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  • 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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

     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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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.

     


  • 05 May 2017 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 5, 2017) – With $6.3 million in B.P. oil spill funds coming to Manatee County over the next 15 years, Manatee County leaders on Monday will announce a spending plan that will improve local waterways, create environmental learning opportunities, help working waterfronts in the Village of Cortez and more. 

    Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources will host a press conference to announce details Monday at 1 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez. 
     
    “We owe it to the memory of the 11 lives lost in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the untold environmental damages which followed to commit to building a resilient Gulf and understand the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy economy” said Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department.
     
    A carefully selected group of projects will be introduced in diverse funding categories. The press conference will begin a six-week public comment feedback during which the County will solicit input from Manatee County residents on each part of the plan. 

    That input and the spending plan will be presented to the Manatee County Commissioners this summer. Following their approval, the full project plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to begin the implementation process.
     
    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.


  • 02 May 2017 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    CONTACT PERSON:            Ingrid McClellan, Executive Director, Keep Manatee Beautiful, (941) 795-8272 or Cell (941) 713-1763, keep@manateebeautiful.com

     Bradenton, Fla. – April 26, 2017 An Urban and Community Forestry Grant of $7,322, funded by the U.S. Forest Service, was awarded to Keep Manatee Beautiful to update the Manatee County Tree Canopy Analysis – A Comparison of 2004-2014.  The original analysis was done in 2010.  The analysis update is completed just in time for National Arbor Day on April 28.

     The analysis update was conducted for each study year (2004, 2009, 2014) on each of the six municipalities in Manatee County (Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key - only the portion within Manatee County, and Palmetto) and on the portion of Manatee County (i.e., unincorporated Manatee County) that does not lie within any of the six municipal boundaries, for a total of seven analyses.  Aerial photographs for these three study years were acquired from the Southwest Florida Water Management District data library to use to measure the acreage of tree canopy. 

     Scientists used iTree Landscape software developed by USDA Forest Service to assign ecological and economic values to the canopy within three benefit areas: carbon storage and sequestration, air quality (air pollutant removal) and stormwater runoff reduction.  With the iTree Landscape software, Manatee County and local municipalities can accurately identify communities in most need of trees and maintain existing trees routinely.

    Conclusions and Recommendations

    The conclusion of the analysis update was that Manatee County’s tree canopy covering its area has fluctuated from 26 percent in 2004, to 39 percent in 2009, then to 32 percent in 2014 (comparisons attached).  These percentages include invasive tree species.  Although Manatee County’s tree canopy has increased since 2004, with a tree canopy covering 32 percent of its land area, Manatee County is behind in meeting the 40 percent target set by American Forests for urban tree coverage.  Unincorporated areas have canopy coverage of 32 percent, which is an increase of 6 percent since 2004.  Manatee County’s incorporated areas have a combined urban forest cover of 32 percent.  Canopy coverage in four of Manatee County’s six cities, including its two largest, has increased since 2004 (Palmetto, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Anna Maria).

     Development impacts the tree canopy.  Larger trees are removed and replaced with smaller trees or trees are removed altogether in exchange for a fee.  As Manatee County continues to increase in developed area, the overall tree canopy may be jeopardized.  Recommendations identified in the analysis to be shared with local governments are:

    •  Re-create the two Urban Forest Manager positions that were eliminated within Manatee County’s Public Works Department as well as Building and Development Services Department, and place it in the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department.  This department was chosen, because they currently manage other resources, such as air, water quality, preserves, beach re-nourishment, manatee protection, artificial reefs, boating safety and aids to navigation.  The role of the Urban Forest Managers would be to coordinate the county staff with tree protection and maintenance roles, oversee the tree removal permitting processes, and play a lead role in invasive plant removal and mangrove protection.
    •  Governments and developers need to ensure that new developments incorporate both appropriate landscape vegetation in new projects, as well as preservation of existing tree communities to provide positive environmental benefits to residents. 
    •  Tree protection is important in any community, and the landscape codes for each municipality and the county should reflect a commitment to preserve mature trees and to plant new trees when developing new projects.  Public trees (i.e. street trees, median trees and park trees) must be properly maintained by maintenance staff.  Trees within private property should also be protected by the landscape code. Property owners should be educated about the importance of a substantial, healthy tree canopy, which includes all of the trees in the county – including those on private lands. Trees that are removed from both private and public lands should be replaced with enough trees so that there is no net loss of total tree canopy.
    •  Urban areas can also greatly benefit from revitalization projects that conserve existing trees and introduce new trees into streetscapes with few or no trees.  Studies have shown that, because trees create a positive environment that attracts and welcomes consumers, pedestrians tend to shop and linger longer along tree lined streets. 

     When analyzed in 2009 for carbon sequestration and storage, air pollutant removal and stormwater management, Manatee County’s tree canopy provided the equivalent $230,662,176 in environmental benefits to its residents.  These positive results reinforce the need for Manatee County to protect and increase the area of its tree canopy, as well as justify the costs associated with managing trees as a resource.


  • 02 May 2017 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    Please join Yoga for ALS, a fundraising campaign for research to find a cure for ALS, running June 17-25, 2017.

    All funds go to research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world's foremost drug discovery center focused solely on finding an ALS cure. ALS is not incurable; research is underfunded.

    We're looking for your help creating teams and fundraising! Join at als.net/YogaForALS. Need resources? Here's the flyer, logo and overview.

    You can share the campaign using #Yoga4ALS on social media. Promotion has begun on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

    • Individual Supporters: Create a team at your yoga studio, gym, office, book club, house of worship, with friends and family!
    • Yoga Instructors: Encourage your studio or gym to create a team, and host a donation yoga class!
    • Yoga Studios, Gyms: Host a special fundraising class--choose a donation level, and build the team!
    • Local Communities: Create a team, and get local instructors, studios and gyms involved!
    • Not a yogi? Any exercise or participation for ALS works! Running, cycling, barre, rowing, walking--however you love to move! Happy hour for ALS, anyone?
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    Join Now!

    Thank you for helping to make every pose matter!


Recent Member News





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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