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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:
Thanks All! Photos courtesy of Lynda Eppinger, who also was the prime organizer of this event.
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Friday, June 22, 2012
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Monday, June 18, 2012
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
A good turnout at the quarterly meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community this evening. Here are the highlights:
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.
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.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. The meeting will feature a presentation on alarm systems.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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
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This video from Sarasota County shows what can happen when unlicensed contractors are used to make "improvements" to a home: