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  • 07 Sep 2017 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 7, 2017) –  As Category 5 Hurricane Irma continues to threaten Florida over the weekend, and with 9-foot storm surges expected along the Gulf coast, Manatee County officials today issued a voluntary evacuation for many Manatee County residents beginning 7 a.m. tomorrow, Friday Sept. 8.

    Residents can easily determine which evacuation level they live in by entering an address at the County’s interactive hurricane evacuation map online. The voluntary evacuation applies to those living in mobile homes and anyone in the County’s evacuation Level A, red-colored areas on the map near the coast, rivers, streams and low lying areas.

     Four emergency shelters will open at 4 p.m. tomorrow for the evacuation including:

    • Myakka Elementary School, 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City
    • Braden River High(pet friendly), 6545 SR70 East, Bradenton
    • Manatee High School (pet friendly), 1000 32nd Street West, Bradenton
    • Mills Elementary (pet friendly), 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto

    “Our emergency shelters should be a last option for anyone who’s decided to leave their home,” said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris. “We strongly encourage people to stay with family and friends outside of the evacuation area.”  

    Today the County is coordinating transportation and sheltering assistance with registered special needs clients.

    Manatee County Public Works crews assisted County residents loading more than 60,000 sandbags yesterday. Sandbags will be available today from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Additional details are on the County’s sandbag area online.

     
    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.

     


  • 07 Sep 2017 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    The previous press release incorrectly listed Braden River Middle School as one of the shelters that will be open tomorrow afternoon. The correct shelter is Braden River High School.

    Four emergency shelters will open at 4 p.m. tomorrow for the evacuation including:

    • Myakka Elementary School, 37205 Manatee Ave., Myakka City
    • Braden River High (pet friendly), 6545 SR 70 East, Bradenton
    • Manatee High School (pet friendly), 1000 32nd Street West, Bradenton
    • Mills Elementary (pet friendly), 7200 69th Street East, Palmetto

    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.


  • 06 Sep 2017 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 5, 2017) – As Hurricane Irma continues build into an "extremely dangerous" storm, Manatee County officials urged local residents to monitor the storm closely. 

    Manatee County Emergency Management officials today are in regular contact with state officials while monitoring the storm and urged Manatee County residents to make plans early this week in preparation for a Category 5 hurricane with potential for huge impacts in southern Florida. Emergency plans and preparation tips are available at www.mymanatee.org.emergency 

    "We strongly urge residents and visitors to implement their personal plans," Manatee County Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris said. "Now is the time. The storm still has a lot of forecast uncertainty, so don't wait until it's too late to make a plan."

    County crews will distribute sandbags from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the following locations: 
     

    • Buffalo Creek Park – 7550 69th St. E., Palmetto 
    • G.T. Bray Park – 5502 33rd Ave. Dr. W., Bradenton 
    • Lakewood Ranch Park – 5350 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton 
    • Stormwater Ops – 5511 39th St. E., Bradenton 
    • Rubonia Community Center – 1309 72nd St. E., Palmetto 


    Today, Big Earth Landscape Supply will offer free sand at its two locations: 6001 15th St. E., Bradenton and 1010 10th St. E., Palmetto. 

    There are no plans yet for an evacuation or shelter openings, but Burris said residents should monitor the news and the County's social media pages for updates. Follow Manatee County on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov. Follow Manatee County Emergency Management at www.facebook.com/ManateeCountyEmergencyManagement and on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety.

    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. 


  • 06 Sep 2017 10:45 AM | Anonymous


    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 1, 2017) – Manatee County is accepting applications for two seats on the Construction Trades Board, a volunteer panel that regulates and licenses local contractors. 

    The Construction Trades Board also discipline contractors who violate applicable local codes, state statutes or Florida Building Code provisions pertaining to licensed contractors. The board also may suspend or revoke contractor licenses and impose monetary fines. 

    The first seat is open to a local contractor with at least five years of experience in the construction trade, who also holds an active license as a Certified General Contractor with Department of Business and Professional Regulation or who is registered with an active Certificate of Competency license in Manatee County. Applicants must reside or have a business located in unincorporated Manatee County. 
     
    The second seat is a consumer representative, available to any Manatee County resident who is not, and has never been, a member or practitioner of a profession regulated by the board or a member of any closely related profession.
     
    Applications are due Sept. 30 and may be found online at www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards
     
    The group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. in the First Floor Chambers of Manatee County Administrative Building, 1112 Manatee Ave West, Bradenton. 
     
    For more information, call Cindi Blake or Deanna Ward at  (941) 748-4501, ext. 3800 or email cindi.blake@mymanatee.org or deanna.ward@mymanatee.org.


  • 24 Aug 2017 2:05 PM | Anonymous

     MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 24, 2017) –  Crews removed the Confederate monument from the Historic Courthouse grounds today, working during the early hours of the morning to avoid foot traffic at the Courthouse and to prevent major traffic disruptions in downtown Bradenton.

    After lengthy public debates over the past week, County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to remove the monument until a decision can be reached on a prominent, respectful relocation site.

    Commissioners reached that conclusion based “on the concerns for public safety of the citizens of Manatee County” since the monument had become the focal point of an intense community debate.

    During last night’s relocation, crews discovered that the approximately 22-foot, 8.5-ton granite monument was an even greater public safety risk than suspected.

