VENICE - Taylor Ranch Elementary School could become a hurricane center.

It is one of several options being considered for shelters in south Sarasota County
A memo from Sarasota County Emergency Services Director Rich Collins shared with the Venice City Council on Tuesday said the fastest way to provide residents in Venice, Englewood and Nokomis with a nearby hurricane shelter is to fortify Taylor Ranch Elementary School.

Also, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has offered land on its new Laurel Road hospital campus for the city and county to partner on building a shelter. The county is also exploring the possibility of constructing a multiuse building that could double as a hurricane shelter and possibly an indoor sports arena.