News Section: Local Government
Local Schools and Governments Closed Today
Trash Collection Suspended
MANATEE COUNTY -- Manatee County Government, City of Palmetto, City of Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Manatee County Schools, Manatee County Clerk of Court and the Manatee County Court System are closed today. Trash collection has been suspended on Monday for residents in incorporated Manatee County, City of Bradenton and the Town of Longboat Key. Both Manatee County MCAT and Island Trolley services will be suspended until further notice.
Port Manatee is operating under “Condition Zulu” which means it will remain open but is closed to boat traffic. Port administration offices will also be closed today.
All public schools in the Manatee County School District will be closed on Monday, August 27, 2012 due to the threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaac. All students and employees of the school district are advised to take precautions and stay home until the threat has passed. Monday's school closings in Manatee County include all before and after-school activities, athletic practices and games and a regularly scheduled meeting of the Manatee County School Board. School District officials will continue to work with Manatee County Emergency Management officials to determine if additional shelters will need to be opened and if school closings will be extended to Tuesday, August 28th. Manatee County Rural Health Services will also remain closed today.
Saint Stephen's Episcopal School will also be closed for school today. As of now, school will resume on Tuesday; however, school officials are watching the storm closely and say they may choose to extend the closure should we deem it necessary.
City of Bradenton Public safety personnel will report as assigned by their supervisors. City garbage collection will be suspended for Monday and will resume Tuesday, weather permitting. Select Public Works and Utilities staff will be available Monday at 941-708-6300.
Manatee Emergency Operations officials said that Tropical Storm Isaac may strengthen once it reaches the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and could become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall near Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday. Manatee Logistics Chief Greg Bacon said the storm moved west again and remains unpredictable as it churns in the Caribbean. It could bring a storm surge of up to 3-to-5 feet by Tuesday or Wednesday and 4 - 7 inches of rain.
"Isaac will probably be a Category 1 hurricane about 120 miles west of Manatee County, but it can get closer or farther away," said Greg Bacon, logistics chief. "We will see significant rains. It's a very wide storm and we're expected to see the onset of tropical force winds as early as Sunday Afternoon through Monday Evening.
"This will no doubt be a wind event for us, with a lot of rain," said Emergency Management Chief Laurie Feagans. "We're expecting rain of between 5 and 8 inches from Sunday to Tuesday."
Manatee County is advising a voluntarily evacuation, Level A, for people with special needs, mobile home parks and other low-lying areas. Three Manatee District Schools have been opened as emergency shelters.
Nolan Middle School
6615 Greenbrook Blvd.
Manatee High School
1000 32nd Street West
Braden River High School (this location has closed as of 8/26 because no citizens had utilized it)
6545 S R 70 East
If you have a special need such as a medical condition requiring electricity or oxygen, call 941-749-3500 for shelter registration information.
Manatee County Public Works will continue to allow residents to fill up to 10 sand bags per household today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following distribution points:
Buffalo Creek Golf Course, 8100 69th St. E., Palmetto
G.T. Bray Recreation Center, 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W. Bradenton
Lakewood Ranch Park, near Lakewood Ranch High School
39th St. Stormwater Facility, 5511 39th St. E., Bradenton
Rubonia Community Center, 1309 72nd st. E., Palmetto
A list of preparedness tips is available at www.mymanatee.org/hurricane. For more information, visit www.mymanatee.org or follow social media updates at facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on twitter @ManateeGov