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Sarasota News Leader June 14, 2013 Page 59 SARASOTA COUNTY REPORTS LIMITED DAMAGE FROM TROPICAL STORM Only one house suffered major structural damage as a result of winds and rain associated with Tropical Storm Andrea, Emergency Management staff for Sarasota County reported to the County Commission late last week after a preliminary damage assessment on June 7. Eight homes had minor structural damage, and three homeowners reported minor property damage, Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane notified the commissioners. A large oak fell on a house on Citrus Road in south Venice, McCrane wrote, damaging the roof and necessitating the family evacuate the house. Tropical Storm Andrea did new damage to the property at 2007 Casey Key Road, which suffered erosion during Tropical Storm Debby in 2012 (shown). Image courtesy Sarasota County Staff listed a total of 11 downed power lines and poles and six fallen trees — again, primar- Last year, Tropical Storm Debby — also a ily in the south Venice area. June storm — produced considerable erosion According to Natural Resources Department on south Siesta Key and parts of Casey and staff, Andrea did not cause significant damage Manasota keys. to county beaches or dunes. Dune erosion of No loss of sea turtle nests was seen, the report less than 5 feet was documented on south Si- notes. esta Key, the middle portion of Casey Key and The Centennial Park Boat Ramp near downsouth Manasota Key. town Sarasota suffered only minor damage — "No coastal flooding, property damages, loss contrary to earlier news media reports, Mcof dune walk-over and trees were found," the Crane noted. report says. The boat ramp at Blackburn Point Park was More than 5 feet of erosion did occur where washed out, McCrane wrote, adding, "Figures. dunes previously had been restored at 2007 We had just recently repaired it." AdditionalCasey Key Road and 7560 Manasota Key ly, rocks at the end of the Caspersen Beach Road, the report notes. Replanted dune vege- boardwalks were exposed again, making tation and sand under the wooden decks were those walkways unusable, the report says. washed away at both locations, the report Boards and caution tape were put up at the says. latter location to warn people away from the boardwalks, the report adds. Other properties on the north end of Manasota Key suffered similar problems. Rachel Brown Hackney

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