County operations are now shut down

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Sarasota County operations closed today, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. due to preparations for Tropical Storm Idalia.

Expect Sarasota County operations to also be closed on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and Wednesday, Aug. 30, as the county works to support the Emergency Operations Center and the community during the event of the expected natural disaster.

Sarasota County will be opening evacuation centers at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Aug. 29.  Visit

Sandbag operations are scheduled to occur from 2-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the following locations:
– Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota.
– Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
– South County Fleet, 4571 SR 776/Englewood Road, Venice.
Limit 10 sandbags per vehicle. Shovels and bags will be available onsite. Changes in weather patterns impact sandbag operation times.

For information regarding Sarasota County Schools, follow Sarasota County Schools or visit

The county urges residents to continue to monitor local weather channels and to stay informed with updates from Sarasota County:
– Follow us on social @SRQCountyGov
– Visit
– For emergency alerts, text SRQCounty to 888777.
– Sign up for the Sarasota County’s Emergency Newsletter:

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