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Most count offices, facilities closed for President’s Day

Counties list what's open, closed for the holiday.

Coun­ties list what’s open, closed for the holiday.

Char­lotte County

Char­lotte County Gov­ern­ment offices and facil­i­ties will fol­low these sched­ules on Mon­day, Feb. 15, in obser­vance of President’s Day:

Char­lotte County Gov­ern­ment Busi­ness Offices, includ­ing Mur­dock Admin­is­tra­tion Cen­ter – Closed.

Char­lotte Har­bor Vis­i­tor & Con­ven­tion Bureau Offices – Closed.

The Util­i­ties Depart­ment (Water & Sewer) cus­tomer ser­vice will be closed. Standby staff will be on call for util­ity emer­gen­cies at 941−764−4300.

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Sarasota deputies seeking driver who ran wild through Venice neighborhood

Some of the damage caused by a driver early Friday.

Some of the dam­age caused by a dri­ver early Friday.

Sub­mit­ted by Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. – The Sara­sota County Sheriff’s Office is ask­ing the pub­lic for assis­tance iden­ti­fy­ing a vehi­cle involved in a series of hit-and-run acci­dents that occurred early Fri­day morning.

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Rotonda man hospitalized after East Englewood crash

The injured man was airlifted to Sarasota.

The injured man was air­lifted to Sarasota.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – A 67-year-old Rotonda West man suf­fered what the Florida High­way Patrol report termed a “med­ical emer­gency” Mon­day after­noon before crash­ing into a parked van and a util­ity pole.

The dri­ver, Carl Donato Jr., was air­lifted at Sara­sota Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal in seri­ous con­di­tion, the report said.

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Hit and run – from bad to worse

These 2014 statistics were preliminary when released April 2015.

These 2014 sta­tis­tics were pre­lim­i­nary when released April 2015. (Click to see full graphic)

Sub­mit­ted by Florida High­way Patrol Florida has seen an increase of fatal hit and run crashes dur­ing the last two years. The Patrol is part­ner­ing with the Florida Sher­iffs Asso­ci­a­tion, the Florida Police Chiefs Asso­ci­a­tion, Stu­dents Against Destruc­tive Deci­sions and the Florida Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion to com­bat the prob­lem. The cam­paign aims to reduce the num­ber of hit and run crashes in Florida by edu­cat­ing dri­vers on their respon­si­bil­i­ties if involved in a crash and the con­se­quences they face if they leave a crash scene. Con­tinue read­ing this story…

7 kids sent to hospital after school bus gets rear-ended

18-year-old charged in school bus rear-ender.

18-year-old charged in school bus rear-ender.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Seven Lemon Bay High School stu­dents headed for school Mon­day morn­ing wound up in the Engle­wood Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal emer­gency room instead.

The rea­son? A chain-reaction three-car crash at 6:46 a.m. on Placida Road near Bantry Bay Boulevard.

The crash also sent four oth­ers to the hos­pi­tal. In all, 11 peo­ple went to the ER, all with injuries clas­si­fied as “minor” by the Florida High­way Patrol.

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1 killed, 4 hospitalized after River Road crash

A Port Charlotte man is in critical condition.

A Port Char­lotte man is in crit­i­cal condition.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – A Jack­sonville woman was killed and four other peo­ple were injured – one crit­i­cally – Fri­day night after a head-on crash on South River Road just north of Win­ches­ter boulevard.

The acci­dent shut down River Road from Win­ches­ter to U.S. 41 from shortly after 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday.

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Rotonda sanitary sewer maintenance to start Feb. 10

Work is likely to last through April 30.

Work is likely to last through April 30.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte County

ROTONDA WEST, Fla. – Util­ity crews are sched­uled to clean four lift sta­tion basins in Rotonda West begin­ning Feb.10. Weather per­mit­ting, the work should con­clude by April 30.

This rou­tine main­te­nance of the san­i­tary sewer sys­tem will be done on Mariner Lane, Mark Twain Lane, Bunker Road, Bunker Way and Peb­ble Beach Road.

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Coast Guard plans buoy relocation project in Boca Grande Pass

Buoy relocation is imminent.

Buoy relo­ca­tion is imminent.

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. – Civil Air Patrol Pub­lic Affairs Offi­cer  Major Earle Bretz of Engle­wood has passed along some infor­ma­tion from Chief War­rant Offi­cer Dar­ren Pauly, aide to Nav­i­ga­tion Offi­cer for Coast Guard Sec­tor St. Peters­burg, about planned work off Boca Grande:

From Feb. 10–18, the Coast Guard will be relo­cat­ing all buoys in Boca Grande Pass to the south. This project will relo­cate buoys that are close to the encroach­ing shoals and relo­cate the buoys to deeper water so the Coast Guard buoy ten­der can safely tran­sit to per­form main­te­nance on the buoys. This project will con­tinue to mark the best water and meet the needs of the users of Boca Grande Pass.

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