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WITH TODAY BEING THANKSGIVING, LET’S GIVE YOU WHAT WE HAVE IN THE WAY OF CLOSURES IN THE SOUTHWEST PLEX.  ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN BOTH SARASOTA AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES, INCLUDING THE CITIES OF PUNTA GORDA, NORTH PORT, AND VENICE ARE CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW.  THIS INCLUDES ALL RECREATION CENTERS AND LIBRARIES IN BOTH COUNTIES, WHICH WILL REOPEN ON SATURDAY.  POOLS IN SARASOTA COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED TODAY, BUT MOST WILL REOPEN TOMORROW.  WE SUGGEST YOU CONTACT THE POOL YOU WISH TO USE BEFORE HEADING OUT FOR EXACT HOURS OF OPERATION.  GARBAGE AND RECYCLE COLLECTION WILL NOT TAKE PLACE TODAY IN ANY MUNICIPALITY.  IN VENICE AND PUNTA GORDA, YOU WILL HAVE IT PICKED UP ON YOUR NEXT SCHEDULED DAY.  FOR EVERYONE ELSE, IF YOUR DAY FOR PICK-UP IS THURSDAY, IT WILL BE PICKED UP ON FRIDAY, AND FRIDAY PICK-UPS WILL BE DONE ON SATURDAY.  YOU SHOULD HAVE EVERYTHING TO THE CURB BY 6AM.  BOTH LANDFILLS IN SARASOTA AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES WILL BE CLOSED TODAY BUT THEY WILL BE OPENING TOMORROW.  HOWEVER, THE LANDFILL ADMINISTRATION OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED BOTH DAYS.  THE CHEMICAL COLLECTION CENTERS IN SARASOTA COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AND TOMORROW, AS WILL BOTH THE MINI-TRANSFER FACILITIES IN CHARLOTTE COUNTY.  SCAT BUSES IN SARASOTA COUNTY WILL NOT RUN ON TODAY, BUT WILL BE BACK TO A FULL SCHEDULE TOMORROW, WHILE SUNSHINE RIDE WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AND ONLY AVAILABLE TOMORROW TO THOSE WHO PRE-ARRANGED TRANSPORTATION.  DIAL-A-RIDE WILL BE CLOSED TODAY BUT BACK TO FULL SERVICE TOMORROW.  AS FAR AS GROCERY STORES GO, PUBLIX WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY, BUT MOST OF THE OTHERS WILL BE OPEN FOR SOME PORTION OF TODAY.  WE SUGGEST YOU CALL BEFORE HEADING OUT.