N A C A C A L E N D A R
COMMUNITY SPECIAL EVENTS &
QUARTERLY MEETING AGENDA
Next Meeting, Tuesday, July 25,
Click On Picture To See Meeting Video On YouTube
County Administrator Mr. Tom Harmer was NACA guest
speaker at the Quarterly Meeting April 2017.
Pictured here Mr. Harmer is chatting with Sarasota
Planning Commissioner Mark Hawkins and NACA
Member, Patrick McCarthy
NACA Quarterly Meeting - February 2017
Attorney - Mr. Dan Lobeck - Guest Speaker
Mr. Lobeck For Your Time & Being Such An Effective
Quality Of Life
- Managing Sarasota County Growth
VIEW MEETING HERE...
THE LEGACY TRAIL
Sarasota County has signed a letter of intent
with CSX Railroad to purchase 7.7 miles of rail corridor
between the current Northern terminus of trail just
South of Clark Road, and extending North to Payne Park
in downtown Sarasota. This is really BIG, POSITIVE
The parties are now finalizing the contract
details, and preparation for obtaining grant money is in
the works. Stay tuned, we'll post updates as they
Map of the current trail showing the
extension in green.
County To Build Fleet Maintenance Facility At
Our I-75 Eastern Gateway Against Community
Wishes & Best Financial Practices; BETRAYAL BY OUR
1. Mr. Maio is tone deaf to the goals and aspirations of
2. Mr. Maio believes that he "knows better" what is best
for us (hubris).
3. Mr. Maio refused to listen to reason as to why there
is a better nearby location
for this facility that not only is preferable to local
residents, but benefits all residents
of Sarasota County (huge financial impact in
4. Mr. Maio is choosing to avoid the voters determining
this major expenditure via
referendum; again, he knows best vs. the citizens.
Ask him why!?
5. Mr. Maio is proving that we have a "local political
swamp" in Sarasota
County, and he represents the plug covering the drain!
6. Taxpayers are now going to have to pay for the
projects that Mr. Maio & his
fellow commissioners are doing! They didn't ask
for voter approval, but will
extract money via other means (under the radar).
Stay tuned & we'll report.
Significant Sarasota County Issue At This Time:
"What is going to happen to county owned land adjacent
the Celery Fields park?" Presently, there is a petition
to sell it to a private individual to construct a
See Information About The Celery
Sarasota Audubon Society
Petition Associated With Issue
Note, the petitioner wishing to construct the
recycling facility is a chief contributor to
Alan Maio. In fact, strategy meetings for
his re-election campaign are held in this petitioners
FLEET VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT HIGH
PROFILE NOKOMIS LOCATION
"A Lump Of Coal For Our Community"
Legendary Betrayal By Commissioners & Sheriff.....
Elected Officials Are Callous To Local Residents
"because they can" and just after election!
16 Years Of Nokomis Revitalization Citizen Leaders
Surprised, Then Ignored In Spite Of Knowing
That Constructing A Vehicle Maintenance Facility At This
Location Is Not In The Best Interest Of
Nokomis/North Venice Area Gateway Development.
It's Thinly Disguised As For Safety, But It's
About Commissioner Maio Getting His Name On His "Legacy
Project" In Nokomis. Mr. Maio is
deliberately, and knowingly, choosing to put himself
ahead of his community!
Oh...What Could Have Been...Citizens Ignored &
Opportunity Squandered By Elected Leaders
Commissioner Maio's "Legacy Project"
"There are more votes on the East side of the interstate
& they don't want it over there." A. Maio
"Let's meet for some pasta, comfort food, and you'll
feel better." A. Maio
2006, 2007 Law & Fire Studies
2006, 2007 Law & Fire Studies
Knight's Trail & Rustic Rd Plan
Knight's Trail & Rustic Rd Plan (top)
Master Plan Study pictured
above addressing both Fire & Law Enforcement needs.
Large site on Knight's Trail selected & plan drafted.
Current Sheriff & County Commissioner (lead by then
Chairman Alan Maio) ignored plan & actually refused to
look at it when it was presented!
Instead Sheriff & Commissioners going forward with a
high value, high profile "Gateway Location" to construct
a vehicle maintenance
facility vs. the recommended low value, low profile
location on Knight's Trail just a short distance away.
Additionally, this strategy will
require that the county locate a 2nd site for county
vehicle maintenance as the Honore' & Laurel Road site is
not large enough to
accommodate both needs. The current strategy is
designed to avoid bringing these projects to the public
for discussion & referendum.
"Why is the
Sheriff and County Commission afraid to put these
projects to a vote via a
public referendum as previously discussed?"
Encouraged by Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight,
the Board of County Commissioners lead by Nokomis
residents Alan Maio, & Charles
voted on December 13th to construct a Vehicle
Maintenance Facility on the newly opened Honore' Avenue
at Laurel Road. This vote was in
spite pleas from neighbors, NACA & a petition of about
130 residents. Mr. Maio told
a former NACA Board Member that this is a "done deal"
and he wishes it to be his "legacy project!"
In our view, the community needs to keep this
fact in mind come next election!
Of Public Assets? Land value 5+ million
depending on zoning (and the county controls the
In their view, this land use is
appropriate for the Eastern Gateway To Laurel, North
Venice and Nokomis. Of course, using just 4 acres
this 14 acre building site for a commercial use such as
a hotel would generate about $250,000 in taxes annually
- not including the jobs
created, or the taxes generated by those jobs.
This also does not include the cash generated from the
sale of the property with a high dollar
value. And, in their wise view, this is the best
site for the next 50 years even though there is a much
larger site, already owned by the county,
& appropriately zoned for government use (GU) on
Knight's Trail at Rustic Road. This site is
adjacent other Sheriff facilities, & was
identified by Sarasota County during two studies in 2006
& 2007 as ideal for expansion & consolidation of
Sheriff facilities (our NACA President
at the time was part of the study group). This
report was ignored by the County Commissioners & Sheriff.
Sheriff Knight told NACA leaders that he
was not made
aware of this study
by staff or County Commissioners. The Knights
Trail site is also large enough to accommodate the
"white fleet" which is also in need of a new location.
There can be some shared costs if both facilities are in
the same location.
"Is it possible that our county leaders are
contemplating a similar 2nd fleet maintenance
construction project for the "white fleet" at a cost
the threshold for a public referendum?"
That would be roughly another 20 million dollars, and
needed, because this facility is not combined with the
Sheriff facility as originally planned. Again, is
this good stewardship by Mr. Maio and his fellow
commissioners who absolutely knew what they were
doing when they voted the Nokomis Laurel Road facility
on a site too small to accommodate both needs!
When the 2006 & 2007 studies were
offered to our local Nokomis Commissioner Maio, he
declined to accept them for review and sharing.
"It's just public tax money
- 22 million a small amount." Trusted fiscal
strategy of separating projects is a slick way to
avoid a public conversation & referendum on a major government
repeatedly criticized for not getting involved earlier
in the process before final decisions were made.
Sheriff Knight told NACA leaders
that he's been working on this project for 18 months with county
commissioners. Of course, NACA didn't learn about
this proposed project until after the
neighborhood workshop was held last May. NACA was not
included in the notice process for the required
neighborhood workshop. This is in spite
of repeated attempts to be placed on the mailing list
for all Nokomis area projects.
Our former NACA
President was the Chairman of the
Planning Commission at the time; even he didn't learn of this
project until after the neighborhood workshop was held,
& he received resident inquiries.
In our view, it is the responsibility of the county to
be transparent and effectively notify citizens vs.
placing the lack of knowledge blame & burden
on residents as was done by Commissioner Alan Maio.
Elections matter - & our residents need to keep
this issue in our minds when this group of elected
officials come calling for our money
& votes down the road. Commissioners Paul
Caragiulo, & Alan Maio both
are up for re-election in two years. We absolutely
know that Alan Maio has already
began implementing his re-election strategy for 2018, &
fund raising plans to build a war chest to attack his
Republican primary opponent(s). He's already
proven in 2014 that he'll readily go negative with the
intent to slim opponents; and, he thinks that this is
integrity and leadership! We must do better!
"We don't know
how a principled, trusted and loyal individual could
sleep at night in the face of such betrayal."
Please tell us how
you are able to sleep
NACA plans to be vigilant in
monitoring this, & other County Commissioner activities
& votes. Our
trust has proven to have been
misplaced when it comes to this project. We did not
believe that the Sheriff & County Commissioners would
be building a vehicle maintenance facility
at one of the Sarasota I-75 gateway entrance.
decision does not make sense when weighed against the
viable alternative on Knight's
Trail nearby. Effective communication with the
could have prevented this damage by "friendly fire" &
a much better, long term solution could
have be achieved. This is a mistake that will
many generations! Presently, we're still stinging
badly from this great betrayal by people we trusted. We seek to be much more keen
& strong communicators going forward. Please stay
check back often!
Contact a NACA Board Member if you'd
like to learn more, and/or become a NACA volunteer.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is
investing roughly $1,000,000 in interchange
beautification - just in time for
Sarasota County leaders
to build a Vehicle
Fleet Maintenance Facility for the Sheriff
at our "East Gateway!" See below to learn more...
RENDERING OF I-75 & LAUREL ROAD LANDSCAPING PLANS
RECENTLY COMPLETED! (pdf)
See Video Of October 25, 2016 NACA
The Video Of The July, 2016
Sarasota County Commission & FL State Senate District 23
This Brief Video Identifies Each Candidate Present
Concept Plan For New Merkle Park Design In Nokomis
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight Has Published A
Document For Residents Alerting Them To Traveling
Transient Thieves -
New Hotel In Nokomis
Albee Rd and Tamiami Trl
Nokomis N e w s
See Local TV Channel 40 (ABC) Story On Nokomis
United States Congressman Vern Buchanan (Florida), and
United States Congressman Bill Shuster (Pennsylvania)
Held A Town Hall Meeting At NACA
Florida State Representative Greg Steube participates in
candidate forum as he's running for the State Senate;
now he is our Senator Steube!
Bill Furst, Sarasota County Property Appraiser Speaking To NACA
FDOT Representatives Brian Blair & Robin Stublin
Speaking To NACA About Road Project
Nokomis Revitalization Plan
What is the Sarasota County Charter & what does the
Bruce Dillon, NACA President, is an elected member of
the Sarasota County Charter Review Board