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Most county offices to close for July 4 holiday
Most Sarasota County government offices, libraries, recreation centers and transit services will be closed Monday, July 4, to observe the national Independence Day holiday. However, Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. and the Arlington Park Recreation Center will be open from noon-5 p.m. (MORE)
Stay safe while enjoying Independence Day fireworks
Every year people are taken to hospital emergency rooms in the United States because of injuries from fireworks at celebrations of July 4, Independence Day. The best way to stay safe is to go to public firework displays at sanctioned community events. The community fireworks events are bigger and brighter since the federal government bans the sale of the largest fireworks to the general public, and many states ... (MORE)
'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)
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.
The Sarasota County Commission on June 28 passed a resolution urging local vendors to cease the sale and marketing of all candy-flavored tobacco products. The resolution also urges residents not to purchase or use candy-flavored tobacco products in Sarasota County. (MORE)
Sarasota County offers small business assistance
Sarasota County government is offering small business owners assistance with development processes and other business needs.
The county's business assistance efforts include connecting small business owners with county departments to address their concerns and assist with regulatory and permitting issues.(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: