links to resources    
 We have an extensive collection of resource links we are happy to share with you. Along with links related to *specific meeting topics* and important **actions needed**,  we have compiled some quick lists of community resource materials, local nonprofits dealing with community-wide issues, important sites, video, publications, and blogs.  
 Please explore the links below and feel free to make suggestions for new listings.    
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blogs to follow

community resources  
 web sites with valuable community, neighborhood, homeowner, condominium, or
 civic association information include: 
 educational resources
  • Arithmetic, Population, and Energy - Albert A. Bartlett -   full    in five parts      
 *  specific CONA meetings    
Sarasota could be a hub for organic food production 
Steve Suau  February 9, 2015 CONA meeting   no video available of the meeting 
Florida Clean Water Network
Florida Rights of Nature Network
ICMA - Leadership Matters

The Shipler Report    
important meeting on community vision  
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 video
Making neighborhood water features beautiful, natural, and healthy 
Russ Hoffman, Nathan Hoffman  November 9, 2015 CONA video
  • Ecopsychology - Florida Native Plant Society, Laurie Sheldon, November 28, 2014

Historic preservation adds value to your home and community  
Lorrie Muldowney  February 8, 2016 CONA video
local news
The 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 video

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
How we feed red tide                                                   
Justin Bloom, Suncoast Waterkeeper 
February 11, 2019 CONA video
Red tide and blue-green algae, causes, human impacts, and health consequences
  • Brunch for the Bay, Suncoast Waterkeeper, March 3, 2019  
          The Bradenton Times  video of the entire lecture by Larry Brand
City transportation plan coming to Sarasota                
Colleen McGue, chief transportation planner
April 8, 2019 CONA video
Blue-green algae and red tide blooms in South Florida:
environmental causes and health consequences
Larry Brand, Ph.D.  June 10, 2019 CONA video
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)
regional news .
The Bradenton Times    
with mid-week updates

Your Observer
sends ​some daily updates
free news
has free content, but is
well worth the bargain subscription price
 watch this workshop 
about CONA
presented at the twentieth annual state convention 
of neighborhoods
demonstrating the resources such an organization can do to help neighborhoods
​part 1  —  part 2 
**     take action on     **
clean water issues
red tide, algae blooms
 ** read **
sign petition for a Florida 
constitutional amendment:
our Right to Clean Water 
**                                 **
since 1961

We encourage you to take action in order to help the effort for clean water.
** Please sign the petition to have an amendment added to the state constitution.** 
Signatures of registered voters are needed on the petition in order to get the proposal onto the 2024 ballot so the voters may grant the right to clean water to all Floridians. 
how to sign the nonpartisan right to clean water petition
local contact:  ronaturek at gmail com 
**     Red Tide Forum     **
2021 - Waterkeepers provide
all the important information you need to know about algae blooms and Piney Point in two hours:   watch this full video 

Steve Suau and Jon Thaxton 
developed a guideline for how communities and homeowners 
can reduce and remove nutrient pollution 
that has been published by Shafer Consulting and 
is made available through the Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Community Playbook for Healthy Waterways
use these principles on your property and in your community
encourage your local governments to adopt them