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County to recognize improved regional water supply

County to recognize improved regional water supply

Sarasota County, The Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority and the Southwest Florida Water Management District will host a dedication event at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Water Treatment Plant, 1255 Mabry Carlton Parkway, Venice. The event will celebrate the completion of the Water Supply Authority’s Integrated Loop System Phase 3A Interconnect Project providing additional drinking water to county residents. The event is free and open to the public. 

Speakers will include Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton; former Sarasota County Commissioner Shannon Staub; Commissioner John Chappie, chair, Peace River Manasota Water Supply Authority; and H. Paul Senft Jr., chair, Southwest Florida water Management District Governing Board. Following comments, there will be refreshments and tours of the facility.

Sportsmen donate to help Sarasota Bay

Sportsmen donate to help Sarasota Bay

Sarasota, Florida - They are big, heavy and strange looking, but sea life loves reef balls and now more of them will be plunked into the bay.

The Sarasota Sportsmen's Association (SSA) donated $5,000 to the  Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) to support the group's artificial reef program.

Artificial reefs provide marine habitat and that's why they also make great fishing and scuba diving spots.

Open burning prohibited in Sarasota County with few exceptions

Open burning prohibited in Sarasota County with few exceptions

Sarasota County -- Enjoy the cool temperatures and fall season, but remember the Sarasota Code of Ordinances prohibits open burning in Sarasota County with few exceptions. Those exceptions include:

Sarasota beach water advisory lifted at Turtle Beach

Sarasota beach water advisory lifted at Turtle Beach

A beach water advisory for Turtle Beach has been lifted. Sarasota County Health Department officials received testing results from samples taken on Friday, Oct. 21 that were at a satisfactory level that meets both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state recreational water standards. Residents and visitors may return to swimming and other water sports at this beach site. The “no swim” beach water advisory signage will be removed. 

Scientists continue to eye red tide

Scientists continue to eye red tide

Sarasota, Florida - A red tide bloom off the coast of Southwest Florida continues to hold the attention of health officials and scientists. 

The bloom first detected alongshore Sarasota County more than two weeks ago has moved south. It is currently located alongshore and offshore of Charlotte and Lee counties.

Scientists continue to take water samples. The highest concentrations of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, were detected in samples collected about 9 to 14 miles west of Boca Grande Pass in Lee County.