Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sarasota County 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, atcommunityconnections@scgov.net
Meet the new Deputy County Administrator
Thomas Harmer has been named Deputy County Administrator for Sarasota County. The appointment is conditional pending post-offer requirements.
Sample ballots mailed
Official sample ballots for the Aug. 14 primary are being mailed to all registered voters this week. Voters may also view their sample ballots on the Supervisor of Elections website.
Disaster recovery center opens
Federal Emergency Management officials have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at Venice City Hall for property owners who sustained damage from Tropical Storm Debby.
Aug. 14 primary early voting
Early voting for the Aug. 14 primary begins Saturday, Aug. 4, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 11. Cast your ballots at any one of five locations between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
More national exposure for Sarasota County
County SealSarasota County's success in strategically reshaping and reducing its work force is profiled in "American City and County" magazine.
Libraries program lauded
Selby LibrarySarasota County's library system has beenfeatured in the American Library Association's official publication, "Public Libraries," for a program that has increased availability of items in libraries where they are most in demand.
DCA receives award for drug addiction initiatives
Deputy County Administrator Bill Little has received the first "Community Visionary Award" from First Step Sarasota and the Florida School of Addiction Studies.
How Sarasota County is growing, aging and changing
BeachsunsetHow old is Sarasota County, really? How many of us are here, where do we live and how are we making a living? Find out in aseries of new demographic reports.
Law changes for disabled parking permits
DisabledFlorida has new requirements for replacing a permanent (blue) disabled person parking permit. The state made these changes to ensure that persons receiving the permits are truly disabled.



Storm debris
Storm debris removal on private roads after a natural disaster is at the discretion of Sarasota County, but signed indemnity agreements allow cleanup to begin sooner for the areas impacted. Here is a list of covered communities. To learn more, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Crime down in Lake Sarasota for June

Here's the latest Sheriff's data on Lake Sarasota from Ted:

Incidents of crime in Lake Sarasota continue to drop. In June there were only six incidents: one burglary and five thefts. There were no instances of vandalism or juvenile disturbances. Three thefts occurred in the beginning of the month (June 2 to 7), one incident each on the 14th and 19th, and one on the 28th. Streets involved were Jarvis Rd., Timor Pl., Ponea Dr., Lanai Dr., and Hina Dr. 
It appears that several arrests earlier in the year are a factor in the reduced number of crime incidents, and one or two perpetrators were responsible for multiple crimes. Also, it appears that citizen involvement was a factor in at least one arrest. A block watch program combined with occasional patrols may offer more of a deterrent than patrols alone. 
This is no time to be complacent, however. Criminal activity can occur at any time. Simple security measures such as locking cars left outside, closing garage doors, and locking our doors are still needed. A home security system is a wise investment and if installed should be used.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Lake Sarasota Clean-Up and 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, atcommunityconnections@scgov.net
County selects new
Deputy Administrator
Thomas Harmer has been named Deputy County Administrator for Sarasota County. The appointment is conditional pending post-offer requirements.
Connecting families to services
SATURDAY: A free "Community Connection Day" will help connect families with children to community service Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.-noon at the Venice Public Library.
Lake Sarasota cleanup July 21
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Lake Sarasota area from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
Some voter cards have incorrect information
Some of the new voter information cards being mailed to Sarasota County votersmay contain incorrect polling locations, says Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent.
Law changes for disabled parking permits
DisabledFlorida has new requirements for replacing a permanent (blue) disabled person parking permit. The state made these changes to ensure that persons receiving the permits are truly disabled.
Be a 'master money mentor'
Get one-on-one financial training to
help you share educational assistance with low- and moderate-income families. The training is free, Aug. 1-3, at the Sarasota County Extension office at Twin Lakes Park. Registration is required by Aug. 1.
County eligible for assistance
The federal government has added Sarasota County to its list of counties eligible for individual assistance to offset costs of uninsured losses due to Tropical Storm Debby. 
Mobile health services in July
DoctorGet free or low-cost health services this month at 14 sites around the county from the Health Department's Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit..

