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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.

     

    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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     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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     It's a hot job asking for money on Tamiami Trail. Temps have been around 90 degrees.

     

     

     



     

     

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    Cranberry Elementary School is “exceeding expectations” academically, according to a network of 43 school districts across Florida. The organization, known as the East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC), runs the Exceeding Expectations Project to identify Florida Title I schools that show progress in improving student achievement.

     

    The program is now in its fifth year; 27 Title I schools were identified for this year’s project, out of a total of 1,819 Title I schools in the state. Title I schools have a high percentage of students living in poverty; 63 percent of Cranberry students receive free or reduced-cost meals.

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     Sunrise this morning at Siesta Key.

     

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     Talking on the phone while driving this man from Massechusetts can barely see over the steering wheel driving at half the legal speed limit on Fruitville Road. What's wrong with this picture?

     

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

     

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    A tad cloudy early this morning with a high of 78 expected.

     

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

     

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     Not a bad way to take in the sunset.

     

     

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     Early in the morning long about breakfast time in Sarasota at Siesta Key Beach.

     

     

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    Sunset over Sarasota from 100' looking over the intracoastal. Aerial and land photography by OurTownSarasota.com

     

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     It was a wind chill of 31 degrees at Siesta Beach Sunday morning with winds of 14 mph out of the NNE, while you sipped your coffee in bed, lol. Watch for our video on Facebook of the 5k race being held at the same time at the beach.

     

     

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     Macy's at Sarasota Square Mall is due to close the end of 2017.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Crowds descend upon Siesta Key Beach. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sarasota Mom has baby in McDonald's bathroom stall with the help of a local nurse. Now that is a Christmas baby. Photo: Jennifer Butler, TY!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sunrise over Sarasota sets it firey sky.

     

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    Christmas moon over Sarasota sets a magical glow.

     

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    And such is life on Sunday at Siesta Key Beach in December.

     

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     The Osprey Ave. bridge was closed for major work on that road pipes.

     

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    It's a busy time of the year in Sarasota, please drive carefully. 

     

     

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    Siesta Key Thursday morning.

     

     

     

     

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     The Sarasota Medical Center is opening their new office the end of this year on Bee Ridge Rd.

     

     

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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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    Want to escape for the holidays or after them to relax and feed your soul. This five suite hotel on the Gulf of Mexico in Tulum is the place to be. Take the whole family and rent it all out or just get away. The food is incredible and it's solar powered.  They also have special gourmet food retreats there at special times. Tell them OurTown Sarasota sent you and we'll buy you a drink there.

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    The Skyway Bridge yesterday morning when sea fog rolled in, the bridge opened later in the day.
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    Sunset over Sarasota Bay calm as could be. There have been sporatic red tide warnings by the National Weather Service.

     

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    Sunset at Siesta Key, the weather has been gorgeous but, there have been red tide and rip current warnings.

     

     

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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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    The clouds blocked part of the Supermoon just before sunrise. Share your photos on our Facebook page. 

     

     

     

     

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    Siesta Key is a great place to do yoga while the sunsets.

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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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 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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    Grey Heron's got out early from school and form a crosswalk near the GG library.

     

     

     


     

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    An almost perfect Sarasota sunset at Siesta Key Beach Thursday evening. The Grand Opening is this month for the building makeovers.

     

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

     

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