Venice will harden Taylor Ranch Elementary and become the areas only hurricane shelter
By Francesco Abbruzzino, Publisher – The Scoop News
During Irma, most of us remember that there wasn’t a hurricane shelter from Sarasota down to North Port. There was some confusion because several people went to Taylor Ranch Elementary, which never opened. It had been taken off the list. So, Mayor Holic defied Sarasota County Emergency Management and opened the Community Center on the island.
The reason Emergency Management did not want it open was the flood level, hurricane proof issues, and preparation. I can speak to the preparation portion. Many of you may remember when I streamed a live video from there, where individuals were sleeping on the floor and had no food or water. So, I sent out a message and the community stepped up.
Well a couple years later and SCEO has realized that Taylor Ranch is an option. Realized? It used to be listed as a shelter. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize this, does it?
So, the county says they will spend about $500,000 to harden Taylor Ranch Elementary, so that it can serve as a shelter, with new windows and a roof.
This still must go before the school board for approval, but they are hoping to have it up as viable shelter in 2020.
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