About Discussions

Discussions allow you to contribute to an online dialogue around a specific initiative. YourNorthPort.com staff create and monitor discussions. Each discussion has one or more subtopics where you can add your thoughts or respond to other users’ comments.

Discussion: U.S. 41 Master Plan

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Each year, the City of North Port participates in the annual International Coastal Cleanup, which is sponsored by Keep Sarasota County Beautiful. This year's event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Groups from across the County will gather in their respective communities and then break off to clean up various parts of Sarasota County. The International Coastal Cleanup is about promoting marine debris awareness.

With more than 80 miles of freshwater canals, nine miles of the Myakkahatchee Creek that runs north and south, and a portion of the Myakka River along the Myakka State Forest, North Port has an abundance of waterfront locations. This year, the City of North Port is looking for suggestions from residents on what areas need to be cleaned in the City during the International Coastal Cleanup.

To learn more about this event or to find out how you can participate, contact Julie Bellia with the City's Public Works Department at (941) 628-8455 or at jbellia@cityofnorthport.com.

Currently, North Port Utilities offers many ways customers can make payments, including online payments (credit card/e-check), automatic bank draft, drop box, walk-in lobby, and drive thru (cash, credit card, check). 

The Utilities Department continually looks for ways to make payments quick and convenient.  We have explored and researched the option of IVR (Interactive Voice Response) which would allow payments through credit card or e-check to be made over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also have discussed the removal of the drive thru window (currently open Monday through Friday from 8am- 5pm) and replacing it with a drive up kiosk system that would allow you to make payments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with check, cash or credit card. No decision has been made yet on whether we will offer these options.

What would be your preferred payment method to easily pay your North Port Utilities bill? We want to hear from you.

For more information, contact North Port Utilities at (941) 240-8007.

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On June 29, 2012, the North Port City Commission hosted a workshop in which they discussed building a Solid Waste Transfer Station and Environmental Business Park. To view this discussion, click here.

At that workshop, the City Commission directed staff to conduct a site and engineering study on a possible Transfer Station and Environmental Business Park. The study, when completed, will include cost projections, three possible locations, a conceptual site plan, conceptual transfer station design and analysis, a breakdown of regulatory permits and requirements to construct and operate the transfer station, and more. It is anticipated that the study will be complete in April 2013.

Currently, the City's Solid Waste Division is working with a consultant to complete that study. This is where we need your help. The City of North Port wants to find out what is important to you when it comes to the location and the services offered at a Solid Waste Transfer Station and Environmental Business Park.

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In addition to Solid Waste services that come to your driveway each week, what if you had a place inside the City of North Port where you could take your own garbage, recycling, yard waste, and more? Currently, the City of North Port's Solid Waste trucks must drive outside the City's limits to a disposal site. On collection days, each City garbage truck travels 48 miles (which takes an average of 66 minutes) and each City recycling truck travels 35 miles (which takes an average of 54 minutes).

A Solid Waste Transfer Station and Environmental Business Park inside the City limits would cut down on travel time, save on gas, and create less maintenance on vehicles. An initial feasibility study shows this could create cost savings for the City of North Port. (Check out the agenda summary, PowerPoint presentation, and video from the June 29, 2012 City Commission workshop.)

The concept of an Environmental Business Park would create an associated commercial center in the same area of the Solid Waste Transfer Station for businesses that promote sustainability and focus on the environmental industry. For instance, a re-use store, a glass recycling business, or other type of business devoted to a green economy. This Environmental Business Park could create an economic incentive to attract these types of businesses to North Port and provide additional jobs.

Discussion: North Port Connector

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Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park is a little more than 160 acres in size and is open to the public for camping, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, biking and equestrian use. A drainage ditch along the north boundary of the park impedes a connection to conservation lands to the north. Constructing a connection at this park would provide access to more than 60,000 acres of public land and more than 150 miles of contiguous multi-use trails.

At the July 16, 2012 joint Commission meeting between SarasotaCounty and the City of North Port, staff was directed to pursue a trail connection for public access between the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park and the public conservation lands to the north. Such a connector could provide recreational access for hiking, biking and equestrian uses, and may eventually serve as an access point to a larger east-west corridor from the Myakka River to the DeSoto County line.

In order to obtain stakeholder input, a public workshop about this project is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 6 p.m. at North Port City Hall, Room 244. This workshop will provide the opportunity for the public, including park neighbors and visitors, to supply feedback on this recreational endeavor.

City and County staff will be on hand to answer questions and to record comments provided by members of the public. The information compiled at this workshop and here at YourNorthPort.com will be incorporated into a report to be provided at a future joint commission meeting addressing the status of the project.

We want to know what you think.

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Presentation made at the City/County Joint meeting on July 16, 2012
Minutes from the City/County Joint Meeting on July 16, 2012
Presentation for the February 5, 2013 public workshop
Announcement for the February 5, 2013 public workshop

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The City of North Port wants to hear from residents about canoeing and kayaking on the City's waterways. In August 2013, the City Commission approved an agreement with Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. to provide design and construction management services for the first phase of the City’s Canal and Creek Master Plan. This phase will allow for connectivity between Blue Ridge Park, McKibben Park, Dallas White Park, and Butler Park. The phase includes portages around existing water control structures. A public meeting was held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Morgan Family Community Center in which more than 30 residents attended and provided feedback about the project. However, if you have additional thoughts, we want to hear from you. For more information, contact the City’s Parks and Recreation Division at (941) 429-7275.

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The City of North Port is initiating a neighborhood improvement project to make enhancements for the median along Biscayne Drive and is asking residents to provide feedback on layouts and plantings being considered.

Residents are invited to attend an informational public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 13, 2014 at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 West Price Boulevard. The project’s landscape architect, Johnson Engineering, Inc., will be presenting preliminary a list of possible plantings and alternative layouts along the 1.5 mile stretch between Eylton Drive to East Safford Terrace.

Here, on YourNorthPort.com, you can also see the proposed concepts that will be presented. The City of North Port would like to know what you think. Please join the discussion and provide feedback before February 21, 2014.

Two landscaping concepts have been developed for presentation. One is a curvilinear median planting in which the design consists of several curves in the landscaping lines. The other is a more formal median planting that has a square look with hardscape surfaces. Each layout considers segments of median which are narrow and wide.

The goal of the project is to enhance the aesthetics along Biscayne Drive, which is one of the City’s major arterial roadways that connects several of the City’s neighborhoods. The City has budgeted roughly $250,000 for this enhancement.

For more information, contact the Department of Public Works at (941) 240-8050. Let us know what you think.

Discussion: Splash Pad Concepts

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The City of North Port wants your feedback about three design concepts for a future Splash Pad at Atwater Park. Recently, the City's Parks and Recreation Division received conceptual designs of what the park could look like with a splash pad and some other possible amenities, such as outdoor seating, playground equipment, and restroom facilities. Let us know what you think of each design and which one you like the best. Of the three concepts, we also want to know what amenities are most important to you.