52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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44. Someone Working (Week 52)

“Government is the people’s business and every man, woman and child becomes a shareholder with the first penny of tax paid.”  ~ Ronald Reagan ~

“Our tax dollars at work” is evident in Sarasota.  Revenue from a penny surtax approved by voters in 2007 has enabled Sarasota County to complete capital improvement projects without raising property taxes.  This sales tax is collected from year-round residents, seasonal residents, and tourists.

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The infrastructure tax  is a one-cent sales tax that funds many capital improvement projects for Sarasota County to make it a better place to live, work, and visit.  Aside from road improvements, past projects have included street tree landscaping, the new North Port Police station, North Port High School, new fire stations, bike trails, waterway improvements, and improvements to the Venice pier parking lot.
The penny was first approved by voters in 1989.  An extension was approved by voters in 1999.  In 2007 Sarasota County voters were swayed again to approve a 15-year renewal of the 1 percent sales tax.  Sarasota County Commissioners agreed to dedicate 50% of the revenues for transportation projects.
I took this photo from my car east of I-75 on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota.  The purpose of the Bee Ridge Road Project is to widen the road from two lanes to four.  The project includes sidewalks, bike trails, street lighting, landscaped medians, and four roundabouts.
This is in my neighborhood, so I am having to endure the trials of road construction now as I travel to and from work five days a week.  And should I mention that I travel north on I-75 to University Parkway each day to get to work?  Locals know that the I-75 / University Parkway Interchange Road Project is to begin August 3rd.  Oh joy!
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49. Ugly (Week 2)

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”  ~ John F. Kennedy ~

On my way to work one day, I noticed an orange bicycle chained to a sign at a bus stop. My first thought was that the owner had painted their bicycle orange so that no one would steal it.  Over the course of the next few days, we were talking about it at work. Then someone mentioned seeing one dangling from a tree. Soon another appeared in front of a restaurant. We kept our eyes open and slowly discovered about a dozen of these bicycles around several stretches of University Parkway. I turned to the internet.   The internet search revealed that this was a marketing gimmick for a new gym that was yet to be revealed.  So if the object was to create a buzz, they certainly succeeded!

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