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Sarasota County's operational hours for its lifeguards have been extended on all guarded beaches from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. daily, the county has announced. The hours will run through Labor Day week- end, a county news release says. The County's guarded beaches are Lido, Manasota, Nokomis, North Jetty, Siesta and Venice beaches, the release points out. Those that are unguarded, where swimmers must enter the water at their own risk, are Brohard Beach, Blind Pass Beach, Caspersen Beach, Palmer Point Park, Service Club Park, Ted Sperling Park and Turtle Beach, the release adds. Sarasota County public safety officials encour- age all swimmers to abide by these rules: • Always follow the instructions of the life- guards on duty. • Check with the lifeguards to determine swimming conditions before going in the water. • D o n o t o v e r e s t i m a t e y o u r s w i m - ming capability. • Whenever possible, swim with a buddy. All parking at Sarasota County beaches is free and available 6 a.m. to midnight 365 days a year, the news release notes. For more information about how to stay safe this summer at the beach visit; the keyword is "Lifeguards." Sarasota County's lifeguards will work longer hours through Labor Day weekend. Photo courtesy Sarasota County COUNTY'S LIFEGUARD HOURS EXTENDED THROUGH THE SUMMER NEWS BRIEFS

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