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Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Sarasota 2050
Sarasota 2050 is a 50 year land use plan to 
manage and shape future growth in Sarasota 
County. Sarasota 2050's primary goals are 
preserving the county's natural, cultural and 
physical resources and making all 
neighborhoods, both old and new, more livable.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Classic Cars

 Any car brochure for any year, any model.......  SCROLL DOWN TO THE  LINK

This is fun! A web-site featuring the original factory brochures for nearly every American car you have ever owned. Pick the manufacturer, the year and the model.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Development Hub at Lakewood Ranch

Manatee, Sarasota economic development hub planned for Lakewood Ranch.

"LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Three influential area leaders announced plans Tuesday for a $14.4 million regional economic-development hub in eastern Lakewood Ranch, saying the facility will improve the Manatee/Sarasota area’s chances of landing and retaining jobs."
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Super Streets For Sarasota?

I wonder how this would work on University at Lockridge?

Might be worth looking into.

Interesting article from North Carolina State University.

"Drivers are first required to make a right turn and then make a U-turn around a broad median. While this may seem time-consuming, the study shows that it actually results in a significant time savings since drivers are not stuck waiting to make left-hand turns or for traffic from cross-streets to go across the thoroughfare.

"Superstreet" traffic designs result in faster travel times and significantly fewer accidents, according to the new study.
“The study shows a 20 percent overall reduction in travel time compared to similar intersections that use conventional traffic designs,” says Dr. Joe Hummer, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at NC State and one of the researchers who conducted the study. “We also found that superstreet intersections experience an average of 46 percent fewer reported automobile collisions – and 63 percent fewer collisions that result in personal injury.”

"The researchers assessed travel time at superstreet intersections as the amount of time it takes a vehicle to pass through an intersection from the moment it reaches the intersection – whether traveling left, right or straight ahead. The travel-time data were collected from three superstreets located in eastern and central North Carolina, all of which have traffic signals. The superstreet collision data were collected from 13 superstreets located across North Carolina, none of which have traffic signals."

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Sunday, January 16, 2011


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Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Florida Economic Development Council

The Florida Economic Development Council mission 
is to advance economic development in Florida.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sarasota Economic Development Corporation

The Sarasota Economic Development Corporation leads the economic development of our County. Check them out at:


Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Sarasota School of Architecture

The Sarasota School of Architecture
found its inspiration in part from the 
philosophies of the Bauhaus.
It incorporated forms of regional Southern
architecture, using patios, verandas,
modular construction and raised floors to 
open up its buildings for greater ventilation
in pre-air-conditioning days. 

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G Wiz, the Science Museum

G Wiz, the Science Museum

A very interesting place

Thursday, January 6, 2011

World Food Prices - The Economist

Business this week
Jan 6th 2011
From The Economist print edition

An index of world food pricescompiled by the UN reached a record level in December, surpassing its previous high of June 2008, a year in which the cost of food sparked rioting in Haiti and elsewhere. Unlike then, the prices of some staple cereals such as rice remain relatively stable, though the price of wheat is rising. The increasing costs of other cereals and sugar were the main factors behind the rise in the index.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Brr… Florida Experiences Coldest December Ever

Brr… Florida Experiences Coldest December Ever – Breaking 1935 Records

Florida just went through its coldest December ever breaking records set in 1935.

The Sunshine State lost $273 million from the December freezes alone — including nearly 9,000 acres of crops.

CBS Miami reported:

If you thought it was especially cold in December, it’s not just your imagination. The facts prove it, according to the National Weather Service, which announced Saturday that December 2010 set a record as the coldest December ever in Ft. Lauderdale. Miami, and Key West.

Forecasters say December was also the second coldest month ever in Key West.

A series of arctic cold fronts put South Florida into the deep freeze, with frost on the ground, crops damaged, and people forced to bundle up to face wind chills in the 20′s. While temperatures were unusually chilly as far south as Key West, where a one day overnight low record was set, Ft. Lauderdale, experienced the lowest low temperatures, giving them the nod for the record. However, even Miami and warmer Key West were still cold as records go.

Of course, a record low in Florida is not the same as a record low in the frozen Northeast. According to the weather service, the mean monthly average for Ft. Lauderdale in December was 60.4 degrees. That breaks the previous record of 62.2 degrees set in December 1935.

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