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'Hope for Homeowners' free event on July 16
Sarasota County homeowners who need help with foreclosures, bankruptcy and credit problems can attend a free "Hope for Homeowners" seminar from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. (MORE)
Get school shots updated now before school year begins
With local schools scheduled to resume on Monday, Aug. 22, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child's immunizations updated now. Parents of children who will be entering schools in Sarasota County for the first time must provide the school office with a completed Florida Certification of Immunization (DH 680). (MORE)
Seats still open for fall Civics 101 session
Sarasota County government's popular Civics 101 program still has a few seats
open for the session beginning Sept. 8.
Civics 101 is a 10-week session that introduces people to the operations and services of Sarasota County government. The Thursday-night classes give students a better understanding of how county government works and allows them to build relationships with county staff. (MORE)
County offers surplus equipment in online auction
Sarasota County is launching an online auction website that will make it possible for people to bid on surplus county office equipment and other items.
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: