Turns out 'SCAT' was a shitty name for Sarasota's public bus line

The service will be rebranded as 'Breeze.'

click to enlarge A Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) plus bus. - SARASOTA COUNTY
Sarasota County
A Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) plus bus.

Sarasota has decided to cut the shit.

Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) is changing its name to "Breeze" after the county commission voted to change the name last Friday.

SCAT, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "an animal fecal dropping."

In 1979 the county approved the name and acronym, but county Sarasota County Commission Chairman Alan Maio was at a loss for how no one had caught wind of the definition before approving it.

"I still don't know how in heck that name got through," he said at the Friday meeting.

To be fair to the county commissioners of 1979, the top definitions for "scat" are "to go away quickly" and "to move fast."

And the term is sometimes used to refer to "jazz singing with nonsense syllables."

So, maybe the 2022 interpretation of the name just shows how much our collective minds are stuck in the toilet.

A County spokesperson told Sarasota's ABC7 that the new name is not an acronym and it will take several months to transition to "Breeze."

“Now that the name has been decided, there are still many aspects of the brand to be developed including the logo,” said Drew Winchester media relations officer for Sarasota County. “We anticipate this taking several months and hope to have the overall timeline developed by the end of the summer.”

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Justin Garcia

Justin Garcia previously wrote for the USA Today Network, The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Scalawag Magazine, and various other news outlets. When he's not writing, Justin likes to make music, read, play basketball and spend time with loved ones. 


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