Friday, July 26, 2013

New Facebook Page for Sarasota County, Arts & Crafts, Gardeners

July 25, 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.  
Find us on Facebook!
As we told you last week,Sarasota County continues to expand its Facebook presence to allow us to target county news directly to individual audiences. The county has a new official page, Sarasota County Government, and Hurricane Central is now Emergency Management. To ensure you receive all ourupdates:  
  1. Go to the pages shown above.
  2. Hover over the 'Like' button.
  3. Click 'Settings.' 
  4. Select 'All updates.' 
More community news below the line!
Propane tank emergency recall
The Sarasota County Fire Department is advising citizens of a nationwide recall of 55,000 propane tanks manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company.
Pack the Viva Florida time capsule
What do you think life will be like in Sarasota County in the year 2071? Some of the most creative visions will be included in a time capsule that will be buried Dec. 14 at a site near the Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey.
Watch why counties matter
Every year, your county is providing valuable resources to your community and making where you live a better place. Pleasewatch this video and SHARE it with your friends, citizens and colleagues.
Green Business Partnership welcomes nine new members
Sarasota County's Green Business Partnership has added nine new members to a community of companies and organizations that are demonstrating their commitment to a healthy environment for employees and the community at large.
County to accept proposals on surplus land sales
Beginning Aug. 1, Sarasota County will accept proposals on the sale and use of land parcels deemed to be surplus property.
Master Gardners give back to special needs students
The Sarasota County Master Gardeners, a volunteer group working through Sarasota County Extension, has completed a beautification project at the Oak Park School.
VCC Summer Arts and Crafts Show offers hot deals, cool temperatures
Temperatures are hot outside, but deals on some of the area's finest arts and crafts will be pretty cool at the Summer Arts and Crafts Show Aug. 10.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Entrance Sign Agreement: Questions

Anyone in Lake Sarasota familiar with legal and/or liability issues for property? Our community is being offered a new signature sign for our entrance that will be placed on an easement at Mauna Loa and Bee Ridge after the widening of Bee Ridge road is complete. We need to evaluate options regarding future responsibility for the care, upkeep, and liability issues of the sign.

Liability: E.g.: If a car hits the sign, (1) who pays for the repair/replacement of the sign? and, (2) If someone in the car is hurt from hitting the sign, who can be liable?

Maintenance: For safety reasons, the County has prohibited residents from working on the medians of Mauna Loa. Would this apply to the landscaping area around the new sign? If so, then what landscaping will be allowed, and who will maintain it?

If you have expertise and would like to help our Volunteer Board evaluate options, you can reach us at lakesarasota@gmail.com - thanks!

Sample Entrance Sign

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lake S Clean-Up Saturday, New Facebook Pages, more...

July 18, 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.  
Coming soon! New and updated Facebook pages from Sarasota County
Sarasota County continues to expand its Facebook presence to appeal directly to citizens. New pages are in development for Parks and Recreation, the Green Business Partnership and Neighborhoods. In addition to the new pages, the county's official page will change from Community Connections to Sarasota County Government. Hurricane Central will become Emergency Management. Both changes are designed to more accurately reflect the purpose of each page. New pages are expected to come online in the next several weeks. Changes to current pages should take place next week, so stay tuned.

More community news below the line!
Community cleanup at Lake Sarasota
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Lake Sarasota area from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20. 
Propane tank emergency recall
The Sarasota County Fire Department is advising citizens of a nationwide recall of 55,000 propane tanks manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company.
SCAT service, route and schedule changes
The Sarasota County Transportation Authority (SCTA) has implemented new services and schedule changes for 15 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) routes.
Construction contracts awarded for Snook Haven, SCAT and ATMS
Sarasota County has awarded construction contracts for utility improvements to Snook Haven Park, five Sarasota County Area Transit bus stops in Venice and Phase 3 of the Advanced Traffic Management System.
Libraries adjust reserve and hold policy
In an effort to respond to the high demand for new and popular titles, as well as an increase in requests for items to be reserved for pickup, Sarasota County libraries have adjusted the number of days that reserved items will be held.
Time now to update immunizations
With local schools scheduled to resume on Aug. 19, public health and school officials remind parents to update children's immunizations.
City of Venice and Sarasota County to host Legacy Park workshop
The future design and use of the city-owned Legacy Park, 395 E. Venice Ave., will be discussed at a public workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 E. Venice Ave. The workshop will be held in the Freight Room.
Pack the Viva Florida time capsule
Sarasota County libraries and the Sarasota County Historical Commission want to know what you think life will be like in Sarasota County in the year 2071. Some of the most creative visions will be included in a time capsule that will be buried Dec. 14 at a site near the Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point in Osprey.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

