SARASOTA- In preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian, the City of Sarasota declares a local State of Emergency. City Manager Tom Barwin says declaring the local state of emergency provides the City with flexibility they need for funding and resources before, during and after the storm. City departments began activating preparedness plans earlier this week. Public Works crews cleared vulnerable storm drains, and Parks and Recreation crews removed equipment from 55 parks that could be damaged or cause damage during the storm.

"People are doing their due diligence, which is  great, but I think we can exhale. The truck drivers are trucking in more fuel, people who do labor on this labor day weekend have their shoulder to the wheel, we'll be resupplied. So, stay calm, we'll be fine and we will get through this," said Tom Barwin.

The City’s Emergency Operations Center says they are at a Level 2 activation and they will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian throughout Labor Day weekend.