In anticipation for the Sarasota Down Payment Assistance Program's opening Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development is hosting a workshop Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9:30 a.m. at 1565 1st St., City Hall Annex, Sarasota.
Sarasota County will hold its ninth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. Registration is open to the public, and advanced registration is encouraged.
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. The following committees have open positions:
Bicycle Pedestrian Trail Advisory Committee (BPTAC): 9 vacancies (5 at large, plus Longboat Key, City of North Port, City of Sarasota, School Board representatives)
Building Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals: 4 vacancies
Citizens Advisory Committee for Public Transportation: 4 vacancies
General Contractors Licensing & Examining Board: 6 vacancies (engineer; general contractor; residential contractor; 3 at large)
Health Facilities Authority & Industrial Development Revenue Bond Citizens Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies
Mechanical Contractors Licensing & Examining Board: 5 vacancies (architect; master electrician; trade alternate; 2 at large
Waterways Advisory Council: 2 vacancies
For a complete description of committees and how you can serve, visitwww.scgov.net (keyword Advisory Council).
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: