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     Area officials want to reduce car lanes and increase bike lanes. They think that will help with gridlock.

     

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    Sarasota wants to reduce the car lanes and increase the bike lanes on some roads with the hope that gridlock will be reduced by more people riding bikes? Can you see the bike lane here?

    "Sea levels have risen locally by an estimated 6.6 inches since 1946, according to the St. Petersburg tide station. An assessment by the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel determined that “the Tampa Bay region may experience SLR somewhere between 6 inches to 2.5 feet by 2050 and potentially between 1 to 7 feet by 21001 .” Some expected effects of that SLR include inundation of low-lying areas, shoreline and beach erosion, reduced effectiveness of coastal stormwater drainage systems, and increased flooding during storm events."  

     

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     Benderson changes it's mind and plans on putting  six to seven stories high, 600 rental/or condo housing units, a 150-room hotel and 140,000 square feet of commercial space  at 41 and Stickney into a hotel and retail, whew, what a mess that would be. It's one of the busiest intersections in Sarasota that leads to Siesta Key. Traffic already backs up with the draw bridge halting traffic and tourists flocking to Siesta Key.

     

     

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     Looks like the state is clamping down on slow drivers on Interstate 75 with a $121 minimum fine. We wonder if they will enforce it on Tamiami Trail? Excessively slow drivers add to the gridlock problem especially when they tie up all 3 lanes.

     

     

     

     

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    We have plenty of land in Florida that could be used to raise more crops. With the drought in California it wouldn't hurt to grow more crops in our state.

     

     

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     The University Blvd 'diamond traffic exchange was begun in July. It is hoped it will reduce traffic congestion in this area. It is the first such use in Florida.


     

     Siesta Key Beach receives Trip Advisor Number One Beach in the United States and in the top 14 in the world for 2015. Photo: courtesy SC.

     

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    The first attempt to legalize medical marijuana for those suffering from debilitating medical conditions was started by Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens, who introduced �The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.� If passed, it would have allowed Floridians to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. A poll conducted in the beginning of 2013 on behalf of People United for Medical Marijuana showed that 70 percent of Florida voters supported a plan to amend the state constitution in favor of marijuana legalization. Almost a year later, this percentage has increased to over 82% of Florida voters.
    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1083788/marijuana-legalization-florida-petition-has-almost-one-million-demanding-medical-pot/#4TKUvqdwy2LWK1hT.99
    The first attempt to legalize medical marijuana for those suffering from debilitating medical conditions was started by Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens, who introduced �The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.� If passed, it would have allowed Floridians to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. A poll conducted in the beginning of 2013 on behalf of People United for Medical Marijuana showed that 70 percent of Florida voters supported a plan to amend the state constitution in favor of marijuana legalization. Almost a year later, this percentage has increased to over 82% of Florida voters.
    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1083788/marijuana-legalization-florida-petition-has-almost-one-million-demanding-medical-pot/#4TKUvqdwy2LWK1hT.99
    The first attempt to legalize medical marijuana for those suffering from debilitating medical conditions was started by Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens, who introduced �The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.� If passed, it would have allowed Floridians to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. A poll conducted in the beginning of 2013 on behalf of People United for Medical Marijuana showed that 70 percent of Florida voters supported a plan to amend the state constitution in favor of marijuana legalization. Almost a year later, this percentage has increased to over 82% of Florida voters.
    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1083788/marijuana-legalization-florida-petition-has-almost-one-million-demanding-medical-pot/#4TKUvqdwy2LWK1hT.99
    The first attempt to legalize medical marijuana for those suffering from debilitating medical conditions was started by Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens, who introduced �The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.� If passed, it would have allowed Floridians to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. A poll conducted in the beginning of 2013 on behalf of People United for Medical Marijuana showed that 70 percent of Florida voters supported a plan to amend the state constitution in favor of marijuana legalization. Almost a year later, this percentage has increased to over 82% of Florida voters.
    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1083788/marijuana-legalization-florida-petition-has-almost-one-million-demanding-medical-pot/#4TKUvqdwy2LWK1hT.99

     


     
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    According to Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County had 740,300 visitors in fiscal year 2013, spending $640,974,200 in the area economy. That is a 5.8% jump in visitors from fiscal year 2012 and a 10.2% increase in direct spending.

    �Our visitors are up, our business is up. Things are looking good,� said Cheryl Gaddie, president of the Siesta Key Village Association. �What a difference from three years ago.�

    The 2013 fiscal year ended June 30. Data from the Sarasota County Tax Collector also paints a positive picture for the area tourism industry.

    With three months of revenue left to be calculated for 2013, Sarasota County has already raised $12,179,818 in revenue from the Tourist Development Tax � eclipsing the total revenue reported for 2011. This comes after multiple years of increased revenues from the tax. Development Tax revenue grew by 16% in 2011, and by 17.5% in 2012.

    - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/Front-Page/0809201328511/Another-banner-year-for-Sarasota-tourism#sthash.LCRDhSJS.dpuf

    According to Visit Sarasota County (VSC), Sarasota County had 740,300 visitors in fiscal year 2013, spending $640,974,200 in the area economy. That is a 5.8% jump in visitors from fiscal year 2012 and a 10.2% increase in direct spending.

    �Our visitors are up, our business is up. Things are looking good,� said Cheryl Gaddie, president of the Siesta Key Village Association. �What a difference from three years ago.�

    The 2013 fiscal year ended June 30. Data from the Sarasota County Tax Collector also paints a positive picture for the area tourism industry.

