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  • 03 Apr 2018 1:28 PM | Anonymous

          

    Punta Gorda, FL. - –On Wednesday, April 4th, at 5:00 pm the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships, will arrive in Punta Gorda.

    The ships will be docked at Fishermen’s Village, 1200 West Retta Esplande, until their departure early Monday morning April 16th.    

          Please call the ships’ phone at 787-672-2152 for travel updates as the ships travel to Punta Gorda or if you plan to see the ships arrive.

         The media are invited to a private viewing of the ships on Wednesday, April 4th once the ships are docked. The Nina was built by hand and without the use of power tools and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus Replica ever built.  The ‘Pinta’ was recently built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel.   Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

          While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6.50 for students 5 – 16.    Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary. 

          Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call  787 672 2152 or visit our website www.ninapinta.org,  click on ‘Take a Tour’  and fill out online form.   Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum.  Email ninapintatour@gmail.com 

    COLUMBUS  FOUNDATION, INC., BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, PH. 787-672-2152

    EMAIL  NINAPINTATOUR@GMAIL.COM


  • 03 Apr 2018 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Palmetto, Fla. --- This year, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Bug Week celebration arrives almost two months earlier than usual – March 30 to April 7 – and UF/IFAS Extension Manatee is buzzing with excitement about the theme – pollinators!

    It's common knowledge that honey bees pollinate flowers and help produce many important food crops, including such Florida mainstays as watermelon, squash, cucumber, blueberry and avocado. What isn't so well known is that other insects act as pollinators too – butterflies, moths, wasps, even ants and beetles!

    This year, Bug Week is raising public awareness about all of Florida’s pollinators. To see a few examples and learn what pollinators do, check out the Bug of the Day and Bug Word of the Day posts on Twitter and Facebook beginning Monday, April 2. Find them by searching for #UFBugs on Twitter and Facebook.

    If you've taken a bug photo, reach other bug enthusiasts statewide by using the hashtag #UFBugs when you post it on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account.

    Throughout Bug Week and the rest of the year, the faculty with UF/IFAS Extension - Manatee County are ready to answer bug-related questions from local residents. Whether you need help attracting pollinators to your property, want to identify an unfamiliar bug, or have to solve a pest problem around the house, there are science-based solutions available. Contact our office at 941-722-4524.

    Now in its sixth year, Bug Week is UF/IFAS’ annual outreach event celebrating entomology, the scientific study of insects and their close relatives. To learn more, visit http://bugs.ufl.edu.


  • 29 Mar 2018 9:42 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    VENICE, FL: Caldwell Trust Company has reached the milestone of $1 billion in assets according to R. G. “Kelly” Jr., CEO/president. “We’re pleased to report that we’ve achieved this goal in the same year we’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary,” he said. “Our history has been one of steady, controlled growth since our founding in 1993.”

    In the first ten years the company’s assets under care grew from 0 to $200 million. The number more than tripled over the next ten years, reaching almost $700 million by the 20th anniversary in 2013. The staff also increased but not at the same pace, expanding from 5 at the beginning to the current level of 34.

    Kelly Caldwell credits much of the company’s success to the philosophy espoused by his father, Roland G. Kelly, and the founding team. They established our key principles, that the company would provide its services in a manner that would be personal, traditional, and independent. I’m proud to say we’ve never wavered from that commitment,” he said.

    Another important factor has been proprietary software, created at the company’s inception and continually enhanced. It’s not by coincidence that many staffers are IT professionals.

    Kelly also credits the company’s success to low turnover. “Dad always told me, ‘Turnover kills.’ He was absolutely right. In a business this personal, you can’t afford to lose people and their client relationships—and we don’t. It’s gratifying to know that many of our first customers are still with us, along with their children and grandchildren,” he said.

    “We have always treated our staff as well as our clients like family,” he said. As a result, some staffers have been with Caldwell Trust Company since the beginning and many have notched 15 or 20 years as employees. “Our clients know that they can depend on having a stable, ongoing relationship with their chosen trust officer now and into the future.”

    The company’s employees are dedicated to the family-oriented culture and strong ethic of corporate citizenship. Caldwell Trust Company has donated over $1 million to local organizations; its employees also donate their time to serve on boards and committees of chosen area charities. This philosophy has been recognized with a number of prestigious honors including the “Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business of the Year” and “Professional Services Business of the Year,” both from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce in 2017; and “Large Business of the Year,” awarded by the Venice Area Venice Chamber of Commerce, 2014.

    The success of Caldwell Trust Company has been visible even to passersby. The company began providing services in 1993, tucked away on the second floor of a bank building in Venice. In 2009 it added offices in an attractive street-front building at 1561 Main Street, Sarasota. As the need for more space became obvious, in 2013 Caldwell constructed a new, 11,500-square-foot headquarters facility at 1400 Center Road in Venice—a signature facility that is built to withstand a category 5 hurricane.

    Caldwell Trust Company had its roots in the 1970s when Roland formed Caldwell & Co., an advisory firm specializing in investment guidance for the trust industry. He watched with dismay as area banks and trust departments merged with other banks or moved away, usually causing upheavals for clients. He decided to form a new trust company that would remain independent—refusing even to sell products. Kelly, then a recent high honors engineering graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, joined Roland. In late 1992 they assembled a small team of respected associates to prepare a charter application for Caldwell Trust Company. “We worked through most of 1993 to get our charter,” Kelly Caldwell said. “We received it on November 1, 1993 and had our first customer the next day. We were one of the few independent trust companies in the state. Twenty-five years later, we still are. And we intend to remain that way.”

