Sunday, December 03, 2006

A Request For Your Help

A message from the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA):

CONA member, Siesta Key Association, needs your help to oppose a change in county law allowing much higher densities on Siesta Key and elsewhere in County. CONA’s board has taken a position opposing this proposal, now it’s your turn.

Do something to help Siesta Key residents stop destructive, neighborhood unfriendly, dumb growth by:

· Attending hearing to speak against RU-136, (Dec 4 at 1:30 1660 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota) or

· Email county commissioners today to tell them you oppose RU-136:

Paul Mercier:
Jon Thaxton:
Shannon Staub:

At the last vote on RU-136, only Nora Patterson & Jon Thaxton voted against increased density. Commissioners Mercier, Staub & Mills voted in favor of RU-136 changing law to allow much higher densities.

Message & details from Siesta Key Association below:
The proposed change, labeled RU-136, will be heard by the Board of County Commissioners next Monday, December 4th after 1:30 PM. Sarasota County Government Administrative building, 1660 Ringling Blvd, 1st floor auditorium.

Recently, Sarasota County staff and developers have focused their attention on the number of homes that will be built on Siesta Key. Of course, the County staff will claim that if the new change to the law is approved, the number of additional housing units will only be 35-48 units.

However, SKA's research finds this number to be too low and has estimated the increase to be about 350 additional housing units.

This estimate does not include parcels that are 'partial' lots which are even smaller than the old platted lots now under discussion. These partial lots, which the Zoning Administrator recently advised may be buildable, can add hundreds of more units to SKA's estimates.

The Siesta Key Association urges you to attend this important meeting and let the Sarasota Board of County Commissioners know of your concerns with the proposed amendment to allow increased density.

In the meantime, please email the Commissioners with your comments and concerns on RU-136.

Thank you for your support. From the Directors of the Siesta Key Association.

For more information, contact Lourdes Ramirez of Siesta Key Association

CONA -- Sarasota County Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, Inc. Neighbors helping neighbors since 1961.

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