link to video of this forum
Monday 7 p.m. May 13, 2019
On Monday, May 13, CONA will host Charles Hines, who will discuss the priorities he has set for his term as the chair of the county commission.
A native of the county, whose family has resided here for several generations, he has shown sensitivity to native habitats and environmental issues and has invited dialogue with the municipalities.
Significant oversight and services are provided to neighborhoods by the county. Whether in a municipality or unincorporated area, the majority of taxes on properties are levied by the county government. Bring questions to submit for discussion.
Following a half-hour networking opportunity at 6:30, the CONA meeting will open with traditional neighborhood updates about their current issues, to include Chris Bales on Arbor Lake Preserve, Bob Bernstein on Selby Gardens Master Plan, Ben Cannon on Bath and Racquet Club, Sura Kochman on Siesta Promenade, and Tom Matrullo on Celery Fields and Fresh Start.
networking 6:30 p.m. - meeting 7:00 p.m.
neighbors helping neighborhoods since 1961
save the date: red tide researcher Larry Brand — at CONA on June 10
January 14, 2019
election results and
Ruta Maria Jouniari
February 11, 2019
how we feed
March 11, 2019
be ready for
the next elections ?
a community discussion
April 8, 2019
coming to Sarasota
May 13, 2019
June 10, 2019
blue-green algae and
red tide blooms:
July 8, 2019
August 12, 2019
September 9, 2019
October 14, 2019
local planning for
sea level rise
and climate change
Lee Hayes Byron
will lead a panel of
November 11, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 13, 2020
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October 8, 2012
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meeting locations and information
CONA monthly meetings are free and open to the public as well as the members of the more than seventy associations the organization represents and our individual members.
Regular monthly meetings are on second Mondays of the month at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota, at the intersection of Tamiami Trail, south of the Municipal Auditorium. Parking and the entrance are reached from Van Wezel Way.
A networking opportunity at 6:30 precedes these regular monthly meetings that begin at 7:00 with neighborhood issue updates.
We do not schedule regular monthly meetings in July or August unless there are pressing issues of immediate concern.
Special meetings may be held on different dates, at other times, or at other locations, please check announcements and notices carefully.
Special fund-raising events may be reserved to contributors who respond to advertisements of the event to members and the public.
Sarasota municipal primary election for districts 2 and 3 city commission seats
— rewarding feedback —
Comments were gathered after one of our primary candidate forums. The meeting hall was filled with “super voters” and we had to pull out two extra rows of chairs from storage to accommodate the overflow crowd eager to hear the CONA forum. Compliments made to us immediately afterward justify the efforts made by those involved in pulling the forum together, here are a few,
“I now feel that I know all of the real issues in this race.”
“I never miss the CONA forum for a race because it is so informative.”
“Another great CONA forum!”
“It’s always a red flag when a candidate fails to show up for a CONA forum.”
“Answers to CONA questions always show if the candidates know their stuff.”
"I was extremely impressed with the probing questions—fine job."
“I am always amazed about how CONA can cover so much ground at their forum.”
Although we had prepared for more guests for the following, general election forum, the meeting hall still was filled with a more than capacity crowd. Again, we had to bring out more chairs for those standing. Immediate feedback was equally as rewarding as that following the primary forum.
meeting video archives
February 2015 through 2016, Pete Theisen was the official CONA videographer, we are grateful for his contributions to keeping our members and the public informed.
In 2017, some video was created by others, posting became delayed and follows as possible - on an individual basis - we hope to resume posting our meetings monthly, until then, links to videos made available to us graciously by others will be posted to the calendar listing and into the calendar archive for each year.
videos in the following archive are posted individually and
parts follow automatically from that link
if divided into parts, unique links to each part may be provided also
Sarasota municipal runoff election for districts 2 and 3 city commission seats
John Ryan - seeking community-based leadership in watershed management Stephen Suau - beneficial uses of storm water
John McCarthy - very interesting data about the community
Larry Eger - a dialogue with our public defender
Russ Hoffman, Nathan Hoffman - experts on neighborhood ponds and lakes
Jim Bennett - past chair, Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
Terry Turner, Randall Reid, Frank Alcott, Cathy Antunes, Bill Zoller - panel members
for links to materials related to specific meeting topics
look for the meeting date and title
as more information on the topic becomes available, links will be updated
Lorrie Muldowney - past manager, Historical Resources of Sarasota County
James Bridges of Jebco Ventures and his planner, Joel Freedman, join neighbors Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Kafi Benz, Don Farr, Yvonne Lacey, and Pola Sommers
February 9, 2015 - CONA — How Sarasota could become a hub for organic food production - an economic development initiative
January 12, 2015 - CONA — Nora Patterson discusses her political career to date; Kafi Benz - member wish lists for CONA to tackle
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moderator, Dan Lobeck
district 72 candidates
Sara Kathleen Blackwell, Edward Elliot James III, Alexandra Cynthia Miller
district 73 candidates
James T. Golden, Joe Gruters, Steve Vernon
moderator, Dan Lobeck
Frank Cirillo, Doug Holder, Rick Levine, Nora Patterson, Ray Pilon, Greg Steube
District 1 - Fredd Atkins, Frank DiCicco, Mike Moran
District 3 - Nancy Detert
District 5 - Charles Hines
Lourdes Ramirez, chair, League of Women Voters speakers bureau
Gerry Swormstedt, chair, Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club
comp plan update analysis, Dan Lobeck, president, Control Growth Now
District 1 - Fredd Atkins, Mike Moran - moderator, William Zoller
check for videos posted to the yearly calendars and the archives below
CONA—Sarasota County Council of Neighborhoods Associations workshop
Twentieth Annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference
Venice, Florida - October 13, 14, 15, 2016 - submitted for CAM CE 1 hr credit
Kafi Benz, Ann Kaplan, Lourdes Ramirez,
Lorrie Muldowney, Mary Butler, Melanie Goddard
Andrew Georgiadis, president, Georgiadis Urban Design
( with focus on the Celery Fields area )
Adrien Lucas, Rob White, Tom Matrullo, Carlos Correa
video - courtesy of David G. Johnson of Grow the Dream summary - courtesy of Citizens for Sarasota County
a workshop about CONA presented at the
twentieth annual state convention of neighborhoods
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each of those missing
from our forums will be
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on our calendar by date
and in our calendar archive