Navigation district grant funds new SPD patrol boat

December 3, 2013 

Sarasota police unveils patrol boat

SARASOTA -- The Sarasota Police Department has a new 34-foot police boat thanks to a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District.

The SPD bought a new 34-foot Yellowfin center console boat in September.

Marine Patrol Officer Bruce King said the boat will be used to protect the waterways of Sarasota County.

"This is another way to protect the visitors and residents of the city of Sarasota," King said. "We live in paradise and so many of us take advantage of the beautiful beaches here, we want to make sure the level of protection people expect from our officers on the street is the same on the water."

Sarasota Holiday Parade to close downtown roadways

SARASOTA -- The Downtown Sarasota Holiday Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday beginning at Main Street and U.S. 301 in downtown Sarasota. The parade will end at J.D. Hamel Park at Main Street and Gulfstream Avenue.

Several vehicle tow-away zones and street closure notices will be in effect for the following times:

• Noon -- Main Street closed from U.S. 301 to School Avenue.

• 5 p.m. -- Main Street closed from U.S. 301 to U.S. 41.

• 5 p.m. -- Gulfstream Avenue closed from U.S. 41 to Church of the Redeemer, 222 South Palm Ave.

• 5 p.m. -- U.S. 301 closed between Fruitville Road and Ringling Boulevard.

• 6:30 p.m. -- Hollywood 20 garage will close. Main Street will be shut down.

• 7 p.m. -- Parade begins.

Roads will reopen once the end of the parade reaches a two-block distance from each road closures.

Towing will begin at 5:30 p.m. Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner's expense. For information on towed vehicles, call Upman's Towing at 941-365-7084.

-- Herald staff reports

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