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  • 21 Dec 2017 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 19, 2017) – Manatee County is accepting applications for a mental health expert on the Manatee County Healthcare Advisory Board, a volunteer group that evaluates, monitors and discusses the healthcare system in Manatee County and makes recommendations to the County Commission regarding the funding of healthcare services in Manatee County.

    Applicants should be knowledgeable about healthcare and willing to meet a minimum of eight times per year on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 - 7 p.m. in the 9th Floor BCC Conference Room of the County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

    Other meetings may be scheduled as necessary.  Employees, owners or voting board members of agencies that receive funding from Manatee County Government, or individuals who contract with agencies that receive County funding are ineligible to serve on the board, with the exception of a practicing physician who may receive no more than 1 percent of their gross income from County-funded healthcare. 
     
    The advisory board reviews evidence-based practices,  programs and related data to enhance the long-term stability and effectiveness of the programs available to citizens of Manatee County who have no other meaningful means of access to health care.

    Efforts will be made to have a Board that is reflective of the diversity of the community. Manatee County residents from minority communities, including but not limited to members from African-American and Latino/Hispanic heritage, are encouraged to apply.  
     
    Applications are due Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. The application may be found at: http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/advisory-boards/healthcare-advisory-board.html.  Supplemental questions to the application are on page 5 of the form. 
     
    A resume or C.V. is also required for consideration for appointment to this advisory board. Please note, all information provided within applications will be made public.  For more information, call Joshua Barnett at (941) 749-3030 or email to joshua.barnett@mymanatee.org.  All applicants must complete the new form, even if they have applied previously since the application has been updated
     

    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.


  • 21 Dec 2017 7:50 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

      “The Suncoast is poised for explosive growth, and the business community has to gear up for it”. This was stated by Bruce Stout, President of the Rainmakers’ Forum during a meeting with a group of community leaders. Winners will be those that continually improve operations and thrive in a competitive environment. He was announcing the launch of the Fantasy Business League. Individual companies wishing to optimize growth and profitability are admitted to the league as members much in the same way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions joined the NFL. The goal of individual League members: To grow their businesses by following the League’s success formula – employing winning strategies (Playbook), accessing top connections, beating the competition and optimizing the performance of human capital.

    Businesses must be prepared in ways never considered before. As explained by Andrea Nierenberg, League executive and coach, “The League is using football terminology and methods: ‘Expert play calling’ is how we describe the business growth strategies our expert coaches provide to businesses that are members of the Fantasy Business League”. Peak performance training of business personnel is “player development’. And “Red Zone Huddle” exercises are used to help management overcome challenges and cross over the goal line of success.

    Businesses that are members also compete with each other to demonstrate the superior controlled growth and profitability of their organizations. Metrics are used to quantify improvements in order to elevate member companies to “playoff” rounds and ultimately, to the “Business Super Bowl”, in which one company is crowned as the best of the best.

    League members enjoy a unique blend of benefits: Individual coaching and consulting by expert business development advisors, group problem-solving exercises and access to connections, including capital sources. Another unique feature: member firms enroll their marketing and sales personnel in high-powered peak performance programs.

    The League is arranged in “conferences” with individual members enjoying sole representation of their product/service fields.

    Interested potential League members can reserve space for one of the forthcoming meetings in Lakewood Ranch by contacting us at info@rainmakersforum.com

    January 16th, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

    January 17th, from 7:30 to 9:00 AM

     Phone: (212) 386-7604 Fax: (646) 349-1067

    Email: info@rainmakersforum.com Web Site: www.rainmakersforum.com


  • 19 Dec 2017 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, Florida – December 18, 2017 Oak & Stone is expanding its innovative craft beer, artisanal pizza and gourmet fare concept over the Skyway Bridge and into St. Petersburg in early 2018. The newest location will seat 300 diners and reside in the heart of downtown at 199 Central Avenue, next to the newly constructed Hyatt Place on 2nd Street North.

    “We’re excited about every facet of development in St. Pete,” said Oak & Stone partner Joe Seidensticker. “We think the market is right, the opportunity is right, and the city will embrace what we have to offer.”

    Building on the success of the original Oak & Stone, the new St. Pete location will feature a 6,000-square-foot restaurant and an expansive 3,000-square-foot outdoor deck with tables, couches and fire pits for a casual vibe. In addition to its handcrafted wood-fired pizzas, the newly created menu boasts an outstanding offering of house-made burgers, sandwiches, soups, entrees and salads using the freshest ingredients. Large-screen televisions throughout the space will entertain diners.

    The number of craft beers available will be increased to over 60 – making Oak & Stone’s self-serve beer wall one of the largest in the region. The hand-selected craft beer options will continue to be dispensed utilizing the RFID-enabled wristbands and will include both local and regional breweries, such as 3 Daughters, Cycle and Green Bench. An extensive list of wines and spirits will also be available via the “Liquid Library” including a bourbon and whiskey tasting flight at the full bar.

    Oak & Stone’s flagship location opened in 2016 with a focus on welcoming families to craft their own story and create new memories from the moment they walk in. From the self-serve beer wall to wood-fire artisan pizzas, handcrafted cocktails and a variety of appealing tavern fare, the Sarasota location has become a favorite for diners and beer-lovers alike. Guests aged 21+ use RFID wristbands to engage 56 beer selections. Technology in the wristband tracks tap usage for billing and serving size.

    “Joe and I wanted to create a space where people can have fun with their family and friends,” said partner Brett Decklever. “It’s a great environment for people of all ages.”

    About Oak & Stone

    Oak & Stone embraces the concept that every good story should start and end with friends and family. Once food and drink are added to that mix, it is a recipe for memories that last a lifetime.  Oak & Stone ensures that there is something exciting for everyone – happy hour, family dinner, friends' night out, brunch or game day – enticing guests with choices that allow them to create their own adventure.  Beer drinkers rejoice at one of the largest self-serve beer walls in Florida – with sours and ciders to IPAS and stouts, and everything in between. The Liquid Library features craft cocktails, select wines, and a notable bourbon and whiskey menu with a create your own bourbon flight. Oak & Stone's elevated tavern menu is guaranteed to make everyone in your group of friends and family hungry, from the story starters to artisan house pizzas to main plates and more. For more information, visit www.Oakandstone.com.


  • 13 Dec 2017 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 13, 2017) –  Manatee County is seeking input on a set of changes to its comprehensive plan and land development code over the next few months. 

    The proposed changes will have significant bearing on how the County reviews and processes future land development applications. More specifically, the suggested changes will bring more consistency among regulations in the County's major planning documents according to Planning Manager Lisa Barrett. All of the new policies and revisions are posted on the County's website for public review.

    "Our land development code and comp plan are somewhat convoluted and difficult for citizens and developers to understand. With this scope of work we're trying to make things more consistent, streamlined, more easily understood and more predictable," Barrett said. "This is about trying to minimize duplication of review and streamlining the review of development proposals, while ensuring the protection of natural resources, adjacent land uses and public facilities." 

    The County will host a public workshop to go over the planned changes on Jan. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Downtown Central Library Auditorium, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W. Barrett said people will be able to ask better questions if they've reviewed the proposed changes online beforehand, but a consultant will be on hand to explain the proposed amendments at the meeting. 

    In 2018, Barrett said additional substantive changes will be discussed regarding the County's sign ordinance, how it's planning for sea level rise and provisions to allow for residential accessory dwelling units. 


    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 Dec 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 12, 2017) – County Commissioners elected District One Commissioner Priscilla Whisenant Trace as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for 2018. 

    Commissioner Robin DiSabatino will serve as first vice chairman of the Board next year. Commissioner Carol Whitmore will be second vice chair and Commissioner Charles Smith will be third vice chair. 

    Commissioner Vanessa Baugh will again serve as Port Authority Chair, and Commissioner Whitmore will again serve as the Tourist Development Council Chair. 

    Commissioner Stephen Jonsson will serve as first Vice Chair of the Port Authority. Commissioner Betsy Benac will be second vice chair of the Port Authority and Commissioner DiSabatino will serve as third vice chair of the Port Authority.

    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.


  • 12 Dec 2017 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    SARASOTA, Fla. – December 12, 2017 – Fawley Bryant Architecture (FBA), an interdisciplinary architecture and interior design firm with offices in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, announces today the addition of five new staff members, including a Senior Project Architect who will oversee the downtown Bradenton office. The growth comes after one of the firms most successful years to date.

    With 13 years of experience, Shannon Barrier, who holds architectural licenses in multiple states and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), joins the FBA team as a Senior Project Architect. With experience in healthcare, education, commercial, residential, and adapted reuse, Barrier will not only manage the firm’s downtown Bradenton office, but will be responsible for projects including the South Florida Museum expansion, Manatee County Lifeguard Stations and HVAC work on the campuses of New College and Florida State University. 

