Hurricane Idalia Aug. 29 Morning Update

Post Date:08/29/2023 8:30 AM

Sarasota County Updates for Hurricane Idalia, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29:

Evacuations: Out of an abundance of caution, Sarasota County is calling for a Level A evacuation. Evacuation Centers opened at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29. Click here for a list of evacuation centers. Find more information, including what to bring, here. Use the Know Your Evacuation Level tool to find evacuation levels.

Sandbag Operations: Sandbag operations are also planned for Tuesday, August. 29, from 7 a.m. to noon. Please note, changes in weather patterns could impact sandbag operation times. Shovels and bags will be available on-site. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per vehicle.

Breeze Transit: Breeze will operate fare-free standard service until noon. Ticket outlets will be closed.

  • Breeze OnDemand by Sarasota County will be assisting with evacuation efforts and will have limited availability for other trips.
  • Breeze Plus/SCAT Plus will provide only medically necessary trips. The service provider, MTM Transit, will contact riders who have non-medical trips scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29, to cancel or reschedule the trip. Remaining drivers and vehicles will be assisting with evacuation efforts.
  • The Breeze Siesta Key route will not be in service.

Water Service: In anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Idalia, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, Sarasota County Utilities will shut off water service to residents and businesses located on Casey Key. After water service ends, county utilities customers will not have water for use until after the storm. Residents and businesses are encouraged to please plan accordingly.

Solid Waste services: All solid waste collection services scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29, have been cancelled for residents of unincorporated Sarasota County. Residents living in the municipalities should contact their local authorities for additional information. Collection services for garbage, recycling and yard waste for the remainder of the week will be delayed by at least one day. Conditions will be assessed after the storm passes to determine when services will resume. Updates on service will be posted to and Sarasota County Government social media.
CLOSED Tuesday, Aug. 29: Central County Landfill, Citizens’ Convenience Center and the Bee Ridge Chemical Collection Center. The Jackson Road Chemical Collection Center remains closed due to impacts from Hurricane Ian.

Other reminders:
All Sarasota County Government offices are closed through Wednesday, Aug. 30.

  • The regular Sarasota County Commission meetings for Aug. 29, and Aug. 30, will be rescheduled.
  • Reservations for county facilities are cancelled through Wednesday, Aug. 30.
  • Sarasota County libraries are closed through Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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