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Cyclovia Venice draws cycling enthusiasts, walkers, runners, inline skaters and people with strollers from around the region. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 11, join them as they once again converge on downtown Venice to spin their wheels.
Florida waters contain the largest seagrass meadow in the world, including 16,500 acres of beds along Sarasota County. Learn about this precious resource at a free seagrass presentation at the Siesta Key beach pavilion.
Show Sarasota County what saving energy at home looks like to you. Join theEnergy Upgrade Art Competition to share your energy-efficiency message. The contest is open to residents 18 and up. Winners will be recognized by the Sarasota County Commission April 24.
We're No. 1 (again!)
The Society of American Travel Writers has named Sarasota the best place in the United States for a Spring Break family vacation. The group lauded our indoor and outdoor activities, amazing beaches (but we already knew that!), and cultural and historic sites.
Great American Cleanup set
Keep Sarasota County Beautiful has begun registering volunteers for the 2012 Great American Cleanup. The event takes place from 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, April 7, at sites throughout Sarasota County.
Planning Commission has vacancy
The advisory board has one vacancy. This board interprets and advises the Sarasota County Commission on the adoption and amendment to the Comprehensive Plan, as well as land use applications.
The board meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. This is a 4-year term.
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: