County temporarily going offline
County data center move to temporarily interrupt online services
A number of online services provided by Sarasota County will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and lasting through Sunday, Feb. 27, while they are relocated to the county's new data center at 5875 Bahia Vista Road. (MORE)
Beach water advisories in effect for Venice, Turtle beaches
Water quality at Venice Public Beach and Turtle Beach does not meet current health standards for recreational waters, according to the Sarasota County Health Department, which monitors water quality weekly at 16 sites along Sarasota County's 34 miles of beaches. (MORE)
Englewood community cleanup scheduled for Saturday
It's time to clean out the garage and gather up yard waste, tree trimmings and discarded household items. Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Englewood area from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. (MORE)
2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta hosting charity event this weekendWhen competitive rowers take to the waters of Nathan Benderson Park, 2500 Honore Ave., Sarasota, for the 2011 Sarasota Invitational Regatta on Feb. 26-27, they will be competing for more than trophies. (MORE)
NOW YOU KNOW ...
Why did Sarasota County install permeable brick pavers for sidewalks on the expanded, improved Fruitville Road east of Interstate 75?
The paver sidewalk is actually a method of managing stormwater that is environmentally friendly. When rain falls on solid concrete sidewalks, it quickly runs off. The permeable pavers have holes (see photo) and a reservoir layer of rock underneath. When stormwater hits this surface, it is collected in the reservoir where chemicals and nutrients are filtered out and the cleaner water is allowed to percolate back into the groundwater table.
In addition, the permeable pavers promote tree survival by providing air and water to roots.
The system is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines since the grooves that allow water to percolate through are filled with pea gravel to create a level walking surface. In addition, the permeable pavers promote tree survival by providing air and water to roots.