Saturday, November 30, 2013

A neighbor

We sadly report the news that longtime Lake Sarasota resident Jim Dunn (Lago Way) has passed. Jim was a great neighbor, always cheerful, thoughtful, and more than willing to help others. He and his wife Ruth often attended meetings of the Lake Sarasota Community Group, and participated in community events. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to Ruth and their family.
James R. Dunn, 78, of Sarasota, Florida formerly of Akron, Ohio died on November 28, 2013. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Wiegand Brothers Funeral Home and from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Wdnesday, December 4 at the FirstSarasota Baptist Church. 
Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, December 4 at the First Sarasota Baptist Church. Jim developed Knotty Pine Estates in Sarasota and was owner of Jim's Plumbing Service for 13 years. 
He is survived by his wife Ruth; a son Dan (Jan) Dunn of Tampa, FL; a daughter Carmela (Brian) Elmer of Perrysburg, OH; a brother Fred Dunn of Englewood, FL; sisters June Oliver of North Port, FL, Helen Breitenstine of Akron, OH; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Full notice here.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Holiday Arts and Crafts, Green Services, Barefoot Beach Bazaars, more...

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Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, the History Center and recreation centers, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some county services will be available onFriday, Nov. 29
Sarasota County has expanded its presence into social media with an updated Twitter site. Follow us now for up-to-the-minute updates.
After listening to area officials' recommendations and the community's feedback, Dr. Robert Marbut, the nationally known expert on homelessness, has submitted his final report to area officials.
The Arts and Crafts Show will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 South River Road, Englewood.
It's a great opportunity to showcase your sustainable holiday gift products. Visit the workshop website for exhibitor guidelines. 
Parks and Recreation is accepting arts-and-crafts vendor applications for the upcoming Barefoot Beach Bazaar season at Nokomis Beach. 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Median home prices climbing in Sarasota Area

The latest Realtor's report is out for the Sarasota area:
Median sale prices climbed dramatically in Sarasota County in October 2013 compared to last October numbers. Single family home prices were up 11.6 percent ($185,776 this year compared to only $166,500 last year), and condo prices spiked by 20.7 percent ($175,000 this year compared to only $145,000 last October).  
“There was definitely a shift in October toward single family and away from condos,” said SAR President Roger Piro. “That might be a function of the price escalation, which was far more pronounced in the condo category. Also in October, there were fewer properties on the market priced under $200,000 than last year, and more priced above $200,000. So bargain hunters have had to adjust their sights upward, where there are more deals to be found.”
More here.

A few additional bits about the Lake Sarasota area shared by Sandy Allen,:
For sold single-family properties in the past 6 months that are 3 bedrooms/2 baths with a pool, the average price per square foot for the 34241 zip is $133.49 with Lake Sarasota alone being an average of $117.36. If we take out the short sales and foreclosures in Lake Sarasota, that figure goes up to $124.79 per square foot with a median of $175,000. Lake Sarasota is comparable to Bent Tree in price per square foot.

There are currently only 2 properties listed for sale in Lake Sarasota that are 3/2s with a pool. There are 17 over all for sale with an average list price of $117.79..low of $65.83 and a high of $179.42.  Interestingly, the number 1 zip code searched in the area is 34242 (Siesta Key) followed by #2 34241.t'. 



Thursday, November 14, 2013

County to make improvements to Lakeview Park

Sarasota County is planning to make some improvements to Lakeview Park and to the adjacent Paw Park. Have some ideas? They want to hear from the community. Take a moment to send your ideas to lakesarasota@gmail.com - we'll collect and forward. Deadline: Dec. 15th!



Monday, November 11, 2013

Fewer criminal incidents in Lake Sarasota in October

Following a trend that showed a drop in crime in September, October was also very low in activity in the neighborhood. Ted gets reports from the Sheriff and says:

The Oct. 2013 Sheriff's Dept. Crime Report for Lake Sarasota shows only three reported incidents:  one burglary and two thefts.  There were no reported incidents of vandalism or juvenile disturbances.
The one burglary was at 4049 Tonga, reported Oct. 25 at 6:34 p.m.  The thefts were at 4033 Ponea (auto, reported Oct. 16 at 3:07 p.m.), and at 6531 Jarvis Rd. (unknown, reported Oct. 18 at 8:14 a.m.).

While there were not enough incidents to establish any patterns, there is a shift in location--the majority of the incidents occurred in the western half of Lake Sarasota.  One occurred in the eastern half.  All three occurred in the latter half of the month.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Barefoot Beach Bazaars, Flu Shots, New 911 Center, more

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Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) will honor the groups, businesses and individuals who contributed their time in 2013 at the 25th Annual KSCB Volunteer Awards Recognition Dinner, Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Venice Community Center.
All Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and the Sarasota County History Center will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.
Green Business Partnership to hold workshop on latest marketing strategies
The Sarasota Green Business Partnership will host a workshop designed to help local businesses learn the latest green marketing strategies in order to leverage their certification as Green Business Partners.
Parks and Recreation is accepting arts-and-crafts vendor applications for the upcoming Barefoot Beach Bazaar season at Nokomis Beach. 
The Sarasota County Commission has approved moving forward with building a new emergency operations/911 Center.
The approaching winter season brings an expected increase in seasonal flu viruses. Getting a flu shot is your best defense against several viruses.
Even as health officials urge flu vaccinations, residents and seasonal visitors are also encouraged to get vaccinated against shingles. 

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Friday, November 01, 2013

Bay Fest and a lot more: November Events in the Parks




Sarasota County Updates for Nov. 1

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County receives award for hazardous waste collection programSarasota County Hazardous Waste has been recognized by the 2013 North America Hazardous Materials Management Association with a Longstanding Program Excellence Award.
Parks and Recreation is accepting arts-and-crafts vendor applications for the upcoming Barefoot Beach Bazaar season at Nokomis Beach. 
Learn about growing organic cut flowers for local markets Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Sarasota County Extension, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
The 2014 One Book, "Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football's Forgotten Town" by Bryan Mealer, was revealed at two public events last week.
Preregister now for the 37th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, on Siesta Beach.
The Sarasota County Commission has approved moving forward with building a new emergency operations/911 Center at 6050 Porter Way, Sarasota.
The approaching winter season brings an expected increase in seasonal flu viruses. Getting a flu shot is your best defense against several influenza viruses.
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