Friday, February 28, 2014

Interim Update and Upcoming Meeting.

The next meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group will feature Sarasota tax attorney Mary King, who will talk about tax resolution and take questions from those in attendance.

The meeting is set for March 13, 7 pm at Sarasota Alliance Church (opposite Chaucer).

Other items:

1. The Lake Sarasota Community Garage Sale is set for Saturday March 29th. If you wish to be on the map, contact Sandy Allen at SarasotaDreams@gmail.com. Here's the map so far:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zBfHYD-6Jr3Y.kGQrIcvMzfGU


2. The proposal to rezone the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce (directly opposite the Mauna Loa entrance to Lake Sarasota) comes before the Planning Commission April 3rd, 6:30 pm, at the North County Admin Center. After this review, it will go to the Board of Commissioners.

Included in this proposal are two items: 1) rezoning from PCD to CN, and 2) a right-in/right-out turn from Bee Ridge into the Park of Commerce about 450' from the intersection of Bee Ridge and Mauna Loa.

The Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee has looked at the proposal, which was presented at the Neighborhood Workshop in December. At that workshop, the developer's agent Peter Dailey stated that in addition to a hotel, Racetrac, two restaurants and other commercial properties, the land has approvals for two condo developments, one with around 90 units, another with 360 units.


Mr. Dailey's summary of the meeting is here.

One question is whether the County has done a traffic study that adequately takes into account the total cumulative traffic that will result from all of this new commercial and residential development. If the potential impact has not been properly measured, not only our intersection at Mauna Loa but all the neighborhoods along that corridor could suffer. The East side of the highway could be an exact replica of the mess on the West side.

3. A mom living in Lake Sarasota is concerned about drug dealers using Lakeview Park for sales. She personally knows elementary school kids who have been approached by these dealers. One purchased marijuana from a dealer. The Parks Dept. has been contacted and has indicated it will consult with the Sheriff. Can Citizens Patrol be more active?


4. A family with young children that lives near the entrance at Mauna Loa and Bee Ridge is concerned about cars speeding up to make the light. Any suggestions?


5. The Brainstorming Poll results are in -- asked to name one or two top priorities for community involvement:
  • Beautification came out on top 
  • Garage Sale close second 
  • An event such as a bike rodeo or kayak demos came in third 
  • A referral board (recommending workers we know and trust) was distant fourth 
  • Bingo was last. 



Thursday, February 27, 2014

County Updates: Beautification Award, Coastline, Tax Assistance, Great American Cleanup, more



Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communityconnections@scgov.net.   
Steven Botelho, Sarasota County's chief financial management officer, was appointed acting assistant county administrator by Sarasota County Administrator Thomas A. Harmer, effective Monday, Feb. 24. 

Keep Sarasota County Beautiful has received the Keep America Beautiful President's Circle Award. The award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities. 
The Sarasota County Construction and Demolition Recycling Center in Nokomis is expanding operating hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Feb. 15. Recycling rates are $48 per ton or $16 per cubic yard.
Sarasota County libraries and the American Association of Retired Persons are offering free assistance with the preparation of 2013 tax returns through April 15
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Siesta Key Beach Ambassadors, offers a four-week series of free community education seminars about county beaches and habitats during March at Siesta Beach Park.
The pool at 2650 Waldemere St. in Sarasota is closed for about six months for renovations.
Join forces with friends and neighbors for the 2014 Great American Cleanup, 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 22, at sites throughout Sarasota County. In case of rain, the cleanup will be Saturday, March 29.  
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Low January Crime Report for Lake Sarasota

Ted shared the Sheriff Dept.'s crime report for January, which showed very few reported incidents:
There were three reported incidents: two acts of vandalism and one burglary. There were no thefts or juvenile disturbances. 
The vandalism incidents were:
  • Mon. Jan. 6 at 6921 Friendship Dr. (reported 4:35 p.m.)
  • Wed. Jan. 29 at 7150 Lago St. (reported 6:33 a.m.)
The burglary occurred Sat. Jan. 11 at 4042 Palau Dr. (reported 12:50 a.m.) 
While the small number of incidents is something to celebrate, it makes difficult the establishment of any patterns of day of week, time of day, or location. 
As soon as I can. I'll compile the 2013 data.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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 communityconnections@scgov.net.   
Most Sarasota County Government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day. 
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Sarasota County and Students Working Against Tobacco want to highlight the dangers associated with smokeless tobacco products and encourage users to quit during "Through with Chew Week," Feb. 16-22.
The Sarasota County Construction and Demolition Recycling Center in Nokomis is expanding operating hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Feb. 15. Recycling rates are $48 per ton or $16 per cubic yard.
Join forces with friends and neighbors for the 2014 Great American Cleanup, 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 22, at sites throughout Sarasota County. In case of rain, the cleanup will be Saturday, March 29.  
Florida voters who return their absentee ballots to a supervisor of elections office but forget to sign them will now be able to correct the problem, thanks to a recent change in Florida election law.
SCAT will operate a pilot route from Feb. 1 to May 2 to test rider demand for bus service from the Pinecraft neighborhood to Siesta Key.
Sarasota County libraries and the American Association of Retired Persons are offering free assistance with the preparation of 2013 tax returns through April 15
Sarasota County is stepping up to the plate with the Big League Reader Program to encourage youth readership.
Join a two-part "Growing Healthy Communities" symposium at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota, on Friday, Feb. 21.
The walks are returning to Siesta and Nokomis beaches.
The pool at 2650 Waldemere St. in Sarasota is closed for about six months for renovations.
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1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34236 

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Sarasota County Commission Updates

 
BOARD REPORT

The Sarasota County Commission meetings will be broadcast live
(Comcast 19; Verizon 32) and on the website, www.scgov.net



   
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 11
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Commission Chamber
Robert L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice
Financial Incentive Reimbursement Agreement between Sarasota County and Tube Dude, LLC 
The Sarasota County Commission will consider the approval of a Financial Incentive Reimbursement Agreement, with Tube Dude, LLC, for reimbursement of a portion of the Financial Incentive Grant awarded to Tube Dude, LLC, by the County, in an amount of $56,000.00. Click here.
Nathan Benderson Park State Funding Agreement Changes
The Sarasota County Commission to consider a Contract, with Enterprise Florida, Inc., for funding of improvements to the Nathan Benderson Park Rowing Facility from the State funding Fiscal Year 2013-2014 allocations, amending the invoicing and reporting requirement from quarterly to yearly and modifying the language of the sales tax revenue requirement. Click here.
2014 Federal Legislative Priorities
The Sarasota County Commission to consider the approval of the 2014 Federal Legislative Priorities. Click here.
  

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 12
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Commission Chamber
Sarasota County Administration Center
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota  
Public Hearing for Updates to the Road Impact Fee Code
The Sarasota County Commission to consider proposed Ordinance No. 2014-014, relating to Road Impact Fee Regulations. Click here.
 
  
COMMUNITY NEWS
County government offices to close Feb. 17
Most Sarasota County Government offices, including the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day.
 
All Sarasota County libraries will be closed, as well as Sarasota County recreation centers, with the exception of the following: Payne Park Tennis Center, open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Arlington Park Recreation Center, open noon-5 p.m.  For more information, click here.
Sarasota County libraries and AARP offer free tax return assistance
  
Sarasota County libraries and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are offering free assistance with the preparation of 2013 tax returns through April 15.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers are available to assist with filing federal returns at the following locations:
  • Elsie Quirk Library, 100 West Dearborn St., Englewood - Monday 1 - 4:30 p.m.Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. - noon and Saturday 1 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota; Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice; Monday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota; Monday - Thursday, 2 - 6 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit the libraries website atwww.scgov.net/library, and click on "Tax Help."
Visit Sarasota Wraps Chicago Train Cars
Folks in chilly Chicago are searching for warm weather places to be this winter as the thermometer drops to record lows.  Visit Sarasota County (VSC) is reminding them of our sunny shores with imagery of Sarasota County on the interior walls of a train car in Chicago. The branding kicked off today and will run through March 9, 2014. The special advertising is part of a cooperative program with Visit Florida.

Visit Florida provided the opportunity to wrap the interior walls of four train cars on the Chicago Blue Line that runs 24-hours, seven days a week. It takes passengers between O'Hare International airport and destinations in downtown Chicago through to neighborhoods in northwest Chicago. For more information, click here.
Legacy Trail Surrey Rides
Come take a free surrey ride on The Legacy Trail.  3

Volunteers pedal passengers from Nokomis Community Park, 234 Nippino Trail, E., Nokomis eachWednesday and Thursday, 1-5 passengers with multiple 30 minute departures.

For more information, click here. 
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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sarasota Community Newsletter



Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communityconnections@scgov.net.   
SATURDAY: Sarasota County Development Services and Code Enforcement will hold its annual free community cleanup for Nokomis area residences Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
SCAT will operate a pilot route from Feb. 1 to May 2 to test rider demand for bus service from the Pinecraft neighborhood to Siesta Key.
Sarasota County libraries and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are offering free assistance with the preparation of 2013 tax returns through April 15
Parks and Recreation is accepting vendor applications for the third annual Englewood Community Garage Sale.
Registration ends Monday, Feb. 10, for Sarasota County's popular "Say I Do Again" wedding vow-renewal event at Siesta Beach Feb. 14.
Parks and Recreation will host the inaugural Sarasota County Adult Clay Court Tennis Championships at Payne Park Tennis Center Thursday -Sunday, Feb. 13-16
Sarasota County is stepping up to the plate with the Big League Reader Program to encourage youth readership.
Residents are invited to a two-part "Growing Healthy Communities" symposium at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota, on Friday, Feb. 21.
The walks are returning to Siesta and Nokomis beaches.
The pool at 2650 Waldemere St. in Sarasota will close Monday, Feb. 10, for about six months for renovations.
North Sarasota Library is hosting the nationally recognized art exhibit "Kin Killin' Kin" by artist James Pate, Jan. 28 - Feb 22
Sarasota County schools with existing edible gardens will soon receive a significant donation of starter plants and seeds.
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1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34236 

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Current County Commission

Sarasota County Commission March 2014




Commissioner Carolyn J. Mason
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL  34236
941-861-5344




Commissioner Joseph A. Barbetta
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL  34236
941-861-5344




Commissioner Christine Robinson
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL  34236
941-861-5344




Commissioner Nora Patterson
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL  34236
941-861-5344




Commissioner Charles D. Hines, Esq.
1660 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL  34236
941-861-5344​