Monday, August 26, 2013

Mobile health services offered at 14 county sites in September

New Sarasota site added to schedule   

SARASOTA COUNTY - 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. The University Club Apartments at 3203 Nature Circle, Sarasota, has been added to the regular schedule, starting in September.

The services offered include diabetes education and screening, blood pressure tests, pregnancy testing, HIV testing, body mass index (BMI) measurement, adult immunizations and health education; however, not all services, including immunizations are offered at all sites. The staff also assists individuals who lack medical insurance and do not have a health care provider to find a medical home for ongoing health care.

No appointment is needed. Some services are free, including HIV rapid testing with results in 20 minutes. Other services are provided on a sliding-fee scale based on income. A registered nurse is available at all sites.

While these services are most often provided in a 40-foot-long bus, there are times when services are provided inside the facilities visited.

The following is a schedule of dates and locations for the mobile unit:
  
SARASOTA

Thursdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Salvation Army
1400 10th St.

Monday, Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Walmart Neighborhood Market
3500 N. Tamiami Trail

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Suncoast Workforce-Sarasota
3660 N. Washington Blvd.
  
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (New Location)
University Club Apartments
3203 Nature Circle

Monday, Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Selby Goodwill Jobs Center
1781 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Monday, Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m. 
Newtown Estates Park
2800 Newtown Blvd.

LAUREL

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2-5 p.m.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food distribution program
Sandra Sims Terry Community Center
509 Collins Road

VENICE

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food distribution program
Venice Community Center
326 Nokomis Ave. S.

Tuesdays, Sept. 11 and 259:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Salvation Army Family Store
1160 U.S. 41 Bypass South

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-noon
Goodwill Center -- The Rialto
650 S. Tamiami Trail

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
1400 Ogden Road

NORTH PORT

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food distribution program
Friday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-noon
St. Nathaniel's Episcopal Church
4200 S. Biscayne Drive

Monday, Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Goodwill Manasota Center of North Port
14809 Tamiami Trail

ENGLEWOOD

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Elsie Quirk Library
100 W. Dearborn St.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Sarasota County Connections

Welcome to Sarasota County Community Connections. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communityconnections@scgov.net.  
 
And get ready for a new look and a new name. Beginning Aug. 29, this e-newsletter will officially become Sarasota County News and Updates. It will contain the same information about our programs, services and initiatives - all in a fresh format. We look forward to the change, and hope you'll join us!
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County neighborhood grant workshops begin in August
A series of free grant orientation workshops under the Sarasota County Neighborhood Grant Program are being held through October at several locations around the county. Learn what improvement projects are eligible for the program and how to apply for a neighborhood grant. 
Sarasota County to host 'Open House' workshop on coastal fringe flood protection 
Sarasota County staff will host an open-house workshop, 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Englewood Sports Complex to present a study that looks at neighborhood flooding due to excessive rainfall.
Young adults reminded to get vaccines
As part of the August Immunization Awareness Month campaign, local health officials remind people, especially young adults who are 19-26 years old, to catch up on their vaccinations.
Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale and EdFest scheduled for Oct. 12 
Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners will hold their Ninth Annual Plant Sale and EdFest, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Sarasota County Extension offices at Twin Lakes Park.
Consumer alert: Companies are charging more for certified copies of property deeds than local Clerk
Be alert for solicitation letters from companies offering a copy of certified property deeds for much higher that the Clerk of the Circuit Court, which charges only $1 per page, plus a $2 charge for document certification and mailing. Most requests start at only $3 and are processed within 72 hours.
 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

July sales remain robust; single family home price up




The Sarasota real estate market continued an amazing streak in July, with members of the Sarasota Association of Realtors® closing 911 sales during the month - a 30.3 percent increase over July 2012, and 3.2 percent higher than the June 2013 total. The first seven months of 2013 are still tracking to make the overall year one of the biggest in SAR's history.

The other major news of the month was the major rebound in the median sale price for single family homes. The price went from $200,000 in June 2013 to $227,500 in July 2013, a 7.2 percent increase. For the 12-month rolling median price, the single family home figure was at $195,000, a 16 percent increase over last year at this time when the rolling median price was at $168,500. If current trend levels continue, this will be the biggest year-to-year increase for single family home prices in four years.


"With sales up dramatically and prices also trending upward, the popularity and strength of the Sarasota market is unquestionable," said SAR President Roger Piro. "The quality of the properties on the market, plus our overall attraction to both domestic and foreign buyers, has made this one of the best years on record to this point."


The condo market put a slight damper on the news, as prices dropped from $192,500 to $162,900 from June to July 2013 - a 15.6 percent drop. Condo prices have been up and down throughout the year, hitting a low of $130,000 in January and a high of $194,500 in May.


An increase in condo sales below $100,000 in July, coupled with a decrease in sales of properties over a million dollars, caused the statistical lull. The 12-month rolling median was at $170,000 for condos, 2 percent higher than last year at this time when the figure was at $167,000.


The inventory rose slightly in July to 3,152, a mere 1 percent higher than June's figure of 3,114, which was the lowest level in longer than a decade. July's inventory represents a 13 percent drop from last year at this time. Declining inventory generally results in greater competition for available homes and condos and subsequent price escalation.


Pending sales stood at 909 in July 2013, down about 10 percent from the 1,024 figure in June 2013 and slightly lower than last July's total of 919. Pending sales represents properties that went under contract during the month, and indicates sales in August and beyond could also be at near record high levels.


"The fact that we saw sales 30 percent higher this July than last July seems to be the biggest news this summer in local real estate," said Piro. "Most agents are clearly not taking the summer off and vacationing, because the buyers are here and they are anxious to buy in this area. This is a positive, historic time, and the moderate rise in single family home prices coupled with the fluctuating condo market prices indicates we are not seeing a new bubble. This is just a genuinely popular place to live and invest in real estate."


The July 2013 months of inventory stood at 3.1 months for single family and 4.6 months for condos, with both property categories very near the lowest level in the past decade (achieved in May 2013 - 3.0 and 3.9, respectively). Months of inventory represents the time it would take to deplete the current inventory at the current sales rate. Last July there were 4.5 months of inventory for single family homes and 7.5 months of inventory for condos.


Currently, 364 properties listed for sale in the MLS are short sales or foreclosures, down from last month's figure of 379. This represents 11.5 percent of available properties, down from last month's figure of 12.2 percent.

Sales of distressed properties represented about 24.9 percent of the overall sales in July 2013, up slightly from the June figure of 23 percent, but much lower than the 51 percent figure experienced in the fourth quarter of 2010. For single family homes, 25.8 percent of sales were distressed last month, and for condos, 22.3 percent were distressed.

"Last year we saw the market continue to show strength through the end of the year, so I'm hoping for the same in 2013," said Piro.

Click HERE for the complete press release in PDF format, plus several pages of statistical charts.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Few incidents in July in Lake Sarasota

Ted sent the latest summary of the Sheriff's report for last month: 
The July 2013 Crime Report for lake Sarasota is in. 
  • 6665 Brentford (Mon. July 15, reported 6:43 a.m.)
  • 4172 Lancaster (Mon. July 15, reported 11:25 a.m.)
  • 4184 Lancaster (Wed. July 24, reported 6:45 p.m.)
  • 4069 Palau (Wed. July 31, reported 9:28 a.m.) 
There were five incidents: four thefts, one burglary. There were no incidents of vandalism or juvenile disturbances. 
The one burglary occurred at 4046 Ponea, in the eastern third of Lake Sarasota. It occurred Wednesday, July 30, and was reported at 8:04 a.m. The four thefts occurred at the following locations: 
The thefts at 6665 Brentford, 4172 Lancaster, and 4069 Palau were items taken from autos. The articles stolen at 4184 Lancaster are unknown. 
Lancaster Drive continues to be a targeted location for thieves. Most incidents happen in the morning hours. Most crime incidents occured in the eastern half of Lake Sarasota. 
It appears that the best time to patrol, where the patrol might deter a potential criminal or witness a criminal act is in the early hours of the morning. Most incidents occurred in mid-week during July. So, the best time to patrol might be toward the end of the month on a Wednesday morning. 
The high number of incidents reported in June may be an anomaly. Three reports appear to cover the same incident.

Friday, August 09, 2013

HIstoric Preservation, Grants, Parks on Facebook


Public invited to provide input on Florida's Historic Preservation Plan 
THURSDAY--Sarasota County residents are invited to participate in a public input session on a proposed Statewide Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15 at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota.Participants will discuss how the plan can guide efforts to work together to preserve Florida's history and historical, archaeological, and cultural resources. 


County to hold neighborhood grant workshops in August
SARASOTA --- A series of free grant orientation workshops under the Sarasota County Neighborhood Grant Program will be held August through October at several locations around the county.

Residents can learn what improvement projects are eligible for the program and how to apply for a neighborhood grant during the two-hour workshops. Attendance at a workshop is required for grant applicants. 

County monitoring seaweed on beaches
SARASOTA--Staff from Sarasota County Parks and Recreation are monitoring accumulations of seaweed that have begun washing ashore on sections of public beaches on Siesta Key.


"We are seeing some small amounts of seaweed washing up on sections of Siesta Beach , but nothing unusual," said George Tatge, manager Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. "Seaweed is a natural occurrence on the beaches and usually corrects itself." 

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VCC Summer Arts and Crafts Show offers hot deals, cool temperatures
SATURDAY: 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.

Newtown community cleanup Aug. 10
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Newtown area of Sarasota from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

FISA Council recommends Sarasota/Bradenton for 2017 World Rowing Championships
The FISA Council announced today that it is formally recommending to its 136 member Congress that Sarasota/Bradenton host the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park.

County to accept proposals on surplus land sales
Sarasota County is now accepting proposals on the sale and use of land parcels deemed to be surplus property.

Enroll in Civics 101
Sarasota County Neighborhood Services is now accepting applications for the fall session of its popular Civics 101 program.

Young adults reminded to get vaccines
As part of the August Immunization Awareness Month campaign, local health officials remind people, especially young adults who are 19-26 years old, to catch up on their vaccinations.
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Sunday, August 04, 2013

County lifts boil water advisory for Bee Ridge Road neighborhood


SARASOTA - Sarasota County has lifted a boil water advisory that was issued Aug, 2 after a water main break at the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and Sarasota Golf Club Boulevard. The break disrupted service to approximately 100 residential and business customers on the north side of Bee Ridge Road at Aberdeen Drive, Walden Pond Drive, Rollins Pond Way, Kosten Way and Hagen Lane.

Several heath care facilities were also affected. They included Live Oak Manor, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, CAE Healthcare and Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake. 

All customers are being notified by an automated telephone call that the boil water advisory has been canceled.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 (TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771).

Friday, August 02, 2013

June Sheriff's Office report for Lake Sarasota

From Ted:

The June 2013 crime report shows a sharp increase of incidents compared to May 2013.  There is a "however", though.

The crime report lists the following:  four vandanism incidents, one burglary, five thefts (auto contents or unknown), and two juvenile disturbances, for a total of twelve incidents.

Now, for the "however".  There are two reports of vandalism and one repoted theft for the same address (4060 Palau Drive).  The theft and one incident of vandalism were reported on the 27th at 5:34 p.m. and 7:26 p.m.  A second incident of vandalism was reported at 12:13 a.m. on the 28th.  I suspect that this was all one incident, but the homeowner reported one act of vandalism on discovery, then the theft when noticed several hours later; then the second act of vandalism when inspecting the original damage and theft.

The two juvenile disturbances occurred on the west side of Lake Sarasota, on Honolulu and Waikiki on June 3, with the first reported at 7:54 p.m.  The second was reported on the 4th at 1:29 p.m.  This may be a single incident occurring in adjacent back yards, but the total damage discovered separately.

One property on Tarawa was hit twice (theft on the 10th and vandalism on the 13th).

Once again, with more incidents to report on, we see a familiar pattern emerging.  Crimes occur clustered around certain days and dates.  Also, they occur oly certain streets in the middle or the east end of Lake Sarasota centering on Middlesex Place.

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Water Advisory for Mauna Loa - UPDATE

From Sarasota County Fri. Aug. 2 p.m.


Bee Ridge Road reopens after repairs to water main break

SARASOTA - Sarasota County has reopened Bee Ridge Road in all directions after closing it earlier today to repair a water main break that occurred at the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and Sarasota Golf Club Boulevard. A boil water advisory remains in effect for approximately 100 residential and business customers on the north side of Bee Ridge Road at Aberdeen Drive, Walden Pond Drive, Rollins Pond Way, Kosten Way and Hagen Lane. 

Several heath care facilities are affected. They include Live Oak Manor, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, CAE Healthcare and Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake. They are on Edgelake Drive and Mauna Loa Boulevard. The water is back on and samples are being pulled.

While the county has no reason to believe the drinking water was contaminated, Florida law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains.

While the advisory is in effect, the county advises affected customers to boil all tap water intended for drinking, preparation of food, washing of food utensils, making ice, brushing teeth or for first aid, making sure the water is brought to a rolling boil for one minute. Boiling the tap water disinfects it, destroying any harmful microorganisms. Bottled water can be used as an alternative to boiling the tap water.

Over the next few days, the county will collect a series of samples in the affected area and analyze them to ensure the drinking water wasn't contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption. Customers will notified by an automated telephone call that the boil water advisory has been canceled.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 (TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771).


Boil water advisory issued after water main break

Westbound lane of Bee Ridge Road is closed

SARASOTA - A boil water advisory has been issued after repairs were made to a 12-inch water main at the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and Sarasota Golf Club Boulevard. The westbound lane of Bee Ridge Road is closed, and traffic is being rerouted into the Lake Sarasota subdivision. The break occurred early this morning and interrupted service to approximately 100 residential and business customers on the north side of Bee Ridge Road at Aberdeen Drive, Walden Pond Drive, Rollins Pond Way, Kosten Way and Hagen Lane.

Several heath care facilities are affected. They include Live Oak Manor, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, CAE Healthcare and Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake. They are on Edgelake Drive and Mauna Loa Boulevard. The water is back on and samples are being pulled.

While the county has no reason to believe the drinking water was contaminated, Florida law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains.

While the advisory is in effect, the county advises affected customers to boil all tap water intended for drinking, preparation of food, washing of food utensils, making ice, brushing teeth or for first aid, making sure the water is brought to a rolling boil for one minute. Boiling the tap water disinfects it, destroying any harmful microorganisms. Bottled water can be used as an alternative to boiling the tap water.

Over the next few days, the county will collect a series of samples in the affected area and analyze them to ensure the drinking water wasn't contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption. Customers will notified by an automated telephone call that the boil water advisory has been canceled.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 (TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771).