We will be planting plants and flowers at Hina Point Park (corner of Hina & Palau) Saturday morning, January 3rd at 8:30 AM. We are in need of volunteers to help with the plantings. If you can help us out, please be there at 8:30AM. If you have gloves and small hand tools (spade, shovel, etc,) please bring them with you.
It is exciting that all of the work that went in to creating the park is coming to fruition. We all should look forward this improvement in our community.
We hope that all of you can attend our next meeting. It will be January 13th, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Sarasota Baptist Church. This will be an important meeting since we will be planning things for the new year. Please try and make this meeting!
As previously announced, we are going to start putting together a directory of services provided by residents of our community. If you are interested in being in the directory, you need to be at this meeting. The cost of being in the directory is $20. and you should bring a business card that can be duplicated for the directory. THE BOARD OF THE LAKE SARASOTA COMMUNITY GROUP HAS VOTED TO REQUIRE ATTENDANCE AT THE MEETING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR BEING IN THE DIRECTORY, SO WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO INCLUDE ANYONE THAT DOES NOT COME TO THE MEETING.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the January meeting.
REMEMBER, THE MORE PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATE, THE EASIER IT IS FOR EVERYONE!!
At the Lakeview Park Clean-Up, some residents were picking up some branches of a tree when a dangerous Water Moccasin slithered out and dashed into the water. It might be useful to know one when you see it, but the differences between the venomous Florida Water Moccasin (or Cottonmouth) and the wholly harmless Water Snake can be subtle. Here are a few images and links that might help. First, here's a Water Moccasin
Another shot of a Water Moccasin (click for a huge image):
Here's the plain old harmless Florida Water Snake:
Another clue (thanks Ray):
When in water, Water Moccasins move on top of the water - almost as if they were gliding on the surface, like this:
Water Moccasins are to be met with extreme caution. "When a moccasin is nesting or has her young in their nest it will aggressively defend that area," says Ray. "Moccasins have aggressively attacked people."
Water Snakes tend to be partly submerged, partly out of the water, more like this: