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Sarasota, Manatee Look Toward Hurricane Ian Recovery

Image courtesy Manatee County Government.

After Hurricane Ian made landfall in Lee County, Sarasota and Manatee counties dealt with the rain and wind of the Category 4 storm as it moved through the region.

Manatee County saw more than 100,000 residents evacuated from flood zones into shelters or out of the state. County commissioners there declared a state of emergency this weekend. Sarasota County also evacuated residents from flood zones A and B as the storm track forecasts showed the storm system impacting the region. 

While the Sarasota-Manatee area avoided a direct hit from the storm, severe winds forced law enforcement and first responders to suspend service for several hours on Wednesday. Residents were ordered off the roads, and shelters early in the day were locked down in Manatee at capacity as individuals still in the region were to shelter in place in their own homes. Meanwhile, Manatee County officials immediately ran into power issues as 15% of lift stations lost power, leading the county to discourage people from excessive flushing of toilets.

“Our lift stations work off the same power grid as everyone else. As power goes out, so do the lift station,” said Manatee County Commissioner George Kruse in a tweet. “Help preserve our infrastructure. We’ll get them up and running as soon as it’s save. In the interim, you shouldn’t be going anyplace that requires a shower anyway!”

As of 8 p.m., the eye of the storm moves into the Port Charlotte area but continued on a north-northeast path toward Orlando and alongside Sarasota and Bradenton. By that point, more than 164,000 customers were without power in Manatee County and nearly 255,000 were in the dark in Sarasota County. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday came through Sarasota and met with local officials about storm response. “State and county officials are working to ensure we are prepared for the significant anticipated impacts of Hurricane Ian,” he said.

The aftermath of the storm will become clear with daylight this morning. Government officials have stressed individuals should remain off the roads as first responders work to secure the area.

School districts in both counties canceled school for the remainder of the week, as did all of the colleges in the region. Many public schools are serving right now as shelters for evacuated residents.


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Freshly Squeezed Content Every Morning – Sep 29, 2022

In Conversation Tanya Ryskind of NewGate Montessori School •  BBB Warns Consumers to Watchout for Storm Chasers after Hurricane Ian •  Getting Sirius •  Medical Forefront •  Sarasota, Manatee Look Toward Hurricane Ian Recovery

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition – Sep 28, 2022

Two Paws-Up for the Humane Society of Sarasota County's Pup Crawl •  All Faiths Food Bank Poised for Disaster Response •  Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Adjusts Operations Schedule Ahead of Hurricane Ian •  Jerry Seinfeld Performances Rescheduled to January 13 •  CreArte Latino Cultural Center Presents A Taste of Latin America

Tuesday Foodie Edition – Sep 27, 2022

Sage Restaurant Reopens with New Fall Seasonal Menu  •  Meet the New Sarasota Farmers Market Superstar: Azteca Rojo •  Sarasota Opera’s DaCapo Society for Young Professionals Returns  •  Living Lakewood Fall 2022 Edition •  Hurricane Evacuation Centers in Sarasota County •  Selby Gardens to Showcase Photography of Rare Orchids in Annual Orchid Show •  Discoveries Concert Cancelled due to Hurricane  •  The Manatee County Clerk & Comptroller Announces Office Closure This Week Due to Hurricane Ian

Monday Business Edition – Sep 26, 2022

An Eclectic Fall •  Restaurant Revitalization •  Finalists Announced by EDC for Ringling College Innovation by Creative Design Award •  As ShorePoint Venice Shuts Down, SMH-Venice Steps Up •  Registration is Open for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Ringling College’s Fall Semester •  Governor Ron DeSantis Reappoints Shumaker Partner Hunter G. Norton to Twelfth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission •  Sarasota County Hires New Fire Chief  •  Emergency Officials Closely Monitor Ian

Saturday Perspectives Edition – Sep 24, 2022

Voting Methodology's New Normal •  Sarasota's Modern Powerhouse

Friday Weekend Edition – Sep 23, 2022

Barancik Foundation Names Five Teachers as Ripple Effect Award Winners  •  Child Protection Center’s Prevention Program Celebrates 30 Years •  Online Resource Guide Adds NEW Location Intelligence With GIS Map •  Separate And Better? •  Selby Gardens Extends Seeing the Invisible at Historic Spanish Point Campus •  MSD Engineering, LLC Announces Creation of an Additional Engineering Firm Called Florida Structural Forensics, LLC •  Guys and Dolls at the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe •  Push-Up Challenge to Raise Money This Weekend for JFCS of the Suncoast’s Mental Health Programs

Freshly Squeezed Content Every Morning – Sep 22, 2022

In Conversation with In Conversation with Karen A. Holbrook, PhD of USF South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus  •  Florida Studio Theatre Appoints Sean Daniels As Associate Director and Director of The Recovery Project •  HCA Florida Blake Hospital and HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital Caregivers Donate to Help Save Lives •  The Retreat Sarasota: The Venue That Saves Lives •  Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents “The First Family of Violin” Alexander, Albert and Marina Markov on October 2 •  College Night Returns September 22 •  Sticking With It •  Bank Buyouts •  County Business Tax Due Sept. 30th •  SPARCC Hosts Its Annual Black-Tie Gala •  Buchanan Unveils Plan to Preserve Trump Tax Cuts

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