    With three months of revenue left to be calculated for 2013, Sarasota County has already raised $12,179,818 in revenue from the Tourist Development Tax � eclipsing the total revenue reported for 2011. This comes after multiple years of increased revenues from the tax. Development Tax revenue grew by 16% in 2011, and by 17.5% in 2012.

    - See more at: http://www.yourobserver.com/news/sarasota/Front-Page/0809201328511/Another-banner-year-for-Sarasota-tourism#sthash.LCRDhSJS.dpuf

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     The man made lake at the Sarasota Technical Institute was built to collect rain runoff. It is full most of the time. Letting the grass grow higher around waterways, the county says, will help filter out toxins from the land yet we see this lake is trimmed. 

     

     

     

     

     

     



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    Dry sunny days make it great for sailing or just about any outside activity, high around 88 today but with lower humidity.

     

     

     

     

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    The Siesta Key renovation included new wide sidewalks with lighting.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Traffic backs up on I-75 as season begins.

     

     

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    Full moon with a tint of harvest color over Sarasota Thursday evening. Amazing!

     

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    This Osprey motel gets a much needed makeover. It used to house baseball teams that were here for spring training.

     

     

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    Sarasota Square Blvd gets repaved to look like new while other roads in bad condition wait to get repaved. Why would you repave a perfectly good road?


     

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    Gridlock has gotten so bad in Sarasota that the Sheriff's Department has put up roving signs warning people not to block the intersection because they will hand out $160 tickets.

     

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    Reminder: early voting for May 9 North Port and Sarasota elections
    County to host public meetings for updated fire assessment methodology  
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    In a quest to acknowledge the accomplishments in our community we will bestow the Blue Booby Award.

     

     

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    You can see the white cap waves today, there is a rip current warning. The wind is blasting out of the south at 25mph. High humidity is making it very hazy.

     

     

     

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    Stacie from Chick- Fil-A on Fruitville saved the morning with a sandwich at the Color Vibe race. Thank you Stacie!

    (We just love Chick-Filet-A :)

     

     

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    * Developer of the Vue decides to tear it down and make it a park after so many complaints about how it changes the landscape.

     

    * The bird cage at Lido Beach will be duplicated at Siesta Key, the cage holds people who feed the birds at the beach.

     

    * Florida legislature drops a bill that would have let kindergartners bring guns to school.

     

    * Sarasota County zones the celery fields to grow celery instead of letting developers displace the wild life.

     

    * Sarasota City Commission to host a reality TV show modeled after George on Seinfeld called "Do the Opposite" of what you think is right.

     

    * The Sarasota Orchestera has offered the drummers at Siesta Key and Nokomis beach lessons on how to play more than three notes.

     

    * Local clowns will be facilitators during the first few months of the proposed new roundabouts on U.S. 41 to help drivers learn how to navigate them.

     

    * Sarasota County Commissoners say they won't take any more contributions from developers.

    * Local elected officials say not to worry about traffic, they will provide a mobile app so you can read  their budget while you wait for three green lights to proceed.

    * And if you have been following us for the past 16 years you know we do an April Fools list each year in jest. Happy April Fools Day.

     

     

     

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    There was no shortage of people at the beach this weekend. Sunny highs around 80 lows around 60. Be safe.

     

     

     

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    One of many great things Sarasota County did was to make Phillippi Creek Estate a public park with many events there.

     

     

     

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    It's time for a siesta on McIntosh Road. Check out the baby calves.

     

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    A spit of an island off of our coast near Anna Maria, the water color is amazing. Boaters nestle up to the island.

     

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    Sunday at Siesta Key is the drum circle if you like music with one beat :)

     

     

     

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    Spring break at Siesta Key this week. .

     

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    Sunrise clear and blue at Siesta, windy, highs around 78.

     

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    Thursday's almost full moon over Sarasota. Cooler today in the low 70's.

     

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     Mote Marine releases a turtle that the rescued and brought back to health, he's named Sea Salt :) Photo:Mote, thank you. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    The Sarasota Opera House this week. A photographer takes a photo of the Sarasota Opera House.

     

     

     

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    High rise condos sprout like weeds in downtown Sarasota. Many residents not happy with the growth and traffic.

     

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     Sunset in Sarasota on a brisk evening. The entire sky was filled with color.

     

     

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     Sunrise over Sarasota this morning, hallelujah! :)

     

     

     

     

     

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    A one third cresent moon over Sarasota.

     

     

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     A Segway tour stops at the Van Wezel for a view. You too can do this tour for $65. Must have good balance:)

     

     

     

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    The Penner building used to mirror just blue sky, now it mirrors downtown Sarasota developments.

     

     

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    A long time Sarasota homeless man sets up shop near a bus stop in a field.

     

     

     

     

     

    With area gridlock more new homes going in on McIntosh by Prestencia.

     

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    The first attempt to legalize medical marijuana for those suffering from debilitating medical conditions was started by Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens, who introduced �The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.� If passed, it would have allowed Floridians to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. A poll conducted in the beginning of 2013 on behalf of People United for Medical Marijuana showed that 70 percent of Florida voters supported a plan to amend the state constitution in favor of marijuana legalization. Almost a year later, this percentage has increased to over 82% of Florida voters.
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    Four inches of rain left some puddles on Siesta Key Thursday.

     

     

     

     

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    Longboat Key will spend around $25,000 getting rid of 100 or so peacocks.

     

     

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    The parking at Siesta Key Beach was closed by 9AM today. Droves landed, one beach walker said many were from Miami, camped out for the fireworks tonight. The music was blaring from a half mile away.

     

     

     

     

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