Thursday, January 31, 2013

Community Connections for Jan. 31

Jan. 31, 2013
Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, at communityconnections@scgov.net. 
New oral history to be unveiled
TODAY: A new Oral History Project will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at College Hall on the Bayfront Campus of New College of Florida, 351 College Drive, Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public.
Registration deadline for Gulf Coast Senior Games is Feb. 1
Senior athletes from across the state will compete Feb. 19-24 in the 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games. The deadline for registration for adults age 50 and older is Feb. 1. 
Mowing schedule for Jan. 29 - Feb. 8
The schedule for Sarasota County's roadside mowing and median maintenance program for Jan. 29-Feb. 8, subject to weather conditions.
Venice Express bus service debuts
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has begun a second Express bus service. The new Route 90X (North Port-Venice-Sarasota Express) offers weekday service with two stops on the island of Venice - at U.S. 41 and Palermo Place and at U.S. 41 and Miami Avenue. There is also a single outbound trip in the morning, departing downtown Sarasota at 7:37 a.m.
Free tax aid to get valuable tax credits
AARP and United Way are offering free tax assistance at sites throughout Sarasota County to help ensure that residents who are eligible for various tax credits receive their earned share.
Heart disease in women has Sarasota County seeing red 
Sarasota County has proclaimed Friday, Feb. 1, as "Wear Red Day," to encourage support of the American Heart Association's fight against heart disease in women. 
Free brown bag concerts at Phillippi Estate Park
Free brown bag concerts will be held at Phillippi Estate Park every Thursday in February and March from noon-1 p.m. Bring lunch and a lawn chair, and listen to musical selections of Big Band, jazz, folk, Dixieland and more.
Nokomis cleanup set for Feb. 9
Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Nokomis area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. 
Say, 'I do, again,' at Siesta Beach
Parks and Recreation's popular "Say I Do Again" wedding vow renewal event will be held at Siesta Beach at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. The cost is $5 per couple. Register in advance by Feb. 11 online or by calling 941-861-7275
'One Book' announces finale
The Sarasota County Library System and community partners have planned the February Finale Month events that will conclude this year's "One Book, One Community" project. 
County and city win award for Newtown revitalization efforts
Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota have been named winners of a national award for community development for efforts to revitalize the Newtown neighborhood. 
Siesta Sunrise Beach Walks begin
Sunrise Beach Walks return to Siesta Beach and Nokomis Beach beginning Feb. 6. 
Health fair postponed
The Iglesia Bautista Misionera De Sarasota Health Fair scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.
City honors county Fire Department
The Sarasota County Fire Department received a "Commission Recognition" at the Jan. 22 Sarasota City Commission meeting for the department's heroic efforts during a fire on Dec. 4, 2012.
Seven open houses set in February on draft Bicycle and Pedestrian 
Sarasota County will hold seven open-house-style meetings in February on the draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. View the draft plan and maps identifying existing facilities and high-priority areas for improvements, ask questions and provide comments. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Update on Racetrac and Rezoning


As of yet there is no word as to when a Neighborhood Workshop on Terracap's proposal to rezone part of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce will be held. We'll send out an email as soon as we know. It's easy to get on the email list  -- just send a note to lakesarasota@gmail.com.

The Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee, which for several years has worked with planners on the widening of Bee Ridge Rd., has written to Racetrac Inc., noting several concerns with the large, 24-hour gas station the company wishes to build opposite the front entrance to Lake Sarasota, at Mauna Loa and Bee Ridge Rd.

The full text of that letter is here.

The key concerns noted in the letter that relate to Lake Sarasota were:

The Committee recognizes that Racetrac will be a large, tall, highly visible and active presence on East Bee Ridge Road., a road consisting mainly of bedroom communities that has heretofore been completely without commercial activity after 5 p.m. In view of the desire of the communities for the continuance of the peace, safety, and quiet they have long enjoyed, we ask that Racetrac provide written commitment to the mitigations outlined below:  
  • Noise mitigation. As Racetrac plans a 24-hour facility, the potential exists for excessive noise and its impact on the Lake Sarasota neighborhood. We ask that Racetrac commit to muting all loudspeakers between 10:30p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Odor Control. Gas pumps and car exhaust generate the same kind of concern. What can Racetrac do to eliminate this condition?
  • Lighting. Although your submission indicates 0 lumens at the property line, the potential for glare affecting the adjacent residential community exists. We recommend reducing the service station's overhead lighting after dark to unintrusive levels.
  • Shrubbery and Screening. The Committee would like hedges of at least 3' in height along the property line facing Bee Ridge road. The Committee also requests sufficient trees along Bee Ridge to provide screening. The purpose of those trees, at maturity, would be to block all glare from overhead lights.   
  • Vendor Deliveries. The time and frequency of deliveries should be closely controlled to avoid disruptive noise, particularly in the evenings. Daytime only deliveries would be highly preferable.
  • Signage. The Committee agrees strongly with the County restriction  of 8' for a monument sign and would disagree with any attempt to increase the size of said sign, or to add additional signs advertising gas or other products and services.

Holiday Closings, Mowing, SCAT Routes, more

Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. 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. 

Commission to participate in Convocation of Governments
FRIDAY: The Sarasota County Commission will join other local governments and the School Board in a Convocation of Governments on Friday, Jan. 18. The meeting will be at 9:15 a.m. at the Sarasota County Technical Institute Conference Center, 4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota. The event will not be broadcast on Sarasota County Access TV.

Holiday closings for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Most Sarasota County government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the national holiday that celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Mowing schedule for Jan. 15-25
The schedule for Sarasota County's roadside mowing and median maintenance program, subject to weather conditions.

SCAT route changes effective Jan. 19
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will begin its second Express bus service and implement a number of other schedule and route changes on Saturday, Jan. 19.  

Gulf Gate Library prepares for move to Westfield Sarasota Square Mall
The Gulf Gate Library will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in anticipation of reopening in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The mall will serve as the library's temporary home while a new Gulf Gate Library is built at the Curtiss Avenue site.

Mobile health services in January
The Sarasota County Health Department's Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 11 sites around the county during January.  

Snook Haven restaurant to reopen
Snook Haven, the historic county-owned restaurant on the Myakka River, will reopen next month. The Sarasota County Commission has approved an agreement with the Venice Pier Group to operate the popular landmark, which has been closed for several months.

Register now for the 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games
Senior athletes from across the state will compete Feb. 19-24 in the 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games. The deadline for registration for adults age 50 and older is Feb. 1. 

'Beginners Boot Camp' starts at VCC
If losing weight and getting in shape are among your resolutions for the new year, the Venice Community Center has the program to help you achieve your goal.

Newtown/Beverly Terrace community cleanup set for Jan. 26
Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Newtown/Beverly Terrace area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. 

Urfer Family Park gets new lighting
Playgrounds at Urfer Family Park are getting new and upgraded energy-efficient safety lighting. The lighting will enable park patrons to enjoy the playgrounds longer during the shorter daylight hours of fall and winter. 

Green Business Partnership welcomes six new members
Sarasota County's Green Business Partnership has added six new members to a community of companies that are demonstrating their commitment to a healthy environment for employees and the community at large.
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Community Connections

Jan. 10, 2013
Greetings!

Welcome to the Sarasota County Community Connections. 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. 
Mobile health services in January
The Sarasota County Health Department's Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 11 sites around the county during January.  
Mowing schedule Jan. 7-18
The schedule for Sarasota County's roadside mowing and median maintenance program for Jan. 7-18, subject to weather conditions.
Gulf Gate Library prepares for move to Westfield Sarasota Square Mall
The Gulf Gate Library will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in anticipation of reopening in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The mall will serve as the library's temporary home while a new Gulf Gate Library is built at the Curtiss Avenue site.
Open houses scheduled on draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Sarasota County will hold three open-house-style meetings in January on the draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. View the draft plan and maps identifying existing facilities and high-priority areas for improvements, and ask questions of county staff. 
SCAT route changes effective Jan. 19
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will begin its second Express bus service and implement a number of other schedule and route changes on Saturday, Jan. 19. 
Commission approves measures to create local jobs
Sarasota County Commissioners have approved three measures this week to create local jobs and strengthen the county's economic base.
Register now for 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games
Senior athletes from across the state will compete Feb. 19-24 in the 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games. The deadline for registration for adults age 50 and older is Feb. 1. 
'Beginners Boot Camp' starts at VCC
If losing weight and getting in shape are among your resolutions for the new year, the Venice Community Center has the program to help you achieve your goal.
Newtown/Beverly Terrace community cleanup set for Jan. 26
Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Newtown/Beverly Terrace area from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. 
Clerk issues annual financial report
The Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller has published the Sarasota County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012. Find the report at the Clerk's website, www.SarasotaClerk.com,keyword search "CAFR." The report can be downloaded in PDF format or read online in eBook reader format. 
County awards utility contract
The Sarasota County Commission has awarded a $4.3 million contract to Palmetto's Westra Construction Corporation for construction of the Lockwood Ridge interconnect force main project. 
Have you been to the Phillippi Farmhouse Market?
Phillippi Farmhouse Market is Sarasota's only mid-week farmers market, open every Wednesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. October through May. The goal of the market is to bring fresh, local fruits and vegetables to your table, including USDA certified organic and hydroponically grown produce.  
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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Community Connections: Jan. 3, 2013

Greetings!

Welcome to the new Sarasota County Community Connections. 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. 
Bird Key historical marker to honor development of famous key
SATURDAY: Development of Bird Key, starting with the purchase of property in 1906 for construction of the key's first mansion, will be commemorated at a ceremony hosted by the Sarasota County Historical Commission on Saturday, Jan. 5. The 9:30 a.m. dedication of the historical marker will be held at the entrance to Bird Key, on John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota. .
Look into the 'Crystal Ball' at Selby Library fundraiser
No one can predict the future, but the Friends of Selby Public Library believe they can increase the odds for a brighter one when they host the third annual fundraiser, "Looking into the Crystal Ball," from 7-10 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St. in Sarasota.
Bicycle and Ped Plan wiki extended
Sarasota County has extended through Feb. 28 the opportunity for public input and comments on its draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan via the county's wiki site. Find the link to the wiki at the Sarasota County website, www.scgov.net, keyword Pedestrian.  
'Beginners Boot Camp' starts at VCC
If losing weight and getting in shape are among your resolutions for the new year, the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, has the program to help you achieve your goal.
Mobile health services in January
The Sarasota County Health Department's Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 11 sites around the county during January.  
Sign up for CodeRED alert system
The free CodeRED system provides alerts to property owners through phone and text messages on issues in their neighborhood. The system now sends text messages to cell phones. 
Band Bash returns to Selby Library
Selby Public Library will make some noise Saturday, Feb. 2, when it tosses off its quiet reputation as a place to browse books or use free computers to make way for the second annual Band Bash. The popular teen concert returns to 1331 First St. from 5:30 -11 p.m. with some of the area's hottest teen bands. 
Clerk issues annual financial report
The Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller has published the Sarasota County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2012. Find the report at the Clerk's website, www.SarasotaClerk.com,keyword search "CAFR." The report can be downloaded in PDF format or read online in eBook reader format.