A public hearing will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, to address Sarasota County's sign code as it pertains to electronic message center signs. These are signs that contain changeable copy in a digital display and are typically seen in front of businesses.
Registration for Sarasota County's first Indoor Community Yard Sale begins Tuesday, Sept. 2. The sale will be held at Laurel Park on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. A total of 20 resident vendor spots are available at $10 per space.
Sarasota County Extension Master Gardeners will host the 10th Annual Plant Sale and EdFest, Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sarasota County Extension Office of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) at Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
Two Sarasota County employees are helping federal authorities battle raging wildfires in northern California. Cesar Rodriguez-Palacios and Raymond Vinson are both part of the county's "eco-burn" team, which plans and conducts prescribed burns on county-managed lands.
Sarasota County Government values the participation and input of its residents in the decision-making process. To further that goal, the county has more than 30 citizen advisory boards, councils and committees, with members appointed by the County Commission.
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: