Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pics from Saturday's Hina Park Fix-Up

After learning that we still had a bit of money left from a County grant from a few years ago, we contacted the County and asked about it. Turned out there was enough there to buy some mulch, some posts, some epoxy and a few other things to give Hina Park a bit of a makeover.

Thanks to all who turned out to help -- including Preston, Logan, Zack, Josh, and Sawyer --  a great bunch of kids from the neighborhood. And thanks to Sarasota County Neighborhood Services, and in particular to Grants Coordinator Kathlyn Clayton (who alas is leaving her position) for going beyond the call of duty to make this a success!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

County update: Your input wanted on Parks

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Big trucks and two egg hunts are in store for kids at the 19th annual Big Truck Day EGGstravaganza, sponsored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources. Admission is free for the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
Learn what's driving local transportation and infrastructure improvements in Sarasota County during National County Government Month (NCGM) in April. NCGM is an initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo). It is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year's theme is "Counties Moving America Forward: The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure."
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) recognizes the value of measuring health outcomes using a variety of data tools. Today, Sarasota County Health and Human Services officials acknowledged the 2015 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool, released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 
Sarasota County is asking for the public's help as it creates a Parks, Preserves and Recreation Master Plan that will serve as a road map for the future of the department.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hina Park Fix-up this Saturday

Sat, Mar 28, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Hina Park at Hina Drive and Palau

With the help of a Community Grant we plan to restore, re-mulch, and re-chain the tiny park at the intersection of Palau and Hina on Saturday Morning, March 28. Joanna Kilmer will be on hand, and we're renting an auger to dig holes for new posts.

This is not the first fix-up for the park - see here:

and here:

Re-Paving Lake Sarasota

A caravan of road paving vehicles came down Friendship 
Tuesday and turned onto Palau.

A short while later, they had begun work on Palau by Lauzon

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bumpy Lake Sarasota Streets to be paved

Many of the road surfaces on Lake Sarasota's streets have been milled to make them ready for resurfacing.

According to the County,
Preferred Materials will be back tomorrow to start paving. They will be in the neighborhood for the next 2 weeks and then the roads should look great.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Residents resolve to resurrect Citizens Patrol

Those attending Thursday evening's meeting of the Lake Sarasota Community Group discussed reports of alleged teenage activity, and considered certain security measures. The Group agreed to monitor the situation.

While there has been considerable discussion on NextDoor of some young people causing problems, no one at the meeting had any concrete knowledge of the allegations. Curiously, a long thread that reported specifics on NextDoor has apparently been deleted with no explanation. And the Sheriff's crime mapping site reflect no recent unusual activity in the area.

The costs of creating a street lighting district make it difficult to gain the 67% support for creating a district in Lake Sarasota. Those curious about the process can download a brochure from the County here. Individuals who feel their homes or streets would benefit from lighting can make arrangements with FPL for lights where needed. The monthly charges are relatively minor, and the lighting is maintained by FPL.

The Citizens Patrol is going to start up if enough volunteers are willing to get aboard. Ted handed over direction of the Patrol to Heidi, and there are several volunteers who have already been trained who say they plan to work with her.

Anyone with knowledge of houses that have suspicious activity -- drugs, squatters, late night parties, etc. -- should report these to the Sheriff, and share locations with the HOA. One resident told of a home that was finally vacated after two and a half months of nuisance and possibly criminal activity from squatters.

Our volunteer HOA has $264.21 in its account, and is registered as a 501 corporation for the current year.

A plan to advertise last saturday's garage sale fell through when insufficient contributions ($2 per participating home) came in to fund a newspaper ad. The group plans to try again in the Fall if folks come through with support for advertising.

Several who attended plan to gather next Thursday, March 19, around 8:30 - 9 am at Hina Point Park to make some repairs. The little park is at the point where Hina and Palau meet. All are welcome to come help for a couple of hours. A small remainder of a County grant might become available to do some additional work on the park.

Bee Ridge Road construction continues - the final road will be one inch higher than the old road - with lights, a median, retention ponds, trees, sidewalks, covered bus stops, landscaping, four roundabouts, etc.

The next regular Lake Sarasota meeting is set for Thursday, June 11, 7 pm at Sarasota Alliance.

County update

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If you are one of the millions caught up in the pickleball craze, there is still time to enter Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources' Fourth Annual Pickleball Slam.
This two-story, 40,000-square-foot facility contains the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) and the Sarasota County Contact Center (941-861-5000).A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday honored the completion of the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center.
A tour will be available at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Sarasota County Fair that will highlight the exciting world of local agriculture and show participants how to better connect with 
their food.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will host the annual, vendor sold-out Spring Arts and Crafts Show from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Road in Englewood. 
The Board of County Commissioners is asking the public to submit names for the Walton Ranch site (environmental land in east Sarasota County.) Ideas must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 16
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful is seeking volunteers for the 2015 Great American Cleanup, 8 a.m.- noon, Saturday, March 21, at sites throughout Sarasota County. In case of rain, the cleanup will be held on Saturday, March 28.  
Free tax help available through AARP
Free tax aid is available at locations throughout Sarasota County for quick filing of federal individual income tax returns at AARP tax aid sites and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. The VITA sites are operated by the United Way Suncoast.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

LSCG Meets March 12

Lake Sarasota Community Group (LSCG) holds a meeting next Thursday, March 12, at 7 pm. It will be in the meeting rooms behind Sarasota Alliance Church on Bee Ridge Rd., opposite Chaucer Lane.

So far the agenda includes:

1 Security - vandals and kids with pellet gun
For discussion: Should Lake Sarasota consider street lights for safety?

2 Neighborhood Grants

3 New neighborhood bulletin board sign

4 Bee Ridge Road widening

5 New Business

Meetings are held quarterly and are open to any resident of Lake Sarasota. The LSCG is an entirely volunteer organization with no dues or deed restrictions.