Friday, June 28, 2013

Community Connections: Culverhouse Park Opens, July 4th Closings

June 27, 2013
Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communityconnections@scgov.net.  
Celebrate the new Culverhouse Nature Park this weekend
SATURDAY: Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Friends of The Legacy Trail, Friends of Palmer Ranch Parks, Friends of Culverhouse Community Garden, the Sarasota YMCA and the Palmer Ranch Master Association will host an open house celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 29, at the new Culverhouse Nature Park, 7301 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. 
Independence Day office closings
Most Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Thursday, July 4, to observe the national Independence Day holiday.
Commissioner Christine Robinson is now on Facebook
If you'd like to get regular updates from the commissioner, click the link above, hover over the "Like" button, click "Settings," then "All updates."
Beach lifeguard hours extended
Sarasota County's Beach Lifeguard operational hours have been extended on all guarded beaches from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.daily.
County speakers available to address hurricane preparedness
Sarasota County's Speakers Bureau is accepting requests over the summer for public safety experts to present hurricane preparedness information.
County awards construction contracts
The Sarasota County Commission has awarded contracts totaling nearly $1.7 million for construction of the Central County Water Reclamation Facility deep injection well pump and piping system, and the Terrace Building generator project. 
Don't leave children or pets in hot cars
Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths occur when children are left alone in hot cars. This is also true for pets: Never leave pets alone in a hot car.

Commissioner Nora Patterson wins Presidential Advocate award
Commissioner Nora Patterson received the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) 2013 Presidential Advocate Award at the organization's Annual Conference and Educational Exposition in Tampa. 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Security on agenda for Lake Sarasota Meeting June 27


Recently a flyer was distributed in Lake Sarasota suggesting that the neighborhood suffered a high rate of crime. However, statistics from the Sheriff's Office do not support this, and some are wondering what the neighborhood can do to ascertain the facts, and improve home security.

To learn more, a representative of the Sheriff's Office will speak and answer questions at our next meeting. To accommodate our speaker, the date has been moved to Thursday, June 27, 7 pm at Sarasota Alliance Church, 7221 Bee Ridge Rd.

A full agenda will include:

1. Sheriff's Representative on the facts about Lake Sarasota, and things the neighborhood and all homeowners can do to make their homes more secure.

2. An update on the Bee Ridge Road Widening, developments opposite the entrance, signage, lighting, etc.

3. Timing for neighborhood beautification and cleanups - Hina Park, the lakes, general cleanup, new flag.

4. Other business as might come up.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Lifeguard Hours Extended, Hurricane Preparedness Speakers, HIV Tests

Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communityconnections@scgov.net.  
Community cleanup set for June 22
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the area of Proctor and Wilkinson roads from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
Free HIV testing offered
Free HIV testing will be available in Sarasota and Charlotte counties June 22-28 as part of the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day observance.
Beach lifeguard hours extended
Sarasota County's Beach Lifeguard operational hours have been extended on all guarded beaches from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.daily.
County speakers available to address hurricane preparedness
Sarasota County's Speakers Bureau is accepting requests over the summer for public safety experts to present hurricane preparedness information.
Getting our youth 'Ready By 21'
Leaders from six Florida communities have accepted a challenge from a national nonprofit to build new ways to get their young people "Ready By 21" for college, work and life.
County awards construction contracts
The Sarasota County Commission has awarded contracts totaling nearly $1.7 million for construction of the Central County Water Reclamation Facility deep injection well pump and piping system, and the Terrace Building generator project. 
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Neighborhood Security Update

We received this note tonight from Ted, who monitors Sheriff's reports of crime in Lake Sarasota:
You won't believe the latest crime data for Lake Sarasota! The official Sheriff's Dept. reportshows only three crime incidents for May--two acts of vandalism on Jarvis Road and one juvenile disturbance on Lanai. All incidents occurred on the same day, May 19. The vandalism incidents occurred at 6512 and 6518 Jarvis, and were reported at 8:36 and 9:23 a.m. respectively. The juvenile disturbance occurred at 4219 Lanai and was reported at 10:07 p.m. 
The proximity in time and place of the two vandalism incidents make it appear that they were the acts on one perpetrator. It's interesting that, for a change, all three criminal acts occurred in the western part of Lake Sarasota.
See you on the 27th!

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Watch Wallenda Walk & more from Community Connections

June 6, 2013
Greetings!

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communityconnections@scgov.net.  

Join World Oceans Day Family Festival
SATURDAY: Join the fun during the World Oceans Day Family Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Mote Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. This year's event will feature games and crafts focused on "green" sustainable practices, marine science and conservation by Mote and other local organizations.

Help us be an All-America City again!
We need your energy and enthusiasm for a community showcase and rally to send the Sarasota County delegation to the All-America City Awards in Denver. In April, the county was named one of 20 finalists for the award, which is part of a nationwide contest to recognize communities demonstrating innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration. Sarasota County won the award in 2006.

Watch Wallenda walk the wire!
High wire artist Nik Wallenda will train for his untethered walk across the Grand Canyon at Nathan Benderson Park from June 6-19. Find complete dates and times here. 

Prepare now for hurricane season
In 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.

Lifeguard hours extended at beaches
Sarasota County's Beach Lifeguard operational hours have been extended on all guarded beaches from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.daily.

Mobile health services resume
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 June.

County approves contract amendment for construction of Gulf Gate Library
The Sarasota County Commission has approved a $7.7 million contract amendment for construction of a new Gulf Gate Library at the site of the existing library in Sarasota.

Update tetanus vaccine for hurricane preparedness
As residents make preparations for a potentially active hurricane season, health officials encourage people to include getting their tetanus vaccination updated.

Libraries begin summer reading program
Sarasota County libraries have begun their youth summer reading programs.

BOGO at Turtle Beach Campground
There's camping under the stars - and then there is camping under the stars on one of the most beautiful beaches along the gulf coast of Florida. Now through Aug. 12, Sarasota County residents can stay two consecutive nights for the price of one at Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key. 

Register for the 17th Annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference
The FNC empowers residents to become more effective in leading their own communities by providing technical training and networking opportunities for association presidents, vice presidents, officers and neighborhood residents.
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