    Joining the team as an Interior Design Project Manager, Alyssa Townsend brings 15 years of experience in both residential and commercial design. Born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, Townsend graduated from Florida State University. Over the course of her career she has worked with notable clients such as the CFO of Scholastic; the CEO of Tiffany & Co.; and the VP of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She is a licensed professional, LEED AP and a member of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Townsend marks the third member of the FBA Interior Design team and will help the firm on the following projects: City of Bradenton Parking Garage, City of Venice City Hall renovations and assorted projects for IMG Academy.

    “After securing large projects and clients like the new Atlanta Braves Stadium in North Port, the Professional Bull Riders Performance Center in Pueblo, Colorado and the new Bradenton Parking Garage, it was imperative for us to hire experienced professionals that could transition quickly and contribute immediately,” said Steve Padgett, Executive Vice President at FBA. “In addition, we always need great support staff. The BIM Technicians, office staff and young architects are an integral part to our process.”

     In addition to Townsend and Barrier, FBA welcomes Gary Christensen as a BIM Technician; Allison Angle as an Intern Architect; and Pamela Winkle as the Assistant Firm Administrator. With 20 full time employees and 24-year history, FBA remains one of the largest Architecture firms in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

     

     


  • 12 Dec 2017 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 12, 2017) – Nominated by fellow Public Safety employees, voted on by Manatee County employees and unanimously approved by Manatee County Commissioners, Emergency Medical Technician Aaron White today became Manatee County's 2017 Employee of the Year. 

    As an EMT, Aaron responds and cares for medical and trauma patients in northern areas of Manatee County. He provides patients with basic life support, and assists  with advanced life support patients. Emergency Medical Services Chief Paul DiCicco said Aaron has an outstanding attitude and he provides much-needed levity in a stressful position. During today's presentation, County Commissioners watched a touching video of Aaron in action in the community

    "Aaron goes above and beyond what is required in his job description," said Aaron's supervisor EMS District Chief Keith Lock. "He is an excellent ambassador for Manatee County Emergency Medical Services and he promotes goodwill for Manatee County. He shows enthusiasm for his position, and is excited to put forth any extra effort that is asked bf him." 

    Accepting the award, Aaron thanked God, his fiance and his coworkers who he called "some of the best people in the world." 

    "I'm so proud and honored to work with these guys," he said. "Thank you for allowing me to be here today. I'm so grateful and humbled. I share this award with my whole department."  

    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.


      


  • 12 Dec 2017 11:08 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 12, 2017) – County Commissioners today unanimously confirmed Cheri Coryea as Deputy County Administrator. She has Coryea has 28 years of experience, including 26 in management with Manatee County. 

    Cheri has served as interim County Administrator since former Deputy Administrator Karen Windon retired over the summer. She has been Director of the Neighborhood Services Department for the past 10 years, recently overseeing the merger of the Community Services Department into the Neighborhood Services Department.

    "Cheri has been with us for a very long time," County Administrator Ed Hunzeker said in recommending Cheri's appointment to the Board. "She is well respected by department directors, colleagues and the community. She is a true professional and it's an it's an honor to recommend to (the Board) that you approve her appointment as DCA." 

    Commissioners enthusiastically accepted the recommendation and had glowing remarks for Cheri. 

    "I can picture every single employee standing behind you, supporting you today," Commission Chairman Betsy Benac said. "It's wonderful to see you in this position."

    "Kudos. Great job," said Commissioner Robin DiSabatino. "Whenever I call or ask Cheri anything, she's right there with the answers. Nothing is too small, anytime day or night." 

    Cheri said it was her honor to accept the new position and thanked Administrator Ed Hunzeker, fellow Deputy County Administrator Dan Schlandt and her colleagues and employees in the Neighborhood Services Department. 

    "I've been here for quite a while and this is my family," Cheri said. "I want to thank Neighborhood Services, Community Services. They're wonderful. I couldn't do the job we do without the amazing job our employees do." 

    Cheri  has led the development of several key County initiatives including:  the creation of the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDI), Health Care for the medically needy, Children’s Services Tax, Manatee Millennial Movement (M3),  Community Development Block Grant, the formation of the Southwest Tax Increment Financing District, Rubonia Community Center renovations and the Norma Lloyd Park Development. Cheri also authored “Voices,” Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

    As Neighborhood Services Director, she managed an annual budget of over $44 million including federal, state, and local grants. She focused on building community relationships and interacting with the over 150 not-for-profit agencies, hospitals, and intergovernmental organizations that collaborate with Manatee County to serve citizens. 

    Cheri received the 2012 Tampa Bay Business Journal Business Woman of the Year  (Government category) Award, was the 2011 American Association of University Women – Manatee Chapter “Making Great Strides in Government” winner, the 2009 NAACP Government Humanitarian award winner and the 1997 Manatee Community Council for Children Child Advocate of the Year.

    In addition to the 7-0 vote from the Commission at today's meeting, Cheri received a dozen red roses from county Department Directors and a standing ovation from the crowd. 
     
    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 Dec 2017 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    Brooksville, Florida – December 6, 2017 TreeUmph! Adventure Course is soaring into Brooksville with a new 40-acre treetop obstacle and zipline park located at 6440 Cedar Lane. The grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, December 9. Guests attending will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for annual passes as well as other exclusive discounts and prizes:

    • Ticket giveaway for December 9, available for entry on TreeUmph!’s Facebook and Instagram profiles: @TreeUmphBrooksville or @TreeUmph_Brooksville
    • Free, limited-edition grand opening t-shirts for the first 50 guests who book for December 9 at www.TreeUmph.com/Brooksville
    • 20% off all tickets for grand opening on December 9 with promo code NOWOPEN (valid online at www.TreeUmph.com/Brooksville)
    • Discounted annual and platinum passes available for purchase at the park

    The new Brooksville location is projected to bring approximately $3.8 million in local economic impact and create up to 30 full- and part-time jobs in its first year. TreeUmph! has been working closely with Hernando County Economic Development and the Tourism Development Bureau to make the treetop park a favorite destination for adventurous tourists and locals alike.

    TreeUmph!’s adventures range from beginner to extreme at the Brooksville park. Guests will enjoy over 130 treetop obstacles and ziplines, and those who choose to stay on the ground can watch the adventures from walking trails and observation areas. New to TreeUmph!’s repertoire is the “Little Ninja” course, a ground-based, 30-obstacle adventure that tests the ninja skills of little warriors aged 5 to 8 years old.

    “What I love about this new park is the integration of our obstacles in the huge trees and jungle-like setting of the adventure coast. This place is absolutely amazing. Every day when we step foot on the property we are overwhelmed with just how beautiful and unique it is,” said Aaron Corr, co-owner of TreeUmph! Adventure Course.

    To accompany the grand opening celebration, TreeUmph! hosted a VIP Event on Wednesday, December 6 with government officials and representatives from the local business community. During this private event, a mermaid from Weeki Wachee Springs ventured from the water and took to the trees as the first-ever ziplining mermaid!

    “We think it’s perfect that Weeki Wachee, Florida’s oldest roadside attraction, is helping welcome us, Florida’s newest attraction, to the area. We will be proud to make TreeUmph! a place that the Hernando County community will both enjoy and benefit from,” said Alex Scholten, co-owner of TreeUmph! Adventure Course.

    To book tickets for TreeUmph! Adventure Course - Brooksville, visit TreeUmph.com/Brooksville or call 941-322-2130. For up-to-date information, special offers and event details, like @TreeUmphBrooksville on Facebook or follow TreeUmph_Brooksville on Instagram.

    About TreeUmph! Adventure Course

    Opening its first treetop course in Bradenton, Florida, in 2013, TreeUmph! Adventure Course operates under the mission statement: “We inspire FUN and a sense of PRIDE through ADVENTURE.” Built to the highest safety standards in the industry, each TreeUmph! location is designed to entertain and challenge guests with an exciting assortment of treetop games, obstacles, ziplines, rope swings and much more. Reservations are recommended. Call 855-322-2130 or visit www.TreeUmph.com for more information.


  • 04 Dec 2017 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    CHABAD OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY TO CELEBRATE

    THE HOLIDAY OF CHANUKAH AT FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

    The public is cordially invited to join us for the holiday celebration of Chanukah at 7pm on Saturday evening, December 16, 2017 (the fifthe night of Chanukah) for the lighting of the Menorah in front of the main entrance to Fishermen’s Village. Each night an additional light is kindled until the Menorah is ablaze with eight beautiful lights in celebration of Chanukah. The message of the menorah is a universal one, expressing the importance of bringing light, warmth and holiness to the darkest places. 

     Chabad of Charlotte County, Rabbi Jacobson will be among those who will light the candles. Children participating will receive chanukah treats. There will be a children's performance by 'The junior jacappelia'. Chabad of Charlotte County is a proud member of the worldwide Chabad movement, dedicated to bringing the message and beauty of Judaism to the Jewish community residing in Charlotte County, by providing educational, spiritual, religious and cultural events and programs in a non-judgmental environment.

    For more information contact Chabad of Charlotte County at 941- 833 -3381 or www.chabadofcharlottecounty.com

     Fishermen’s Village is located off Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda.  Visit www.fishville.com for full holiday event details.






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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