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  • 16 Feb 2018 3:34 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    NAPLES, FL. – Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced an expansion of its northern region headquarters and employment base to accommodate the air-conditioning contracting and service firm’s strong growth in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties.

    Conditioned Air, headquartered in Naples, expanded into Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties in June 2011, mostly to serve existing clients in those markets. The company has since experienced tremendous growth, boosting its local employment to the current 56 people. Last year alone, the company saw sales growth of 14 to 16 percent.

    To accommodate further growth in the northern region, the company is moving into the remaining flex space in its northern headquarters building on Knight’s Trail Road in North Venice, growing from approximately 5,000 square feet up to 15,000 square feet. The company also anticipates hiring an additional 12 to 15 people over the next year.

    “When we first entered this market seven years ago, we were just one of multiple tenants in this building. We have since grown to the point where we will now occupy the entire building,” said Theo Etzel, III, CEO for Conditioned Air. “This expansion will enable us to further grow our employment base and serve our residential and commercial clients.”

    Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 345 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com


  • 16 Feb 2018 2:49 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Suncoast’s Local Luxury Pet Resort Celebrates with Contest

    (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL — February 9, 2018) — Bayside Pet Resort is celebrating the construction of its 4th, state-of-the-art Lakewood Ranch location. Residents can expect the opening of this facility, which includes an in-ground bone-shaped pool, as early as June of 2018.

    • WHO: Bayside Pet Resort is a 5-star luxury pet facility that offers lodging, daycare, training and transportation for pets. A-la-carte activity programs, including group play and individualized play sessions, compliment the 24/7 webcams and beautiful canine suites with private outdoor lanais.
    • WHERE: The new Lakewood Ranch facility is on State Road 70 and Lorraine Road.
    • WHAT: A Facebook contest has been launched to offer 10 FREE night of pet lodging (valued at $600) after the opening of the new Lakewood Ranch facility.
    • WHEN: The contest is taking place now through May 15
    • CONTEST DETAILS: Visit www.baysidepetresort.com and click on the Lakewood Ranch location page where a pop-up will prompt pet lovers to enter the contest. Pet owners can also enter by visiting Bayside Pet Resort at Lakewood Ranch’s Facebook page and commenting “Contest” on one of the contest images or videos.
    • OTHER: Contestants will be invited to the grand opening in June and can opt-in to regular drone video updates tracking the construction process. A contest winner will be announced June 1.

    About

     About Bayside Pet Resort

    Bayside Pet Resort is a modern pet resort offering canine and feline lodging, daycare, professional grooming and bathing, gourmet snacks, and dog obedience and agility training. The current three locations are in Sarasota, Osprey and University Park, with the addition of Lakewood Ranch. Besides an extreme commitment to pet care, Bayside supports surrounding communities through partnerships with local non-profits focused on child and animal welfare.


  • 15 Feb 2018 4:33 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 15, 2018) – Tomorrow, as the 50-year anniversary passes of the United States' first 9-1-1 call, Manatee County emergency call takers will recognize the day like any other: by answering calls and sending assistance to nearly 500 requests for help around the community.  

    "Our 9-1-1 call takers are the indispensable link between the public and first responders anytime there’s an accident, emergency or crime," said Public Safety Director Robert Smith. "They are unsung heroes and they're truly the first of the first responders." 

    Fifty years ago, then-Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the first 9-1-1 call from Haleyville City Hall to Congressman Tom Bevill at the city's police station on Feb. 16, 1968. Since that time 9-1-1 technology has become more sophisticated and has been embraced by Manatee County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 center under the leadership of Chief Jake Saur. Each advancement has improved the County’s ability to get better, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property. 

    Last fall Manatee County ECC rolled out the new PulsePoint app that allows first responders to crowdsource Good Samaritans around Manatee County by alerting citizens trained in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Communities that have incorporated PulsePoint as part of their emergency response efforts are seeing a marked improvement in cardiac patient survival rates. 

    Manatee County 9-1-1 call center also became the second in Florida to adopt new technology that will save emergency responders time when home alarms sound. The new Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) technology allows outside alarm monitoring companies such as Brinks and Vector to send information directly to our call takers in the 9-1-1 Call Center, cutting up to three minutes from call processing time. We believe about half of all Manatee County property owners with emergency monitoring systems will benefit from the new technology, meaning a significant improvement in public safety service to our community. 

    Later this year Manatee County 9-1-1 will roll out out Next Generation 9-1-1 giving the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) the ability to receive call location, pictures, video and other types of data directly with a 9-1-1 call. 

    Annually, the Manatee County Emergency Communications Center process over 222,000 9-1-1 calls and was recently named the 13th in the world to earn the distinction of an Accredited Center of Excellence in Fire, Police, and Medical Dispatch through the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch. The 9-1-1 center received the highest level of recognition for police dispatch making it Florida’s second Accredited Center for Excellence agency. 

    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.

      


  • 14 Feb 2018 8:59 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

       *  $28.5 million dollar expansion

        * New administrative support offices for multiple departments including medical staff, information technology, quality, risk management, marketing and physician relations are being constructed in existing shell space to make room for:

    o   Two new operating rooms (and shell space for two more OR’s)

    o   New & expanded surgical waiting area

    o    New and expanded preoperative space

    o   New and expanded post-surgical space

    o   An additional heart catheterization lab

    o   New MRI and CT scans to be placed inside the hospital walls in the Imaging/Radiology area

         * The total project encompasses nearly 40,000 square feet within the hospital and will enable an additional 20,000 + square feet of useable space

         * As a part of the expansion project, the hospital’s Breast Health Center will be relocating from it’s current location and expanding in size to accommodate an additional 3D Mammography machine and increased patient volume

     * Renovated areas will be more energy efficient due to Higher performing systems, LED lighting, and Emergency Power systems will be upgrade to handle the increased load as well


  • 13 Feb 2018 4:54 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 13, 2018) – County Commissioners today extended County Administrator Ed Hunzeker's contract until January, 2020. Commissioners voiced unanimous support for Hunzeker and voted to approve a one-year extension to his current contract which was to end Jan. 29, 2019. 

    "It is an honor and a privilege to be here and I’m thankful everyday to be here," Hunzeker told Commissioners today. "Some 1,700 employees work for this Board and it’s just amazing to watch them in action. I’m blessed with a great cadre of Department Directors."

    Hunzeker spent several years stressing the importance of finding a new way to pay for our local government, Hunzeker w. In 2016, after significant public input with the Citizens Financial Structure Advisory Board, the County placed a referendum before voters for the infrastructure sales tax. That tax passed and the County now has a sustainable way to pay for our capital needs and that will invest in and prolong the life of community infrastructure. 

    Last year, Hunzeker's vision to redevelop and revitalize urban areas of the county took form. A new Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department developed a strategic work plan for the Southwest District. Using funding collected in the new district, the County completed our first public-private redevelopment project at the Parkwood Professional Center on 26th Street West.
     
    He started the How Will We Grow conversation and that led to LDC changes that should help spur redevelopment and mixed use projects in the urban core and eventually create a more walkable community.
     
    Early in his tenure as Manatee County Administrator, Hunzeker won Commission approval for a new economic development incentive package for to businesses that promised to provide new  performance-based jobs that paid above the county average. Commissioners have since approved nearly $11.5 million in economic development-related incentives to create or retain more nearly 5,200 local jobs here through 2021. The companies who have received local incentives have invested more than $648 million in capital improvements resulting in a more than $330 million in property tax revenues and $2 billion in local wages over the next decade.
     
    Major capital improvements undertaken during Hunzeker’s tenure as County Administrator include the expansion of 44th Avenue to connect Lakewood Ranch to west Bradenton, the Fort Hamer Bridge to connect Parrish with LWR, new public safety radio towers to improve the communication network for first responders and law enforcement, a new Marine Rescue headquarters and more.
     
    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.


  • 13 Feb 2018 4:53 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 13, 2018) – Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19 to commemorate Presidents’ Day. All trash, recycling and yard waste collections for the week will be postponed one day from Tuesday through Saturday for residents in unincorporated Manatee.
     
    Manatee County Area Transit, the Anna Maria Island Trolley and the Longboat Key Shuttle will operate normal daily routes.
     
    Downtown Central Library, the only public library open on Mondays, will be closed for Presidents’ Day and will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 20.
     
    Manatee County parks and beaches will be open to the public. Manatee County and Buffalo Creek Golf Courses will be open. G.T. Bray Recreation Center will be closed but G.T. Bray Skate Park will be open.
     
    Manatee County’s publicly owned natural preserves will remain open.
     
    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 Feb 2018 2:36 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 9, 2018) – Manatee County Building and Development Services Department (BADS) customers will soon be able to do business with the County without ever having to visit County offices. On Feb. 27 BADS will offer Online Services, a new web-based tool that offers all BADS services online. 

    Customers will be able to remotely submit applications for permitting, licensing, planning and zoning. They'll also be able to track a project’s progress from submittal through final approval from the convenience of a connected home computers or mobile device. 

    Prior to the new Online Services, BADS will offer several opportunities for local contractors and customers to learn how to use the new system from instructor-led classes to online videos and quick reference guides. 

    BADS Director John Barnott says the department has spent a significant amount of time preparing for the rollout. As with any conversion to a new system, there may be inconveniences in the short term. As the department prepares for this transition, BADS offices will close at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21, and for the entire day on Monday, Feb. 26. Also, our current online permitting and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems will be down from Feb. 21-26. During these dates BADS staff will finalize preparations for the Feb. 27 "go live" date for Manatee County Online Services. 

    Anyone who prefers to do business with BADS in person will still have that option at either the BADS downtown location or at the new North River Annex in Ellenton.

    "I think after our customers try the new Online Services, they'll discover it’s an easy-to-use system that will save them time and travel," Barnott said. "People will realize this is a great online offering and process that will allow us to better serve you."

    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 Feb 2018 11:59 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Lakewood Ranch High School is pleased to inform you of our 9th Annual Career and College Fair on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 in the Gymnasium at Lakewood Ranch High School.  

    We would like to extend an invitation to your business or institution to be a part of this free event.  The event is designed to expose students to career opportunities and choices for post-secondary education.   Over 1800 students will participate.

    Set up time and a complimentary breakfast buffet will begin at 7:00 am and student participation will be from 7:45 – 10:30am.   Please complete the enclosed application form and return it to Michelle Todoroff by February 16, 2018.

    We look forward to your participation in this event.  If you have any questions, please contact me at 727-6100 ext 2201.

    Your support is appreciated!

    Sincerely,

    Michelle Todoroff

    Michelle Todoroff

    Career & College Advisor

    todoroffm@manateeschools.net


  • 08 Feb 2018 1:48 PM | Sherie Becker (Administrator)

    Manatee County, FL (February 2018) – The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is offering a variety of free educational classes during March 2018. The Extension Service is an educational program within county government which brings the resources of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) to Manatee County to:

    • solve local problems,
    • provide educational opportunities,
    •  promote economic enhancement and development, and
    •  improve the quality of life for our citizens.
    REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS: Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are held at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto, Florida 34221. Minimum workshop size is required; workshop size is limited. Please register in advance online via our website at http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu (click on Calendar of Events located at center, bottom on website) or call 941-722-4524 for all workshops

    PR Mar 2018 Classes.pdf

  • 08 Feb 2018 11:40 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    On Feb. 8, 2018, surrounded by some of southwest Florida’s most influential residents, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. Crosby, made the announcement many in the area had been waiting to hear: Mote will build a spectacular new Aquarium on mainland Sarasota County.

    The new Mote Science Education Aquarium will be designed and located strategically to serve a much greater cross-section of residents and visitors in Florida, and enhance ocean literacy opportunities and impacts for all. Mote leaders have had preliminary discussions with appropriate officials from Sarasota County to understand the potential opportunities for use of approximately 5 acres of county-owned land within Nathan Benderson Park, a highly accessible location in a hotspot of community growth adjacent to Interstate 75. The interstate’s intersection with University Parkway hosts an average 60,000 drivers on both sides daily, allowing an expected average of 43 million drivers to view Mote’s new facility each year. With Mote’s Feb. 8 announcement of the overall concept and goals for Mote Science Education Aquarium, Mote is now planning to initiate a formal request for a lease to be approved.

    Powering this major advance is Mote’s new, $130-million capital construction fundraising effort, Oceans for All: Improving Access to Marine Science & Technology. Contingent on progress toward this goal, Mote leaders aim to begin construction in 2019. The fundraising effort started strong on Feb. 8 with the announcement that commitments for over 20 percent of facility’s total cost have already been made.

    “At Mote Science Education Aquarium, science is the attraction, as it is the heart of our mission,” Crosby said.  “This spectacular new facility and campus will embody our vision of Oceans for All, doubling the number of visitors whose lives are enriched by marine science each year, and providing no-cost opportunities for all schools to utilize specialized teaching labs to ensure that every child has the opportunity for hands-on marine science and technology experiences. The oceans are connected to everyone, every place in the world, and our goal is to ignite within each visitor a greater degree of curiosity to learn more about the oceans and their critical value in providing the oxygen we breathe, food, medicine, economic impact and overall quality of our lives.”

