Saturday, June 25, 2016

SCAT to no longer enter Lake Sarasota

Users of SCAT please take note - this came from SCAT:

SCAT service change (Bee Ridge Rd and Middlesex) is effective Saturday July 9, 2016.
Due to the opening of the rotary at Gary Player, SCAT service will no longer turn into Middlesex Dr and exiting Wake Ave.

Patrons are encouraged to use SCAT bus stops and shelters along Bee Ridge rd.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Landscaping to begin, Bent Tree Roundabout functional

Landscaping Bee Ridge proceed from West to East trees overhanging right of way will be trimmed back. Roundabout pattern in effect at Bent Tree, but still under construction. Iona reduced to one lane.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summary of LSCG Meeting 6.9.16

The volunteer Lake Sarasota Community Group met Thursday - here's a brief summary of the meeting:

Neighbors on Allan Place have expressed concerns about car lights, noise, bus noise, and exposure to Bee Ridge Rd. Meetings with the County are ongoing, and the some plans are in place for buffering. Further communication with the County and with SCAT is planned.

Also, the placement of the SCAT bus stop at Allan Place presents concerns about traffic safety as well as nuisance issues. The Board unanimously voted to send an LSCG letter regarding these matters to the County, to SCAT, and to the District 2 Commissioner.

Bee Ridge roadwork is largely complete along the Lake Sarasota area, except for landscaping, which is scheduled to begin very soon. If you have any issues let us know - preferably via NextDoor, or in comments, or at

Major roadwork continues to the East, at Bent Tree and Iona, where a fourth roundabout is underway.

Sheriff's reports show little crime for the last four months - a brief spree in April, which ended in apprehension of a suspect. The May report, which came in after the meeting was held, indicates one theft, one burglary, and one juvenile disturbance for May.

The Board of LSCG encourages folks in the neighborhood to join our Facebook and Nextdoor communities and to check the blog.

The Board also intends to feature lovely neighborhood homes -- if you have photos of a Lake Sarasota home or yard that you think would people would like, feel free to send them to Joy.

Also, planning is underway for a Neighborhood Party, to be held in the Fall when the weather cools. More to come on that.

The current LSCG treasury total: $202.96

Friday, June 10, 2016

Crews to work Saturday at Iona

The bulk of the activity is now to the East of Lake Sarasota - towards Bent Tree and Iona Blvd, where a crew will be working June 11 to create the roundabout:

Thursday, June 09, 2016

County Update: Comp Plan, Youth Guide

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Sarasota County urges residents to be prepared for an emergency and prepare an all hazards kit. 
Sarasota County is hosting a public hearing at 9 a.m. at the Administration Center at 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, to discuss land use, economic development, mobility and public utilities.

***NOTE: See some of the controversy surrounding this "Update" here.
Find hundreds of free events for children, tweens and teens in the 2016 Sarasota County Public Library Summer Youth Activities Guide. Explore your library and its free programs, computers, books movies and more.
Sarasota County is hosting six open houses starting Monday, June 20, to address changes to FEMA floodplain maps, which take effect Nov. 4.
The public pistol and rifle range at Knight Trail Park will closeMonday, June 27, for the installation of sound-reduction baffles.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County will host a community meeting with families to discuss its Florida Healthy
Babies initiative.
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LSCG Meets Thursday June 9

The Lake Sarasota Community Group will hold its regular quarterly meeting on Thursday, June 9, at 7 pm.

Take this opportunity to meet the new board. Read Keith's introductory letter here.

As usual, we will meet in the conference rooms behind Sarasota Alliance Church, which is opposite Chaucer Rd.

-Update on Bee Ridge roadwork-Tom M

-Allan Place-Tammy F

-Treasury - Ellie H.

-Traffic conditions in re:new construction

-Crime stats-Tom

-Membership: fb/twitter/nextdoor usage-Joy

-revive "Yard of the month" award?

-revive welcome wagon?

-Labor Day Party

-sponsorship opportunities


-concerns/questions/new business

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Notice of County Comp Plan Review

REMINDER: Public Hearings for Comprehensive Plan Update onJune 8 and 10

Public hearings for the Comprehensive Plan Update will be held on June 8 at 1:30 pm and on June 10 at 9 am. These hearings are for Board of County Commissioners to consider transmitting the Comp Plan to the State for review. Adoption by the BCC will take place after the State review, with target dates of October 2016.

Documents have been posted online for the public hearings. The documents include:

Please take note of the public hearing dates, times and topics listed below. Meetings will be held at the Sarasota County Administration Center, Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

You can watch the hearing live on Access TV (19 on Comcast and 32 on Frontier). You can also watch online, both live and on-demand afterwards. 

Thank you for your role in shaping 
a better Sarasota County.
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Saturday, June 04, 2016

A few links for tropical storms

Heavy rains are anticipated Monday possibly accompanied by strong winds. It's that time of year - a few useful links.

National Hurricane Center

Sarasota County Evacuation Shelters

More Weather Links

Sarasota County Home Page

From Sarasota County's Emergency Center:


​Be Prepared for Any Emergency

Create a disaster plan for your family, business and neighborhood. We can help.
If you live alone talk to your neighbors and friends about developing a neighborhood response plan.

Being prepared is your best protection and your responsibility. A good disaster preparedness plan provides a margin of safety protecting you, your family and your neighbors. Having a disaster plan improves your communities’ ability to recover.

Let’s work together and be prepared.

Emergency Services Mission

Sarasota County Emergency Services serves our community with P.R.I.D.E.
Devotion to Duty
Sarasota County Emergency Services Mission Statement is "Saving Lives and Protecting Property."

Friday, June 03, 2016

New Temporary Pattern for Bent Tree

Exiting Bent Tree Traffic will have to turn East starting this week. The Mauna Loa intersection is almost fully complete, with two northbound lanes now open. Eastbound, there will still be only one lane open. Medians are in, final work remains to be done.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Camp Guide and more Summer Activities

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Sarasota County was recently named a "Tree City USA" community for the 25th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation, an achievement that demonstrates the county's continued commitment to positive environmental stewardship.
Sarasota County reminds residents to "Be Floridian" and refrain from applying fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus from June 1 to 
Sept. 30.
Parents who are looking for healthy activities will appreciate the Kids' Summer Beach Runs, presented by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, and New Balance Sarasota.
Saddle up and join Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources for a bike rodeo at Shamrock Park and Nature Center to kick off the summer reading program at the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda 
Public Library.
Edson Keith Mansion will host a free, family-friendly archaeology event onSaturday, June 25.
Sarasota County will continue offering a backstage pass to residents through the popular Civics 101 program, which returns Thursday, July 7.
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