Friday, February 24, 2012

New County Web site, Giant Garage Sale in Englewood, more...


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

We're changing our website
Take a look around, then take our survey and tell us what you think. We're also holding two focus groups to collect input about how we can continue to enhance the site's contents:
  1. Friday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Both sessions will be held at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringlng Blvd., Third Floor Think Tank. If you'd like to participate, email Kim Backus,kbackus@scgov.net.  

One man's trash
AuctionSATURDAY: Feel like freeing up some space while you make a little cash? Bring it to Sarasota County's community garage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Englewood Sports Complex.

New online vendor registration
financial transVendors who want to do business with Sarasota County will be able to use a new, free online procurement system beginning in March. Read how eProcure will simplify the vendor process in Sarasota County.

Author has a way with words 
Mark Mustain, recipient of the 2011 Florida Book Award for his novel "The Gendarrme," comes to the Sarasota Library series, "A Way with Words" Friday, March 2.
Photo credit: Katrice Howell

County approves field name 
Sarasota County has approved the naming of a baseball field designated for children with disabilities. The new field, located in Longwood Park, will be called the Orioles Pirates Miracle League Field of Manasota.

Dental care for North Port kids
Low-income and uninsured children from five North Port elementary schools will soon receive preventive dental care through a 3-year, $95,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation.

Englewood cleans up
Sarasota County will hold its annual community cleanup in the Englewood area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. The cleanup is for residential customers only.

District 1 community forum 
Join your District 1 city and county commissioners, along with local experts, March 8, for an important panel discussion on the current state and future of community safety and the evolving structure of education.

Wheels keep on turning
The Legacy Trail celebrates its fourth anniversary with a "Tour de Parks' ride Sunday, March 25. Bike 20 miles on fully paved trails, or try the 35 or 65-mile rides on trails and public roads. Breakfast is sponsored and served by First Watch. Register by March 11. 

Beat the high price of gas 
If you commute from North Port, SCAT offers express service for just $2.50 one-way (or $5 round-trip) with limited stops.Find complete routes and pick-up times here.




 
 
 
 
 
Want your very own piece of paradise?
Download color and black and white versions of Siesta Key Beach's new No. 1 sign.
Public Meeting logo
 
 
 
 
 
 
What's your vision for Gulf Gate Library?
TODAY: Sarasota County will holda community open house  at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota to discuss the future of Gulf Gate Library.
New videos this week 
Dr. Sean Snaith, Director of University of Central Florida's Institute for Economic Competitiveness talks about what Sarasota County can expect in 2012.
Sarasota Business Today - Interview with Dr. Sean Snaith, Part 1
Sarasota Business Today - Part 1

Sarasota Business Today - Interview with Dr. Sean Snaith - Part 2
Sarasota Business Today - Part 2
2012 Legislative Session, Week 6
Your up-to-the-minute report onlegislative actions affecting Sarasota County.
Commission Reports
More headlines    
  
Speakers Bureau
Request a member of our Speakers Bureau to share their expertise with your community, homeowners association or other civic group.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Holiday closings, energy rebates, much more


Greetings!
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

Presidents Day closings
Most Sarasota County government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, to observe Presidents Day. Here is a complete list of closings, along with two centers that will remain open.  

Test our new website!
We're updating our website,scgov.netTake a look around, then take our survey and tell us what you think.  

Energy rebate program ends
Barely six months after Sarasota County began helping local homeowners install energy efficient upgrades, the "Get Energy Smart" retrofit program is ending with $1 million awarded. 

One man's trash
AuctionFeel like freeing up some space while you make a little cash? Bring it to Sarasota County's community garage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Englewood Sports Complex.

Wheels keep on turning
The Legacy Trail celebrates its fourth anniversary with a "Tour de Parks' ride Sunday, March 25. Bike 20 miles on fully paved trails, or try the 35 or 65-mile rides on trails and public roads. Breakfast is sponsored and served by First Watch. Register by March 11. 

