Friday, August 31, 2012

Mark Your Calendar: September Meetings


Two meetings relating to Lake Sarasota are coming this month:

Sept. 6: 4:30 - 6:30 pm - The second and final community review of plans for the widening and improvement of Bee Ridge Road. Plans will be about 60% complete by this time, and there are some changes from the first meeting (the 30% meeting) last December. A chance to see visuals of how the main thoroughfare will look, and to offer your thoughts to planners and county staff. At Colonial Baptist Church, corner of Bee Ridge and Golf Course. (See fact sheet below.)

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Sept. 13: 7 - 8:30 pm: Regular quarterly meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group at Alliance Church, on Bee Ridge opposite Chaucer. Meeting rooms in back. The LSCG is a purely voluntary organization that cares about the neighborhood. No dues, ever. Send items for agenda to lakesarasota@gmail.com


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Bee Ridge Meeting Thursday, more from Connections

Welcome to the new Sarasota County Community Connections.
We've changed our look to make things easier for you to find. Please take a look around, then share this with your family, friends and neighbors. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, or just let us know how you like the new look, at communityconnections@scgov.net 
Sarasota County government offices close for Labor Day holiday
Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and the History Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, for the Labor Day holiday.  
Run with the Mad Hatters Sept. 3
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation will host the Pioneer Days Mad Hatter Kids' Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day), on Dearborn Street in Englewood. The event for children age 17 and under will precede the 56th Annual Labor Day parade.
County mowing schedule for Aug. 27 to Sept. 7
Here is the schedule for Sarasota County's roadside mowing and median maintenance program for Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, subject to weather conditions. 
Public meeting for Bee Ridge Road improvements Sept. 6
Come to a public meeting Sept. 6 between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to hear more about the Bee Ridge Road Improvement Project. Review graphics and project plans and discuss the project with design engineers and county staff. 
Register now for new 'Sustainable Floridians' ambassador training
This September, UF/IFAS Sarasota County Extension is launching a new eight-week initiative to cultivate knowledgeable, motivated sustainability ambassadors. Topics include Energy, Land Use and Transportation, Food, Water, Economy, and Leadership.
'Books-to-Action' program empowers readers
The Sarasota County Library System will begin a new program in September designed to take the messages and themes from a popular book and turn them into actions that will benefit the community. "Books-to-Action" begins by selecting and reading a book that has a social issue at its center. 
 
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Isaac Update

The latest county update on Isaac - three county storm shelters are open - in Sarasota, it's Brookside Elementary, 3636 S. Shade Ave. - pet friendly. The other two are in North Port.

More here.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Community Connections - block grants, coastal cleanup

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
County monitoring seaweed  
County crews continue to monitor seaweed accumulation from county-owned or operated beaches. Environmental conditions may delay cleanups more than 24 hours in advance. The county is also heeding sea turtle and snowy plover nesting seasons.
Community block grant funding changes proposed 
BeachSarasota County is considering an amendment to the plan that defines how federal Community Development Block Grant funding is spent. Citizens may comment during a public meeting Aug. 22 at the Federal Building Board Room located at 111 S. Orange Ave.
SCAT hires General Manager 
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has hired Glamarier Carter, most recently the Public Transit Manager of Collier County, as the new General Manager of SCAT. She will begin work Monday, Aug. 27.
Volunteer for coastal cleanup 
BeachKeep Sarasota County Beautiful needs volunteers for the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at sites throughout Sarasota County.
'BOGO' at county campground
Sarasota County residents can now stay two consecutive nights for the price of one at Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key. The offer runs through Aug. 31 and requires proof of residency.
Contact Us
Sarasota County Government
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida 34236

   
Sarasota County is improving theintersection of DeSoto Road at Tuttle Avenue. The project is expected to be complete by the summer of 2013. 
Can we remove storm debris from your road?
Sarasota County must have signed indemnity agreements to clean up private roads after a natural disaster.
 
Here is a list of covered communities. To learn more, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.
Additional resources 

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Early Primary Voting, Free Health Checks, 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
Newtown community cleanup
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold its annual  free community cleanup in the Newtown area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
Aug. 14 primary early voting
Early voting for the Aug. 14 primary continues through Saturday, Aug. 11. Cast your ballots at any one of five locationsbetween the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Call county for mowing needs 
Green YardThe death of Andrea Rody, a citizen who was cutting grass in a median, is a tragic reminder that performing mowing and other services on roadways is risky and should not be attempted by residents.
Volunteer for coastal cleanup 
BeachKeep Sarasota County Beautiful needs volunteers for the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, which will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 15, at sites throughout Sarasota County.
County monitoring seaweed  
County crews continue to monitor and remove seaweed from county-owned or operated beaches. Due to changing environmental conditions, cleanups may only be scheduled 24 hours in advance. 
Disputed Medicaid claims go down by 44% 
MicroscopeSarasota County has received a 44% reduction in the amount it's being charged for disputed Medicaid billings by the Agency for Health Care Administration. The newly certified total of $3.5 million is nearly $3 million less than originally charged. 
'BOGO' at county campground
Sarasota County residents can now stay two consecutive nights for the price of one at Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key. The offer runs through Aug. 31 and requires proof of residency.
August mobile health services
DoctorThe Health Department's Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit will provide free and low-cost health services at eight sites around the county and one special event in August.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Did the County communicate?


From the Herald Trib -

Deputy County Administrator Bill Little said the county had "done a good job and worked pretty hard" to inform the public about changes to the mowing program. 
"I don't think you necessarily anticipate an individual taking action on their own to address a situation like this," he said. "I don't feel responsible for someone taking action on their own, to do something like this. I am very much concerned this happened. I'm very sorry it did happen. I have sympathy for the family, and they have our condolences."

Little said there are mowing schedules now available for the public by visiting the county website, scgov.net.

Has anyone seen these mowing schedules? Can anyone find them? At ScGov.net, there is this, which seems more like a plan than a schedule. (This was included in last week's County Connections on this blog).

Lake Sarasota Woman Loses Life Mowing Median

Nan Nahum, [Andrea] Rody's partner of 14 years, wept Monday as she spoke of how Rody often helped other people in the neighborhood, including cutting grass when it grew too high. 




SARASOTA COUNTY - If police accounts are true, some of Andrea Rody's final words blamed Sarasota County, and a contract dispute that delayed mowing of roadway medians, for her own death on Monday.
Rody, 45, who lived in the 6800 block of Mauna Loa Boulevard, was using a weed wacker about 9:30 a.m. Monday on the median near her home to cut down grass that grew 2 feet high during the ongoing county contract dispute.
As she worked, Rody was struck by a car; she later died at a hospital in St. Petersburg from her injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Ninety minutes before she was struck, Rody was approached by a county worker who saw her cutting the grass. Rody complained vehemently that the county had not mowed in two months, according to a county report.
The county worker told Rody he would need a work order before cutting grass on the median, the report said.
Apparently only moments before she was struck, the county worker returned to Mauna Loa Boulevard and told Rody a work order had been approved to cut her median later that day or on Tuesday. Rody thanked the employee, and said she would stop after she cut around one more bush, the report said.
The county report said that final interaction with Rody happened around 9:30 a.m.; FHP says Rody was struck at 9:30 a.m. 

Friday, August 03, 2012

Community Connections: New Mowing Program

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
New mowing program begins 
Green YardSarasota County has restructured its mowing program to assure that roadsides and medians are maintained to county standards. The mowing backlog is expected to be eliminated within 30 days. A mowing schedule will be made available on www.scgov.net. 
Get your feet wet this winter 
seagrassVolunteer for Sarasota County's nationally recognized and award-winning seagrass survey program. Volunteers must attend a training session Aug. 4, from 1-3 p.m. 
'BOGO' at county campground
Sarasota County residents can now staytwo consecutive nights for the price of one at Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key. The offer runs through Aug. 31 and requires proof of residency.
Newtown community cleanup
Sarasota County will hold its annual  free community cleanup in the Newtown area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
August mobile health services
DoctorThe Health Department's Health in Motion Mobile Medical Unit will provide free and low-cost health services at eight sites around the county and one special event in August.
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.

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Disabled parking permit changes

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Library programs lauded
Public Meeting logo  
Sarasota County is hosting a public meeting about plans forsidewalks in the area of the Fruitville 210 Community and Deer Hollow subdivision. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 5-7 p.m., Fruitville Public Library.
Can we remove storm debris from your road?
Sarasota County must have signed indemnity agreements to cleanup up private roads after a natural disaster.
 
Here is a list of covered communities. To learn more, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Aug. 20: Volunteer Day at Rothenbach Park


Come out Monday, Aug. 20 for a morning with parks naturalist Jennifer Rogers to help keep Rothenbach looking great.

Tasks will include removal of the invasive exotic Ceasar's weed, air potato plants, and guinea grasses. Bring a bicycle if you can for a ride on the paved trail through the hammock. Meet at the pavilion (restrooms) at 8:30 am. Meet at the pavilion (restrooms) at 8:30 a.m. Call (941-441-5214) if you’ll be joining later.

Monday, August 20th: Rothenbach Park, 8650 Bee Ridge Rd., 8:30-11:30 am.