New county Neighborhood Services program to be focus of Dec. 13 CONA meeting

Holiday potluck party to follow presentation

CONA has moved its programs to the second floor meeting room in the fire station located at 2070 Waldemere St. in Sarasota. Image from Google Maps

On Friday, Dec. 13, the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) will present Miranda Landsdale, representing Sarasota County’s Neighborhood Services Division, to introduce the Neighborhood Pointers program, CONA has announced.

Neighborhood Pointers “is designed to guide neighborhood leaders and residents seeking to improve their neighborhoods by providing paths to objectives and resolving issues encountered — through tips, classes, meetings, access to resources derived from the [county Comprehensive Plan] and strategy consultations provided by the county planning staff for the unique concerns of a neighborhood,” a news release explains. Three principles and 80 guideposts have been identified to assist neighborhood leaders, the release adds. “Your neighborhood may benefit greatly from participation,” the release points out.

After the program, attendees will adjourn for a holiday potluck party and “celebrate the recent success of several neighborhood initiatives” while socializing, the release continues.

“Bring a dish to share and to set on the food tables before the meeting opens,” the release suggests. CONA will provide a catered entree and track what dishes are being brought — e-mail what you plan,” the release says.

CONA also reminds the public that the organization has changed both its location and the day of the month for member meetings. It has relocated to the meeting room of the fire station located at 2070 Waldemere St., just to the east of Tamiami Trail, near Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The meetings are scheduled for the second Friday of each month.

Overflow parking is across the street, in the lot of the nursing home, which is under renovation, the release notes.

On Dec. 13, CONA leaders will begin setting up the food tables 6:30 p.m., the release says. The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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