Sarasota County News and Updates: Healthcare assistance, New Community Garden on Bee Ridge, more...

As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, local residents may get get live, in-person help with applying for and choosing new coverage options in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
One Book One Community is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with the announcement of the 2014 One Book at special events in October. And the winning book this year is...  
Local contractors may now apply for building permits through Sarasota County's updated online system.
Fifteen new companies have demonstrated their commitment to the environment by joining Sarasota County's Green Business Partnership program.  
You're invited to a fall festival celebrating the grand opening of Sarasota County's newest community garden at Bee Ridge Park, 4430 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon  
Looking to kick-start your fitness goals before the holidays? Check out the "Basic Training: Beginners Boot Camp" classes at the Venice Community Center.  
Sarasota County's BMX Track on North Tuttle Avenue will host the 2013 STRIDER World Championships, Oct. 11-13, for racers age 2-5 from around the world.  
The Sustainable Business Guide offers tangible first steps that local businesses, non-profits and other organizations can take to become more sustainable.   
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County's Health In Motion Mobile Medical Unit staff is canceling visits to three Goodwill locations in Sarasota County during October due to unforeseen circumstances.   
The county's Emergency Services' All Hazard Neighborhood Preparedness Program helps neighbors and communities prepare for, prevent and assist each other during emergencies.  
Sarasota County wants public input on the naming of a natural land parcel adjacent to Oscar Scherer State Park. The temporarily named Oscar Scherer Buffer site is located at 6403 State Road 681 in Nokomis. Sarasota County Natural Resources staff will host a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4-5:30 p. m., at the Nokomis Community Center to solicit input from the public, including proposed names.  
The Florida Department of Health and the County Health Departments of West Central Florida remind residents and visitors to protect themselves and others from the flu this season.
Preregistration now for the 37th annual Sandy Claws Beach Run scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, on Siesta Beach.
Crews from the Sarasota County Fire Department along with crews from municipal fire departments around the county have won this year's annual "Boots and Badges Blood Drive" to aid Shriner's Hospital.
Sarasota County Development Services and Code Enforcement will hold its annual free community cleanup for the South Venice areaSaturday, Oct. 26, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
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