Saturday, September 29, 2012

Doo Wop, Red Tide, more... Connections

Greetings!

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. 
Routine maintenance begins on Central County Water Reclamation Facility
TODAY: Sarasota County Utilities will be performing routine maintenance at the Central County Water Reclamation Facility, 7905 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, Sept. 27, 28 and Oct. 1. The maintenance will be done in the early morning when the facility is not at peak operation. It will require use of equipment that could generate additional noise. Sarasota County Utilities apologizes for the inconvenience.  
Sarasota County Law Library relocating to Adams Lane facility 
TODAY: The Sarasota County Law Library is scheduled to be moved to new space at 2050 Adams Lane, Sarasota, on Thursday, Sept. 27. The Law Library is expected to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1. 
Doo Wop hits the stage at VCC
SATURDAY: The sounds of 1950s Doo Wop will fill the Venice Community Center when Lola and The Saints take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Tickets are $18 and may be ordered by calling 941-861-1380. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Blind Pass Youth Fall Fishing tourney
SATURDAY: Sarasota County Parks and Recreation will host the Blind Pass Beach Youth Fall Fishing Tournament at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Blind Pass Beach, 6725 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. 
Wharf Road Dock closed for repairs
Sarasota County has closed the Wharf Road dock at the west end of Wharf Road in Sarasota to repair deteriorating decking. The dock is expected to reopen in early 2013. 
Monitoring for red tide offshore  
State and local officials from Mote Marine Laboratory and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, along with Sarasota County Environmental Utilities and the Sarasota County Health Department, are monitoring area waters for the organism that causes Florida red tide.
Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board has vacancy
ThIs advisory board makes recommendations concerning the acquisition of property, capital improvements, operations and maintenance. The board seeks to fill one vacancy in the Englewood Fire Control District and one in the City of Sarasota.
Libraries now offering free webinars
The Sarasota County Library System has begun a series of free live webinars that address subjects ranging from geneaology to setting up a small business. 
Health Department joins global rabies prevention initiative
In observance of World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, the Sarasota County Health Department has launched a new rabies Web page, and will be distributing educational reminders to residents and visitors about how to reduce their rabies risk.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

LA Fitness Update from Sandy


Hello, Neighbors!

We are pleased to be able to offer you a discount membership to the NEW LA Fitness at Bee Ridge & Cattlemen. I have several vouchers that will qualify you for the Lake Sarasota discount. You can bring the voucher to the Bee Ridge & Cattlemen LA Fitness facility or you can conveniently purchase your membership the LA Fitness website when using your unique voucher number. If you wish to add family members to your account, an additional voucher number is needed for each family member. This offer is only good untl 10-18-2012. If you already have a membership at the higher rate, I have been told you can change it for the lower discount rate with a voucher.

Here's the class schedule.


Website enrollment:
  • Go to: www.lafitness.com/corporatewellness
  • Enter the voucher number
  • Select a membership plan
  • Enter demographics and billing information
  • Confirm purchase
  • An email will be sent welcoming the member along with a copy of the membership agreement
You must email me in order to receive your unique voucher. The discount price we have been given is $25 enrollment fee, then $29.99 a month. This price is only good for the Bee Ridge & Cattlemen location.

Thank you!
Sandy Allen
President - Lake Sarasota Community Group

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Community Connections

Greetings!

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. 
Get plugged in Sept. 23
SUNDAY: On Sunday, Sept. 23, celebrate 2012 National Plug-In Day at the largest electric vehicle event ever held in the Sarasota area.
Annie, get your business guns in gear!
Annie's Project, a national program developed to empower farm and ranch women to be better business partners, is coming to Sarasota. The seven-week course, taught by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County faculty, begins Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 13. The course is limited to 20 participants, and the deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 24. 

Mowing schedule through Sept. 29
The schedule for Sarasota County's roadside mowing and median maintenance program for Sept. 15-29, subject to weather conditions.
Residents get more time to obtain birth and death certificates in Venice
The Health Department has expanded hours for the Vital Records (birth and death certificates) office at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center in Venice. The office is now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with closure during lunch from 12-12:30 p.m. 
Planning Commission seeks member
The Sarasota County Planning Commission is seeking a new member to fill an unexpired four-year term. Members must be Sarasota County residents for at least two years and are required to file a financial disclosure annually. The deadline for filing an application is Oct. 5.
Facing foreclosure or bankruptcy?
Come hear a panel of experts discuss the housing crisis, and get information about legal help and credit management.
What can the new Economic Energy Zone (EEZ) do for you?
Find out during a series of workshops offered by Sarasota County and the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County.  
'Unbroken' is Library system's 'One Book' of the year
Readers from across Sarasota County have selected "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption" by Laura Hillenbrand as the "One Book, One Community" book of the year. "Unbroken" has spent nearly 100 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, been hailed by TIME Magazine as the best nonfiction book of the year and has won the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.
County named one of the 100 best for young people
Sarasota County has been named one of America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING. The national award was given to Sarasota County to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.
Learn to prevent fraud and exploitation of older adults
The Sarasota Community Alliance Aging in Place Action Team and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will sponsor "Last Will and Embezzlement: Protecting Yourself and Others from Fraud and Exploitation," on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m.-noon at the USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus, Selby Auditorium, 8350 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.   
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 2012 General Meeting of LSCG


A brief summary of the September LSCG meeting:

1. Donald Hadsell spoke about zero-interest rehab loans available from the county. No monthly payments, and they don't need to be repaid until you sell your property. Contact the Office of Housing and Community Development, 941 951-3640.

2. A new gym is opening in the Burlington Coat Factory shopping center - where the Sweetbay had been, there's now an LA Fitness with a 25-meter pool, jacuzzi, weights, cardio, and a staff to help you get started. Opening tomorrow 10 am with special offers for Lake Sarasota Residents. Contact Tanya: 941 330-6316. Ask about group memberships, classes, personal training, kids club, and more.

3. Those present were asked how they'd feel about having an expanded SCAT bus route through Lake Sarasota. The response was uniformly positive, and the county planners will be made aware of the community's interest.

4. It was made clear that the signature walls at Westminster (with the Lake Sarasota name) will be taken down when Bee Ridge Road is widened. The group agreed to discuss with county planners what sort of walls, fencing, and naming would be desirable as the project moves forward. The road project is set to begin in October 2013 and optimistically be completed in Oct. 2014.



5. The property formerly known as Yum-Yum has been sold and is zoned for agriculture. A structure is going up that will serve some agricultural use.

6. Ellie gave the Treasurer's Report: $159.84. We might need to raise some funds to meet next year's incorporation fees.

7. Residents concerned about traffic calming in the wake of the Andrea Rody incident say they have called the county and were told it is not accepting traffic calming petitions. They now plan to contact the county's Traffic Advisory Council to see what might be done.

8. Ted says the summer saw a sharp decline in reported crime in the neighborhood. He thinks the incarceration of a thief who used to target the area might be one reason for the drop. There were seven reported incidents in June and only three in July. Sandy said she's seen data indicating that Lake Sarasota had the fourth lowest crime rate in Sarasota County, after Longboat and Siesta Key and one other.

As usual, Ted advised:
  • lock your car
  • lower your garage door
  • lock your home
  • get a home security system

9. There's a plan to paint the Mauna Loa entrance signs and possibly to remove the rotted sign in the median.

10. Sandy noted that the new Cafe Amalfi on Kenny Drive (near the Alehouse) now delivers to Lake Sarasota. Order online at the link -- be prepared for Italian music when the home page opens.

11. No definite date has been set for a Fall garage sale, but Sandy will be in touch.


Sunshine Springs back in the day



Some great shots of Sunshine Springs here from a man whose family lived in Sarasota in the 50s.







