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Florida Interantional Triathlon

Florida Interantional Triathlon

Sarasota, Florida -- Water Monkey is teaming up with Sarasota’s Florida International Triathlon for a fun weekend of running, swimming, biking and stand up paddle boarding. The 2nd annual Water Monkey Challenge stand up paddle board race is the newest addition to the FIT weekend. The stand up paddle board competition, 5K and triathlon will be held at Sarasota’s new Benderson Park Aquatic Center on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2013.

Sarasota County joins celebration of Tobacco Free Florida

Sarasota County joins celebration of Tobacco Free Florida

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County will join in the statewide celebration of the fifth annual Tobacco Free Florida Week, which runs from April 6-13. The theme of the observance, "High Five: Celebrating Five Years of Tobacco Free Florida Week," highlights progress made in protecting our residents from tobacco's deadly toll.

County lifts boil water advisory

County lifts boil water advisory

Venice, Florida -- Sarasota County has lifted a precautionary boil water advisory for customers affected by a water main break at 526 N. Cervina Drive, Venice.

Get tested in April

Get tested in April

Sarasota, Florida -- April is National Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) awareness month, the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County urges residents of all ages to reduce their risk for these diseases by getting tested. 

Testing for STDs is available by appointment at Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County with locations at:

Sarasota offers free seminar on fighting obesity

Sarasota offers free seminar on fighting obesity

Sarasota, Florida -- Have you made a New Year's Resolution to lose weight, exercise and be healthy?

If your having trouble keeping that promise, the Sarasota County Wellness Coalition is offering a free seminar on practical ways to make behavior changes to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

The "Healthy Sarasota County 5-2-1-0: What It Is and Ways to Use it" is a free seminar that takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27.

SNAP dollars double at market

SNAP dollars double at market

Clearwater, Florida -- People who have SNAP dollars will see their money double at the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market. 

Starting March 23, the Clearwater Gateway Farmers Market will begin offering "Market Double Dollars" which will increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollars.

At the market, $10 in SNAP dollars will buy $20 of eligible foods at vendor booths that accept SNAP and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT). Eligible foods include fruits, vegetables, breads, dairy, meat, seeds and plants that grow fruit.

Red tide detected on Sarasota beaches

Red tide detected on Sarasota beaches

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County officials report recent beach water samples found high levels of red tide algae. Experts say prevailing southerly winds earlier this week are believed to have contributed to the resurgence of red tide in the County.

The folllowing beaches had higher levels of red tide algae: Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty, Venice Beach, Service Club Park, Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Beach, Caspersen Beach and Manasota Beach.