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Hurricane Season Starts Saturday

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May 30, 2013Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, at communityconnections@scgov.net.
Prepare now for hurricane seasonIn anticipation of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which begins on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, the Sarasota County Office of Emergency Management reminds residents to be prepared and stay alert during the storm season. 

Sarasota Storm Center.
Lifeguard hours extended at beachesSarasota County's Beach Lifeguard operational hours will be extended on all guarded beaches beginning Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily.
Mobile health services resumeThe 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 June.
County approves contract amendment for construction of Gulf Gate LibraryThe Sarasota County Commission has approved a $7.7 million cont…

A number to know

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For non-emergency situations: If you spot something in the neighborhood that looks suspicious, or poses a potential safety or security issue, you can let the Sheriff's Office know by calling 941-316-1201.

In emergencies of course call 911.

Early Lake Sarasota, or Sunshine Springs

In the 1950's Lake Sarasota came to the world's attention as Sunshine Springs and Gardens, complete with Swan boats, water-skiing elephants, and a beach . . .


These photos and more can also be found on our Facebook pages.

Community Connections - from the County

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May 23, 2013Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. Contact us if you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, at communityconnections@scgov.net. Most county offices to close for Memorial Day holiday, May 27Most Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Monday, May 27, to observe the national Memorial Day holiday. North Cattlemen improvements to be celebrated at May 24 ribbon-cuttingFRIDAY: A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24 to mark the completion of a major two-year construction project to extend and improve North Cattlemen Road. The event will take place at Nathan Benderson Park lake.Enjoy Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and VeniceThe Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee and the Venice Area Veterans Council, in coordination with Sarasota County's Veterans Benefits Unit, will host Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Sarasota and Ve…

Sarasota County Updates for Memorial Day and Week

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North Cattlemen improvements to be celebrated at May 24 ribbon-cutting
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24 to mark the completion of a two-year, major construction project to extend and improve North Cattlemen Road from Richardson to DeSoto roads. The event will take place at the western bridge to the regatta island in Nathan Benderson Park lake.
Most county offices to close for Memorial Day holiday, May 27


Most Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Monday, May 27, to observe the national Memorial Day holiday. However, Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. and the Arlington Park Recreation Center will be open from noon-5 p.m. Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will not operate on Memorial Day.



Sarasota County Advisory Board Openings
Sarasota County Government values the participation and input of its residents in the decision-making process. To further that goal, the county has …

Bee Ridge Widening - a few updates

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One of Sarasota County's project managers for the Bee Ridge Road widening provided some updates on that project at Friday's meeting of the Bee Ridge Neighborhood Committee.

State to put in Sidewalk

 In a surprise move, the state plans to build a sidewalk on the South side of Bee Ridge from Cattlemen to where the state's portion of Bee Ridge ends -- near the exit ramp from I-75. This project was moved up -- originally it was not expected to happen before 2018, but with this funding, it might be completed before the end of this year. This is great news for those who have had to walk along the roadway, or in the weeds, to get to businesses West of the highway.

When the County completes its widening of Bee Ridge, a sidewalk will run along the south side, connecting with the state's sidewalk and providing a continuous walkway from Cattlemen out to the Bee Ridge extension. There is not enough space to build a sidewalk along the state's portion on the north side of Bee Ri…

Crime Report for March 2013

Ted sent this report:
Here is the synopsis of the Sheriff's Dept. report for March.  There were a total of seven incidents as follows: Vandalism: 4006 Hina Dr. (3/18, 7:19 p.m.) (Monday)7316 Mauna Loa Dr. (3/24, 2:17 p.m.) (Sunday)Burglary: 6254 Kahana Dr. (3/8, 11:43 a.m.) (Friday)7051 Jarvis Rd. (3/22, 11:58 a.m.) (Friday)Theft (all auto): 3967 Eton Pl. (3/1, 7:10 p.m.) (Friday)4117 Lancaster Dr. (3/26, 8:30 a.m.) (Tuesday)4117 Lancaster Dr. (3/27, 3:20 p.m.) (Wednesday) Analysis: Six incidents occurred in the east section of Lake Sarasota, centering on Middlesex Pl. One incident occurred in the west section, on Kahana Dr.  This coincides with previous incidents over past years--most incidents occur in a east central "corridor." Also, the pattern of dates holds--most incidents occur in the first week or last week of the month. Times reported also fit the pattern experienced over the past several years--noon to 9 p.m. Three incidents o…

Easier permits, hurrican prep, free comic books

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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. It's 'Free Comic Book Day'SATURDAY: Sarasota County libraries will provide an escape into the world of superheroes, villains and other characters brought to life on the pages of comic books with "Free Comic Book Day." Every child gets a free comic book while supplies last.County officials optimistic about $5 million state commitment for rowingThe state House and Senate have agreed to include $5 million in their proposed FY14 budget for the Nathan Benderson Park Rowing facility. New feature makes building permit applications easierAs part of its continuing efforts to enhance building and permitting services for customers, Sarasota County Planning and Development Services is offering a new feature.New website will share information on unlicensed contractorsAs part of its yearlong outreach cam…