Public Invited to Legacy Trail Trestle Opening Tuesday, Sept. 21
Family-oriented activities will mark the official opening of the Dona Bay and Roberts Bay trestles on Tuesday, Sept. 21, on the Legacy Trail. The trestles have been the missing links in the county's premier recreational trail. (MORE)
Florida Housing Help Workshop Oct. 2
Florida Housing Help is designed to educate and assist families facing foreclosure. The workshop will include opportunities to meet with mortgage
lenders, HUD-certified housing counselors, local housing authorities, legal assistance, credit counseling services, and many other foreclosure assistance programs. (MORE)
Avoid mistaking algae blooms for oil
Algae bloom, NOT oil
The Deepwater Horizon oil well is capped and oil is no longer leaking into the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the fact that oil from the accident never reached the beaches of Sarasota County, residents and visitors remain vigilant watching for foreign matter in the water. Sarasota County Environmental and Emergency Services staff have responded to numerous calls of reported oil in the water that turned out to be mostly algae.
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: