//Irma Debris Update: Sarasota/Venice Updates – Sarasota County, City of Sarasota and Venice

Irma Debris Update: Sarasota/Venice Updates – Sarasota County, City of Sarasota and Venice

Irma Debris Cleanup Update

 According to an interview with Sarasota Emergency Management, they have 18 crews in mostly south county on cleanup. They are trying to hire 10 more trucks to help with the cleanup. One of our readers tells us, Anna Christine, Sarasota County has developed a new interactive tool to show residents the collection schedule for Hurricane Irma debris.
Visit bit.ly/StormDebrisPickupMap and enter your address into the map to see when you can tentatively expect the storm debris removal truck. According to the map many areas won’t have debris cleaned up until the end of Novermber if we are lucky. The County suggests you start taking some of the debris and put it in bags or garbage cans for regular Waste Management weekly pickup. For more information, call the county’s storm debris removal hotline at 855-866-5654.

Sarasota County is creating a Unified Development Code that updates and brings together the land development and zoning regulations, which control the development of all properties in the unincorporated area of the county.
Sarasota County wants your input!
Sarasota County is creating a Unified Development Code (UDC) that updates and brings together the land development and zoning regulations, which control the development of all properties in the unincorporated area of Sarasota County. The new code will be more user-friendly and allow the public to more easily find the rules that apply to a property.
Sarasota County is committed to keeping the public involved and up-to-date throughout this process. A UDC Project web page has been established for this purpose at www.scgov.net (Keywords: ‘Unified Development Code’). The proposed UDC ultimately will be subject to the full public hearing process and presented to various groups, advisory committees, and the Sarasota County Commission for consideration.
Sarasota County staff have been working with the consulting firm of Calvin, Giordano & Associates (CGA) to create the UDC. Phase I of this 3 phased effort was a discovery process conducted by CGA that involved discussions with various representatives of the community, public review bodies, and county staff. The existing policies and codes that pertain to current land development and zoning regulations were reviewed by these groups with the goal of identifying those areas where language can be consolidated, inconsistencies corrected, and potentially obsolete provisions evaluated.
Phase II now engages the community through public workshops to review draft language for the UDC. CGA will be drafting language for various articles that will be reviewed at each of the workshops. The draft language will be available approximately two weeks prior to each workshop date on the UDC Project web page. Hard copies will also be available at the Planning and Development Services office at 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, First Floor.
Public workshops have been scheduled in the Main Hall of the Nokomis Community Center at 234 Nippino Trail, Nokomis, Florida as outlined below, each with a different focus. Please attend to learn more and provide your comments:
  • October 18, 2017: Public Workshop No. 2 will primarily be on the regulatory portions of the proposed UDC and will have a focus on existing policy directives within the comprehensive plan that are being implemented within the proposed code.
  • November 7, 2017: Public Workshop No. 3 will primarily be on the technical standards portion of the proposed UDC and will have a focus on the definitions section of the proposed UDC.

All workshops will start at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible.

You may also provide your comments by submitting them directly to the Planning and Development Services Department at planner@scgov.net.
Input received will be addressed by the consultant as the UDC Project moves forward.
Sarasota County prohibits discrimination in all services, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, religion, or genetic information. Persons with disabilities who require assistance or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), or who wish to file a complaint, should contact Sarasota County ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator, 1660 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34236, Phone: 941-861-5000; TTY 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771, E-mail: adacoordinator@scgov.net.

Sheriff warns beware of repair scams

Post Date:09/13/2017 3:39 PM

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is reminding citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, to be aware of unlicensed contractors and other service providers trying to take advantage of residents who experienced property damage.

While clean-up efforts continue throughout Sarasota County, many residents are seeking services which might include roof repair, tree removal or electrical maintenance. This is a time when unlicensed contractors and illegitimate handymen around Florida and from out of state, will offer their services in an attempt to scam those impacted by the hurricane.

“This is a good opportunity following Hurricane Irma, to remind consumers to always seek legitimate service providers to perform work on their homes or businesses,” said Sheriff Knight. “When hiring an individual to repair damages, residents MUST verify their contractor is legitimate before allowing any work to be done on their property. Unfortunately, service providers might target the elderly or other vulnerable people who aren’t knowledgeable of repair work and associated costs.”

To check a Sarasota County license or report someone you suspect is acting as an unlicensed contractor or performing work without a permit, call 861-5214 or 861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net/contractors