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County's LED holiday light exchange extended

County's LED holiday light exchange extended

Venice, Florida -- Due to popular demand, the County will offer a final opportunity to exchange traditional holiday decorative light strings for energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) light strings 10 a.m. - noon on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Sarasota County Fire Station #21, 721 Center Road, Venice.

County residents can bring in up to two strands of their old incandescent holiday lights to exchange for an equivalent number of ENERGY STAR qualified LED lights.

New Publix set to open

New Publix set to open

Longboat Key, Florida - People on Longboat Key have been Publix deprived for more than six months now, but doors of the new store are about to open.

The new store at the Shoppes of Bay Isles is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, December 13.

The new store is a larger facility than the former Publix, and will employ about 200 people.

Gulf Gate Elementary PTA to hold ‘Flea Market on Wheels’

Gulf Gate Elementary PTA to hold ‘Flea Market on Wheels’

Sarasota, Florida -- The Gulf Gate Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association is holding a “Flea Market on Wheels” from 8 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Community members can load their vehicles with items to sell, rent a space for $10 and keep the proceeds they make from any sales. The funds go directly to the school’s PTA and are used for enhancements such as scholarships for students to participate in field trips, grants for teachers and playground equipment.

Sarasota closings on Nov 12 for Veterans Day

Sarasota closings on Nov 12 for Veterans Day

Sarasota, Florida -- All Sarasota County government offices, including libraries, recreation centers and the Sarasota County History Center will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.
 
The following Sarasota County Parks and Recreation facilities will be open:

Sarasota offers energy efficient Christmas lights

Sarasota offers energy efficient Christmas lights

Sarasota, Florida -- Planning on bringing out the Christmas lights to decorate your home, then Sarasota County officials have some energy saving tips for you.

For a limited time, resident can exchange their old incandescent holiday light for new Energy Star LED lights at no cost. The LED lights reportedly saved up to 90 percent on holiday lighting costs, are cool to the touch, chine brighter and last up to 10 times longer and reduce the risk of fire.

Higher water rates for Town of Longboat Key

Higher water rates for Town of Longboat Key

Longboat Key, Florida - Expect your next water bill to be a bit higher. New higher rates for the Town of Longboat Key kicked in Nov. 1.

Town commissioners Okayed the rate hike in October, citing the need to pass along higher charges from Manatee County.

For an overview of the rates click here.

North Port Fire Rescue offers CPR classes to the public

North Port Fire Rescue offers CPR classes to the public

North Port, Florida -- City of North Port Fire Rescue is now offering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes to the community.

These courses will follow the American Heart Association curriculum and are taught by certified instructors. Courses that are currently being offered are Heartsaver CPR AED; Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED; and BLS For Healthcare Providers.