City of Sarasota declares State of Emergency, county operations info

1:20 PM, Aug 26, 2012   |    comments
11 a.m. forecast track on Tropical Storm Isaac on Sunday, Aug. 26 from the NHC.
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Sarasota, Florida -- Due to the potential impact of Tropical Storm Isaac, Mayor Suzanne Atwell authorized Interim City Manager Terry Lewis to declare a State of Emergency today at 10:15 a.m. A State of Emergency allows administrative processes, including purchasing, to be expedited.

The City of Sarasota Charter allows a State of Emergency to be declared by the City Manager with the consent of one City Commissioner. Mr. Lewis has been in regular contact with City Commissioners concerning the status of Tropical Storm Isaac.

City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 27.  Trash collection will be canceled Monday and resume on Tuesday with collection days pushed back one day. Monday collection will be picked up on Tuesday and Tuesday collection will be scheduled for Wednesday.

City staff will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and make decisions in conjunction with Sarasota County and its municipalities.

The public is encouraged to be prepared and stay informed via local news reports.  News releases from the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County will be posted on the City of Sarasota website  To ensure continuity of information, residents with questions regarding Tropical Storm Isaac should contact the Sarasota County Call Center: 941-861-5000.

In addition to the City's announcement, the County has announced more closings, shelter openings, changes to SCAT and some evacuations.


  • Coastal residents can expect a storm surge at least one foot higher than the highest surge from Tropical Storm Debby.
  • Boat owners should take necessary precautions, including moving vessels due to expected storm surge of three feet or more.


There will be no bus service Monday, Aug. 27.

CLOSINGS: The following will be closed Monday, Aug. 27

  • Sarasota County offices
  • Clerk of the Court
  • Courts
  • City of Sarasota
  • City of Venice
  • City of North Port.
  • Town of Longboat Key
  • Sarasota County School Board
  • Sheriff's Business Office
  • Health Department


Sarasota County has opened three general population. 

  • Heron Creek Middle School, 6501 W. Price Blvd. in North Port (pet-friendly)
  • Brookside Middle School, 3636 S. Shade Ave. in Sarasota (pet-friendly) 
  • Woodland Middle School, 2700 Panacea Blvd., in North Port (not open to pets during this event)


  • Hospitals are not available as special needs shelters


Emergency Management officials are recommending the following evacuations:

  • Manasota Key: Strongly recommended due to anticipated storm surge and previously eroded beachfront from Tropical Storm Debby.
  • Mobile homes: Recommended due to possible tornado activity and low-lying, coastal areas that are prone to flooding.
  • Voluntary evacuation: Recommended for residents and visitors who are near rivers or low lying areas and who would feel safer in a shelter    


  • There will be no Monday garbage collection for Sarasota County, the cities of Sarasota, Venice, North Port of the Town of Long Boat Key.
  • When collections resume, residents are reminded to tie yard waste securely in bundles that weigh no more than 40 pounds.


The Coast Guard was expected to lock four bridges to marine traffic Sunday, Aug. 26, as winds increase.

  • Blackburn Point swing bridge (Casey Key)
  • Manasota Key drawbridge (Englewood)
  • Venice Avenue drawbridge (Venice)
  • Albee Road drawbridge (Nokomis)


The Emergency Operations Center is currently at Level 1 full activation.


There is currently no shoreline damage associated with this storm. 


There are no reported power outages due to the storm.


There are no reports of flooding with this storm.


There are no boil water advisories associated with this storm.


The Red Cross encourages people to downlead the new "Hurricane App" to get instant access to hurricane safety steps and weather alerts for areas I the path of the storm. The free app, launched earlier this month, can be used on the iPhone and Android operating systems.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000, or visit

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