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Boil water advisory in effect as county repairs Crystal Sands main break

Boil water advisory in effect as county repairs Crystal Sands main break

Sarasota County Utilities has repaired a 6-inch water main break that affected the master meter for 153 condominiums in Crystal Sands, 6300 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. Water was shut off about 11:30 a.m. this morning. The water is now back on, but the precautionary boil water advisory is still in effect.  

Water samples have been pulled for testing.

Myrtle the turtle returns to Gulf

Myrtle the turtle returns to Gulf

Sarasota, Florida - Myrtle the turtle is now "off the hook" and back in the Gulf.  Staff from Mote Marine Laboratory released the turtle Friday morning at Lido Beach.


The 10-year-old turtle was rescued by Mote staff on October 7, 2010 near the Venice Fishing Pier. The loggerhead had been feeding on fishing bait and had been hooked repeatedly by anglers.

Beach water advisory reissued for Venice Public Beach

Beach water advisory reissued for Venice Public Beach

Venice, FL -- A beach water advisory has been re-issued for Venice Public Beach.

Sarasota County Health Department officials received testing results from water samples taken on Thursday, March 31 that still show an elevated level of enterococcus bacteria.

This follows recent rainy conditions which are known to contribute to stormwater runoff thereby impacting water quality.    

Run for the Turtles

Run for the Turtles

Siesta Key -- A leader in marine research, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium also provides fun, education and environmental awareness in its aquarium, educational activities and events.

For their next event, it's the 25th Annual Run for the Turtles at Siesta Key Public Beach on April 2. Participants can choose from a one-mile Fun Run or walk for all ages or a 5K Manasota Track Club-Sanctioned Run divided up into age groups.

Venice Beach issued water advisory...again.

Venice Beach issued water advisory...again.

Venice, Florida -- A beach water advisory has been re-issued for Venice Public Beach. Sarasota County Health Department officials received testing results from samples taken yesterday, Monday, March 21 that show an elevated level of enterococcus bacteria. Signage will remain in place until follow-up water testing results are satisfactory. 

The Health Department plans to conduct follow-up water sampling tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23.

The Health Department continues to work with city, county, and state officials to identify potential sources of this bacteria. Limited sampling utilizing DNA techniques failed to identify specific human or animal sources. Health officials are continuing their investigation.

9,000-year-old artifacts excavated from North Port spring

9,000-year-old artifacts excavated from North Port spring

North Port, Florida -- Yesterday, archaeologists and scientific divers from The Florida Aquarium brought several "items of interest" from Little Salt Spring in North Port (Map) to the surface for examination, after two decades of excavating around the basin. The items include wooden artifacts preserved from over 9,000 years ago.

Water warnings continue for Venice Public Beach

Water warnings continue for Venice Public Beach

Venice, FL -- No swim advisories will remain at Venice Public Beach throughout the weekend.


For two weeks now, health officials have found high bacteria levels there caused by animal or human waste. The latest test was conducted Wednesday and the results received Thursday.