Friday, April 27, 2012

County Approves Bee Ridge Road Improvements


The long-planned improvements to Bee Ridge Road Road east of I-75 have been given the go-ahead. Here is a statement from the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee, with a project timeline:

At their regularly scheduled meeting of April 24, the Sarasota County Commissioners voted (5-0) to have staff proceed with the necessary bonding requirements to insure all funding is in place for the Bee Ridge Improvement project when the next County Construction Improvement Program is published.

There was approximately a $10 million gap between available funding and anticipated requirements. The gap has now been closed via bonding. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the original schedule will be followed:

  • 60% Low Impact Design Plans available for Public review -- approximately June 2012
  • Design, Engineering and Permitting completed -- approximately April 2013
  • Right of way purchases -- ongoing
  • Bids for Construction and selection of Contractor -- approximately 2nd Quarter 2013
  • Construction start -- approximately Oct 2013
  • Completion -- approximately Dec. 2014
The funding support Bee Ridge has received means we have reached a very significant milestone in our efforts to have the road replaced. We look forward to a new road that will be safe, asthetically attractive, and meet environmental needs of the area.

It has been eight years since the Committee began its work. We wish to thank everyone who has supported the project, whether financially or through their volunteer services.

The Committee will continue to be involved in the project until it is completed.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vets Stand Down, Mobile Health, More in Community Connections


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Veterans 'stand down' April 28
SATURDAY: A free "Stand Down" event for veterans will take place Saturday, April 28, to help veterans access VA benefits, housing assistance, legal services and health screenings.

Free condo budget worshop
MONDAY: Understand your cooperative board's responsibilities regarding budgets, reserves and financial reporting. April 30, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Commission Chamber. RSVP to Jan Sheitka at 850-717-1482 orjan.shekitka@dbpr.state.fl.us.

Mobile health services in May
DoctorThe Health Department's mobile medical unit will provide free and low-cost health services at 13 sites around the county in May. Services include diabetes screening and blood pressure, pregnancy, HIV and tuberculosis tests. Appointments are not needed.

We're the 'Library of the Year'
Selby LibraryWhen it comes to library systems in the state of Florida, the Sarasota County Library System is the best of the best. So says the Florida Library Association, which gave the award for outstanding service, creativity and innovation, and numerous partnerships. 

Gun range undergoes cleanup 
The Knight Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range is closed for up to three weeks while crews perform a lead remediation on the site. The 12-yard, 25-yard and 50-yard shooting ranges, as well as the trap, skeet and archery ranges, will remain open during the cleanup project.

Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month
Join county commissioners and your community at Indian Mound Park in Englewood May 5, to celebrate our cultural heritage. "Discover America's Hidden Gems is the theme of this year's event, which is sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  
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Sarasota, Florida 34236
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History Center Marker Minutes
  
Discover the charm of the historic Venice Train Depot.
 
  
How the turpentine industry shaped Sarasota County.
Economic Report
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for April. See how the county is faring in population, gas prices and other economic indicators.
Commission Reports
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Connections: Summer Camp Programs


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Try transit (for free!) April 19
TODAY: SCAT will offer free rides to all transit users on regular fixed-route or commuter Express buses to celebrate "Try Transit Day." The standard fare is normally $1.25 for fixed-route service and $2.50 for Express.

Kensington Park cleans up
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup for Kensington Park area residents from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Take Earth Day home!
SATURDAY: Sarasota County, Sears and Florida Power & Light are partnering for a free Energy Upgrade Expo, "Take Earth Day Home," Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Sears at Westfield Sarasota Square Mall. 

Veterans 'stand down' April 28
Big Truck Day PromoA free "Stand Down" event for veterans will take place Saturday, April 28, to help veterans access VA benefits, housing assistance, legal services and health screenings. All services are free.

Gun range undergoes cleanup 
The Knight Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range is closed for up to three weeks while crewsperform a lead remediation on the site. The 12-yard, 25-yard and 50-yard shooting ranges, as well as the trap, skeet and archery ranges, will remain open during the cleanup project.

Are you ready for the summer!
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for summer camp programs. Sign up for traditional, adventure, specialty and therapeutic camps. Financial assistance is available for qualifying Sarasota County resident


Come work for us
Sarasota County is hiring. Seewhat positions are available.
History Center Marker Minutes
  
Discover the charm of the historic Venice Train Depot.
 
  
How the turpentine industry shaped Sarasota County.
Economic Report
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for March. See how the county is faring in population, gas prices and other economic indicators.
Commission Reports
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Speakers Bureau
Request a member of ourSpeakers Bureau to share their expertise with your community, homeowners association or other civic group.

Monday, April 16, 2012

County Open House, Jobs, Big Trucks, much more...


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April 19: Help us celebrate National County Government Month in April at the Sarasota County Open House. Learn about numerous county programs and services, and hop on one of the new Express buses for a short tour of newly completed county improvement projects. Ask questions of county staff, and find out how we're serving you.The open house takes place from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, April 19, at the downtown Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. The bus tour starts at 12:30 on a first come, first served basis.

Big Truck Day rolls into town
Big Truck Day PromoSATURDAY: If it's big and has wheels, you'll probably find it at Big Truck Day, April 14. The kids can climb inside cabs, pull the levers, push the pedals and honk the horns. Bring a camera to record the fun!

County cuts ribbon on improvements
Ribbon cuttingCompletion of $2.3 million in infrastructure improvements to north Sarasota neighborhoodswill be marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 17. The event begins at 9 a.m. at 2323 N. Euclid Ave., Sarasota.

Try transit (for free!) April 19
SCAT will offer free rides to all transit users on regular fixed-route or commuter Express buses to celebrate "Try Transit Day" on Thursday, April 19. The standard fare is normally $1.25 for fixed-route service and $2.50 for Express.

Are you ready for the summer!
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for summer camp programs. Sign up now for traditional, adventure, specialty and therapeutic camps. Financial assistance is available for qualifying Sarasota County residents.

Kensington Park cleanup is April 21
Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup for Kensington Park area residents from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
Contact Us

Sarasota County Government
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Come work for us
Sarasota County is hiring. See what positions are available.
History Center Marker Minutes
 
Meet The Flying Wallendas, pioneers in the world of circus trapeze artists. 
 
Travel down historic Dearborn Street in Englewood, a Florida community that started as a fishing village in 1896.
Economic Report
Sarasota County has released its economic report for March. See how the county is faring in population, gas prices and other economic indicators.
Commission Reports
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Speakers Bureau
Request a member of ourSpeakers Bureau to share their expertise with your community, homeowners association or other civic group.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Open House April 19, 9 am - Noon



Click to enlarge: An Open House at Sarasota County:


Community Events - new company hiring


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Paint the town 'READ' April 7 
SATURDAY: Dive into some juicy author panels during Selby Public Library's "Paint the Town READ" event, Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Discussion topics will include audiobooks, poetry and classic food writers. 

New online public access email  
Sarasota County's previous public access email location is no longer available. A new public access online site was launched Feb. 1. Find it at www.scgov.net.

County wins 'Library of the Year'  
Selby LibraryThe Florida Library Association has given Sarasota County its 2012 Library of the Year award. The county was lauded for its innovative services, community partnerships and dedication to best practices in strategic planning.

County hosts open house April 19  
County SealLearn about county government programs and services during an open house at the downtown Administration Center. While you're there, take a SCAT bus tour of the Honore Avenue improvement project and new SCAT transfer station on Cattlemen Road. 

National Library Week is April 8-14
BooksWhether you're a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children, or a student searching for your next favorite book, you belong at the library.

Big Truck Day rolls into town
If it's big and has wheels, you'll probably find it at Big Truck Day, April 14. Bring the kids and a camera. They'll get to climb inside cabs, pull the levers, push the pedals and honk the horns of dump trucks, fire trucks, pay loaders, buses and more.

2012 VCC season tickets go on sale
Season tickets for the 2012 Venice Community Center concert series are now on sale at the box office. Reserve your seat now for The Beatlemaniacs, tributes to Neil Diamond and The Eagles, and Abbamania.

Local medical company expands
MicroscopeHealth Management Associates willexpand its regional facility in Sarasota County, preserving 148 local jobs and adding 217 positions over the next two years. Sarasota County approved up to $400,000 in performance-based incentives if the company adds 217 full-time employees with annual wages exceeding the county average.

County's health ranking improves
DoctorThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin have released their "2012 County Health Rankings," and Sarasota County ranked third overall among the state's 67 counties.

Mobile health services in April  
The Sarasota County Health Department is offering free and low-cost health services at 14 sites in April. Services include diabetes education and screening, and tests for blood pressure, pregnancy, HIV and tuberculosis.
Contact Us

Sarasota County Government
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Come work for us
Sarasota County is hiring. Seewhat positions are available.

New videos Big Truck Day Promo 
If it's big and it rolls, you'll find it at the 16th annual Big Truck Day at Phillippi Estate Park.



History Center Marker Minutes
 
Meet The Flying Wallendas, pioneers in the world of circus trapeze artists.

 

Travel down historic Dearborn Street in Englewood, a Florida community that started as a fishing village in 1896.

Economic Report
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for March. See how the county is faring in population, gas prices and other economic indicators.

Commission Reports

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