Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What neighborhood grants can do


Sarasota County Grants Coordinator Kathlyn Clayton sent a follow-up email after our last Lake Sarasota Community Group meeting - (Thanks Kathlyn!).

Here it is:

A gentleman asked for a list of the types of projects that have been funded [through County grants].

Here is a sample:
  • Landscaping
  • Website Development
  • Entryway signs
  • Removal of invasive plants
  • Shoreline restoration
  • Water quality projects
  • Install micro-irrigation
  • Yard of the Month signs
  • Neighborhood watch signs



The same gentleman asked me why it ‘s a good idea to have an association. Here are some examples:

  • Unity and communication that allows for a voice and influence into what happens in surrounding areas
  • Sense of community
  • Neighbors watch out for neighbors 
  • Provides a channel through which neighborhood goals can be met
  • A voice in development/land use issues
  • Deal with crime and other disturbances as a unified group

Hope the above is helpful.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

New Grants Workshops, Surrey Riders, more: 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 pubcom@scgov.net.   
Most Sarasota County Government offices and facilities will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday andThursday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day. That includes all county recreation centers, Arlington Pool, Payne Park and the public pistol and rifle range at Knight Trail Park.
The Gulf Gate Public Library's temporary location inside Westfield Sarasota Square Mall will be closed beginning 5 p.m. Jan. 3, in preparation for the opening of a new and improved library at 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota, a few weeks later.
Sarasota County Government's popular Civics 101 program begins Jan. 22, offering even more to learn about where you live. 
Holiday celebrations may put your home at risk for fire. Make sure your home is safe for the holidays by practicing safety before, during and after the celebration.
Neighborhood associations, homeowners associations and ad hoc groups of neighbors may apply for the next cycle in grants program.
From Jan. 7 through March 26Friends of the Legacy Trail volunteers will pedal the surrey and passengers on 30-minute surrey trips Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Sarasota County commissioners have honored 13 elementary school artists whose illustrations appear in the 2015 "Catch the Rain" calendar. More than 1,500 students entered this year's competition to illustrate ways to use landscaping methods that mimic Mother Nature in catching and keeping more of our rainfall to water plants and reduce stormwater runoff. 
 
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

SCAT bus detour through Lake Sarasota will only be occasional

SCAT has been closely involved with the construction contractor in weekly meetings and updates. At this time, SCAT is planning to operate the Route 14 bus along the current route on Bee Ridge Road and loop around Middlesex Place and Berkshire Drive. Construction activities are such that for now two way traffic is being accommodated.

SCAT has submitted a request to remove all bagged bus stop installed along Mauna Loa to the Sarasota County Traffic Engineering department.

SCAT Operations is monitoring traffic and construction activities. If at certain times, the bus route is blocked, SCAT would use Mauna Loa only very temporarily detour (possibly even for only one trip, or portions of day) around the construction delay and would not stop to pick up or discharge passengers.

Bee Ridge Update


Sarasota County Updates

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The Community Health Center of North Port and the Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida will host two enrollment events on Monday, Dec. 15 at Selby Library, 1331 First St. in Sarasota and at the Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd. in Venice. 
The Gulf Gate Public Library's temporary location inside Westfield Sarasota Square Mall will be closed beginning 5 p.m. Jan. 3, in preparation for the opening of a new and improved library at 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota, a few weeks later.
Sarasota County Government's popular Civics 101 program begins Jan. 22, offering even more to learn about where you live. 
The county has hired Dennis Murphy as development services manager for its Planning and Development Services department. 
Neighborhood associations, homeowners associations and ad hoc groups of neighbors may apply for the next cycle in grants program.
The Sarasota County Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 2, selected Carolyn Mason, District 1, as chair, and Alan Maio, District 4, as vice chair for 2015. Paul Caragiulo, District 2, will serve as Pro Tem.
From Jan. 7 through March 26Friends of the Legacy Trail volunteers will pedal the surrey and passengers on 30-minute surrey trips Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Sarasota County commissioners have honored 13 elementary school artists whose illustrations appear in the 2015 "Catch the Rain" calendar. More than 1,500 students entered this year's competition to illustrate ways to use landscaping methods that mimic Mother Nature in catching and keeping more of our rainfall to water plants and reduce stormwater runoff. 
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.
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Friday, December 05, 2014

Year-End Meeting of Lake Sarasota Group

The final regular meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group will feature a County grants coordinator as well as the election of officers for 2015.

County Grants Coordinator Kathlyn Clayton will be on hand to help us focus on a do-able project that would benefit from County matching funds. Various project ideas have been floated, but if there is interest, one will be chosen for Spring grant funding.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • SCAT bus routing through Lake Sarasota
  • Any news around Bee Ridge Road improvements
  • Any updates regarding the Bee Ridge Park of Commerce
  • Monthly Sheriff's report on crime in Lake Sarasota
  • A report on the recent community garage sale
  • Rothenbach Park Project
  • Election of Boardmembers for 2015


It all happens Thursday Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at Sarasota Alliance Church, across from Chaucer on Bee Ridge. All are welcome, no dues.

Also, join the online Lake Sarasota, on Next Door. Anyone living in Lake Sarasota is eligible to join - no fees.


Roadwork update for Bee Ridge: Work Saturday


Thursday, December 04, 2014

County Update

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SATURDAY: The show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,will feature 75 vendor tables offering unique creations such as handcrafted jewelry, holiday decorations, greeting cards, clothes, quilts and much more at this sold-out event. In addition, there will be a Gingerbread House Decorating Contest along with cookie decorating on-site.
SATURDAYMembers of Local 2546 will fan out across the county with boots in hand for this year's drive on Dec. 6 and 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersections of Center Road and Jacaranda Boulevard, Fruitville Road and Honore Avenue, and Bee Ridge Road and Beneva Road.
SUNDAY: Entertainment includes music by the North Port Chorale, North Port Woodwind Quintet and Fiddle Crabs String Band; demonstrations of quilting, wood carving and spinning; and dramatic performances by storyteller Katie Adams.
The Sarasota County Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 2, selected Carolyn Mason, District 1, as chair, and Alan Maio, District 4, as vice chair for 2015. Paul Caragiulo, District 2, will serve as Pro Tem.
From Jan. 7 through March 26Friends of the Legacy Trail volunteers will pedal the surrey and passengers on 30-minute surrey trips Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Local health and school officials have teamed up to "Teach Flu A Lesson" during National Influenza Immunization Awareness Week, Dec. 7-13No-cost children's flu vaccines will be available at schools across the county Dec. 10-11.
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.
 
About Us
Sarasota County Government 
1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 
Florida 34236 
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at https://www.scgov.net/ADA/Pages/default.aspx.