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Improved SCAT bus route to Englewood Beach launches Nov. 10

SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is starting an improved bus route for beach-goers in Englewood on Nov. 10, just in time for the Veterans Day celebration and the return of the popular Englewood Beach Waterfest.

According to SCAT Marketing, Outreach and Customer Service Supervisor Kendra Keiderling, the new route is a result of
conducting community outreach. Englewood residents and business owners felt confident in the improved route and hours to the beach, she said.

Route 26 will operate Friday through Sunday only until Dec. 16; following that the route will operate 7 days a week. The route starts at 10:45 a.m on Hosmer Avenue and Spruce Street, travels to Dearborn Street and then to the beach roundabout at Englewood Beach. Service will be every hour and end at 8:35 p.m.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit scgov.net.

  • 10/29/17
    The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a shooting investigation in the 4400 block of Caicos Court in Sarasota.Deputies first responded for the report of shots fired at 5:21 p.m. at a residence where a baby shower was taking place. According to witnesses, three black males wearing hoodies, approached the home and fired multiple shots toward the residence, striking a victim multiple times. The suspects then fled on foot westbound on Wilkinson Rd. Multiple patrol deputies, K-9 deputies and the Aviation Unit searched the residential area however, were unable to locate the suspects.

    The victim was transported via a trauma alert to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. No one else was injured.

    Detectives believe this is an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger at this time. Anyone with information related to the incident is urged to contact the Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.4900 or Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County at 941.366.TIPS.


  • Sarasota County, along with the Library Foundation of Sarasota County, announced that the new Venice Public Library will be named the William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library.
    Oct. 30 is the last day to register for the 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop at a reduced registration rate. The workshop is Nov. 30 at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4750 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
    Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the south Venice area from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 21, to dispose of discarded household items, appliances, junk and tree trimmings.
    Sarasota County Neighborhood Services will conduct a share-shop focused on a pond restoration project in Talon Bay on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the North Port Library.
    Sarasota County Health and Human Services is recruiting a team of volunteers to run Volunteer Reception Centers during a disaster.
  • * Student arrested from Riverview H.S. for carrying a gun on campus, he was a convicted felon in school? Whatya thinkin?
  • * Housing sales fall in September due to Hurricane Irma, median prices of homes still higher in Manatee County than Sarasota County.
  • * Sarasota County throws a hat in the race for acquiring Amazon to town. Austin is a front-runner. 
  • * Opioid deaths decline in Manatee County for the first time.
  • * Body found in a ditch along 17th Street.  
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