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Early registration offered for ‘Kids Summer Beach Runs’

Early registration offered for ‘Kids Summer Beach Runs’

The co-sponsor of the popular “Kids Summer Beach Runs,” which is New Balance Sarasota, 1872 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, will offer early free registration to the first 100 kids who register for the beach runs at the store, 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. The one-time $1 registration fee will be paid by New Balance Sarasota for registrations collected at this location only.

Beginning June 14, the 1-mile beach runs will be held every Tuesday at Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key, and every Wednesday at the Venice Fishing Pier, 1600 Harbor Drive, Venice. Registration at each location begins at 5:30 p.m. and the beach run start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Construction to begin on Lemon Bay Park boardwalks

Construction to begin on Lemon Bay Park boardwalks

Work to replace 10 boardwalks at Lemon Bay Park in Englewood will begin this week. Signs will be posted for portions of the nature trail and overlooks that will be closed during construction. The project includes structural elements, decking and handrails.

Schippers Marine Construction Inc. of Crystal River will carry out the $302,000 project, which is expected to be completed by October 2011. The firm is one of three approved for coastal facilities projects under a unit price contract awarded in September 2009.

Funding is provided through the penny infrastructure surtax (1-cent sales tax).

Plans for Siesta Key Bridge repair finalized

Plans for Siesta Key Bridge repair finalized

Sarasota, Florida - After hearing from local elected officials and the public, the Florida Department of Transportation has reached a decision regarding the best time to perform repairs on the Siesta Key Noirth Bridge.

Work on the bridge will begin about a year from now-June 5th, 2012. The project's expected to close one lane of traffic on the bridge for three months during the night time hours.

After hearing from the public, FDOT rejected proposals that called for a closure of the bridge and a detour.

Because of expected heavy traffic, all work will also halt during the 4th of July and Labor Day weekend holidays.

New downtown parking meters and pay stations

New downtown parking meters and pay stations

Sarasota, FL -- New solar-powered parking meters and pay stations in downtown Sarasota take effect today, May 23.  Here's what you need to know.

Metered parking enforcement hours will be Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Free and low cost public parking still will be available in downtown.

Of the 2,300 public parking spaces in the downtown core, just 463 spaces are metered – that’s 20 percent.  The city anticipates the parking management program will prompt drivers to consider every parking option available which include: 

Mating manatees possible near beaches

Mating manatees possible near beaches

Sarasota, Florida - The beaches are crowded this time of year, but one crowd you could see may seem a bit unusual. It's mating season for manatees and large groups of up to a dozen or so manatees can end up in shallow waters along beaches.

Single mating herds can last several weeks and be highly active as male manatees bustle around a female. There have already been reports of a mating herd of manatees earlier this month near Holmes Beach.

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists urge boaters and beach-goers to give the mating manatees wide berth, both for your own safety and for that of the manatees. They advise watching the manatees from at least 100 feet away, so that their natural behavior is not disrupted.

SCAT bus shelters in city of Sarasota to be replaced

SCAT bus shelters in city of Sarasota to be replaced

Sarasota, Florida -- Sixteen Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus shelters in the City of Sarasota are being replaced after the city decided to terminate its contract with LAMAR Advertising, the company that owns the shelters. The City had contracted with LAMAR in 2000 to install 50 shelters at SCAT bus stops, but LAMAR had only installed 19 shelters during the 10-year term of the contract. 

The City of Sarasota’s contract with LAMAR, expired last October, giving LAMAR until April 16, 2011 to remove the shelters and return the property to its original condition. On April 18, the City informed LAMAR of its intention to remove the advertising from the shelters.

Palmetto contractor to restore Palmer Point Park

Palmetto contractor to restore Palmer Point Park

The Sarasota County Commission Tuesday awarded a contract to restore the southeastern portion of Palmer Point Park on the shore of Little Sarasota Bay. The approximately 2-acre spoil island site is south of Midnight Pass. 

Tampa Contracting Services Inc. of Palmetto, was awarded the $559,650 project.

Once used as a spoil disposal site by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the site was invaded by exotic Australian pine and Brazilian pepper trees.