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organizations, high school bands and ROTC units, with historical military equipment, the county release notes. Additionally, a Venice ceremony will be hosted by the American Legion NO-VEL Post 159 at 10 a.m. at Patriots Park at the northern junction of U.S. Business 41 and U.S. Bypass 41, the county release points out. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs; water will be provided. The county release also points out that most Sarasota County government offices, includ- ing libraries, recreation centers, chemical collection centers and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of the holiday. The landfill at 4000 Knights Trail Road in Nokomis will be open, but the administrative office will be closed. The Citizens Convenience Center at 4010 Knights Trail Road in Nokomis also will be open. No Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus or trolley service will be provided on Memorial Day. Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Department's Payne Park Tennis Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. With the 2014 hurricane season beginning June 1 and continuing through November, mem- bers of the public are encouraged to attend a joint Sarasota County and City of Sarasota preparedness meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the John Chidsey Bay Front Community Center in Sarasota. The Chidsey Center is located at 803 N. Tamiami Trail. Sarasota County and City of Sarasota leaders will talk about their staffs' roles in handling major storm events "and provide helpful information to aid residents in preparing for hurricane season," a county news release says. "Because of Sarasota County's coastal location, the area is vulnerable to flooding and other devastation caused by hurricanes," the release adds. "Being prepared is the community's best defense once a storm strikes," it points out. For more information, visit or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 861-5000. PUBLIC INVITED TO COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT HURRICANE SEASON Sarasota News Leader May 23, 2014 Page 81

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