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Top-ranked Siesta Beach expects big crowds for holiday weekend
Siesta Beach, 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, the #1 beach in the country according to Dr. Beach, is expected to be one of the busiest places in the state this weekend.
As one of the top attractions in Sarasota County, Siesta Beach draws an estimated 1 million visitors each year. (READ ON)
County government offices close for Labor Day holiday
Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and the History Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, for the Labor Day holiday.
Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus service, including the Longboat Key Trolley, a joint operation of SCAT and Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT), will not operate on Labor Day. (READ ON)
SCAT to hold public meeting Sept. 8 on proposed fare increases
A public meeting on proposed increases in Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) fares will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Room 112 of Sarasota City Hall, 1565 1st Street, Sarasota. Three public meetings were held in August and an additional meeting was requested to gather more public feedback. (READ ON)
Library Card Sign-Up Month helps highlight vast resources available to public
With more than 1 million items in circulation and virtually every one of them offered for free, the Sarasota County library system provides the best deal in town if you have a Sarasota County library card. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Sarasota County libraries are encouraging residents and visitors who do not have a library card to stop in at any one of the eight libraries to sign up. (READ ON)
County invites volunteers to National Public Lands Day
Sarasota County Community Services will host a volunteer event, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 24, at Sleeping Turtles Preserve North, 3462 Border Road, Venice, to help celebrate the 18th Annual National Public Lands Day. (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: