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Fertilizer restrictions are on
WaterSarasota County has one of the state's toughest rules for protecting local waterways. Ordinance No. 2007-062prohibits the use of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorous from June 1 through Sept. 30 for both residential and commercial users.

Got used medications?
Drop them off at the Venice Police Department's new permanentMedication Take-back Box. Unused prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted 24/7, and turn-in is always anonymous. The box debuts Friday, June 29.

Free HIV testing
Sarasota Member organizations of the HIV-AIDS Network of Southwest Florida are providing free HIV testing to the public as part of a national HIV testing campaign.

Expanding primary care service
Child FemaleA grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide nearly $600,000 per year through 2016 in primary care service to low-income and uninsured people in North Sarasota County.  

HHS wins NACo award
The National Association of Counties has recognized Sarasota County Health and Human Services for its "Safe RX" campaign to help healthcare providers promote responsible prescription drug use.

Phillippi farmhouse wins grant
The Florida Legislature has approved a$50,000 matching grant for the rehabilitation of the historic farmhouse located in Phillippi Estate Park.

Run, kiddies, run!
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation's popular Kids Summer Beach Runs return to Siesta and Venice beaches. Kids who complete the runs receive a free T-shirt and a 50% off voucher for a pair of New Balance kids' shoes. 

Habitat heads south for homes
Habitat for Humanity is breaking ground in Englewood. Join the celebration Friday, June 29, at 9 a.m. Featured speakers include Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson and Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber President Bill Truex.

Mobile health services in June
DoctorThe Health Department's mobile medical unit will provide free and low-cost health services at 13 sites around the county in June. Services include diabetes screening and blood pressure, pregnancy, HIV and tuberculosis tests. Appointments are not needed.

Come work for us
Sarasota County is hiring. Seewhat positions are available.
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What we're watching
Video news of note from Sarasota County

County Talk - BCC Report   

Top issues and actions taken by the Sarasota County Commission in May.

Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane discusses the 2012 hurricane season.

What to pack in your hurricane "Go Kit."
June Economic Report released
Sarasota County has released its economic report for June.


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