Wednesday, November 26, 2014

No roadwork over holiday weekend - lane closures next week on Bee Ridge


County News and Updates



Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at pubcom@scgov.net.   
Sarasota County Government offices, including libraries, Sarasota County Historical Resources and recreation centers, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Here are the waste collection schedules for the Thanksgiving holiday for Sarasota County.
The Knights Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. The range will resume normal operations on Saturday, Nov. 29.
As families prepare Thanksgiving meals, keep safety in mind, since cooking fires are more likely to occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. 
Enjoy a run and lots of holiday fun as the 38th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach on Dec. 13
Other entertainment includes music by The North Port Chorale, The North Port Woodwind Quintet and The Fiddle Crabs String Band; demonstrations of quilting, wood carving and spinning; and dramatic performances by storyteller Katie Adams in a unique version of the Johnny Appleseed story told through quilts.
Registration is still open for the two-week class series, scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Dec. 1-5 and 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8-12. Each participant will have the opportunity to create and take home unique items including homemade wreaths and natural home cleaning products.
Twenty-two individuals and groups from the more than 2,500 people who participated in KSCB events this year were honored at the Nov. 12 dinner at the Circus Arts Conservatory - Sailor Circus Arena following a nomination and selection process.
Mediation is an informal and voluntary process to resolve disputes before resorting to litigation. It saves filing fees and is free to any person living in the 12th Judicial Circuit. No problem is too small or too large, and locations are available in Arcadia, Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources invites residents to share their thoughts regarding the draft Walton Ranch concept.
The candidate, Rocky A. Burke, of Lexington, Ky., has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience within the public transit industry. 
The county has extended a conditional offer of employment to a new director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM). The candidate, Kimberli Radtke, has spent the past eight years working as the county's operating budget manager. 
The county's goal of promoting quality of life for its residents will get a lift from the hiring of Patrick Lui as its new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's (DOH-Sarasota) Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 11 sites around the county during December. 
Residents and visitors are advised that Caspersen Beach in Venice is experiencing erosion due to natural tidal changes and recent storms, but the beach remains open to the public.
Local health and school officials have teamed up to "Teach Flu A Lesson" during National Influenza Immunization Awareness Week, Dec. 7-13.
No-cost children's flu vaccines to be available at schools across the county on Dec. 10-11.
 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

County Updates: Two New Commissioners

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at pubcom@scgov.net.   
Paul Caragiulo takes over the District 2 seat previously held by Joseph A. Barbetta, who ends eight years of service with the county commission. Alan Maio assumes the District 4 seat that Nora Patterson held for the past 16 years.
The candidate, Rocky A. Burke, of Lexington, Ky., has more than 15 years of leadership and management experience within the public transit industry. He previously served as the general manager of Lextran in Lexington, where he oversaw a program that included 75 fixed bus routes and 49 contracted para-transit buses, more than 200 employees and an operating budget of $21 million.
The Knights Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. The range will resume normal operations on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Local health and school officials have teamed up to "Teach Flu
A Lesson" during National Influenza Immunization Awareness Week, Dec. 7-13.
Enjoy a run and lots of holiday fun as the 38th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach on Dec. 13
County staff will host two public meetings to discuss the expansion of the non-motorized water vessel program to Turtle Beach Park and changes to the program's guidelines, including parking and launch restrictions at South Lido Park. 
 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Garage sale a success

Last weekend's Neighborhood Yard Sale was a success, said Ellie Himes, one of the Board members of the Lake Sarasota Community Group who worked to organize the sale and produce a list of LS residences that participated in the sale.

Himes estimated at least 200 lists of homes were handed out, most to folks coming in from outside the community.

Those who signed on for the $2 donation to be on the list of homes can bring or send it to 7108 Java Drive. Thank you!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sandy Claws, Sand Sculpting, Dirty Gardening and more updates from Sarasota County

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at pubcom@scgov.net.   
Enjoy a run and lots of holiday fun as the 38th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run returns to Siesta Beach on Dec. 13. The brilliant, white, pure quartz sand is hard-packed, making for fast finish times. Or, set a leisurely pace and take in the tranquil beauty of what's been named one of America's best beaches.
Sarasota Chalk Festival at the Venice Airport, Nov. 14-17, located at 900 Airport Ave, E. Venice, FL
Twenty-four Master Sand Sculptors from around the world will compete in the 5th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic presented by Margaritaville®
Come experience a fun way to learn the nitty-gritty basics of Florida gardening in Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension's "Down n' Dirty in the Demo Garden" ongoing series.
County staff will host two public meetings to discuss the expansion of the non-motorized water vessel program to Turtle Beach Park and changes to the program's guidelines, including parking and launch restrictions at South Lido Park. 
The Knights Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range will be closed to the public on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28. The range will resume normal operations on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Sarasota libraries will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing, this November. On Nov. 1, participants will begin writing a 50,000-word novel to be completed 
by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Sarasota County Area Transit's "We'll Take You There" marketing campaign, which puts the spotlight on public transportation and how it serves residents and visitors, was honored with several awards at the Florida Public Transportation Association's annual conference Oct. 27 in Naples, including a first-place finish for its new music video.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is adding late evening trips to Lakewood Ranch and for connections to SCAT routes south of University Parkway.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's (DOH-Sarasota) Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at four sites and three community events around the county during November.
 
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nextdoor is now open in Lake Sarasota

We are trying a new system for neighbors to communicate about things relevant to the neighborhood - upcoming events, like the yard sale, crime info, recommendations on plumbers, etc.

It's all on Nextdoor, a web-based way to communicate within a community - some other nearby communities have been using it with success.


Here's a link - put in your address and join - you might find it to your liking - 

https://nextdoor.com/invite/escqmepqmhksayvyjxvm

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

ReZoning Approved by the County

A re-zoning long sought by the owners of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce (BRPOC) was approved Tuesday by the Sarasota County Commission. The approval (changing zoning from PCD -> Commercial Neighborhood) was delayed due to complications of road design as well as concerns from nearby neighborhoods about impacts of the development upon traffic, tranquility, and property values.

The owner/developer, the Canadian firm TerraCap, entered into discussions with neighborhood representatives that led to a compromise agreement. A voluntary Declaration or Covenant, it limits the kinds of businesses that can operate in the Park of Commerce, and imposes other constraints upon hours of delivery, lighting, noise and signage. Once signed and recorded, it is legally binding upon the developer. The Commission made the rezoning approval contingent upon the signing and recording of the Declaration.

A copy of the final document can be downloaded here. In addition, the developer stipulated that no space within the CN structures would be larger than 37,500 square feet, which is the usual size for a small grocery.

The declaration does not apply to the Racetrac gas station currently under construction. That parcel was sold to Racetrac by the previous owners of the BRPOC, and surrounding communities had no knowledge of the sale or plans for a gigantic 24/7 gas station.

A request from Terracap for an additional left turn from behind the Racetrac onto Mauna Loa North was denied. County traffic engineer Paula Wiggins stated that the turn would lie within 500 feet of the functional area of the intersection at Bee Ridge and Mauna Loa Blvd.

When the Bee Ridge widening is done, that intersection will have 7 lanes and be burdened with cars moving East-West along Bee Ridge as well as traffic exiting from Racetrac and medical and business facilities in and adjacent to the cul de sac of the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce, along with cars coming from Lake Sarasota to the south side of Bee Ridge.


6.9-acre CN area behind and to the East of Racetrac


Neighborhood Yard Sale Nov. 15th - $2 gets you on the map


The Neighborhood Yard Sale is coming Nov. 15th

If you wish to be on the map showing your home's location, contact Joanna at 371-1101. $2 donation.