Sunday, April 02, 2017

CONA: Surplus Lands at the Celery Fields - Monday April 10, 7 pm

Monday, April 10, 2017

7:00 p.m.

surplus lands and
community treasures 
- crucial decisions -
a town hall examination 
    ​On Monday, April 10, 2017 please join CONA for a town hall
examination of our surplus lands policies and zoning processes that are putting lands considered community treasures in danger, perhaps irreversibly. Such crucial decisions require public participation.    
  The current offer to sell public lands adjacent to the Celery Fields for a construction waste processing facility has drawn the focus of adjacent neighborhoods, environmental groups, conservationists, and many concerned individuals. The issues will be examined to determine what should drive decisions about public lands and how policies may be changed to assure protection of our community treasures while making appropriate decisions about development and preservation.  

social 6:30 p.m. - meeting 7:00 p.m.
at the Sarasota Garden Club

neighbors helping neighbors since 1961

Please share with anyone who cares for quality in Sarasota County - 

Thank you -

Saturday, April 01, 2017

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
If you have not yet paid your 2016 property taxes, don't let the Friday, March 31 deadline pass or you will face an additional charge.
Big trucks and two egg hunts are in store for kids at the 21st annual Big Truck Day EGGstravaganza, sponsored by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.
Venice Library, 260 N. Nokomis Ave., will be closed Friday, April 7, while the City of Venice performs maintenance on the building.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources is taking part in the "Meet Me at the Park" initiative, a national contest that could earn Sarasota County a $20,000 grant to improve local parks.
If you're facing an outstanding overdue fine that's been keeping you away from the library, take advantage of Amnesty Week at any Sarasota County Library by returning those overdue items without penalty.
The Sarasota County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes using a variety of  data tools.
The Sarasota County elections office has begun sending out vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots for the May 9 municipal elections.
The county is seeking the public's input as it creates a Unified Development Code that updates and brings together the land development and zoning regulations, which control the development of all properties in unincorporated Sarasota County.
Summer is right around the corner, and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources has plenty of summer camp options this year to keep kids entertained and engaged.
The Sarasota County Department of Health staff will provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness during April. 
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Report from March 16th community meeting

Hina Park in Lake Sarasota
Report from March 16, 2017 LSCG Meeting:

It was decided without objection to leave the executive board in place for the next year. Motion was heard, seconded, and carried.

The March 25th community garage sale is on, but Keith and Sommer cannot accept any donations because they'll be away.

The flag was replaced and there was a report of a pulled post in Hina park.

The volunteers for the Hina Park project were thanked and some money was collected if anyone who acquired material (Tammy and John Fultz) wish to be reimbursed. If so, speak to Ellie.

Carlos Correa from The Enclaves on Palmer Blvd. came by and spoke passionately about supporting the efforts to block the development near Celery Fields. I for one agree and there seemed to be no dissent at the table. We should think of ways to get involved. I, for one, will spend my spring break annoying Caragiulo about this through email and phone calls. Others are encouraged to write him, attend protests, and spread the word about what an awful idea this is for everyone in the Sarasota County. I'm sure Tom, who is heavily involved in the effort, can continue to post material. But we need to reach out to the non-digital community. Let's contemplate how we can achieve that.

The next meeting was scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of June, the 8th. No events are planned, save the March 25th garage sale, before then. We have tentatively scheduled meetings for 9/14 and 11/9, with a Hina Park Fall Festival the following weekend.

One last thing: Ross opened up the facility for us. Is he the pastor? Also, he said they need a crosswalk for the youths coming to church. Is there a way we can facilitate that?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Community Meeting Tonight

Tonight at 7 pm there will be a Lake Sarasota community meeting at the Alliance Church meeting rooms. (Drive around behind the church.) High on the agenda: election of officers and our next garage sale. All are welcome.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

County Updates

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March 14 is municipal election day in Sarasota County. Registered voters in the cities of Sarasota and North Port and the Town of Longboat Key will elect local commissioners and, in the case of Longboat Key, decide on two ballot questions.
Sarasota County Area Transit has contracted with private vendor Ride Right Transit to provide open-air vehicle circulator service on Siesta Key. 
Sarasota County's Department of Health will provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness during March.
Sarasota County has appointed Matt Osterhoudt as the new director of Planning and Development Services, effective March 6.
The community is invited to "Chalk the Park" on March 5 at Nathan Benderson Park.
Free aid for filing federal income tax returns is available at AARP tax aid sites and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout
Sarasota County.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Help our little park

On Saturday, our pocket park could use a little help.

Come out to Hina Park on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 9 a.m. 

Hina Park is the little park where Palau and Hina come together. Neighbors will be replacing rotted wood posts and doing some planting and mulching.  

For the facelift, folks have already arranged for the materials. Please bring a rake, a shovel, a post hole maker if you happen to have. 

Bring water and a hat and gloves.

Hope to see you Saturday at 9 am!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Contacts for Bee Ridge issues

The followings are the County-assigned contacts for Bee Ridge Rd now that the project is complete: 
·         Tree Trimming beyond project limits:  Tim Eiseler, 941-650-0738
·         Mowing:  Gregg Young 941-302-8164

Per the construction contract, “The County will be responsible for mowing, edging, trimming, and litter pick-up of all sodded areas”
·         Landscape and Irrigation System:  Alex Boudreau, 941-650-0765
·         This is currently being monitored/maintained under the “Plant Establishment Period and Contract Warranty” section of the construction contract until December 12, 2017.  “The contractor shall be responsible for regular maintenance of all landscaped beds, bioswales, mulched areas, shrubs, plants, trees and palms” 

.       Bioswales maintenance POC will be Gerald McClendon 941-315-5207
·         Roadway Lighting: Gary Spraggins 941-650-3306
·         Street Sweeping: Lynn Mison 941-861-0819
Add Robert Arciniega - 941-861-7548 - code enforcement - removal of inappropriate ads and signs along the road or in roundabouts.

County updates: Palmer Blvd part closed - tax assistance - dental health, more -

Welcome to Sarasota County's community e-newsletter. If you have questions, ideas for articles, or feedback relating to this newsletter, contact us at
Sarasota County has earned the Keep America Beautiful President's Circle Award for the 14th year, a designation that recognizes exemplary performance by certified communities in creating clean, green and
beautiful communities.
A section of Palmer Boulevard between Iona Road and just to the east of Talon Lane/Gerry Road will be closed to traffic until March 20.
Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner reminds residents of the City of North Port, City of Sarasota, and Town of Longboat Key to register to vote by Feb. 13 to be eligible to vote in the March 14 elections.
The Sarasota County elections office mailed 10,417 vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots for the March 14 municipal elections. 
Free tax aid is available at locations throughout Sarasota County for filing federal income tax returns at AARP tax aid sites and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.
It's time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, junk and yard waste, as Sarasota County holds its annual free community cleanup in the Nokomis area from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Sarasota County will host a series of educational flood zone workshops throughout 2017 at several county libraries.
The popular and romantic "Say I Do Again'" wedding vow renewal ceremony returns Feb. 14 to Siesta and Venice beaches.
The Florida Department of Health and Sarasota County Schools have launched a school-based dental sealant program designed to stop tooth decay (cavities) and the associated dental and health problems.
The deadline to file for a homestead exemption, a property tax benefit available to eligible homeowners, is March 1. Homeowners can receive a homestead exemption of up to $50,000 on the assessed value of
their properties.