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Try transit (for free!) April 19
TODAY: SCAT will offer free rides to all transit users on regular fixed-route or commuter Express buses to celebrate "Try Transit Day." The standard fare is normally $1.25 for fixed-route service and $2.50 for Express.
A free "Stand Down" event for veterans will take place Saturday, April 28, to help veterans access VA benefits, housing assistance, legal services and health screenings. All services are free.
Gun range undergoes cleanup
The Knight Trail Park Pistol and Rifle Range is closed for up to three weeks while crewsperform a lead remediation on the site. The 12-yard, 25-yard and 50-yard shooting ranges, as well as the trap, skeet and archery ranges, will remain open during the cleanup project.
Are you ready for the summer!
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for summer camp programs. Sign up for traditional, adventure, specialty and therapeutic camps. Financial assistance is available for qualifying Sarasota County resident
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: