+ Car-tag camera system pays off
Sarasota Police Officer John Lake has been named the city’s employee of the month for his efforts in securing a patrol car-mounted camera system that will track any license plate in its path.
During the presentation of the award at the June 1 City Commission meeting, Police Chief Peter Abbott said Lake studied the Veriplate system on his own time, before the department purchased the $50,000 system.
Veriplate has four cameras that rest on top of a cruiser. The cameras continuously scan car tags and run them through the system to see if a car is stolen, was used in a crime or even has unpaid parking tickets.
+ Citrus Square architect honored
Sarasota architectural firm Jonathan Parks Architect has been awarded a Keep Sarasota County Beautiful award for its Citrus Square development and the Origami-Loft House, in Venice.
Citrus Square is a new mixed-use development on Orange Avenue, two blocks north of Fruitville Road. It is a three-story building, set back 10 feet from the road, with brightly colored store fronts, oversized doors and small wrought-iron balconies on the second- and third-floor residences.
Citrus Square’s 20 residential units and 11,000 square feet of retail space is nearly sold out.
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1 Community Cookout
2 3rd annual 'Power of the Girl' Business Breakfast
2 French apÃ©ro evening
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2 Florida's Children First 2014 Sarasota Reception
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bridging the gap
The Children’s Guardian Fund wants to help teens get hired.
Win big in two Observer contests
Starting in October, the Observer will now offer prizes for winners of the weather photo contest, sponsored by Manasota Flooring Inc.
Can you dig it?
Third- and fourth-grade students of Temple Beth Sholom had a chance to brush up on their paleontology skills last week while digging for faux dinosaur bones.