Sunday, September 09, 2012

Tentative Agenda for LSCG General Meeting


As of now, these are the items on the Thursday, Sept. 13th Lake Sarasota Community Group agenda for its general meeting (all residents are welcome) at Sarasota Alliance Church, 7 pm: 

  • Mr. Donald Hadsell, Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development for the City and County of Sarasota will talk about zero-interest rehab loans from the county. No monthly payments and the loans don't have to be paid off until you sell your house.
  • Ryan Cooke is coming to talk to use about the new LA Fitness that's opening at Bee Ridge and Cattlemen and to give us a great price break on membership.
  • ***NEW*** Do we want SCAT to consider expanding its bus service within Lake Sarasota? Sarasota Planners say it is possible that SCAT could route public buses to go more deeply in to Lake Sarasota, which could shorten walks to bus stops. How do you feel about that? 
  • A possible update on what's happening with the land between Lake Sarasota and I-75 owned by investors represented by developer Richard Fischer
  • Traffic calming: Several people have said they are coming to talk about the August accident on Mauna Loa that claimed the life of Andrea Rody.
  • Update on the garage sale.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bee Ridge Road at the 60% Point


The 9.6.12 community review of the Bee Ridge Road widening was very well attended. Questions were asked and answered, comments and feedback were offered. Large images of the project showed the road as it is now planned, at 60% of planning now completed.

While still open to revision or modification, the current plans can be summarized as follows:

Impacts upon Lake Sarasota include five roads that will either be closed off or be given culs de sac at Bee Ridge: Maui, Allan, Eton, Coleridge and Chaucer.

In addition to four roundabouts at Tora/Golf Course Blvd., Aberdeen, Bent Tree and Iona, there will be u-turn options for those heading East at Hidden Glen and Royal Hammock Blvd.

The question has come up whether SCAT public bus system could be routed to go throuth Lake Sarasota -- if there's sufficient interest in the community to have this. Is there? Come to our meeting on 9.13 to discuss.


Eton along with Coleridge and Chaucer will be closed at Bee Ridge.

Vegetation for right of way and medians

Roundabouts at Tora, Aberdeen, Bent Tree and Iona

The meeting was well attended by residents of Bee Ridge East of I-75.


More planning will be done, and as questions arise, county planners have said they're willing to meet with residents of Lake Sarasota to explore choices and explain options. Stay tuned.

Community Connections

Greetings!

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. 
Public meeting for Bee Ridge Road improvements Sept. 6
TODAY: Come to a public meeting 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. 
Siesta Beach Access closes Sept. 10 for construction
The Siesta Beach Access 5 parking lot at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road will close from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, during construction at The Terrace condominium complex, 5400 Ocean Blvd. 
Laurel community cleanup scheduled for Sept. 15
Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Laurel area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Dumpsters will be provided by Waste Management and will be available at two locations for refuse from residents.
West Dearborn Street pilot stormwater project begins
Sarasota County has broken ground on the start of a long-awaited community project to provide a regional stormwater facility and water quality treatment for existing and future development in the Englewood Commercial District.
Mobile health services in September
The Sarasota County Health Department's Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 14 sites around the county during September. 
Lifeguard hours change for county's guarded beaches
Sarasota County's beach lifeguard operationalhours will change on Saturday, Sept. 8, due to the end of summer and the close of the Labor Day weekend. Beginning on Sept. 8, beach lifeguards will be on duty from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily on Sarasota County's guarded beaches.
Local grants available for HIV/AIDS prevention projects
Sarasota County Health and Human Services is currently accepting proposals for community-based HIV/AIDS contracts for services for high-impact prevention (HIP) programs in areas with high incidence of HIV/AIDS. 
County lets the sun shine in
Sarasota County officials will debut the county's newest solar photovoltaic array at the Sarasota County Operations Center in Sarasota, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. This is the first major solar array powering a county building and represents an important step toward increasing the use of renewable energy in county facilities. 
Residents get more time to obtain birth and death certificates in Venice
The Health Department has expanded hours for the Vital Records (birth and death certificates) office at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center in Venice. The office is now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with closure during lunch from 12-12:30 p.m. 
Planning Commission seeks member
The Sarasota County Planning Commission is seeking a new member to fill an unexpired four-year term. This essential citizen board advises the County Commission regarding the Comprehensive Plan and land use applications. Members must be Sarasota County residents for at least two years and are required to file a financial disclosure annually. The deadline for filing an application is October 5, 2012.
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