links to resources

We have an extensive collection of resource links we are happy to share with you. Here are just a few of them. We have compiled these quick lists of community resource materials, local nonprofits that concern themselves with community-wide issues, other interesting sites and blogs, as well as links related to specific meeting topics. Please explore the links below and feel free to make suggestions for new listings. 
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blogs to follow

community resources 
other web sites with valuable community, neighborhood, homeowner, condominium, or civic association information include:
local and regional educational resources

links related to specific CONA meeting topics 
Sarasota could be a hub for organic food production 
Steve Suau — February 9, 2015 CONA meeting   no video available of the meeting 
regional blogs
links related to topics at other community meetings 
Alternative visions of Sarasota 
Better Government Association of Sarasota County  —  February 21, 2015
moderator, Wade Matthews  -  panelists, Charles Hines, Jon Thaxton, Bill Zoller

Follow four links provided by Sarasota County Action Network to video segments of this forum. An officer of CONA, Bill Zoller, was on the panel and three other of our directors or officers were present and participated in the passionate discussion. In the last video, Jon Thaxton presented our award-winning 1981 comprehensive plan map we should have continued to follow—but haven't—we need to return to using it.  
Urban farming and food sources
SCOPE - Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence 
John McCarthy — September 14, 2015 CONA meeting 
Making neighborhood water features beautiful, natural, and healthy 
Russ Hoffman, Nathan Hoffman — November 9, 2015 CONA meeting 
  • Ecopsychology - Florida Native Plant Society, Laurie Sheldon, November 28, 2014

neighbors helping neighborhoods
since 1961
Historic preservation adds value to your home and community  
Lorrie Muldowney — February 8, 2016 CONA meeting
local news
Sarasota News Leader

Compatible development outcome after fifteen years of wrangling on the bayou
Jim Bridges, Joel Freedman join Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Kafi Benz, 
Don Farr, Yvonne Lacey, and Pola Sommers — March 14, 2016 CONA meeting

Neighborhoods are sacredto New Urbaniststhe neighborhood is completely fundamental to planning.  — Andres Duany 

notable videos
Mary Jelks 
Myakka prairie ecosystem
a WaterAtlas production
roundabout navigation
Sarasota County production
Comprehensive plan update handout
Dan Lobeck — October 10, 2016 CONA meeting 

How we feed red tide                                                   
Justin Bloom, Suncoast Waterkeeper — February 11, 2019 CONA meeting 
City transportation plan coming to Sarasota                
Colleen McGue, chief transportation planner — April 8, 2019 CONA meeting 
Blue-green algae and red tide blooms in South Florida:
environmental causes and health consequences
Larry Brand, Ph.D.  — June 10, 2019 CONA meeting
The Disinformation War
Columbia Journalism Review symposium held May 9, 2019
Red Tide exacerbation  — Jon Thaxton at Fogartyville - October 6, 2018    
a good introduction to the human factors that exacerbate red tide through the disruption of natural systems and allowing the avoidance of taking the known actions that would return the natural balance that would prevent the massive and protracted occurrences that are killing wildlife, disrupting lives and health, and devastating the state economy.
​    - video by Karen Bastis ​

how to use a roundabout 
Flodia Department of Transportation (FDOT)