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County plans public input on county administrator selection
Sarasota County will hold five focus group sessions for public input on the characteristics and qualities that are important in a new county administrator. The meetings also will explore the opportunities for the county and the next administrator.
Last call for registration in national 'Hoop It Up' tournament
The nationally recognized "Hoop It Up" 3-on-3 basketball tournament is coming Sept. 3-4 to the Venice Community Center (VCC), 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. Last minute registration is now being accepted atwww.hoopitup.com. (READ ON)
Mobile health services offered at 16 county sites in September
The Sarasota County Health Department's Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff will provide free and low-cost health services at 16 sites around the county during September.
The services offered at these regularly established sites include diabetes education and screening, blood pressure tests ... (READ ON)
Waterways are subject of student photo exhibition
The experiences of two Ringling College of Art and Design students who interned with Sarasota County Environmental Services will be chronicled in a new photo exhibition titled "Immersion - A photographic exploration of Sarasota's waterways," which will be on display Oct. 7 - Nov. 4 at the Sarasota Vineyard, 1528 Main Street, Sarasota. (READ ON)
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: