Water Control Structure (WCS) #115 is almost completed! 🎉 You're invited to join us for the Ribbon Cutting: Water Control Structure #115!
WSC #115 is one of three key gated structures on the Snover Waterway. Construction began in January 2018 and will be completed at the end of July 2018. WCS #115 can be opened to release water in a step-wise fashion to the Myakkahatchee Creek, which helps supplement water flow during the dry season. In anticipation of storm events or heavy rains, the gates can also be opened to release water to prevent flooding. The existing structure was constructed in the 1960s and extensive corrosion had developed in the weir’s sheet metal piling, four gates and catwalk. This structure needed complete replacement.
✔️The cost of the project was approximately $1.5 million.
✔️The gates on WCS #115 are automated and can be opened remotely using a phone, tablet or desktop computer.
✔️An observation camera and lighting system were installed to allow staff to view the gate remotely.
✔️New pilings were driven down to depths ranged about 35 feet below creek bottom. Old pilings were about 15 feet below creek bottom.
#NPUBehindtheScenes - It’s a beautiful day on the water for some sampling. Brandon Kersey from Utilities regularly samples and monitors water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity and pH from points in the Myakkahatchee Creek and Cocoplum Waterway as part of the Water Plant's Hydro Biological Monitoring Program (HBMP). Conditions are recorded and the data is shared with Mote Marine Laboratory.
#NPHydrantHunt - Congratulations to Xzavia, Kelab and Landon Borges for being the first to find Ricky at Blue Ridge Park this week! The hunt continues next week, so be sure to look for Monday's clue on City Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. #happyhunting
Yesterday at around 11:45 p.m., NPPD received a call of shots fired at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Dabarsky Ave. The victim stated that her daughter’s estranged boyfriend, 22-year-old Dustin Allen Owens, shot at her while she was in her vehicle, after a verbal altercation. He then chased her briefly down Ponce de Leon before passing her and heading to a residence in the 400 block of Isabel in Warm Mineral Springs. Mr. Owens had his estranged girlfriend and their infant child in his vehicle at the time of the incident. At around 7 a.m. this morning, NPPD units with the assistance of Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff's Office conducted a felony traffic stop on the suspect at Nele St. and Trionfo Ave. where he was taken into custody without incident. Mr. Owens was charged with attempted murder, shooting/throwing a deadly missile into a building or vehicle, possession of a firearm by a person issued an injunction, firearm, use/display etc firearm during a felony, child neglect without great harm, and false imprisonment. Thankfully, no one was injured in during this incident. Great job to NPPD and SCSO for conducting the stop safely and getting this guy off the streets.
Welcome, Chief Garrison. His father Shirley spent 50 years in law enforcement himself, and assisted with the oath as his son became North Port Police Chief. His mother Linda was also by his side. A proud moment for all. Now, time to get to work!