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Sarasota County Updates

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Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback relating to this newsletter, contact us at communications@scgov.netCaragiulo chosen as 2017
commission chairman
The Sarasota County Commission selected Paul Caragiulo, District 2, as chair and Nancy C. Detert, District 3, as vice chair for 2017 during its annual retreat. Michael A. Moran will serve as Pro Tem. Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan wins Outstanding Planning Project Award Sarasota County's Comprehensive Plan has received the 2016 Outstanding Planning Project Award from the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.

The Late Waldo Proffitt Jr. on Growth

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Longtime editorial writer and managing editor of the Herald Tribune Waldo Proffitt Jr. died Dec. 6. This reflection was shared with us by Dan Lobeck:


Waldo Proffitt Jr.
October 8, 1924 - December 6, 2016


As Managing Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune from 1961-1998, and as a columnist and editorial writer,
Waldo Proffitt  helped shape Sarasota County for the better (together for most of that time with Publisher David Lindsay).  
He always favored carefully managed and controlled growth, as reflected in these interview excerpts.
Waldo Proffitt is greatly missed.
From an Interview – 10/16/2013:  … growth is not necessarily good, it’s only the right kind of growth that will help the community remain a good place for people to live and that is the product that Sarasota has to sell: that this is a good place to live. And I believe that that idea has become fairly widely circulated, I certainly hope so.

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Well, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by density. I mean that’s not easy to do, …

Update on FDOT plan for Bee Ridge Exchange

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We asked a representative from FDOT to update us on plans for the Bee Ridge interchange. Here's the latest as of today:

The Florida Department of Transportation anticipates conducting informational meetings in late-January/early-February 2017 where display boards will be set up in an open-house format in which attendees will have the opportunity to view the project and ask questions of FDOT staff and its project engineering consultant team.

A video presentation will also be provided that will review the history of the project, a detailed description of the current design and hopefully address many of the questions you and others may have about the project. Check for updates at the project website.

Two questions:
1. Does the plan for the continuous flow intersection at Cattlemen call for two legs or four? The slide attached, of the Bee Ridge Road/Cattlemen Road intersection, was taken from the presentation given during the July 26, 2016 public hearing. As shown, the Continuous Flow …

Bee Ridge Dedication, new commissioners, more . . .

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Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback relating to this newsletter, contact us at communications@scgov.netCounty offices closed for Thanksgiving Sarasota County Government offices, including libraries, Sarasota County Historical Resources and recreation centers, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday. County urges caution while cooking and using turkey fryers over the holidays On Thanksgiving Day, home cooking fires are likely to occur more than three times the daily average than any other day of the year, so the Sarasota County Fire Department is urging to the community to keep safety in mind during the holidays.

It's over!

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Dedicate Bee Ridge and Celebrate the end of construction, paving, barrels . . .

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Reminder: Lake Sarasota Community Yard Sale Nov. 19th

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Folks can decide their hours, but normally customers are here by 8 a.m. and traffic dies down by 2 p.m. We do not have maps. The sale will be advertised. Participating homes might wish to put some balloons or something on their mailboxes to catch the eye.


New Signal at Mauna Loa Thursday Evening

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Siesta Crystal, Phillippi Estate, affordable housing, I-75 overpass . . .

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Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback relating to this newsletter, contact us atcommunications@scgov.netSiesta Beach Crystal Classic begins
this weekend
Master sculptors are coming to Siesta Beach for the 7th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival Nov. 11-15. Celebrate Phillippi Estate Park's 100 years with concerts, clowns, photos, food and fun Join Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources as it celebrates the 100-year anniversary of Phillippi Estate Park with a series of free events Nov. 12-13. County launches online survey on
housing affordability
As part of a major initiative focused on housing affordability, Sarasota County is seeking community input on the topic through a newly launched online survey.