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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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     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?

     

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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.

     

     

     

    2014 survey of how Sarasotans
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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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    Sarasota air quality borders on not good. It was 50 the upper most limit for a good rating on Tuesday, it was pollutants. You can track air quality from this link https://www.scgov.net/AirAndWaterQuality/
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    It appears the state of Florida has more money then they know what to do with as they repave U.S. 41 in sections that are perfectly good.

     

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    The Sarasota Senior Center gets a makeover.

     

     

     

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    The world mourns Bradenton's Snooty one day after his 69th birthday.

     

     

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     Restoration project underway at county's historic courthouse

     

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    As Florida enters the height of hurricane season, it's important to take precautions for hazardous weather. Know your risk and evacuation zone by visiting our updated wind and storm surge maps.
    Sarasota County is recruiting volunteers to run Volunteer Reception Centers (VRCs) during a disaster. VRCs are locations where people who step forward to help during a time of disaster get their volunteer assignments.
    Sarasota County is offering its first summer camp aimed at adults age 50 and older.
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    The Sarasota Grand Prix attracted record crowds. One boat flipped.

     

     

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     This Sarasota resident appears to own a fire truck parked in his driveway.

     

     

     

     

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    Siesta key is packing in June weddings and not disappointing with the sunsets.

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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     The Sarasota Sailing Squadron readies a class of children to start sailing.

     

     

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    The Sarasota countryside in fall, seems like we bloom all year long.

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    Sunrise over Sarasota Tuesday morning. High of 83, sunny, dry, paradise.

     

     

     

     

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