Friday, January 27, 2017

Brief meeting report with a few upcoming events

It was great to see such a large group at our Jan. 26th 2017 neighborhood meeting! Thanks to everyone who took time to share their concerns and meet some new neighbors. Our group exists


— to serve a social function

— to serve an educational function

— to beautify and unify the community


Our next meeting is set for March 9, 7-8:30 pm. We’ll be electing officers. Please consider taking a leadership role in this all-volunteer group.

We have two other upcoming events planned:

-- A work day at Hina Point Park. 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. (March 4 is the rain date.) Here's a flashback to when folks created the park.

-- After the huge success of our last neighborhood garage sale, we’re planning another one for March 25 from 8 a.m. to whenever you wish to close up. The neighborhood group will place an ad for the garage sale, but we don’t hand out maps or otherwise organize the event. Anyone who wants to participate is welcome.

-- And this is new: If you have items to sell but don’t want to hold your own yard sale, you'll be able to donate them to be sold to benefit the neighborhood group. Details to come.

A few code enforcement and law enforcement questions came up. This one-pager might be of use.

Mark your calendars and thanks.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Dear Lake,
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
Construction begins Jan. 26 on new mid-county Tax Collector Office at 6100 Sawyer Loop Road, Sarasota.
Sarasota County Area Transit is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new transfer station at The Mall at University Town Center at 2 p.m., onMonday, Jan. 30.
Register now through Feb. 1 for the 28th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games which take place Feb.11-19, at venues throughout Sarasota and
Manatee counties.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources' popular Sunrise Beach Walks return to Siesta and Nokomis beaches starting Feb. 1, and will run every Wednesday through March 29
Join Sarasota County at Fire Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve. This event is free and open to the public.
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 property.
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.
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1660 Ringling Blvd., 
Sarasota, Florida 34236 
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Lake Sarasota residents meet Jan. 26th



The next regular meeting of the volunteer LSCG will be 7 pm on Jan. 26th, 2017, at Sarasota Alliance Church - the meeting rooms behind the main building.

All Lake Sarasota residents are welcome - bring your thoughts about how to improve the place you live.

Actually we have a lot of residents.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Electric car charging; County closed for MLK; New health services, 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 communications@scgov.net
Most Sarasota County Government offices, including the Sarasota County Department of Health, will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, for the national observance celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther 
King Jr.
As electric vehicle use becomes increasingly popular, Sarasota County Government is launching a program to boost the number of charging stations across the county, with two workshops planned to provide program details.
The Sarasota County Department of Health and the Community Health Centers of Sarasota County remind families of males and females, starting at age nine, about the importance of getting the cancer prevention Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. 
The popular Winter Arts and Crafts Show returns for the fifth year to the Englewood Sports Complex on Saturday, Jan. 21
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is accepting applications for a scholarship to be awarded by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections this year. 
The Sarasota County Department of Health will provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness during January.
The deadline for enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage this year is Jan. 31.
About Us
Sarasota County Government 
1660 Ringling Blvd., 
Sarasota, Florida 34236 
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Sarasota County Updates: rabies, arts and crafts. . .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 communications@scgov.net
The popular Winter Arts and Crafts Show returns for the fifth year to the Englewood Sports Complex on Saturday, Jan. 21
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County received laboratory confirmation on Friday, Dec. 30 of rabies in a bobcat in south county. A rabies alert is in effect for 60 days for Venice and North Port. 
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is accepting applications for a scholarship to be awarded by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections this year. 
The Sarasota County Department of Health will provide no-cost health screenings and referrals for general health and wellness during January.
The deadline for enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage this year is Jan. 31.
About Us
Sarasota County Government 
1660 Ringling Blvd., 
Sarasota, Florida 34236 
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771

Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities. View the complete policy at https://www.scgov.net/ADA/Pages/default.aspx.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

County meetings involve more changes to 2050 Comprehensive Plan

Windfall for developers?
Public Notice

Proposed Amendment to the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan
The Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Department will hold two public meetings on proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment No. 2015-G. Both meetings will present the same information. These are not public hearings. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about the content of the proposed amendment and to seek comments and suggestions regarding the amendment.
The public meetings will be held on:

Date:                 January 18, 2017
Time:                 6:00 p.m.
Location:            Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Meeting Room B, Sarasota

Date:                 January 25, 2017
Time:                 6:00 p.m.
Location:            Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S. River Rd, Englewood
The publicly-initiated amendment is related to the required Open Space and Greenbelts for 2050 Village developments, and proposes to revise Policies VOS5.1, VOS1.2.a, and VOS2.1 of the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Chapter, Sarasota 2050 RMA System section, and other policies as necessary.
The amendments could allow the County Commission to:

1. Grant requests for exceptions and/or reduction of the required 500-foot Greenbelt widths of a 2050 Village, with established criteria; and

2. Grant requests to reduce the Open Space of a 2050 Village to less than the required 50%, but to no less than a minimum of 33%, with established criteria.
For more information or to send written comments on the proposed amendment, contact:

Planning and Development Services Department
1660 Ringling Blvd, 1st Floor
Sarasota FL 34236

Please call 941-861-5000 or email planner@scgov.net with your questions.


Planning Services provides unincorporated Sarasota County with land use services in collaboration with businesses, residents and neighboring jurisdictions to build a sustainable, prosperous community that distinguishes Sarasota County.
Planning Services |  planner@scgov.net | 941-861-5000
 www.scgov.net/planningservices