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Community Connections - County news & notes


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
Boat ramp closing for dredging
RowingThe boat ramp at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota will be closed to the public July 12-19 to allow for dredging of key portions of the lake.
New website launches July 16
new Sarasota County website with new content and features debuts Monday, July 16. Get a sneak peek by clicking on the home page banner at www.scgov.net.
Law changes for disabled parking permits
DisabledFlorida has new requirements for replacing a permanent (blue) disabled person parking permit. The state made these changes to ensure that persons receiving the permits are truly disabled.
New Clerk office hours
Both offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court have reduced hours of service to the public. As of July 1, the Clerk's main office at 2000 Main St. in Sarasota, and the Venice branch at 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, are providing service from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
County requests FEMA damage assessment
Emergency Management officials have asked FEMA to conduct anassessment of local private residences and businesses to see if the county may be added to federal assistance grants.
Voter information cards mailed
The Supervisor of Elections has begun mailing new voter information cards to all 280,000 registered voters. The cards contain new voting districts, and precinct and polling location changes.
Update school shots now
Child FemaleWith local schools scheduled to resume Aug. 20, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents toget children's immunizations updated now.
Can we remove storm debris from your road?
Debris removal on private roads after a natural disaster is at the discretion of Sarasota County, but signed indemnity agreements allow cleanup to begin sooner for the areas impacted. Here's a list of covered communities.
Mobile health services in July
DoctorGet free or low-cost health services this month at 14 sites around the county from the Health Department's Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit..
ISO rating improves for some
FIreHatThe Insurance Services Office will change an area in Sarasota County to an 8b rating,which could reduce insurance premiums to residents in Myakka Valley Ranches, most of Saddle Oak Estates, Saddle Creek and the Forests of Hi Hat.
Lake Sarasota cleanup July 21
Sarasota County will hold its annual freecommunity cleanup in the Lake Sarasota area from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 21.
Be a 'master money mentor'
Get one-on-one financial training to share educational assistance with low- and moderate-income families. The training is free, Aug. 1-3, at the Sarasota County Extension office at Twin Lakes Park. Registration is required by Aug. 1



Come work for us
Sarasota County is hiring. Seewhat positions are available.
More headlines     
 
 
 
 
 
  
What we're watching
Video news of note from Sarasota County
  
  
Sarasota Business Today Part 1: Jeff Maultsby and North Port Director of Economic Development Alan Lane discusssmall businesses in south county.

  
Sarasota Business Today Part 2: Jeff Maultsby profiles moresmall businesses in Sarasota County.
June Economic Report released
Sarasota County has released itseconomic report for June.
Speakers Bureau
Request a member of ourSpeakers Bureau to share their expertise with your community, homeowners association or other civic group.
Additional resources 

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Community Clean-Up July 21st


A Community Clean-Up is scheduled for July 21st for Lake Sarasota from 8 am-2:30 pm.

The County dumpster locations will be the same as last year: 7100 Lago Street (near the dog park on Hand Rd) and the Firestation lot at Tora Place and Brentford Park. If you need additional information please call Code Enforcement Office Ken Burns at 270-0131.

Ponds and Native Plant Workshop



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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ready for the Hurricane Season? 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
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 project during an open house-style public meeting Tuesday, July 10, at Phillippi Estate Park.
Clerk office hours changing
Both offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court have reduced hours of service to the public. As of July 1, the Clerk's main office at 2000 Main St. in Sarasota, and the Venice branch at 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, will provide service from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Mobile health services in July
DoctorGet free or low-cost health services this month at 14 sites around the county from the Health Department's Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit.
New neighborhood grants
Green YardSarasota County has awarded nearly $100,000 in grant funds to 18 neighborhoods, including two ad-hoc groups. The grants are matched with cash, donations and/or volunteer hours.
Be a 'master money mentor'
Get one-on-one financial coaching so you can share educational assistance to low- and moderate-income families. The training is free, Aug. 1-3, at the Sarasota County Extension office at Twin Lakes Park. Registration is required by Aug. 1.
Emergency storm repairs
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.
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 unused 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.


Additional resources 



What we're watching
Video news of note from Sarasota County
  
 
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.