Thursday, June 28, 2012

After the storm, HIV testing, more Health news


Greetings!
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, atcommunityconnections@scgov.net

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
Public Meeting logoThe Phillippi Shores Elementary School sidewalk project is being built under the federal "Safe Routes to School" program. Learn more about the route
project during an open house-style public meeting Tuesday, July 10 at Phillippi Estate Park.

Fertilizer restrictions are on
WaterSarasota 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 permanent Medication 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
Child FemaleA grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide nearly $600,000 per year through 2016 in primary care service to low-income and uninsured people in North Sarasota County.  

HHS wins NACo award
The National Association of Counties has recognized Sarasota County Health and Human Services for its "Safe RX" campaignto help healthcare providers promote resp

Come work for us
Sarasota County is hiring. Seewhat positions are available.
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Monday, June 25, 2012

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:

Saturday, June 23, 2012

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:

Before

And after:




After

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







Air Potato After

After

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

Summer Beach Runs, Mobile Health Services more


Greetings!
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 communityconnections@scgov.net

Fertilizer restrictions are on
WaterSarasota 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
Child FemaleA grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide nearly $600,000 per year through 2016 in primary care service to low-income and uninsured people in North Sarasota County.  

HHS wins NACo award
The National Association of Counties has recognized Sarasota County Health and Human Services for its "Safe RX" campaign to help healthcare providers promote responsible prescription drug use.

Phillippi farmhouse wins grant
The Florida Legislature has approved a$50,000 matching grant for the rehabilitation of the historic farmhouse located in Phillippi Estate Park.

Run, kiddies, run!
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation's popular Kids Summer Beach Runs return to Siesta and Venice beaches. Kids who complete the runs receive a free T-shirt and a 50% off voucher for a pair of New Balance kids' shoes. 

Habitat heads south for homes
Habitat for Humanity is breaking ground in Englewood. Join the celebration Friday, June 29, at 9 a.m. Featured speakers include Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson and Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber President Bill Truex.

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

Come work for us
Sarasota County is hiring. Seewhat positions are available.
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What we're watching
Video news of note from Sarasota County

County Talk - BCC Report   





Top issues and actions taken by the Sarasota County Commission in May.

 
Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane discusses the 2012 hurricane season.

 
What to pack in your hurricane "Go Kit."
June Economic Report released
Sarasota County has released its economic report for June.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Fight the Air Potato Invasion!

Air Potato Invasion


We're having an Air Potato Invasion in Lakeview Park -- this invasive vine climbs rapidly up trees and plants and eventually smothers them. It is very prolific and extremely hardy -- the best way to get rid of it is to pull it up by the potato-like roots. 

An Air Potato Pick-Up is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 9 am - noon. It will focus on the terrific new trees and plants that were recently placed in Lakeview Park near the Petanque Courts on the Lago Way side of the park. If you can make it, please come - bring sunblock, water, gloves, a spade, pruners, and closed shoes are recommended. 


The air potato is in Florida thanks to the USDA. More event details below.




Where: 
Lakeview Park, newly planted buffer area

Who: County staff and volunteers who care about Lakeview Park

When: June 23rd, 2012 from 9am-12pm

What: Removal of air potatoes/vines from the newly planted area at Lakeview Park

Why: As you may know, a new group of native plants was installed along the fenceline toward the back of Lakeview Park. Because of the recent rains and the season, air potato vines have sprouted in this area and are threatening the newly installed plants.

How: The vines are sprouted from potatoes, and the potatoes will have to be dug up for the greatest success. We will also pick up any un-sprouted potatoes we find on the ground.

What you will need: A couple of hours of free time, gloves, hat, sunblock, water, garden spade, pruners (I will bring as many garden spades, pruners and gloves as I can gather, but if you have your own please bring them). Closed-toed shoes are recommended as there may be fire ants (long pants at your discretion).

What we will supply: County staff to work along with you, gratitude, guidance, support.  We will have a dumpster to dispose of the vines/potatoes, and bottled water for participants.

I hope that you can join us for a team effort to improve this great park. Please feel free to forward this invitation to other interested folks. If you have questions please contact me at leppinge@scgov.net or 941-650-2487.

Thank you,

Lynda Eppinger, Parks Naturalist
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation


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Monday, June 18, 2012

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.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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 get a more detailed look at the plans for the road and the buffering, bike paths, bus stops, etc. Keep an eye on this blog or our Facebook page for an announcement.

Race-Trac at Mauna Loa?

Race-Trac is planning a service station north of Bee Ridge at Mauna Loa (see image here). Those present stated they were concerned about noise and glare, and expressed the hope that if a station should come in, it will be turned away from the road and buffered to reduce glare and noise. There was also concern about increased traffic as cars leave the highway to get gas. If the plans go forward, a community meeting with Race-Trac representatives will be scheduled, and announced to the Lake Sarasota Community.

Real Estate Up


Sandy reports that the pace of real estate sales in Lake Sarasota is up, and so are prices. Thirty-seven home sales are pending or active with contract, and only 10 homes in the subdivision of 1,600-odd homes are on the market. The average home price is up 21.2% in the last three months, she said.

"Most foreclosures have been bought up - I'm seeing families with young kids, taking care of houses," she added. Here's a recent press release on the Sarasota market in general.

Air Potato Pick-Up

Lakeview Park is under siege from the Nefarious air potato. On Saturday, June 23, 9 am, folks armed with gardening tools will strike back. The counteroffensive will take place in the park, near the Petanque Courts, which are right at the bend in Lago Road. There are new trees and bushes there that need rescuing. Please come out if you can, children are welcome. Bring water and sunscreen. More here.

Next meeting: 

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The meeting will feature a presentation on alarm systems.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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, electronics, jewelry and other items from your RV, and moving it to a safe location. You'll also want to photograph the inside and outside of your RV for future reference.
Having a solid plan in place can make severe weather events, like hurricanes, less scary. For detailed information about how to prepare for hurricane season, visit the National Hurricane Center's website. 

(Above courtesy of Geico)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Community Connections


Greetings!
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 communityconnections@scgov.net
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
Venice Community CenterOne 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 input on increase
Florida Power & Light has filed a petition with the Public Service Commission for a base rate increase. The PSC has issued a bulletin of frequently asked questions about the increase, as well as a list of hearingsthat you can attend to learn more.
Time to vote for 'One Book'
One Book One CommunitySarasota County libraries' popular One Book/One Community program returns for readers to choose their 2012 pick. Vote for one of the six literary candidates online, at any county library, or at Bookstore1Sarasota on Main Street. 
Got a caulking gun?
Maybe you're considering a new air conditioner or more attic insulation. Then get moving, and start saving, with a free Energy Upgrade workshop from Sarasota County. 
Precinct/polling place changes
Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent has scheduled a series of town hall meetingsabout the recent redistricting process and subsequent changes in precinct boundaries and polling locations in the county.
Mobile health services in June
DoctorThe Health Department's mobile medical unit will provide free and low-cost health services at 13 sites around the county in June. Services include diabetes screening and blood pressure, pregnancy, HIV and tuberculosis tests. Appointments are not needed.
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