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"Roads around the county remain dangerous as traffic lights are out, and downed power lines and trees may be blocking some areas."

- Sherilyn Burris, Manatee County Emergency Management Chief

[Hurricane Irma]  Manatee County Releases Post-Irma Updates

Manatee Sheriff Rick Wells lifted the countywide curfew at 8:30am yesterday morning as county staff and officials from across the community staffed the Emergency Operations Center, offering several updates on the latest in Hurricane Irma news. The Citizens Information Center line, (941) 749-3547, will remain open today from 8am to 5pm and then close.

Bridges to Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key opened at noon yesterday, but drivers should be cognizant of post-Irma hazards. "Roads around the county remain dangerous as traffic lights are out, and downed power lines and trees may be blocking some areas," said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris. "We urge you to use caution if you are on the roads."

Manatee Schools, County Government and City of Bradenton offices, the Clerk of Circuit Courts office and the Department of Health are still closed today, with city offices planning to reopen Wednesday. Manatee County Area Transit buses resume normal routes today. Para-transit will only deliver dialysis patients on Tuesday. They will reassess Wednesday. Port Manatee is reopens today.

In terms of utilities, residents in unincorporated areas without power are asked to limit water use as it may cause sewage back up. Manatee County Utilities has issued a Precautionary Boil Water notice for customers on the island. All water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled as a precaution. A notice will be issued once the water has been shown to be safe, likely within the next 24 hours. Utilities has also announced there will be no recycling this week. Trash will be collected on a modified schedule this week as long as the road is passable by the garbage trucks. Residents with Tuesday/Friday collection will have their trash collected on their normal days. Residents with Monday/Thursday collection will have their garbage collected on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Garbage collectors will only collect trash that fits inside the garbage can. Large items, debris and yard waste will not be collected this week. Utilities officials said residents can expect an update later this week on yard waste and debris pickup. 

With many local businesses still closed from the storm, Department of Health in Manatee Director Dr. Jennifer Bencie said people can find information on available pharmacies around town by visiting www.healthcareready.org

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org

[Hurricane Irma]  Manatee County Commission Meetings Update

Manatee County Commissioners, originally scheduled to have a regular meeting today, will move their Sept. 12 meeting to Thursday, Sept. 14 at 9am in the First Floor Chambers of the County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton. The Sept. 14 Planning Commission meeting will still take place at 9am, but instead of meeting in the Commission Chambers, the meeting will be held in the Manatee Room, 4th Floor, County Administrative Center. County Government offices remain closed to the public today as County staff assist with the Irma recovery effort. County Government offices will reopen for regular hours Wed., Sept. 14 at 8am. 

[Hurricane Irma]  City of Sarasota Announces Post-Irma Collection Rules

The City of Sarasota has announced that standard residential collection rules will be suspended for storm debris. Residents are urged to place storm debris at the curb away from mailboxes, fire hydrants, light poles etc. Please do not mix storm debris with other waste.

Public Works crews will tour the city today with the storm debris collection contractor, Ceres Environmental, to assess pick up needs. The contractor will then organize a collection schedule, which will be shared with the community.

For more information please contact Public Works General Manager Todd Kucharski at todd.kucharski@sarasotafl.gov or 941-365-2200 ext. 6303

[Hurricane Irma]  City of Sarasota Announces Utility Update

Power outages are impacting utilities in the City of Sarasota. City crews are working with Florida Power & Light to restore electricity to the entire city and its facilities. As of yesterday, crews were actively repairing 11 water main breaks.

Water service has been restored to the barrier islands including Bird Key, Coon Key, St. Armands Key and Lido Key. A boil water notice is now in effect for 48 hours for those customers who lost water service.  Water customers will be notified when the advisory is lifted. Affected neighborhoods will be notified by flyer of any boil water advisory.

For more information contact Utilities Dispatch: 941-955-2325

[Community]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Now Open

Manatee Memorial Hospital has been officially cleared to re-open as of Monday, September 11 at 7pm. The hospital is fully operational and the Emergency Care Center will be open for patients of all ages. 

Manatee Memorial Hospital

[Airport]  SRQ Airport Announces Resumption of Services

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport has released the following updates regarding facilities and services. The airfield opens this morning.

Delta is scheduled to resume normal schedule today, minus early morning departures. American Airlines will resume on Wednesday with an arrival at 11:29am.

Rental car services from Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty reopen today.

Terminal concessions throughout the airport reopen today as well. 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[SOON]  THEATER: Classic Movies at the Opera House , August 18 – September 22

Sarasota Opera announces an expansion of their “HD at the Movie House” series entitled “Classic Moves at the Opera House.”. This inaugural series will consist of five movies ranging in years from 1935-1972 beginning Friday, August 18th and run through September 22nd. Sarasota Opera will join forces with The Circus Arts Conservatory on August 18th for the opening showing of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth” re-creating some of the circus magic that was seen around the theater at the original Sarasota premiere of the film on January 31, 1952. Tickets for this new series are only $10 and all showings will begin at 7:30pm.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  SEMINAR: 3rd Annual Lifelong Learning Showcase Event , September 13, 8:30am-2:00pm

The annual showcase is an exciting, jam-packed, one-day event for lifelong learners to experience the best instructors and topics our region has to offer. Hosted by the SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning, this popular event is now in its third year.  The event includes 24 course sessions of which participants may choose four to attend, continental breakfast, a box lunch, exhibits, sponsor merchandise and more. A special Keynote speaker will also be present, Louise Gallagher an Educator and Certified Life Coach, will be giving an informed and insightful talk about “retirement: who needs it?”. Registration begins Monday August 7th and the price of the ticket includes all the classes and meals. Put your thinking cap on and get into the back to school spirit because SunCoast Alliance for Lifelong Learning can't wait to teach you something new!

RCLLA Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237,

[SOON]  GALA: 12th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 15, 7:30am-9:00am

On Friday, September 15, the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County will present the 12th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast; celebrating community members who support youth as leaders in our community. The honorees this year are CEO of PGT Industries, Rod Hershberger, and Director of Sarasota County Library System, Sarabeth Kalajian. The event takes place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club from 7:30-9:00am. Cost is $50 for an individual ticket. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please call 941-366-3911.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club , 3100 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  HEALTH: Grey Matters: A Symposium on Alzheimer's Research , September 22, 11am-1:30pm

The Roskamp Institute is hosting a Brain Health and Awareness Symposium this September the 22nd at The Sarasota Yacht Club. The aptly named Grey Matters Symposium will offer a deep dive into current Alzheimer’s research by Institute Directors and will be moderated by ABC7’s Hayley Wielgus. There will be a presentation, interactive panel, and an opportunity for Q & A. For more information or to become a sponsor today please call (941) 552-9832 or visit www.roskampinstitute.org/events.

Sarasota Yacht Club , 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Grid Un-locked , September 25 – October 30, 6:00-7:00pm

Join The Chamber, in partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation and SRQ Media, as we explore the facts, plans, and future of mobility and transportation in the Sarasota region. This six-week series will cover everything from traffic basics and land use impacts, to traffic studies and roadway improvement plans, and will wrap-up with a look at creative solutions. This session will be an introduction to automobile congestion, peak hours, and peak season and will cover local and national facts plus information on peer communities. Demian Miller, Principal at Tindale Oliver will be the featured speaker for this weeks’ event. Each event in the series is $10 and will be hosted at The Francis.  Click here for more info.

The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Rumble: How Will STOP! Impact Our Economy and Growth? , September 26, 5:30-7pm

What will be the impact of the recent STOP! movement on economic growth and the quality of projects in our region? Join us at the Mildred Sainer Pavlion at New College for lively debates on issues that some consider “too hot to handle” where our modified Oxford-style debate gives us civil discourse designed to sway through both factual information and rhetorical skill. Attendees are asked their position on the topic of the day before and after the debate–the success of the participants being judged on those they sway from their initial positions. 

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

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