Showing posts from June, 2012

After the storm, HIV testing, more Health news

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Emergency storm repairs require permits Emergency repairs caused by damage from Tropical Storm Debby may require permits. The Florida Building Code allows next-business day permit submittals to protect against weather. This does not apply to voluntarily replaced components.
Network maintenance will impact service this weekend Maintenance to Sarasota County's fiber optic connections will temporarily disrupt service to most county networks from 6 p.m. Saturday, June 30, through 10 a.m. Sunday, July 1. All county buildings will be affected, including fire stations and SCAT Administration.
Phillippi Shores sidewalks The Phillippi Shores Elementary School sidewalk project is being built under the federal "Safe Routes to School" program. Learn more about the …

TS Debbie packed punch

At least in Lake Sarasota -- odd, as we're rather far to the East in the county - the Gulf shots are at Casey Key:

The community strikes back

On Saturday folks from Lake Sarasota, as well as from Sarasota County Parks and Rec, and from the Sarasota Club de Petanque, Friends of Sarasota County Parks, and the Sarasota Sky Pilots came out with shovels, hoes, clippers and anything else at hand to remove, uproot, and basically annihilate the infestation of air potatoes in Lakeview Park.

Here's how the fence line looked before the community took action:

And after:

Thanks All! Photos courtesy of Lynda Eppinger, who also was the prime organizer of this event.

Air Potato After

Thanks to Lynda Eppinger of Sarasota Parks & Rec for the photos and for organizing this event.

Summer Beach Runs, Mobile Health Services more

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Fertilizer restrictions are on Sarasota County has one of the state's toughest rules for protecting local waterways. Ordinance No. 2007-062prohibits the use of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorous from June 1 through Sept. 30 for both residential and commercial users.
Got used medications? Drop them off at the Venice Police Department's new permanentMedication Take-back Box. Unused prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted 24/7, and turn-in is always anonymous. The box debuts Friday, June 29.
Free HIV testing Sarasota Member organizations of the HIV-AIDS Network of Southwest Florida are providing free HIV testing to the public as part of a national HIV testing campaign.
Expanding primary care service A grant from the U.S. Departme…

Fight the Air Potato Invasion!


Neighborhood Security: Block Watch Program?

Should the Lake Sarasota Community Group replace the current Citizens Patrol with a Block Watch program? Several incidents over the past three months would seem to make such a change adviseable.

Ted offers some thoughts along with crime data over the last quarter, and an analysis of that data. The suggestion is that Lake Sarasota might benefit more from a Block Watch approach than from Citizens Patrol.
Read the report and let us know what you think.

Roads, Real Estate Up, Beautification at June LSCG Meeting

A good turnout at the quarterly meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community this evening. Here are the highlights:

Median Beautification

A question arose as to when dead trees in the medians would be replaced. Our Beautification Chair will be contacting the county, which had indicated this would be going forward once the rainy season was underway.

Community Safety

Ted reports that there were an unusual number of incidents in April-May, but things have quieted since then, perhaps because a perpetrator was arrested. Ted also described a "block-watch" approach to neighborhood security - more on this if and when it develops. Meanwhile, Citizens Patrol is still active, and folks are advised to lock cars in driveways, and use alarms.

Bee Ridge Improvement on Track

The Bee Ridge Widening has been funded by the County, and construction should begin in Oct. 2013. An important meeting with the Community will take place later this summer - possibly in August - offering residents a chance to …

Lake Sarasota General Meeting

Our next scheduled meeting is this Thursday, June 14, 7 pm in Room 106, in the meeting rooms at the rear of Sarasota Alliance Church, 7221 Bee Ridge Rd.

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Hurricane Tips

Procedures that can be implemented quickly and easily. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones.If you are not advised to evacuate, locate the safest area in your home. Usually rooms away from windows such as closets, bathrooms and interior hallways offer the best protection.Stock up on non-perishable supplies and assemble an emergency supply kit.Keep your vehicles filled with gas.Determine escape routes from your home as well as places to meet.Designate an out-of-state friend or family member as a contact. This will ensure all your family members have a single point of contact.Make plans now for your pets in case of evacuation.Hurricane-proof your RV. There are several things you can do to protect your RV from hurricane damage, including: tightening all seals and seams to keep water out; closing and locking all windows and vents; emptying all water tanks to keep pollutants from backing up into the RV; disconnecting your RV from any power sources; removing all valuable documents…

Community Connections

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. Please share this with family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, at Proctor and Wilkinson cleanup  SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold itsannual community cleanup in the area of Proctor and Wilkinson roads from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9. Dispose of household items, yard waste and other refuse at one of two locations. County staff will be available at each location. Orient yourself for disasters Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane will be the featured presenter at a community disaster orientation at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Imagine School in Sarasota. Summer arts and crafts at VCC One of the area's largest and most popular arts and crafts shows returns to the Venice Community Center June 16. More than 50 vendors will be on hand to share their one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, quilts, handbags and more. PSC seeks i…

Unlicensed Contractors: Why Not to Use Them

This video from Sarasota County shows what can happen when unlicensed contractors are used to make "improvements" to a home: