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Saturday is Big truck Day at Phillippi Park Trucks, construction equipment and other large vehicles will be on display at Sarasota County's 15th annual Big Truck Day, 10 a.m.--2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The event is free and open to the public. (MORE)
It's time to clean out the garage and gather up yard waste. Sarasota County will hold its annual community cleanup in the Proctor area from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
Waste Management dumpsters will be available at two locations for materials from residents:
Sarasota County Technical Institute, 4748 Beneva Road, in the west parking lot
Bee Ridge Park in the softball field parking lot west of Lockwood Ridge on Wilkinson Road. (MORE)
Second Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop set
Residents are invited to the second annual Community Disaster Preparedness Workshop from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Road (near Westfield Sarasota Square Shopping Mall) in Sarasota. (MORE)
SCAT Summer Student Pass will go on sale Monday, May 16
The popular Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Summer Student Pass will be available starting Monday, May 16, at five locations around the county. The $20 pass can be used by youths up to age19 or anyone who has a valid student identification card. The pass allows unlimited ridership on SCAT buses from June 1-Aug. 31, 2011. (MORE)
For Your Information:
In case you were wondering, the county landscape projects along U.S. 41 and the State Road 681 interchange and along U.S. 41 south to Bird Bay are completed, but crews will plant some more trees near The Legacy Trail pedestrian bridge over U.S. 41, south of the split at U.S. 41 By-Pass and U.S. 41 Business.
So far, a total of 1,724 trees and 9,795 shrubs were planted. Watering will continue throughout the next year two times a week and maintenance activities will be conducted every three months. At the end of the yearlong warranty and maintenance period, the landscaping within the city of Venice limits will be maintained by the city and the rest of the trees along U.S. 41 and State Road 681 will be maintained by the county. If you have questions or comments, contact Construction Project Manager Robbin Levar at 941-861-0913.
Family Bike Adventures at the Carlton Reserve T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, 1800 Mabry Carlton Way, Venice Sunday, May 15 10-11:30 a.m.
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: