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  • 25 May 2017 10:02 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 25, 2017) – Manatee County Commissioners this week unanimously approved funding for 16 new Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) drivers in an effort to address persistent staffing shortages at MCAT. 

    Commissioners approved MCAT's first-ever Transit Bus Operator “Extra Board," a set of additional drivers who can cover vacant work shifts when regularly scheduled operators are on leave or for operator position vacancies. The Board's action Tuesday authorized 16 new full-time transit bus operator positions and one additional transit attendant.
     
    The process to interview and select the new service attendant and 16 extra board operators begins immediately in an effort to provide relief on the current workforce.  

    “With the interview, selection, orientation and training program, extra board service delivery is designed to kick-in by early August 2017,”  according to Jim Egbert, Manatee County’s Transit Operations Chief.

    Qualified applicants for bus operator positions must have a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or a Class B CDL permit with passenger endorsement by the effective date of employment and must pass a Department of Transportation physical. Each bus operator is cross-trained to work the full array of bus services offered by MCAT. Every operator undergoes a comprehensive six-week training program which includes classroom instruction and supervised driving time on MCAT routes.       

    Transit Division Manager, William P. Steele said joining the MCAT team is an opportunity to join one of the best transit agencies in the state. 

    "MCAT's team of bus operators are the critical front line employees who consistently deliver high quality public transportation services to the residents and visitors of Manatee County," Steele said. "Over the last two years, three deserving MCAT bus operators were recognized as the very best in Florida. The dedicated service, competency, and commitment to the community of MCAT bus operators are clearly reflected in these recent awards and recognition.”   
     
    Steele added that Manatee County Government is a great place to work and offers an excellent benefits package including Florida Retirement System (FRS) contributions, paid holidays and vacation leave, and a flexible Health Benefits program.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government jobs, visit www.mymanatee.org/jobs or call Manatee County Human Resources at (941) 748-4501.
     
      


  • 25 May 2017 9:44 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 25, 2017) – Manatee County Utilities today reinforced a message of water conservation only days after regional water authorities moved to heighten watering restrictions across the region. 

    Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) on Tuesday reported that this is the driest dry season in the past 103 years. As a result, watering restrictions throughout the region will be increased from June 5 -  Aug. 1. SWFWMD has increased watering restrictions across 16 counties, including Manatee County.

    Lawn watering will be limited to one time per week and will need to be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on the appropriate watering day for the property address. Car washing is limited to one time per week on the watering day.  The watering schedule and additional information can be found at www.mymantee.org/water.

    Even though the region is experiencing drought conditions, Manatee County Utilities officials say the public water supply remains adequate. Utilities officials say they plan to work with local homeowners and neighborhoods on the conservation message, but they reminded water customers that violators of the watering restrictions could be subject to fines of $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third offense. 

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

      


  • 25 May 2017 9:26 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    SUMMER Arts and Crafts fairs:

    Every 4th Saturday of the month through September.

    June 24th, July 22,August 26 and September 23rd

    10am to 3pm

    November 4th

    11am -3pm we are having our Bi-Yearly event “A Taste Of Mixon’s”.  We will provide you a passport around our unique store to sample all kinds of yummy treats we are known for.  There will be  stations to sample many of our tasty offerings from our store and our café.    Every costumer will get a stamp at each location.   The completed passport will be put into a drawing to win prizes!!

    Mixon’s is also hosting Southeast High School Culinary department’s annual cooking competition featuring CUPCAKES this year!!  More than 12 entries. Come and sample them all and vote for a winner!!  FREE EVENT donations accepted!!  All proceeds go to the culinary department for future competitions.

     November 10th

    Mixon's Health and Business Fair 11-3pm

    Come enjoy our Bi-annual Health & Business Fair. We'll have lots of vendors offering health screenings to keep you healthy and fit. Plenty of business offers and lots of drawings for prizes.
    One of our most popular events, don't miss out! Over 55 vendors!! FREE EVENT

    Hearing Centers Of Southwest Florida----Hearing Exams

    All Ears hearing----hearing exam

    Eye associates------eye exams

    Suncoast Community Blood Bank----blood pressure and glucose

    DoTerra----oil Therapy

    Health Choice/Health Source---Massage Therapy

    Living Well Acupuncture---Acupuncture Therapy

     November 18th Harvest Festival Craft Fair 2017

    With over 60 vendors and local entertainment throughout the day, this is our BIGGEST event of the year!  Come see local artists and sample yummy food from TK Grill food truck!!  Mixon’s is relaunching our Mixon Groveside Cafe and  serving up a whole new menu with fresh favorites and made to order homemade food!! Grab a passport to visit all of the 3 sections of the event, get them all stamped and win prizes!  FREE EVENT 


  • 23 May 2017 12:07 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)

    Kelly Olivieri Gilliland, Executive Vice President of Horizon Mortgage Corporation, is pleased to announce the closing of a $17,645,000 construction-to-permanent loan for Princess K Investments. The transaction included a 24-month, interest-only construction loan which adjusts to a 10-year, fixed-rate permanent loan.

    The purpose of the loan was to provide construction to permanent financing for a to-be-built 125-room, 8-story, four-star boutique hotel, which will be located on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Florida. The hotel will consist of a restaurant with a separate entrance and valet, sports bar, 1,373 SF of meeting space, an outdoor pool, spa, fitness room and business center. Horizon Mortgage Corporation served as the mortgage banker. Kelly Olivieri Gilliland, Executive Vice President, handled the loan origination.
    Horizon Mortgage Corporation is a full-service commercial mortgage and real estate firm that was established in 1975 by N.J. Olivieri, and which is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Horizon Mortgage is very experienced and successful in providing financing for construction, permanent, and bridge loans as well as equity for all commercial property types on a nationwide basis. Horizon Mortgage is also a Florida
    licensed commercial real estate broker with the ability to provide exceptional full-service to their customers.

  • 23 May 2017 8:44 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- Taylor Morrison, a leading national homebuilder and developer recently presented Habitat for Humanity Sarasota (HFHS) with a donation of $9,500 as part of the company’s charitable donation program. The check was presented on March 8th by Cammie Longenecker, Taylor Morrison’s Southwest Florida Division President, to support HFHS’s Veteran Build program. It was accepted by Rhonda Leiberick, Program Director for Habitat for Humanity Sarasota.

    The Veteran Build program at Habitat for Humanity partners with military service members, their families and the families of the fallen to reinforce their strength and self-reliance through employment, volunteerism, homeownership and home repair. It provides safe, affordable homes to low-income working families. Dedicated volunteers provide on average of 2,500 labor-hours per home, resulting in a 30% reduction in construction cost. The organization builds new homes (and renovates purchased properties) with an emphasis on energy efficient features using building materials and techniques for sustainability, culminating in lower monthly expenses for homeowners. “Habitat Sarasota is delighted to partner with Taylor Morrison through our Veteran Build program,” said Renee Snyder, Executive Director for HFHS. It is more than providing a house for a veteran, it’s about investing in the men and women that have served our country.”

    Through its charitable donation program, Taylor Morrison, Inc. matches contributions of employees in each division up to 50% per year towards a charity of the division’s choice. Past gifts from the West Florida team have benefitted Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, Shriners Hospitals for Children and various other charities. “We have a strong sense of community within our company and are always eager and willing to give back,” said Taylor Morrison Southwest Florida Division President, Cammie Longenecker. “Habitat for Humanity is a great organization with a great purpose and we are excited to be able to contribute to such a great cause and program.”

     About Taylor Morrison

    Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE:TMHC) is a leading national homebuilder and developer that has been recognized as the 2016 and 2017 America’s Most Trusted® Home Builder by Lifestory Research. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona we operate under two well-established brands, Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes. We serve a wide array of consumer groups from coast to coast, including first-time, move-up, luxury, and 55 plus buyers. In Texas, Darling Homes builds communities with a focus on individuality and custom detail while delivering on the Taylor Morrison standard of excellence.

    For more information about Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes please visit www.taylormorrison.com or www.darlinghomes.com.

     Pictured in photo:  L to R:  Cammie Longnecker, Rhonda Leiberick


  • 22 May 2017 2:09 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 22, 2017) – Manatee County Marine Rescue Division begins extended summer hours on Saturday, May 27 and urged beachgoers to always swim in lifeguarded areas.

    Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach are the only beaches in Manatee County that provide beachgoers with professional lifeguard and medical rescue services.  Beach lifeguard hours are extended from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Extended summer patrol hours will continue through the Friday, Sept. 8, the Friday following Labor Day.  Lifeguard patrol ends at 5 p.m. during the rest of the year.

    Swimming areas are designated by buoys to provide a safe haven for swimmers, free of boats and watercraft.  Swimmers should take care, however, to remain within these areas. Beachgoers can check daily beach conditions on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety before heading out for a swim. 

    Marine Rescue Chief Joe Westerman said lifeguard towers post information boards denoting current beach conditions and also use a warning flag system to alert patrons of relative safety levels.

    "Although the lifeguards are stationed at these two beaches, they are also dispatched by 911 operators to water emergencies along our waterways and beaches, so you will see them at various locations on and off the sand," Westerman said. "Lifeguards work continually to look for rip currents and to identify hazards that might affect beachgoers."

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 22 May 2017 2:03 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

     SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017, 12 NOON-4 PM

    PUNTA GORDA, FL---In cooperation with the Merchants Association, Fishermen’s Village announces their 1st annual “Picnic in Paradise” event to be held 12 noon-4 pm, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

    This family friendly event celebrates summertime fun food favorites, games and prizes and lots of music!

    Here is a sneak peak of the day’s activities:          

    Live bluegrass and folk music throughout the day featuring:

    • Southwind Bluegrass Band   
    • Kindred Spirit   
    • Florida Mountain Men 
    • Bugtussle Ramblers

    Jeff the Juggler (Balloon creations/magic show/juggling)

    Finest Face Painting by MaryRose

    Free parking/free admission.  Visit www.fishville.com for complete details.

    Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda FL.  Exit 164 from I-75.  941 639-8721

     


  • 18 May 2017 9:13 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 18, 2017) – Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will host its first ever World Oceans Day Festival, Saturday June 3 at Emerson Point Preserve.

    The free festival will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until noon at Emerson Point Preserve, a 365-acre preserve located in Palmetto at the mouth of the Manatee River and Tampa Bay Estuary. World Oceans Day Festival is a fun family friendly event celebrating the salty seas, according to Melissa Nell, Parks and Natural Resources' Education and Volunteer Manager. A variety of ocean-themed activities will be available for participants to learn about Worlds Oceans Day.

    Dip nets into the water and discover the creatures hiding beneath the waves. Learn amazing facts about our large wildlife—like sea turtles and manatees. Play oyster games and explore the history of fishing in Manatee County while sampling foods from local estuaries. During the event, visitors can take a break from the heat in Emerson’s classroom and learn from scientists working in the field.   

    Emerson Point Preserve is an ideal place for relaxation and serenity. It is also a great place for adventure activities like kayaking and fishing, where visitors can see wildlife like mullet, egrets, raccoons and dolphins.

    World Oceans Day is a partnership between Manatee County, and Sarasota Bay Estuary, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Program, Save the Manatee Club, Sea Grant, Florida Maritime Museum, and the Environmental Protection Division. Exhibitors will offer hands on educational activities and information.

    For more information, visit the event's Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/events/678899452315100/
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.

      


  • 15 May 2017 11:01 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 15, 2017) – Through a partnership with the American Red Cross of Southwest Florida, Manatee County’s Emergency Management Division will host two classes next month for volunteers interested in helping staff Manatee County’s hurricane evacuation shelters.

    These shelters are open to the public when local evacuation orders are given, and provide a safe place for residents during tropical storms and hurricanes. After completing the training, volunteers will be able to assist in selecting, opening, organizing, operating and closing a shelter.

    The two free courses will be offered June 12 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manatee County Public Safety Center, 2101, 47th Terrace East, Bradenton. To register, email your name and phone number to Emergency.Management@mymanatee.org or call (941) 749-3500.

    "Local volunteers are our greatest resource to quickly and effectively meet our disaster response needs," said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris. "This training is a great next step for the dozens of disaster volunteer and service-driven organizations in Manatee County. Not only are shelter volunteers provided with a safe place during tropical storms and hurricanes, their actions make a difference in the lives and safety of our residents." 

    The training is recommended for anyone but is especially encouraged for disaster services volunteers, such as members of neighborhood Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), the Manatee County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), amateur radio operators, and other organizations that play a crucial role in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 09 May 2017 11:08 AM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE MARINA TO HOST
    2017 NATIONAL MARINA DAY

    Saturday, June 10   10 AM – 3:00 PM

    Interested in getting out on the water?  Fishermen’s Village Marina is promoting the upcoming June 10th National Marina Day to provide visitors with on-the-water boating experiences.  We want to introduce people to our marina and to boating who otherwise might not have the opportunity to get out on the water.

     King Fisher Fleet will offer three, one-hour narrated cruises in the upper harbor, departing at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 pm, and 3 pm.  The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 3-11, and free for children under 3.  All proceeds from this cruise will be donated to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center in support of its programs.  Reservations are recommended by calling 941 639-0969.                                           

    Deck boat rides will be offered courtesy of Holidaze Boat Rentals to provide hands-on boat operating experience as well as kayaks and paddleboards to try out within marina waters.  Reservations are encouraged by calling the Marina office at 941 575-3000.

    Marine-related exhibitors will be located by the docks.  This will be an opportunity to advertise your organization and solicit membership.  The space is free – tables and chairs to be provided by the participants.  Please call 941 575-3000 to reserve space, deadline is May 19, 2017.

     Parking and admission to Fishermen’s Village National Marina Day event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Visit on line at www.fishville.com.

    Located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda.

     


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

 

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