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  • 09 Jan 2018 4:04 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Jan 9, 2018) – Registration is now open for a free, three-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training next month. Manatee County residents and business owners, faith-based organizations, communities/neighborhoods and anyone who wants to be better prepared for common household emergencies is encouraged to enroll.

    The training will be held Feb. 16-18 at Manatee County Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace East. 

    Basic CERT training serves as an introductory course in personal preparedness for common household emergencies, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, CERT neighborhood team organization, and disaster medical operations to support fire and emergency medical response. 

    To enroll in the course, you must first register for a FEMA Student Identification number online and for a State Emergency Response Team Training Resources and Activity Center profile here. Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams is a prerequisite course and can be taken online for free. 
     
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Emergency Response Team Program trains individuals to prepare for common household emergencies. The CERT Program offers training in basic skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With proper CERT training, you can help protect your family, neighbors and co-workers if a disaster occurs. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide, with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.

    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 Jan 2018 2:19 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Good morning,

     Early last year I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manatee County Fair.  I love County Fairs and the 4H and FFA aspect of the fair.  I am asking for your help.  Each year our Agriculture kids in 4H and FFA raise and show swine and steers.  The young people are our future and every one of them are quality citizens.  The past several years participation in the sale has dwindled.  At one time, the business owners and contractors we our biggest supporters.  That seems to be going away.

     Would you consider announcing to your membership to attend the sales this year and be an active buyer?  Here are some things we are doing to generate excitement. 

     

    The swine sale is January 13, 2018 at 1pm.

    The beef sale is January 20, 2018 at 1pm.

     We will have a Buyers Hospitality Tent this year.  It will open no later than noon each day to make the buyer feel special.  I will be at the tent to help anyone interested in how to bid and buy.  We will also have experienced CATTLEMEN available to help the buyers.

     I am trying to encourage potential buyers to purchase and share the meat with their employees.  Understand that the money raised through this sale is used by the youth for college and expenses they incur raising their livestock. 

     I look forward to seeing a lot of your members at the Fair and the Livestock Sale.  This is all for a good cause, the youth and future of our great county and country.

     Thanks

     John

    John R. Barnott

    Director, Building and Development Services

    Manatee County Government

    941-748-4501 x-3887

     

    Also visit us at our new North River Annex:

    Building and Development Services

    5030 US Highway 301 N

    Ellenton, FL 34222

    Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm


  • 09 Jan 2018 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Jan. 8, 2018) – Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
     
    Downtown Central Library, the only County library open on Mondays, will be closed for the holiday and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 16.
     
    Trash and recycling pickup schedules will continue as normal next week. Manatee County Area Transit and the Anna Maria Island Trolley will operate normal daily routes.
     
    Manatee County’s publicly owned natural preserves will remain open. 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 Monday, Jan. 15.

  • 26 Dec 2017 9:16 AM | Anonymous

     MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 22, 2016) – Ava Ehde, Manatee County's Library Services Manager since 2011, has been named interim director of Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department. The department includes Probation, Human, Veterans, Healthcare and Neighborhood services divisions and the Public Library System.

    Former Neighborhood Services Director Cheri Coryea was recently confirmed as a Deputy County Administrator by Manatee County Commissioners. 
     
    Under Ehde’s leadership, Manatee Libraries has expanded its educational and technological resources and programs at its six locations, with over 1.9 million customers annually using resources. Library usage has soared 85 percent in 10 years. Ongoing technological training and computer assistance continue to reach residents, and more than 62,000 patrons attended informational and educational programs this year. 

    Also during Ehde's tenure as manager of the library system, Manatee County won the Florida Library Association’s 2013 Library Innovation Award and the 2016 Library of the Year. Ehde received the association’s Librarian of the Year for 2017.  

    Ehde’s 21-year career has encompassed public, academic and special libraries, beginning with Niagara Falls Public Library as a history librarian. She also supervised reference services in a college library and served as an adjunct professor for SUNY Buffalo’s Library School. Ehde moved to Florida in 2002, first serving as a reference librarian at Downtown Central Library. Soon she was promoted to supervise the Island Branch Library. She became manager of the library system in 2011.
     
    Prior to her library career, Ehde worked many years in the Food and Beverage industry, owning her own restaurant at one point. She has since added elements of her private sector experience into library service, placing new emphasis on customer satisfaction, professional development, innovative programming and bold marketing/promotional efforts. 
     
    Kevin Beach, Library Operations Manager, described Ehde’s influence on Manatee Libraries as transformational. 
     
    “Ava has turned under-performing and outdated facilities into integral community centers by raising the awareness of the value of a modern library," Beach said. "She has energized the staff by engaging us in more outreach programs and partnerships and by adopting a proactive approach to helping identify the needs of the community." 
     
    Ehde hopes to bring a unique perspective to her role in Neighborhood Services, leading to new inter-departmental opportunities that will expand community reach.
     
    “I think that my unique perspective, paired with past director Cheri Coryea’s knowledge of the Neighborhood Services Department’s role will result in comprehensive interdepartmental programs,” said Ehde. “Community Services might be able to use the library’s research databases or book meeting room space to plan a program to build awareness about the opioid crisis, or Aging Services could promote awareness for the library’s Books by Mail program.”

    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 1:30 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    (Sarasota, FL) December 21, 2017 – Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has earned five stars from the Center for Medicaid Services (CMS.) CMS is the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that administers Medicare. Five stars is the highest rating a hospital can earn and only five hospitals in the state of Florida earned five stars. The overall star rating is based on 57 different quality measures including mortality, safety of care, patient experience and effectiveness of care.

     “This is an incredible achievement that puts us in a very elite group. Few hospitals achieve a five star rating and the credit goes to our dedicated team that is committed to safety, patient care and quality every day,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.

    Earlier this year, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota also earned an “A” safety rating from The Leapfrog Group.  Leapfrog assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals based on performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harmful conditions. Doctors Hospital has earned an “A” consistently since 2014.


  • 21 Dec 2017 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    Come join us at the Fair, January 11-21, 2018 for mini-classes in the Master Gardeners Educational Gardens.  Our landscaping/irrigation classes will be held at Rocky Bluff Library.  See the attached for the dates and times along with the nature walks at the County Preserves.

    PR Jan 2018 Classes.pdf

    View and register for our classes here: http://uf-ifas-extension-manatee.eventbrite.com

    Joann Larson
    University of Florida IFAS Extension
    Manatee County Government
    EMAIL: joann.larson@mymanatee.org
    COUNTY WEB: www.mymanatee.org
    UF WEB: http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu 


  • 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.

     


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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