Sarasota County offices to close for Christmas holiday

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SARASOTA COUNTY - Most Sarasota County government offices and facilities will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. That includes libraries, the History Center, recreation centers, Arlington Pool, Payne Park and Knights Trail Park.

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (formerly known as the Sarasota County Health Department), which is a state agency, will also be closed Dec. 24 and 25. While only Christmas Day is an official state holiday, Gov. Rick Scott has directed that state offices close Tuesday, Dec. 24, "in recognition and sincere thanks for the dedication of state employees in service to the citizens of Florida."

There will be no Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus service on Dec. 25. Regular bus service will operate on Dec. 24.

Residents who live in unincorporated areas of the county will not have yard waste, recyclables or garbage collection on Dec. 25. Residents whose regular collection days are Wednesday, Thursday or Friday will have their collection day for yard waste, recyclables and garbage moved to the next day in the week. For example, residents with a regular collection day of Wednesday can expect their trash to be collected on Thursday. Because collection times vary, residents should place refuse materials at the curb by 6 a.m. the day of pickup.

Sarasota County's chemical collection centers at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, and 250 S. Jackson Road, Venice, will be closed Dec. 23 - 25. The Citizen's Convenience Center at 4010 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis, will be closed Dec. 25. All three centers will be open Dec. 26.

The landfill at 4000 Knights Trail Road, Sarasota, will be closed Dec. 25, but will be open Dec. 26. The landfill administration offices will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.

For more information, visit www.scgov.net or contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.