Hurricane Season: Has Sarasota County really gone from 20 to 11 shelters?  Are you prepared? Do you have a plan in place? Have you checked your hurricane supplies to ensure they are still good? 

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Hurricane Season: Has Sarasota County really gone from 20 to 11 shelters?  Are you prepared? Do you have a plan in place? Have you checked your hurricane supplies to ensure they are still good?

 

SCG Emergency Services put out this reminder, but I thought it was interesting that the public isn’t aware of something I came across on Email, while on the Venice City Server.

 

It is a email from a resident to Holic, where Holic’s new thing is arguing the definition of a barrier island and man made island, to have the community center designated as a shelter.  Within that email the resident notes that the county has gone from 20 to 11 shelters this season.  Holic read and responded and did not challenger her information.

 

I am not sure if this is accurate, but if so it is concerning.  Especially since the shelters were having capacity issues last year.

 

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Francesco Abbruzzino, The Scoop News

 

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On Friday, April 13, 2018 6:10 PM, John Holic <JHolic@Venicegov.com> wrote:
Dear  ,
On behalf of Venice City Council, thank you for your comments. Just for clarification, I believe when the evacuation orders were initiated by the county, the verbiage went something like “the barrier islands and the island of Venice.” I wish I had the exact wording, but I think its close.
I very much appreciate your input.
Sincerely,
John Holic
Mayor, City of Venice
 
 
From 
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2018 10:08:50 AM
To: City Council
Subject: definition of island

 
 
Council members,
   I thank you all for your continued efforts to convince Sarasota County that they should reconsider using the Venice Community Center as a Hurricane shelter. I am encouraged that you may consider other options should they refuse. It was very good news to hear what the engineer had to say about the VCC…and the surprise that the elevation was over 18 feet.
  There was mention at last Tuesdays meeting that the reason the County gave for not using the VCC was that it was on an “island”.  I think specifically they may have been relying on the idea that “barrier islands” were poor places for hurricane shelters ( they referred to Venice as a barrier Island on their website in evacuation reports during Irma)   and they can be…but we’re not one, by geological or legal description.
 
Florida Statues defines barrier islands in (ironically)  a section entitled  County Organizations and Intergovernmental Relations  161.053 (1) (b) (3)
 
3. “Coastal barrier islands” means geological features which are completely surrounded by marine waters that front upon the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Straits of Florida and are composed of quartz sands, clays, limestone, oolites, rock, coral, coquina, sediment, or other material, including spoil disposal, which features lie above the line of mean high water. Mainland areas which were separated from the mainland by artificial channelization for the purpose of assisting marine commerce shall not be considered coastal barrier islands.
 
The matter of retaining the VCC as a storm shelter is a public health and safety issue. Since I learned at the Tuesday meeting Sarasota County has just reduced the number of shelters from 20 to 11 it’s obvious they are going in the opposite direction of providing protection for their residents.   Please keep this a front burner issue and consider all your options. Hurricane season is too soon.
 
Thank You
Jackie
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We are 6 weeks away from the start of hurricane season! Are you prepared? Do you have a plan in place? Have you checked your hurricane supplies to ensure they are still good? Now is the time to prepare, don’t wait until hurricane season starts.

 

 

 

 



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