as the county administrator, replacing Interim County Administrator Terry Lewis.

November economic report
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for November. Get details on population, employment, top employers and more.

Take a slow surrey ride
Legacy Trail SurreyFriends of The Legacy Trail is giving a lift to those who  cannot otherwise share in the trail experience. The Legacy Trail surrey departs the Laurel Community Center and Trailhead every Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Rides are free.

Contracts approved for Gulf Gate Library, ATMS
Gulf Gate LibraryOn Dec. 6, Sarasota County awarded a $1.1 million construction contract for Phase 2 of the Advanced Traffic Management System, and a $740,750 architectural and engineering contract for the new Gulf Gate Library.
Get Energy Smart - HomeownersHear how homeowners in Sarasota County and surrounding cities are using the Get Energy Smart program to save energy and money.  

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