    With 110,000 square feet of space and 1 million gallons of exhibit water, Mote Science Education Aquarium will: more than double the size of Mote Aquarium on City Island; expand the ability to feature marine animals and scientific displays from around the world; deepen visitors’ experiences through interactive teaching labs, onsite diving programs, scientific demonstrations and creatively interwoven, interactive technology; and above all, provide informal science education to a larger, more diverse audience.  More than three million Florida residents will be able to access Mote Science Education Aquarium by driving 60 minutes or less, and the projected visitor number for opening year is near 700,000.

    The new facility is expected to double participation in Mote’s award-winning, informal science education programs. From pre-K children to retired adults, from family-focused education programs to National Science Foundation-supported research internships and teacher professional development workshops, Mote tailors marine science education for myriad audiences, true to Oceans for All. Mote’s education programs currently serve more than 30,000 people per year, and their expected growth will benefit those underserved or underrepresented in marine science and technology. Mote will be poised to encourage more girls to excel in scientific fields, involve more at-risk youths in ocean science and technology, and overall, involve more community members from various backgrounds in volunteer citizen-science projects.

    “The rebirth of Mote Aquarium on the mainland will not only help us grow our informal science education and outreach programs and develop a more ocean-literate society; equally important, it will lead to the next step in the evolution of our City Island campus into an enhanced International Marine Science, Technology and Innovation Park,” Crosby said. “This will provide Mote researchers, science and technology entrepreneurs and their international partners much-needed facilities for expanded intensive research and allow Mote’s best and brightest to excel in addressing the significant threats facing Earth’s oceans. Beyond 2020, I expect that Mote Marine Laboratory will become the catalyst for a new ‘Silicon Valley’ of marine science and technology in Southwest Florida, leading to more than just improved conservation and sustainable use of our oceans. The innovations and intellectual property generated by Mote and a growing marine science and technology sector will be the fuel for an expansion of Florida’s blue economy, with impacts felt well beyond our state.”

    Mote excels at transforming community support into true impact for the oceans and benefit for the people who depend on them. The Lab’s comprehensive campaign Oceans of Opportunity — completed in 2016 — led to construction of Mote’s Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in the Florida Keys, a critical scientific hub and resource for hundreds worldwide who seek to understand and restore threatened coral reefs. Oceans of Opportunity set the stage for Mote’s proposed growth by investing in the next generation, supporting no-cost education programs for thousands more under-served students than Mote could reach previously, and expanding Mote’s research enterprise. All funds from the Oceans of Opportunity campaign have been obligated for achieving the goals of Mote’s 2020 Vision & Strategic Plan, and none are available for the new Mote Science Education Aquarium.

    The facility’s construction, alone, will benefit Florida’s economy through $280 million in direct and indirect expenditures and 3,123 total person-years’ employment. Beyond the one-time benefits of new construction, Mote Science Education Aquarium by itself — not including Mote’s research enterprise — will support more than 260 direct and indirect jobs and provide approximately $28 million annually in economic benefits for the State of Florida.

    “Mote has significantly increased its research capabilities over the past few years,” said Robert Essner, Chairman of Mote’s Board of Trustees. “Our efforts to answer the questions that are vital to protecting our oceans and the creatures who live there are growing every year, as is our ability to communicate answers to the scientific community and to people everywhere. We are now taking the next and biggest step in becoming a truly world-class marine research laboratory. Relocating our Aquarium will give us the space needed to expand and upgrade our research labs. Our new Aquarium, when completed, will be a spectacular venue for our educational endeavors and will create an incredible regional visitor attraction.” 

    To learn more about how you can help today, contact Mote’s Development Department at 941-388-4441, ext. 309, or visit moteoceansforall.org.

    Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit research organization founded in 1955. Mote began with the passion of a single researcher, Dr. Eugenie Clark, her partnership with the community and philanthropic support, first of the Vanderbilt family and later of the William R. Mote family.

    Today, Mote is based in Sarasota, Florida, with five campuses including field stations in eastern Sarasota County and the Florida Keys. Mote is home to more than 20 scientific programs dedicated to today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans, emphasizing conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. Mote’s vision also includes positively impacting public policy through science-based outreach and education. Showcasing this research is Mote Aquarium, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Learn more at mote.org.


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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.

 

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is a strong community-driven membership organization that focuses on business growth, partnership, opportunities and awareness. Its proud members are a wide variety of large and small business owners and their dedicated employees within the community. All of its valued members are committed to best businesses practices, networking opportunities, training, seminars, education, business connections, economic development and community expansion. Member businesses are located in, or doing business in, the Lakewood Ranch area, near Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. Our proud members are dedicated to promoting a vibrant business community and speaking up for business needs in the community. The Alliance also has a strong working relationship with local Chambers of Commerce and is focused on creating awareness for local non-profit organizations.


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