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Deadline nears for EOC site submittals
If you think you own a potential site for Sarasota County's new 911-Emergency Operations Center, you have until Oct. 25 to complete a Request for Information. Here are the requirements.
Help us 'Procure' a better way
Sarasota County will hold a follow-up discussion on procurement process improvements Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Human Services Building at 2200 Ringling. Blvd. Comejoin the discussion.
Hot tots and hot wheels!
Sarasota County's BMX Track will host the first-ever (and cutest) Strider World Championships for racers age 2-5. Spectator admission and parking for the event are free. Did we mention it was the cutest? Bring lots of film.
Hearing set for secondhand metals ordinance
Sarasota County commissioners have authorized a public hearing on Dec. 13 to discuss proposed amendments to a county ordinance regulating the purchase of secondhand goods and precious metals.
Beat the flu at the drive-thru
Too busy to visit a doctor for your flu shot? A drive-thru flu clinic will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Tabernacle Church in north Sarasota.
Summer youth bus pass wins national ad award
Sarasota County Area Transit's summer youth pass has placed first in the 2011 annual AdWheel Awards competition.
Billions in federal grants and contracts are available for research and new technology and products. Attend this workshop to see how you can get a piece of this $2.5 billion pie.
What's your number?
Sarasota County is improving its address database to ensure that emergency vehicles, first responders and public safety officials can be dispatched to correct addresses.
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: