Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Report potholes, storm drains, directly to the county

Have a pothole to report? A traffic light not working? Storm drains not draining?

Sarasota County has new ways to get in touch with the county to report problems and see follow-up action:



Sarasota County has launched two new digital tools that will provide citizens with additional ways to engage with their government.

First, the county has partnered with SeeClickFix on a new platform that will allow the public to report quality-of-life issues and request county services.
With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, Sarasota County citizens will now be able to provide county staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions and a real-time location with their reports or requests. Citizens can report non-emergency issues, from traffic hazards like potholes to inoperable traffic signals, as well as view and comment on problems submitted by their neighbors. They can even create their own "watch areas" to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests, not just the ones they report. 

See these links

Contact the Call Center

Besides the phone (941 861-5000), you can now email or request service by filling out a form at the link.

Apparently there's a way to follow the County's response time to a service request, using See Click Fix.



Friday, August 19, 2016

Fence installation along Coleridge; Wake Ave. to reopen soon


2016 Neighborhoods Conference Early Registration Discount

This October, the Florida Neighborhoods Conference will bring communities and concerned citizens from all around Florida to Sarasota County for three days of workshops and exchange of ideas.

In 2008, some from Sarasota attended the last conference and came away impressed with the quality of the leaders and the knowledge shared about housing, organizing, working with government, methods for communication and networking.

A list of workshops is here.

Discount for those who sign up before Sept. 2.

The time has finally arrived - registration for the 2016 Florida Neighborhoods Conference, hosted October 13-15 by Sarasota County in Venice, Florida - is now open!  Register before September 2 and receive the "early bird" discount rate of $50.  Basic registration includes a suite of neighborhood-oriented workshops, a continental breakfast, keynote lunch, anniversary celebration, awards breakfast, and your choice of tours.  Did we mention you get all that for only $50??!
          If you are looking for ways to show your neighborhood a little love, you don't want to miss this fantastic opportunity!  Check out the Conference Guide, then

     
     Please also check out the volunteer and sponsorship opportunities posted on the Neighborhood Services webpage.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Park Site, Change in Polling Places - County Updates



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.net
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources would like you to share your thoughts and ideas at a community workshop on the future neighborhood park.
Sarasota County has hired Christopher J. Louria to become director of the Human Resources Department.
Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent announces changes in polling locations effective Aug. 30.
Sarasota County will host the 20th annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference on Oct. 13-15 at the Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice.
Sarasota County's department of health and numerous partners have joined in promoting breastfeeding during August.
Save the date: Sarasota County Master Gardeners will hold their 11th annual plant sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
 
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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Wake Ave. to close beginning Monday


Third Mowing Meeting and other County Updates




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.net


Sarasota County is proposing changes to the mowing level of service in residential areas within the county's urban service boundary, and is hosting a third public workshop at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Nokomis Community Center.
For the second consecutive year, Sarasota County's Procurement department has been honored for "Achievement of Excellence in Procurement" by the National Procurement Institute.
Sarasota County's department of health and numerous partners have joined in promoting breastfeeding during August.
Save the date: Sarasota County Master Gardeners will hold their 11th annual plant sale on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has partnered with Q'Straint to host an open house presentation and demonstration of Quantum, the transportation industry's first fully automatic rear-facing 
securement system.
Historical Resources is bringing history to the digital age with their new Instagram account. 
 
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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

County contemplates changes in chicken keeping

Sarasota County will host public workshops on backyard chicken keeping Aug. 2 in Sarasota and Aug. 3 in Venice.


SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County is considering a change to the regulations in its code affecting backyard chicken keeping in residential zones and will host two public workshops on the topic.

Two workshops are planned to review the proposed code and gather input ahead of public hearings before the Sarasota County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners, as follows:
  • Public workshop 1: 6 p.m. Aug. 2,
    County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., First Floor Commission Chambers, Sarasota 
  • Public workshop 2: 6 p.m. Aug. 3,
    R.L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Commission Chambers, Venice
  • Planning Commission public hearing: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 
    County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., First Floor Commission Chambers, Sarasota
  • Board of County Commissioners, first public hearing: Sept. 20 (time TBD), 
    County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd., First Floor Commission Chambers, Sarasota
  • Board of County Commissioners, second public hearing: 5:01 p.m. Oct. 10, 
    R.L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Commission Chambers, Venice
The proposed amendment to the code only affects unincorporated portions of Sarasota County, or areas outside of the city limits of Sarasota, Venice, North Port and the Town of Longboat Key. 
 
The code currently allows the keeping of chickens in Open Use Agriculture (OUA), Open Use Rural (OUR), Open Use Estate (OUE), and in limited situations, Residential Estate (RE) zoning districts.The proposed code would add the keeping of chickens in all RE and Residential Single-Family (RSF) zoning districts, unless otherwise prohibited. 
 
The proposed code will likely contain standards affecting the number of chickens per property, setbacks of coops from property lines, prohibiting the keeping of roosters and potential other standards to be discussed. An additional consideration is being proposed to delay the implementation of backyard chicken keeping in RE and RSF zoning districts to allow homeowner associations with deed restrictions to consider initiating a prohibition of chickens that would supersede this allowance, if they so choose. The proposed code changes can be viewed online atwww.scgov.net/planningservices.
 
 

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or email planner@scgov.net.