THURSDAY--Sarasota County residents are invited to participate in a public input session on a proposed Statewide Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15 at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road in Sarasota.Participants will discuss how the plan can guide efforts to work together to preserve Florida's history and historical, archaeological, and cultural resources.
SARASOTA --- A series of free grant orientation workshops under the Sarasota County Neighborhood Grant Program will be held August through October at several locations around the county.
Residents can learn what improvement projects are eligible for the program and how to apply for a neighborhood grant during the two-hour workshops. Attendance at a workshop is required for grant applicants.
SARASOTA--Staff from Sarasota County Parks and Recreation are monitoring accumulations of seaweed that have begun washing ashore on sections of public beaches on Siesta Key.
"We are seeing some small amounts of seaweed washing up on sections of Siesta Beach , but nothing unusual," said George Tatge, manager Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. "Seaweed is a natural occurrence on the beaches and usually corrects itself."
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: