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Siesta seaweed catching attention of county

Siesta seaweed catching attention of county

Siesta Key, Florida -- It's been named the nation's best beach, but recently clumps of seaweed have been littering the sugar white sand there.

Sarasota county officials are aware of the situation and are monitoring the seaweed accumulations. "We are seeing some small amounts of seaweed washing up on sections of Siesta Beach, but nothing unusual," said George Tatge of Sarasota County Parks and Recreation in a county news release. "Seaweed is a natural occurrence on the beaches and usually corrects itself." 

Volunteer for seagrass survey

Volunteer for seagrass survey

Sarasota, Florida -- Time to get your feet wet and help the county's bays. Sarasota County needs volunteers to survey seagrass growth in area waterways.

Seagrass beds are important to the health of the ecosystem. The beds help stabilize shorelines and provide food and cover for a variety of wildlife.

A training session for volunteers is scheduled for Saturday, August 10th at the Turtle Beach Community Center, 8918 Midnight Pass Road, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. p.m. A portion of the training takes place in the water, so participants should dress accordingly.

Learn about sharks

Learn about sharks

North Port, Florida -- Come to the North Port Library to learn about sharks!

Tuesday, June 23 discover the mysterious world of sharks with Keith Wilson. The program is open to children ages 5 to 11. 

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. For more information call (941) 861-1307. 

Nesting sea turtles need more help

Nesting sea turtles need more help

Sarasota, Florida - Nesting sea turtles have been keeping Mote's Sea Turtle Patrol busy. So far the biologists and volunteers that make up the patrol have documented 1,365 loggerhead nests and nine of the more rare green sea turtle nests on 35 miles of local beaches.

Researchers say this year's totals are strong and could possibly surpass record numbers. The official nesting season ends October 31st.

Town to replace water meters

Town to replace water meters

Longboat Key, Florida - Residents and business owners in the Town of Longboat Key can expect to have their water meters replaced. The town is replacing all meters, because they become less accurate as they age. The new meters will improve the efficiency of meter reading and water billing. 

UMS has been hired by the Town to replace the meters. Work will begin in August and a company representative will contact you in person before your meter is replaced. You can expect your water service to be interrupted for 15 to 30 minutes. There is no charge to residents.

SBEP reminds residents to not use fertilizer products with nitrogen

SBEP reminds residents to not use fertilizer products with nitrogen

Sarasota, Florida -- In accordance with Sarasota and Manatee County urban fertilizer ordinances, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) reminds residents not to use fertilizer products containing nitrogen and phosphorus from June 1 through September 30.

Rainwater washes excess fertilizer into storm drains, which results in nitrogen and phosphorus being transported into Sarasota Bay through tributaries and storm drains. These chemicals can fuel excessive growth of algae, which smothers natural vegetation and feeds invasive weeds.

Sarasota County libraries introduce Family Sustainability Kits

Sarasota County libraries introduce Family Sustainability Kits

Sarasota County, Florida -- Sarasota County libraries and the Sustainability office are teaming up with the creator of the Easy Going Green Flash Cards to help families learn how to become more sustainable in their everyday lives.