The Nokomis Area Civic Association - NACA is a collection of resident volunteers representing 38 Nokomis homeowner
associations and unincorporated Nokomis areas for the purpose of promoting the general welfare and quality of life
in Nokomis and Sarasota County.

N A C A     C A L E N D A R 

County Administrator Mr. Tom Harmer
Guest Speaker - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Recent NACA Quarterly Meeting - February 2017
Attorney - Mr. Dan Lobeck - Guest Speaker

"Thank You Mr. Lobeck For Your Time & Being Such An Effective Speaker!"
Quality Of Life - Managing Sarasota County Growth




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 news!

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 become available.

Map of the current trail showing the
extension in green.
Sad Breaking News.....
County To Build Fleet Maintenance Facility At
Our I-75 Eastern Gateway Against Community Wishes & Best Financial Practices
"Thank You" FDOT!

FL Dept Of Transportation I-75 Laurel Rd
New, "Heavy Bold" Interchange Landscaping Beautification Project
"East Gateway Entrance To Nokomis, Laurel & N. Venice"
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 Maintenance Facility for the Sheriff at our "East Gateway!"   See below to learn more...

"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 Commissioner 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 Hines
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!

Good Stewards Of Public Assets?  Land value 5+ million depending on zoning (and the county controls the zoning)...
In their view, this land use is appropriate for the Eastern Gateway To Laurel, North Venice and Nokomis.  Of course, using just 4 acres of
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 county 
"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 just under
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 stewards?  This strategy of separating projects is a slick way to
avoid a public conversation & referendum on a major government building programs.

NACA was 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 suspect that they are already
in the beginning stages of strategy planning, & fund raising efforts for their race two years down the road.

PERSPECTIVE: 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. 
Fiscally, this decision does not make sense when weighed against the viable alternative on Knight's Trail nearby. Effective communication with the
community could have prevented this damage by "friendly fire" & a much better, long term solution could have be achieved. This is a mistake that will
last for many generations!  Presently, we're still stinging badly from this great betrayal by people we trusted.  We seek to be much more keen
observers, & strong communicators going forward.  Please stay tuned, & check back often!

Contact a NACA Board Member if you'd like to learn more, and/or become a NACA volunteer.

See Video Of October 25, 2016 Meeting

Here Is The Video Of The July, 2016
Candidates Forum
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 Thieves
- Transient Thieves -

New Hotel Coming To Nokomis
Albee Rd and Tamiami Trl

- Under Construction Now -
Nokomis  N e w s 
See Local TV Channel 40 (ABC) Story On Nokomis
February 2016
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 a
candidate forum as he's running for the State Senate
                   NACA QUARTERLY MEETINGS

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 Board do?
Bruce Dillon, NACA President, is an elected member of the Sarasota County Charter Review Board

Sheriff Knight & His Department At NACA
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and several of his professional sworn officers were our featured guests. Below is a video of some of
what transpired at this enjoyable and instructive NACA Quarterly Meeting - fun to watch!


Sarasota County Philosophy & Procedures To Beach Maintenance AREA  NEWS
  State Approves Two Hospitals In Nokomis Area
Jacaranda/East Venice and Laurel Road/Pinebrook



Sarasota County Mosquito Control Criteria

December 13, 2016
Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners vote 5 - 0 to construct a maintenance facility for the Sheriff at Pinebrook and Laurel Road; the I-75 gateway to Nokomis.  This vote was in spite of NACA and neighbors pleas not to construct the facility at this location.


Legacy Trail Developments and News
PDF Presentation To The Sarasota Board of County Commissioners
  Views North OF The Legacy Trail Overpass
Click On Pictures To See Full Size

Sheriff Office Helicopter At NACA


Retiring NACA Board Member Norm Stewart (center) pictured with NACA
Vice President Robert Merrill (left) and former President John Ask (right). 
Norm served on the NACA Board from 1997 to 2011.

Patrick McCarthy leads the clean up patrol - 4 times per year.
Please consider joining us in the future  -  Thank You!


Area News Articles & Issues



Jim Cuddy, Nokomis East Leader At The Legacy Trail Kiosk
NACA donated $1,000 to the Friends of The Legacy Trail toward an
INFORMATION KIOSK along the trail near Nokomis Park. 
Click here for the Thank You letter from Friends of The Trail.
Southwest Florida Water Management Department
Watering Suggestions Here - Especially WINTER WATERING
Alternatives To Turf.......

Nokomis Center Revitalization Plan &
Vision For Our Commercial Overlay District
BECOME A MEMBER OF NACA - ONLY $5, 1 Year or 5 Years $20
Nokomis History, P 1 (PDF) More Information About NACA & Our Projects
Nokomis History, P 2     (PDF) Nokomis & Sarasota County Internet Links
Maps & Pictures Of The Dona & Roberts Bay Watershed Maps Locating Nokomis
Water Pinhole Leak Information NACA & Nokomis In Pictures

"Thank You & Best Wishes To Tom Bartholomay"
Tom has been a valuable NACA Board Member & Will Be Missed!
On a very sad note, Tom passed away recently in Minnesota.
(Pictured with John Ask)

Gator Visits A Nokomis Neighborhood


Bill Cantrell President (941) 586-8301
Bruce Dillon Revitalization (941) 485-9366
Victor Bagnardi Treasurer (941) 350-8597
Leeanne Stavarz Secretary  
Patrick McCarthy Waterways (941) 488-3784
Robert Merrill Vice President (941) 966-1036
Vicki Provencher Membership (941) 484-1804
Valerie Grey      Newsletter Editor



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