Sarasota students will still be out of school Monday and “for now” amid the damage caused by Hurricane Ian, a district official confirmed Friday.
The decision to close schools indefinitely comes as Hurricane Ian devastated much of Southwest Florida on Wednesday, including cities in Sarasota County. Manatee Schools is still assessing damage to its schools but hopes to reopen Monday, district spokesman Mike Barber said Friday.
Several Sarasota County schools are still without power or water, and it’s unclear when those supplies will be restored, district spokesman Craig Maniglia said Friday. Some schools are also still inaccessible due to debris or flooding.
“Unfortunately, there has been much devastation in our county and schools, including massive power outages, power outages, flooding, cellular and cable outages, basic water and plumbing issues, and damage to many of our school structures,” Maniglia wrote in a Friday press release.
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Some schools also still have people sheltering in place and people displaced from other counties, Maniglia said. Schools with people still sheltered include North Port High School, Heron Creek Middle School, Woodland Elementary School and Taylor Ranch Elementary, he said.
According to the announcement, the district is in the process of moving the few hundred evacuees from the shelters to Phillippi Shores.
As more people return to driving, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune is compiling a list of operating gas stations for those needing to fill up their tank.
At some gas stations, the regular unleaded gasoline, or the non-ethanol “87 octane” gasoline, has run out. However, drivers may have luck trying mid-grade or premium gas.
- RaceTrac at 5600 Fruitville Road, Sarasota
- Costco at Sarasota Square — 8201 S Tamiami Trail Unit 501, Sarasota
- Mobile at 4350 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota
- 1000 Knights Trail Rd, Nokomis
- Nick & Moe’s at 14315 State Road 70 East, Lakewood Ranch
This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Do you know a gas station that currently has gas? Let us know!