Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bee Ridge Roadwork Tonight


There will be night work tonight (Thursday April 29) at the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and Mauna Loa Boulevard.

One mast arm was not installed, at this location, due to an overhead conflict with FP&L. The conflict has been resolved, and there is a window of opportunity for the subcontractor to install the mast arm tonight (actually it will be, Friday morning, May 1, beginning at 1 a.m.). Missing this window may delay the mast arm installation several weeks. Permission has been granted for this work to be performed, provided proper "Maintenance of Traffic" is installed and traffic flow is maintained. Bee Ridge Road will be narrowed to one lane with flag men directing alternating traffic flow. The duration of work is expected to be one hour and the Construction Engineering Inspection team will be on site.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free SCAT, Advisory Boards, Seagrass Survey, more...

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communications@scgov.net
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is offering an unlimited-use tennis pass at Payne Park Tennis Center for the months of May through September for $150.
Sarasota County Government invites the public to volunteer for one of its many advisory board opportunities, including the General Contractors Licensing and Examining Board and Mechanical Contractors Licensing and Examining Board.
To celebrate Earth Day, Sarasota County and local partners invite the public to volunteer in a seagrass survey on Saturday, April 25, at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. 
Keep your home looking spiffy as a community cleanup event comes to Kensington Park in Sarasota from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25. 
Residents and visitors are invited to ride Sarasota County Area Transit buses for free Saturday, April 25, in celebration of Try Transit Day 2015.
The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail Park will be closed to the public starting Monday, April 27, for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
The community is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Blackburn Point Park additions on April 29, to celebrate the improvement and expansion of the park's amenities. 
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is excited to continue a long-standing tradition at Siesta Beach with the return of the 43rd Annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest on Saturday, May 2.
North Port Public Library will host a special video presentation of a 2013 interview with the late Dr. Eugenie Clark, the famed "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory, on her early dives at Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring. 

The Environment - Sarasota wants your input

Sarasota County invites us to give input regarding future directions and policies - this month it's a big topic - the Environment - if you can't make the workshops, you can still provide input at the link.

Comp Plan Update Workshop Reminder
Sarasota County's economy and quality of life are inextricably linked with a healthy environment. Clean waterbodies, clean air, and a balance of natural land and developed areas all contribute to making Sarasota County a desirable place to live, work, and play. Cycle 1, addressing Environmental Systems in Sarasota County is now open, until April 30, 2015Click here to learn more and take the first survey!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

County Update


Dear Lake,
Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us atcommunications@scgov.net
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Sarasota County, which is part of a national network of local volunteers, exemplifies how a committed team of volunteers can make a difference in the health, safety and resiliency of 
our communities.
Financial professionals and non-profit agencies will host a variety of presentations during "Money Smart Week @ Your Library," April 18-25 at Sarasota County libraries. 
SCAT will not be traveling through the Publix parking lot at 535 S. Tamiami Trail, in Venice.
For one day only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, the Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is accepting payment for overdue traffic tickets and criminal fines and fees without charging the 25 percent collection agency surcharge. 
Elsie Quirk Public Library will host a special program aimed at helping people face some of life's biggest challenges.
Real estate agents, landlords, property managers, architects, multifamily complex builders, permitting officials and all community members are invited to attend a free Fair Housing seminar at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Sarasota County the "Tree City USA" designation for 2014, based on the county's demonstration of environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. 
To celebrate Earth Day, Sarasota County and local partners invite the public to volunteer in a seagrass survey on Saturday, April 25, at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota. 
Keep your home looking spiffy as a community cleanup event comes to Kensington Park in Sarasota from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25. 
Residents and visitors are invited to ride Sarasota County Area Transit buses for free Saturday, April 25, in celebration of Try Transit Day 2015.
The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail Park will be closed to the public starting Monday, April 27, for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Learn what's driving local transportation and infrastructure improvements in Sarasota County during National County Government Month (NCGM) 
in April. 
The first cycle of the Comprehensive Plan Update is in full swing, as county planning staff works to examine Sarasota County's 
environmental systems. 
North Port Public Library will host a special video presentation of a 2013 interview with the late Dr. Eugenie Clark, the famed "Shark Lady" of Mote Marine Laboratory, on her early dives at Warm Mineral Springs and Little Salt Spring. 
The Community Health Center of North Port Inc., which partners with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) to provide affordable health care to over 30,000 people annually, changed its name to the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County (CHCSC) to better reflect its connection to the entire county. 
 
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Thursday, April 09, 2015

County Update


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Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback on the system, contact us at communications@scgov.net
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Sarasota County, which is part of a national network of local volunteers, exemplifies how a committed team of volunteers can make a difference in the health, safety and resiliency of 
our communities.
Residents of the City of Sarasota and Town of Longboat Key must be registered by Monday, April 13 to be eligible to vote in their respective elections scheduled for Tuesday, May 12.
To celebrate National Library Week, Sarasota County Libraries is hosting a week-long series of events designed for the public to 'Discover
Local Authors.'
SCAT will not be traveling through the Publix parking lot at 535 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL. 
For one day only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, The Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller is accepting payment for overdue traffic tickets and criminal fines and fees without charging the 25 percent collection agency surcharge. 
Elsie Quirk Public Library will host a special program aimed at helping people face some of life's biggest challenges.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently awarded Sarasota County the "Tree City USA" designation for 2014, based on the county's demonstration of environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. 
Real estate agents, landlords, property managers, architects, multifamily complex builders, permitting officials and all community members are invited to attend a free Fair Housing seminar. 
The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail Park will be closed to the public starting Monday, April 27, for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.
Learn what's driving local transportation and infrastructure improvements in Sarasota County during National County Government Month (NCGM) 
in April. 
The first cycle of the Comprehensive Plan Update is in full swing, as county planning staff works to examine Sarasota County's  environmental systems. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Letter to Sarasota County regarding RaceTrac

As many know, Lake Sarasota and other Bee Ridge neighborhoods tried to work with RaceTrac to add some buffering to their landscaping - a few more trees, etc. Normally such large gas stations are not situated directly across from residential neighborhoods. Unfortunately the plans for the gas station were submitted years ago and approved by the Sarasota County Commission before virtually anyone in the community knew about it.

The letter to County Administrator Thomas Harmer from a couple of days ago came from the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee, which represents 14 communities along Bee Ridge Rd. and Bee Ridge Extension, comprising a total of over 9,000 rooftops.

Mr. T. Harmer  
tharmer@scgov.net
County Administrator
Sarasota County

Dear Mr. Harmer: 
Recently a RaceTrac gas station opened at the intersection of Manua Loa and Bee Ridge Road, (Northeast corner). While facing Bee Ridge, it sits directly across the street from the Lake Sarasota Community. Several homes are directly impacted by light coming from the station.

Over the last 3 years we tried to negotiate with RaceTrac to add more landscaping along Bee Ridge to alleviate the light issue in the long term. They have decided not to accept our request and have planted according to the County standards for landscaping -- doing only the minimum required.

While we recognize little can be done at this point (other than to continue appealing to RaceTrac), we believe the County needs to rethink their landscape requirements when any Commercial installation is placed in or facing a residential neighborhood.

It is one thing to landscape where other Commercial buildings exist. It is quite another to impact residential neighborhoods with intrusive light, noise, etc. that certain Commercial installations bring.

Would you please ask Staff to take a good look at County regs and consider having a multi-tiered approach to landscaping -- dependent on where the new facility is being placed. 
Thank You

[Signed by a former Chairman and Founding Member of the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee]




After the above letter was shared with residents, we received this note from one Lake Sarasotan who lives opposite RaceTrac on Brentwood:

It's good to see continued effort to mitigate the light that comes from the Race Trac Station.  My master bedroom and dining room face the station so I get the full impact of the light all night.  As was stated in the letters, a small addition of landscaping would made a difference to the home owners who live across the street and now have to live with the light intrusion.  Thank you for your continued effort to protect the interest of our community.