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Town tests fire hydrants

Town tests fire hydrants

Longboat Key, Florida - You may see trucks and water spraying as the Town of Longboat Key tests fire hydrants, but the testing should not affect your water service.

Mueller Services, a private contractor, will test both public and privately owned fire hydrants. Work will proceed in a general North to South pattern along the Key.

The town does this type of testing each year. If you have any questions, call the public works department at 941-316-1988.

Big changes for future development in Venice?

Big changes for future development in Venice?

VENICE, Fla. -- Tuesday, the city's Planning Commission began combing through master plans for Venice and considering big changes to it.

Former Mayor Ed Martin and his officials spent much of their time in office developing the Comprehensive Plan. The plan, finished in 1999, lays out major points of land use and quality of life for Venice residents. The Comprehensive Plan requires that all future development comply with the zoning requirements established in the most recent version of the plan.

Some Planning Commissioners are crafting amendments to the document. Other members of the commission claim the proposed changes completely destroy the original intentions of the Comprehensive Plan.

Selby Children’s Library will close temporarily during remodeling project

Selby Children’s Library will close temporarily during remodeling project

Sarasota County -- The $1.2 million remodeling of Selby Public Library (1331 First St., Sarasota), one of the most popular in the county, is proceeding on schedule with the next phase to include the temporary closing of the Children’s Library Aug. 19 – Sept. 2. While the Children’s Library is closed, participants of children’s programs are encouraged to attend similar activities and events at North Sarasota Library, Fruitville Library and Gulf Gate Library.

Items reserved for pickup from the children’s collection still will be available at Selby Library during this time frame. 

“Temporarily closing the Children’s Library ensures the safety and comfort of patrons,” said Sarabeth Kalajian, general manager, Sarasota County Library system. “Although this will mean a change for families that visit Selby, we hope people will plan ahead and take advantage of the children’s library sections in our other libraries.”

Sarasota to begin resurfacing project on Fruitville

Sarasota to begin resurfacing project on Fruitville

Sarasota, Florida- Fruitville Road is getting a face lift. The county will be paving a one mile stretch through downtown and repaving nearly 13 miles of residential streets from July 27 through early November - a $1.7 million project.

Fruitville Rd. is one of 67 streets to be repaved by fall.

The project will be done in 4 phases.

Construction of medallion begins Monday at intersection of Honore Ave. and Bahia Vista St.

Construction of medallion begins Monday at intersection of Honore Ave. and Bahia Vista St.

Construction of a circular, decorative concrete medallion in the middle of the intersection of Honore Avenue and Bahia Vista Street is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 8. The contractor, APAC-Southeast Inc. of Sarasota, will temporarily disable the traffic signals at the intersection and create a temporary roundabout for motorists traveling through the intersection.

Variable message boards will be posted. Motorists are advised to drive with caution through this area. After the work is finished, the signals will operate and the temporary roundabout will be removed. After the medallion is installed, there will be no changes to the traffic pattern, through lanes or turn lanes on Bahia Vista Street.

Urfer Family Park nominated for ‘America’s Favorite Park’

Urfer Family Park nominated for ‘America’s Favorite Park’

Sarasota County Parks and Recreation is encouraging residents and visitors to go online and vote for Urfer Family Park, 4000 Honore Ave., Sarasota, in Coca-Cola’s “America’s Favorite Park” contest.

Votes can be cast for free at http://www.livepositively.com/#/americasparks.

The contest to find America’s Favorite Park is part of Coca-Cola’s Live Positively campaign. This is the second year for the contest, which will award the winning entry a $100,000 grant. The second- and third-place finishers will win grants of $50,000 and $25,000. Voters can cast their ballots as many times as they wish.

Facelift for Bird Key Yacht Club

Facelift for Bird Key Yacht Club

Sarasota, Florida - The Bird Key Yacht Club will close for the month of August and when members return in September things will look a bit different.

During the closure, which usually occurs each August, work on a renovation project will begin.

The club is adding a tower to the building's foyer, redoing the façade with shutters to create an island look and relocating the driveway. New landscaping will also enhance the building's entrance.