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Sarasota County names Terry Lewis interim administrator
Terry Lewis, former North Port police chief, has been named interim Sarasota County administrator. Lewis also served as interim North Port city manager. Lewis replaces Jim Ley, whose contract as county administrator for the county ended May 25. View Mr. Lewis' agreement here. (MORE)
SCAT fare increases proposed
A proposed Sarasota County Area Transit increase in fares was brought forward by the Sarasota County Commission at its budget workshop June 14. SCAT is proposing to increase the regular fare from 75 cents per trip to $1.25. Rate increases are also being proposed for the SCAT DAY, 7-Day Pass, 30-Day Pass and fixed-route fares for seniors and persons with disabilities. If approved, the rate increases would go into effect Oct. 1, 2011. (MORE)
Panel discussion to close out Emma Lazarus exhibit at Jacaranda Public Library
"Emma Lazarus - Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience" a traveling exhibit on display at Jacaranda Public Library chronicling the life of the pioneer author and poet concludes with a local expert panel discussion. Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m. at jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice. (MORE)
Free HIV testing in Venice and Sarasota
Testing will be available to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Walgreens store, 1490 U.S. Highway 41 Bypass South (corner of U.S. 41 and Center Road) in Venice. .In addition to HIV, testing and screening will be available that day for syphilis, gonorrhea, blood pressure, glucose (blood sugar) and cholesterol.(MORE)
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: