Showing posts from October, 2014

Hearing on Tuesday for Bee Ridge Park of Commerce Rezoning

The Lake Sarasota Community Group has been working on reaching agreement on a voluntary set of Declarations (a Covenant) by which the developer (and al future owners of the BRPOC property) agrees to abide, regarding permitted uses of the property.
A Public Hearing is set for the proposed Re-Zoning of 6.9 acres of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce, directly opposite the main entrance of Lake Sarasota at Mauna Loa Blvd.
Rezone petition 13-26
PCD to CN, 6.9 acres
and special exception #1720 to allow an individual use greater than 20,000 square feet in a CN zone district.

Nov. 4 at 1:30 pm
Robert L. Anderson Admin Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL
Stay tuned for updates.

Underground utilities to be installed on Bee Ridge

Possible power outages ahead - Bee Ridge update for the coming week:

Halloween Safety, Celery Fields Family Fest, How Community Gardens Grow, etc..

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us    County seeks input from Longboat Key residents on draft concept plan for park TODAY:The Town of Longboat Key and Sarasota County are asking for feedback on proposed amenities and park features for Bayfront Park.  See how community gardens grow at Fall Open House TODAY: Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension is hosting free open houses at community gardens throughout the county from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 as part of "Eat Local Week," sponsored by Transition Sarasota. Change smoke alarm batteries when you turn your clocks back SATURDAY:As you turn your clocks back for Daylight Saving Time this weekend, take a moment to also consider checking your smoke alarms.  Family festival at Celery Fields SATURDAY: Sarasota County and the Sarasota Audubon Society will host a Family Festival at the Celery Fields, 6799 Palmer Blvd., from 9 a.m. to …

Work and lane shifts on Bee Ridge in the coming week


Write a novel, family day at Celery Fields, more..

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us    Oct. 23 workshop to discuss risk of flooding from rainfall in Sarasota Bay Coastal Watershed  TODAY: Flooding from excessive rainfall doesn't happen too often, but when it does, it can be just as damaging as storm surge from a hurricane. Certain neighborhoods are more at risk than others. Find our if yours is one of them.  Pickleball court grand opening set for Oct. 24 FRIDAY: Sarasota County will host a grand opening celebration for its newly designed outdoor pickleball courts at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road, at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24. North Sarasota Library celebrates 10th anniversary SATURDAY:The library at 2801 Newtown Blvd., will host a community celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, in honor of its 10th anniversary. The festivities will kick off with a 10:30 a.m. ceremony, followed by free family fun and acti…

More details about bus stops on Mauna Loa

The team recommends limiting the number of bus stops along the Mauna Loa Boulevard detour route. SCAT is proposing to add one stop northbound and one stop southbound on Mauna Loa Boulevard.

MAUNA LOA BOULEVARD, WEST SIDE of the street, approximately 25 FEET NORTH from BIKINI WAY.

MAUNA LOA BOULEVARD, EAST SIDE of the street, approximately 25 FEET SOUTH from BRENTFORD ROAD.

SCAT will also maintain three existing bus stops within the neighborhood on Berkshire Drive and on Middlesex Place. These are long standing bus stops and are used by SCAT passengers.

The reason for the limited stops is to allow Route 14 to stay on time. The detour adds considerable distance to the route, and stopping frequently would add time to the route. The locations at Bikini Way and Bretford Road closely reflect current service.

SCAT buses will adhere to all speed limits and use added caution when traveling along Mauna Loa Boulevard and at all times within the neighborhood. We value the safety of Lake Sar…

Use your freedom to speak your mind about 2050

Tomorrow, Oct. 22, Sarasota County Commissioners will vote to approve a set of changes to the county's 2050 Comprehensive Plan that will weaken it, allow development to overbuild, ignore wildlife and water issues, and change the face of Sarasota county forever. More Racetracs. More pavement. More burbs, fewer trees, farms, ranches, and native creatures. Would you like East Sarasota to resemble Miami?
If you don't want that, show up. Wear a white shirt. Use your freedom. 
The hearing will be in the Commission Chambers beginning at 1:30 pm. To speak, sign a card that you'll find in the back of the room. You get 5 minutes.
To learn more about the issues, check out the 2050 Action Network blog here:

A good overview by Sarasota's Cathy Antunes is at the blog's top - it begins:   On Wednesday the County Commission will be voting on amendments to the Sarasota 2050 plan. The original 2050 standards for rural land outside the Urban Se…

Temporary Lane Shift Begins on Bee Ridge Rd


Update: SCAT Detour: Bee Ridge Bus Lines to go thru Mauna Loa

Due to the road construction on Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus system is working on a temporary detour that would bring Bee Ridge route buses through Mauna Loa Blvd. to Middlesex. From the County Coordinator:
The map shows the proposed detour onto Mauna Loa Boulevard with the dark blue circles being temporary bus stops. The green circles are existing SCAT bus stops that will continue to be served. Those three stops are the busiest stops we have for the Bee Ridge route so the detour has been set up to continue service to those locations. Click on image to enlarge:

We expect that all the bus stops currently on Bee Ridge Road are going to be removed by the road construction contractor in the next couple of weeks. (You can also see on the map the new stops and shelters that will be built along Bee Ridge as part of the road project.)

1. Mauna Loa stops are temporary until the roadwork is completed. Update: The bus stop signs on Mauna Loa Boulevard will need to b…

National Novel Writing Month and lots more from Sarasota County Updates

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at    Sarasota County Area Transit detour for N. Honore Ave. due to University Town Center Mall opening Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) buses will temporarily detour transit service along North Honore Avenue and will not travel on North Cattlemen Road between DeSoto Road and University Parkway beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1, due to the upcoming grand opening of the Mall at University Town Center and anticipated traffic.  SCAT extends hours for bus service to Lakewood Ranch and south routes Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to several bus routes, transit officials announced Thursday. The added service allows passengers late-night access to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway. Time to enlist in Beginners Boot Camp at VCC  Want to look your best this holiday season? …

Sept. 2014 Sheriff's Dept. Crime Report for Lake Sarasota

There were eleven incidents:  five acts of vandalism; two burglaries; two thefts; and three juvenile disturbances.  Here is the breakdown. Vandalism:  5 incidents Tues. 9/9  6565 Samoa Dr.;  reported 6:24 a.m. Tues. 9/9  6770 Mauna Loa;  reported 7:29 a.m.     Wed. 9/24 4033 Lancaster; reported 9:25 p.m.     Thurs. 9/25 4050 Lancaster; reported 7:21 p.m.     Sun. 9/28  7150 Lago; reported 6:04 p.m.                     Note:  7150 Lago is Lakeview Park Burglary:  2 incidents     Sun. 9/21  3891 Wake; reported 12:06 a.m.     Tues. 9/23  6288 Jarvis Rd.; reported 4:22 p.m. Theft:  2 incidents Thurs. 9/4  3953 Hina  (Bldg); reported 9:41 a.m. Fri. 9/5  3946 Vana (Other); reported 10:23 a.m. Juvenile Disturbance:  3 incidents  Sat. 9/6  6909 Brentford Rd.; reported 7:52 p.m. Fri. 9/12  (no address given) Hina; 7:10 p.m. Fri. 9/12 7150 Lago; reported 8:14 p.m.                     Note:  7150 Lago is Lakeview Park Five incidents occurred between Sept. 4 and 9.  The locations and reporting times fo…