County Connections: Lake Sarasota Clean-Up July 20

July 11, 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.  
President endorses rowing bid
President Barack Obama has signed a letter supporting Sarasota County's bid to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The letter will be part of the bid package presented by Sarasota County officials to FISA officials this weekend in Switzerland.
SCAT service, route and schedule changes take effect July 13
SATURDAY: The Sarasota County Transportation Authority (SCTA) will implement new services and route and schedule changes for 15 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) routes beginning July 13.
Meet the Emergency Management team at the Farmers Market
SATURDAY: July 13 is "Disaster Preparedness Day" at the Sarasota Farmers Market. Meet Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane and his team at the Volunteer Community Connections tent from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Portion of Central Sarasota Parkway closes for sewer main repair
Sarasota County Utilities staff have closed all lanes of Central Sarasota Parkway at Stoneybrook Boulevard, near the entrance of Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club, to replace a failing 18-inch sewer main.
Libraries adjust reserve and hold policy
In an effort to respond to the high demand for new and popular titles, as well as an increase in requests for items to be reserved for pickup, Sarasota County libraries have adjusted the number of days that reserved items will be held.
Check out a 'Family Sustainability Kit'
Sarasota County libraries and the Sustainability office teamed up with the creator of the Easy Going Green Flash Cards to help families learn how to become more sustainable.
Time now to update immunizations
With local schools scheduled to resume on Aug. 19, public health and school officials remind parents to update children's immunizations.
Nathan Benderson Park receives statewide planning award
Sarasota County's Nathan Benderson Park has won yet another planning award -- this time from the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.
North Cattlemen Road wins 'Best in Construction' award
The recently completed project to extend and improve North Cattlemen Road from Richardson to DeSoto roads will be recognized at the annual convention of the Florida Transportation Builders Association Inc. Aug. 8-11 in Orlando.
Community cleanup at Lake Sarasota
Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Lake Sarasota area from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Dumpsters will be provided at two locations for residents.
Construction contracts awarded for Snook Haven, SCAT and ATMS
The Sarasota County Commission Tuesday, July 9, awarded construction contracts for utility improvements to Snook Haven Park, five Sarasota County Area Transit bus stops in Venice and Phase 3 of the Advanced Traffic Management System.
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Friday, July 05, 2013

Neighborhood Safety, Clean-Up featured at LSCG Meeting


Here's a summary of the June 27, 2013 Lake Sarasota Community Group meeting:

Treasurer's Report

The treasury has $358.71. The LSCG renewed its not-for-profit corporate status with the state of Florida. Ellie went over some of the options for grants, and knows how the application process works. Grant funds must be matched to man-hours. One idea: get a resident boy-scout troop involved.

A few ideas for projects that could be funded by grants include:
  • Nature Walk from Mauna Loa through to the Oak Park/Lakeview School area.
  • Improvements to Lakeview Park
  • Make something of the dead space at Luzon and Lancaster.
  • Revitalize Hina Park
Interested? Contact Ellie, or email her via lakesarasota@gmail.com.


Sheriff's Office Rep
A flyer left at some homes projecting high crime in the area appears to have no basis in fact, according to Sheriff's Office Representative Det. Vince Riva, who spoke about the crime stats for Lake Sarasota. For the last 6 months there were four burglaries, only one of which was actually performed by criminals, rather than folks with connections to the homes (e.g., an angry ex-tenant). 
Det. Riva emphasized the value of a volunteer Citizen Patrol. "It's a great deterrent," he said, adding that it's a proactive way for volunteers to send a strong signal that neighbors are looking out for each other. Criminals tend to go elsewhere when confronted by evidence that people are alert and care.  
He also recommended that people call the Sheriff's office for any suspicious activity, including solicitors knocking on doors (e.g., meat sellers). 
The two numbers to know: 
Non-Emergency:  941.316.1201
Emergency:         911 
There's more useful info on the Sheriff's Site, he noted, adding that Lake Sarasota is not as quiet as it used to be. "Everything's coming to you," he said, noting the plan for a large Racetrac gas station opposite the community's entrance.
Det. Riva said residents of a community can be alert even as they are driving to work, or home. Take a different route, he suggested; keep an eye out for unfamiliar cars, especially if they're parked nose out from driveways - this is a way burglars conceal tags and make a fast getaway. If you spot something suspicious, don't intervene, call the SO.
Criminal activity dropped in May, according to Citizen Patrol Organizer Ted Cover. There were only three reported incidents last month, he noted. 
To volunteer for Citizen Patrol, contact Ted directly (379-0758), or email LakeSarasota@gmail.com.

Bee Ridge Road Widening
  • Road Construction probably to begin in Feb. 2014 and last overall about 2 yrs.
  • Traffic lights at Mauna Loa will be galvanized steel.
  • Street lights along Bee Ridge will be painted black, and probably be shaped like the lights on the new segment of Cattlemen north of Richardson.
  • The style and location of a new Lake Sarasota neighborhood sign will be taken up in a meeting with the County, possibly in July. Stay tuned.
  • Some have expressed concern that the widened Bee Ridge Rd. will complicate things at the I-75 offramp for drivers coming off the highway (northbound) and trying to get onto Bee Ridge heading east. Residents can express concern to FDOT, which has responsibility for the off-ramps Highway off Ramp concern: Roxann Lake, Community Liaison with FDOT at: Roxann.lake@dot.state.fl.us

Beautification
Thanks to generous neighbors, the flag at Mauna Loa has been replaced. We would welcome assistance with the old flag - contact lakesarasota@gmail.com 
The annual Neighborhood CleanUp for Lake Sarasota will be held July 20th, 8 a.m. to 2:30 pm. Dumpsters will be at the usual two locations: near the dog park on Hand Road, and at the Fire Station.
For those who seek more info about Code Enforcement, the County has a useful pamphlet that can be downloaded as a .pdf from this link. 
To reach Code Enforcement, call the North County office at 941-861-6403.

Real Estate
Inventory in Lake Sarasota is very tight; prices are rising and that trend should continue. More here and here.