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Traffic signals cause woe at U.S. 41 and S.R. 776

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. –A traf­fic sig­nal out­age at US 41 and SR 776 in Port Char­lotte caused headaches for dri­vers Thurs­day after­noon, and the Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office alerted the media that the inter­sec­tion should be avoided for “some time.” The alert was issued about 4:46 p.m.

At 5:40 p.m., CCSO announced the prob­lem has been fixed and the inter­sec­tion is func­tion­ing normally.


Report: Major crimes down 12 percent in Sarasota County

Crime dropped 10 percent overall in unincorporated Sarasota County in 2014.

Crime dropped 10 per­cent over­all in unin­cor­po­rated Sara­sota County in 2014.

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota Co. Sheriff’s Office

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. –Major crime dipped by 12 per­cent over the past year in unin­cor­po­rated Sara­sota County, accord­ing to Sher­iff Tom Knight.

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Anger Fishing Pier parking lots to close for 2 months

The Anger Pier is also closed for renovations.

The Anger Pier is also closed for renovations.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The  Anger Fish­ing Pier park­ing lots at 1385 and 1280 Beach Road, will close Mon­day, Jan. 26, for ren­o­va­tions. Both park­ing lots will be closed for approx­i­mately two months.

The Anger Fish­ing Pier con­tin­ues to be closed dur­ing this same time for its ren­o­va­tions of pier deck­ing with handrails and improved seawall.

Englewood man joins Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Operations

Graham Leadbetter, Flotilla 87-Englewood, is now part of the U.S. Coast Guard Aux Air Operations.

Gra­ham Lead­bet­ter, Flotilla 87-Englewood, is now part of the U.S. Coast Guard Aux Air Operations.

Sub­mit­ted by USCG Aux­il­iary – Divi­sion 8 – Flotilla 87

ENGLEWOOD,  Fla. – Gra­ham Lead­bet­ter, the for­mer com­man­der of Flotilla 87-Englewood, is now part of the U.S. Coast Guard Aux­il­iary Air Operations.

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Sarasota Sheriff’s Office cancels Silver Alert for Englewood woman, 91

Emma A. Mullins

Emma A. Mullins

Update: The Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office reported at 1:45 a.m. Fri­day that the miss­ing woman is safe and is return­ing home.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Sara­sota Sheriff’s Office has issued a Sil­ver Alert for Emma A. Mullins, 91.

Mullins is 5-foot-4, 125 pounds, is white with gray hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wear­ing a gold short-sleeve shirt, brown slacks, and gold flats for shoes.

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Charlotte County request for volunteers

Volunteers needed for county committees.

Vol­un­teers needed for county committees.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Board of Char­lotte County Com­mis­sion­ers is seek­ing vol­un­teers for the fol­low­ing appointments:

Afford­able Hous­ing Advi­sory Com­mit­tee is seek­ing the fol­low­ing vol­un­teers to serve: one res­i­den­tial home builder, one for-profit provider, one real estate pro­fes­sional. Terms are for three years. The com­mit­tee meets 3rd Wednes­day of each quar­ter. For an appli­ca­tion, please call Joann Dil­lon at 941−743−1300 or email: Joann.Dillon@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

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Charlotte County government closings for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

What's closed Monday, Jan. 19

What’s closed Mon­day, Jan. 19

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Char­lotte County Gov­ern­ment offices and facil­i­ties will fol­low these sched­ules on Mon­day, Jan. 19 in obser­vance of Mar­tin Luther King Jr. Day:

  • All Char­lotte County Gov­ern­ment Busi­ness Offices, includ­ing Mur­dock Admin­is­tra­tion Cen­ter — Closed.
  • Char­lotte Har­bor Vis­i­tor & Con­ven­tion Bureau Offices – Closed. Vis­i­tors with ques­tions on things to do can visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call 1.800.652.6090.
  • Char­lotte County Util­i­ties cus­tomer ser­vice will be closed. You can still pay your bill using our con­ve­nient elec­tronic billing which can be found at www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov (select Water & Sewer from the Pop­u­lar Links). You can also pay your bill by phone at 941.764.4300. Standby staff will be on call for util­ity emer­gen­cies at 941.764.4300. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

Sarasota County offices closed for MLK’s birthday

What's closed Monday, Jan. 19

What’s closed Mon­day, Jan. 19

SARASOTA COUNTY – Most Sara­sota County Gov­ern­ment offices, includ­ing the Florida Depart­ment of Health in Sara­sota County, will be closed Mon­day, Jan. 19, for the national obser­vance cel­e­brat­ing the birth­day of Mar­tin Luther King Jr.

• All Sara­sota County libraries will be closed, as will

• all Sara­sota County recre­ation cen­ters, along with the gun range at Knight Trail Park.

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