Closing the book on 2012's 'One Book, One Community'
One Book One CommunityThe Library System turns the page on another successful campaign with events throughout February. Author appearances, book discussions, lectures and presentations ... read all about it here.

New online vendor registration
financial transVendors who want to do business with Sarasota County will be able to use a new, free online procurement system beginning in March. Read how eProcure will simplify the vendor process in Sarasota County.

Comp plan amendment
Public Meeting logoSarasota County is seeking public input for a possible Comprehensive Plan amendment guiding free-standing commercial uses in major employment centers containing industrial light manufacturing and warehouses.

Warm Mineral Springs' future
Warm Mineral SpringsHow do you see the future of Warm Mineral Springs? North Port has startedan internet survey, and Sarasota County has launched an online wiki. Give us your feedback on this valuable natural asset.

Beat the high price of gas 
If you commute from North Port, SCAT offers express service for just $2.50 one-way (or $5 round-trip) with limited stops.Find complete routes and pick-up times here.




 
 
 
 
 
Want your very own piece of paradise?
Download color and black and white versions of Siesta Key Beach's new No. 1 sign.
 
FIreHat
Friday, Feb. 17
Sixteen new firefighters will be sworn in to the Sarasota County Fire Department. The ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. in the Sarasota County Board Chamber, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Public Meeting logo
 
 
 
 
 
 
What's your vision for Gulf Gate Library?
Tell us during a community open house Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota.
2012 Legislative Session, Week 5
Your up-to-the-minute report onlegislative actions affecting Sarasota County.
How are we doing?
Sarasota County libraries want to know. Get a survey online atwww.sclibs.net, or complete a "Voice of the Customer" survey at any Sarasota County library between Feb. 13-18.
January 2012
Economic Report 
Sarasota County's economic report for January 2012 has been released.
Commission Reports
More headlines    
 
 
 
 
  

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sheriff's report for Jan. 2012


Here's the report of the Sheriff for January 2012 -- thanks to Ted for the info.

Sheriff's Dept. Crime Report for Lake Sarasota for January, 2012.
Total number of reported incidents:  15

Incidents by category:
                    
Vandalism:  4
Burglary:     4
Theft:          5
Juvenile Disturbance:  2 
By Date:                                                            By Day of the Week:

Jan. 1:   4                                                                    Sunday:  3
Jan. 4:   2                                                                    Monday:  4
Jan. 5:   1                                                                    Tuesday: 1
Jan. 9:   1                                                               Wednesday: 2
Jan. 10: 1                                                                  Thursday:  2
Jan.12:  1                                                                      Friday:  1
Jan. 13: 1                                                                  Saturday:  2
Jan. 16: 1
Jan. 23: 2
Jan. 28: 2
By Time of Day Reported:
M-2am     2-4am    4-6am      6-8am         8-10 am      10am-noon
                                                                    1                   6

Noon-2pm      2-4pm     4-6pm     6-8pm      8-10pm     10pm-12am
                        1              2              3               1                1
By Street:
Berkshire Dr.     2        (4244,4236)
Coleridge Ct.     1        (3900)
Fiji Pl.                 1        (4284)
Friendship Dr.   1         (6447)
Java Dr.             1         (7132)
Jarvis Rd.          2        (6820,6311)
Lago St.            1         (7150)
Lancaster Dr.    2        (3923,3962)
Malden Dr.        1        (4120)
Middlesex Pl.    1        (3965)
Samoa Dr.        1        (6383)

Ted's Observations:
The number of incidents is up (15) compared to previous months.  Sunday and Monday are the days when an incident is most likely to occur.  Most incidents occur in the morning hours, between sunup and noon.  Most incidents happened to properties in the eastern half of Lake Sarasota.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Community Connections


Greetings!
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

Nokomis community cleanup
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold itsannual community cleanup in the Nokomis area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Dispose of any non-hazardous waste during this free event.

New public access email site
Sarasota County has launched a newonline site for public access to email. Search by topic, individuals and date.Take a look around

Closing the book on 2012's 'One Book, One Community'
One Book One CommunityThe Library System turns the page on another successful campaign with events throughout February. Author appearances, book discussions, lectures and presentations ... read all about it here.

Update on Procurement
Public Meeting logoIn May 2011, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing identified opportunties for improving county procurement practices. Hear what we've accomplished so far during an open discussion at the Health and Human Services building in Sarasota.

New online vendor registration
financial transVendors who want to do business with Sarasota County will be able to use a new, free online procurement system beginning in March. Read how eProcure will simplify the vendor process in Sarasota County..

Wheels keep on turning
The Legacy Trail celebrates its fourth anniversary with a "Tour de Parks' ride Sunday, March 25. Bike 20 miles on fully paved trails, or try the 35 or 65-mile rides on trails and publc roads. Breakfast is sponsored and served by First Watch. Register by March 11. 

Watching our watersheds
WaterCommissioner Jon Thaxton joins a panel of scientists, managers, policy makers and educators in a roundtable discussion about the health of our water bodies. Watch, Feb. 15, during the 2012Sarasota Bay Watershed Symposium.

Comp plan amendment
Public Meeting logoSarasota County is seeking public input for a possible Comprehensive Plan amendment guiding free-standing commercial uses in major employment centers containing industrial light manufacturing and warehouses.

Free alert notification system
Sign up for free alerts on issues that impact your property and neighborhood, including water/sewer interruptions, road closures, Amber Alerts and evacuations.

Warm Mineral Springs' future
Warm Mineral SpringsHow do you see the future of Warm Mineral Springs? North Port has startedan internet survey, and Sarasota County has launched an online wiki. Give us your feedback on this valuable natural asset.

Learn to write, edit, direct
Apply now to one of the Sarasota Film Festival's free educational programs. Learn how to write, direct, edit and review films. And don't forget about youthFEST, a free and family-friendly celebration of cinema. To learn more, visit the Sarasota Film Festival website.

Beat the high price of gas 
If you commute from North Port, SCAT offers express service for just $2.50 one-way (or $5 round-trip) with limited stops.Find complete routes and pick-up times here.

Reading comes up to bat
BooksCounty libraries have teamed up with the Baltimore Orioles to promote reading. Children who sign up and read three or more books in February receive areserved grandstand ticket to the March 14 game against the Pittsburgh Pirate

Randall Reid
Randall Reid's vision for Sarasota County 
On Feb. 3, County Administrator Randall Reid shared with commissioners his vision for the organization, and how he hopes citizens, commissions and employees will perceive the organization in the future.
Public Meeting logo
What's your vision for Gulf Gate Library?
Tell us during a community open house Thursday, Feb. 23, at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota..
2012 Legislative Session, Week 4
Your up-to-the-minute report onlegislative actions affecting Sarasota County.
How are we doing?
Sarasota County libraries want to know. Get a survey online atwww.sclibs.net, or complete a "Voice of the Customer" survey at any Sarasota County library between Feb. 13-18.
January 2012
Economic Report 
Sarasota County's economic report for January 2012 has been released.
Commission Reports
More headlines 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New videos  
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Watchwhat more than 300 women can build for a disabled couple on southern Sarasota County.. 

PLUS: Sarasota County and Stephen King help the electric car avenge itself.
 
AND: A seldom-seen video from 1992explores the depths of Warm Mineral Springs.
Speakers Bureau
Request a member of our Speakers Bureau to share their expertise with your community, homeowners association or other civic group.
Property Appraiser news
If you enjoy getting news about your community and Sarasota County Government, sign up for the Property Appraiser's e-newsletter, Furst Facts.Get up-to-the-minute information about tax exemptions, preliminary values, TRIM notices, tax bills, changes to statutes, and ordinances affecting your property.
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