SARASOTA: Sarasota County government provides essential services that the public relies on every day. Find out more from the staff of many Sarasota County departments at Gulf Gate Library in the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sarasota County has been selected by the United Nations Environment Programme's Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) as the official North American host community for World Environment Day (WED) 2014.
Your input will be taken into consideration leading to a possible amendment of the Air and Sound Pollution Ordinance No. 94-038 to allow for recreational warming fires on private properties. Enter your feedback in an online survey available on the county's websitethrough Monday, April 21.
The national 2014 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool, released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, addresses physical environments; social and economic factors; health behaviors, and access to clinical care.
Real estate agents, landlords, property managers, architects, multifamily complex builders, permitting officials and all community members are invited to attend one of two free Fair Housing seminars Thursday, April 24.
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: