Suncoast sandbag distribution begins Sept. 25

Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 10:27 AM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota County’s Emergency Operations Center and the City of Venice will begin distributing sandbags Sept. 25 at several locations.

As the path and intensity of Tropical Depression 9 remain uncertain, all of Sarasota County is encouraged to review their emergency preparedness plans in the event the storm will have an impact on our community.

Sarasota County

Sarasota County sandbag operations will take place at:

  • Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota.
  • Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota.
  • South County Fleet, 4571 SR 776/Englewood Road, Venice.

Shovels and bags will be available on site, limit 10 sandbags per vehicle. Sandbag operations are also planned for Monday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be aware that changes in weather pattern could impact sandbag operation times.

In Venice, the city Public Works Department will have a self-filling station from noon to 6 p.m. at Wellfield Park off Pinebrook Road.

These are self-filling stations. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household while supplies last.

Shovels will be provided. City staff will be on hand.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own bags in case the city’s supply run out, as well as their own shovels to expedite the process.

Manatee County

Manatee County Public Works Department is making sandbags available at the following self-serve locations beginning Saturday, Sept. 24:

  • Bennett Park, 400 Cypress Creek Blvd, Bradenton
  • Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto
  • Myakka Community Center, 10060 Wauchula Road, Myakka City

Pallets of pre-made bags will also be available at the following locations Saturday, Sept. 24:

  • Manatee Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach (Northwest Parking lot)
  • Bayfront Park, 310 North Bay Blvd., Anna Maria (North end by the recycling center)
  • Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach (South Bayside near the guardrail)

On Sunday, Sept. 25, additional full-service sandbag distribution will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:

  • G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W, Bradenton
  • Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto