20150911-11 Sep 2015

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After more than a year, another
joint meeting

The City and County commissions are working toward a November session to discuss chronic homelessness in the community, and the county board wants to hear beforehand from the Pinellas County sheriff about operating the Safe Harbor shelter

Carolyn Mason mugshot May 14 2013 RBH sharpenedFor the first time since June 2014, the Sarasota City Commission has agreed to a joint session with the Sarasota County Commission to discuss how best to handle the issue of chronic homelessness in the community.

County staff is hoping to host the session on Nov. 5 or 6. (Click here to continue reading)


Less sand; lots of buffers

The Army Corps of Engineers responds to the state’s request for more details about its proposal to dredge Big Pass and build groins on Lido Key

Groin area map ACOE to FDEP Sept. 4 2015In its Sept. 4 response to a request from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for more information regarding its permit application to dredge Big Sarasota Pass to renourish Lido Key, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the amount of sand it proposes to add to the beach, documents show. (Click here to continue reading)


Chamber official wins advisory board seat

Kevin Cooper will serve out an unexpired Sarasota County Planning Commission term, beating out a past county commissioner and past candidates for County Commission seats in the process

Kevin-Cooper-headshot-RBH-Aug.-6-2013It took only a couple of minutes and one nomination from the dais for the Sarasota County Commission to appoint a new Planning Commission member during its Sept. 9 regular meeting. The unanimous decision went to Kevin Cooper of Sarasota, vice president of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce for public policy and Sarasota Tomorrow initiatives. (Click here to continue reading)


At last, a price for TDRs

The County Commission splits over how to proceed on two offers involving developments east of Interstate 75

2050 Structure graphic BCCIt took two split votes and one unanimous decision on Sept. 8, but the Sarasota County Commission finally agreed to the pricing of its first sets of Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) under the county’s 2050 plan. After about 75 minutes of discussion, the board voted to allow the sale of 89 TDRs to CWES IX LLC at a price of (Click here to continue reading)


Modifying a plan to enhance safety

After an airing of complaints at an initial presentation, state transportation officials revised plans for safety enhancement changes at Siesta Key’s Stickney Point Road/Midnight Pass Road intersection

Car turning right on Stickney Point Road at Midnight Pass with striped area Sept. 3 2015 RBHAfter hearing a number of complaints last week when it first aired a proposal for changes at the Stickney Point Road/Midnight Pass Road intersection, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) personnel unveiled a revised option during the Sept. 3 meeting of the Siesta Key Association (SKA). (Click here to continue reading)