    After carefully securing the spire with lifting straps at 3:30 a.m., a crane slowly applied pressure to tighten the straps. As pressure was applied, it became evident that the spire was not completely attached to the base of the monument. The spire shifted in the straps and quickly fell to the ground and broke in two pieces. (View footage from last night’s operation on the County’s YouTube channel.)

    The shaft’s easy separation from the base was a sign that the monument was a potential hazard before the move began and could have toppled in a strong storm or if it had been pushed or pulled at the right point.

    “We took every safety precaution to respectfully move this to a safe location,” said Property Management Director Charlie Bishop, whose department worked with a local contractor that has extensive experience moving heavy objects. “Thankfully no one was hurt when the spire came down. We’re confident that it can be fully repaired and safely placed in a permanent location once the location is determined.”

    The monument was taken to a secure, undisclosed location in the county.  

    As part of their decision Tuesday, Commissioners decided that the public will be fully involved in the discussion and determination for “an equally prominent and respectful replacement location.” During that process, the County plans to hire a structural engineer to evaluate the monument’s structural integrity and to design the foundation and repairs so it can be safely placed on a permanent spot in the future.

    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.

     


  • 23 Aug 2017 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 23, 2017) – Manatee County is accepting applications for two positions on the Historic Preservation Board, a citizens advisory committee that makes decisions regarding Manatee County’s archaeologically, historically and aesthetically significant sites, districts and zones. 

    Applicants must be registered voters in Manatee County. Candidates should have knowledge of archaeological, historical or architectural development, or a deep concern for the preservation, development and enhancement of historic resources in the County.
     
    The Historic Preservation Board is composed of five volunteer members who are appointed by the County Commission for four-year terms. The group meets a minimum of four times a year in the First Floor Chambers of the Manatee County Administrative Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

    The board’s responsibilities include: 

    Encourage historical and archaeological preservation.

    Identify historic buildings and sites and archaeological sites in Manatee County.

    Encourage property owners to seek local historic landmark designation.   

    Ensure appropriate preservation, restoration, renovation, development and adaptive reuse of historical buildings and archaeological sites.

    Develop and maintain a system of survey and inventory of historic properties.

    Applications are due by September 8, 2017, and may be found online at www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards.
     
    Contact Bobbi Roy at (941) 748-4501 ext. 6878 or bobbi.roy@mymanatee.org for more information.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @ManateeGov.


  • 22 Aug 2017 11:54 AM | Anonymous


  • 10 Aug 2017 10:15 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL (August 10, 2017) – The Radiology Department of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota was recently awarded the Five Star Excellence Award for 2016 by Professional Research Consultants Inc., the largest private market research firm dedicated to the healthcare industry.  Doctors Hospital Radiology was ranked among the top 10% of the more than 600 hospitals surveyed nationwide.

     Each year approximately 50,000 diagnostic exams and image-guided procedures are performed at Doctors Hospital.  The radiologists carefully review X-rays, Ultrasounds, MRI and CT scans for clues that can help physicians diagnose their patients. Because of the quality of the imaging studies and confidence in their interpretations, Sarasota physicians who practice at the hospital ranked the department a top performer. "As consultants for the medical staff it is very gratifying to have the contributions we make to patient care acknowledged and appreciated by our clinical colleagues," said Steven Lipman, M.D., Medical Director of Radiology at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    The radiology department also boasts a highly skilled and specialized staff of technologists and RNs with most holding at least one advanced certification. The department is accredited by the American College of Radiology


  • 10 Aug 2017 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 10, 2017) – The Florida Green Building Coalition this week delivered Platinum Certification honors to Manatee County, the state's first county government to achieve platinum status.

    CJ Davila, Executive Director of the Florida Green Building Coalition, spoke to County Commissioners Tuesday, congratulated the County's Green Team for the accomplishment and for achieving the highest grade FGBC has ever awarded to a local government.

    "There has been a measurable impact of these people's efforts," Davila said. "You're saving your citizens and taxpayers a lot of dollars. They did an amazing job." 
     
    Manatee County achieved its initial Green Government recognition in 2011. By 2013, Manatee was a gold level green government. Platinum certification comes after years of effort led by Manatee County Energy Manager Diana Robinson and Michelle Powers, Manatee County Energy and Sustainability Coordinator. 

    In recent years Manatee County's Green Team lead the countywide effort to increase energy efficiencies and streamline energy costs. Manatee County has streamlined its kilowatt hours nearly 7 percent over the past five years. 

    Among the team's top accomplishments, Robinson listed the County's energy efficient downtown chiller plant, the countywide transition to single-stream recycling and community events, such as Manatee Libraries' Teen Recycled Fashion Show. The County's landfill gas generator has slashed energy costs in half at the Lena Road Landfill. Dozens of Manatee County's green and sustainable efforts are listed on the Coalition's website. 

    Robinson credited Manatee County's Green Team, County Commissioners and leadership who have remained committed to sustainable policies for years. Staff from Manatee County Public Works, Property Management and Utilities departments played key roles in achieving certification over time. 

    Manatee County Property Management Director Charlie Bishop credited Robinson, Powers, former Green Team sponsor Brenda Rogers and staff from Manatee County Public Works and Utilities departments which played a big role in achieving platinum status. 

    The Green Team's efforts won universal acclaim from the County Commission. 

    "I'm so proud of the Green Team and of what's been accomplished for this county," said Commissioner Vanessa Baugh. "This is huge."

    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
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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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