Sarasota Spring Training Stadium now houses emergency response providers
The spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles is now home to emergency response providers following the impact of Hurricane Ian in southwest Florida.
Ed Smith Stadium in North Sarasota is the Orioles’ home complex that spans several blocks and includes an 8,000-seat baseball field for spring training games, several other practice fields and parking lots covered with grass.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been bringing in the white mobile homes for the past few days.
Sarasota is about 50 miles north of where Ian’s eye made landfall in Cayo Costa. Peak gusts in Sarasota Bay reached 83 mph at a sea marker less than two miles from the stadium.
On Saturday, large piles of tree limbs and other dead vegetation line both sides of streets in most neighborhoods in northern Sarasota County as they still wait to be picked up.
Sarasota County schools resume classes Monday. Administrators have already sent several automated messages to parents warning that debris still on the streets from Hurricane Ian, along with pre-existing staff shortages and a staff absenteeism issue, may cause buses to arrive late at the facility. ‘school. Parents are encouraged to drive their children to school if possible.