    Caldwell Trust Company offers a full range of fiduciary services to individuals including services as trustee, custodian, investment adviser, financial manager, and personal representative. Additionally, Caldwell manages 401(k) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans for employers. For more information, call 941.493.3600, visit ctrust.com, or email info@ctrust.com.


  • 28 Mar 2018 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 28, 2018) – Manatee County has one vacancy for a representative of the business community to serve 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 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 April 13 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.


  • 27 Mar 2018 11:55 AM | Anonymous

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

    ·           solve local problems,

    ·           provide educational opportunities,

    ·           promote economic enhancement and development, and

    ·           improve the quality of life for our citizens.

    REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are held at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto, Florida 34221.  Minimum workshop size is required; workshop size is limited.  Please register in advance online via our website at http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu (click on Calendar of Events located on right side) or call 941-722-4524 for all workshops

    PR April 2018 Classes.pdf

  • 27 Mar 2018 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    Police, fire, Public Safety officials will begin the exercise with morning convoy from Public Safety Center to Duette Fire Department 
     

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 27, 2018) – Emergency officials and first responders from around Manatee County will take part in a convoy from central Manatee County to Duette next week to kick off a tornado drill being held two months before the start of Hurricane Season. 

    Manatee County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office, Public Works, 911/ECC, Fire Chiefs' Association, All-Hazard Incident Management Team, Florida Power & Light, Peace River Electric Coop and the fire departments from Parrish, Longboat key Fire Department and Duette are expected to take part in the exercise. 

    The exercise will mimic a tornado that struck early morning hours of Tuesday, April 3 in the town of Mosaic in northeast Manatee County. The exercise will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    The convoy of emergency vehicles will depart Manatee County Public Works building at 1022 26th Ave E, Bradenton at 8:30 a.m. and travel to Duette Fire Rescue at 35800 State Road 62 East, Duette. The field exercise will be conducted at the Duette Fire Department and in Duette Preserve.

    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.


  • 26 Mar 2018 3:46 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The new emergency room is open 24/7 and provides care for patients of all ages, with all types of illnesses and injuries. The facility has on-site diagnostic services including CAT scan, ultrasound, X-ray and laboratory services, and holds the same national certifications as Doctors Hospital of Sarasota’s main campus ER. The ER is on State Road 70 in Lakewood Ranch, just east of I-75.



  • 20 Mar 2018 10:33 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 20, 2018) – Manatee County will host a public Business Recovery Expo next month to share information with local business owners on how to prepare for this year's Hurricane Season and natural disasters. 

    The expo, "We survived Hurricane Irma in 2017 - Are you ready in 2018?," is free and open to the public. It will be held Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd, Palmetto. The event is organized by Manatee County Economic Development, a division of the Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity department.

    “The goal of the Business Recovery Expo is to engage local businesses and to bring attention to the process of having a plan and being prepared.” said Karen Stewart, County Economic Development Official.  “Disasters come in all forms, shapes and sizes – not just bad weather, preparation is key.”


    Over 40% of businesses never reopen after a disaster!  Be in the 60%!

    The Expo will feature exhibits from local disaster recovery businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as workshop speakers from the National Weather Service and Florida Power & Light, and lessons learned from the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center. 

    Manatee County resource partners assisting with the event include CareerSource Suncoast, Small Business Development Center, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, Manatee County Black Chamber of Commerce and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    For more information, call Bruno Kapacinskas at (941) 749-3029 ext. 6218 or email him at bruno.kapacinskas@mymanatee.org


    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.

     


  • 20 Mar 2018 8:28 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    VENICE, FL: Caldwell Trust Company has been honored with an ADDY by AdFed Suncoast, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, for excellence in advertising. The company won a Silver Addy for its full-page print advertisement (attached) headlined “Let’s Talk About Your Tomorrows Today.” Sheryl Vieira, Caldwell’s vice president of marketing and public relations, was art director for the ad and created the concept, which was implemented with graphic design by Troy Haggard of HQ Designs, LLC.

    “Our goal was to create a campaign that conveys the significance of what we do at Caldwell Trust Company and to do it in a warm, welcoming manner. We wanted to tell potential clients about the trust services we deliver with a highly personal, one-on-one approach. That’s important to us, to our clients, and to our potential clients. With this ad we’ve been able to do it in one simple, easy-on-the-eyes concept,” Sheryl Vieira said.

    Sheryl is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and Florida Bankers Association. She was appointed as a member of the RESIDENCE International Marketing Advisory Committee representing this region of the United States. She has received The President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in conjunction with the National & Community Service and USA Freedom Corps. She was a member of the Young Professionals of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and was also a member of the Junior League of Sarasota.

    To contact Sheryl Vieira, email sheryl@ctrust.com or call 941.493-3600. To learn more about Caldwell Trust Company, call 1.800.338.9476 (toll-free), 941.493.3600 (Venice) or 941.926.9336 (Sarasota); email info@ctrust.com or visit www.ctrust.com.

     Caldwell Trust Company is an independent trust company with offices in Venice and Sarasota, Florida. Established in 1993, the firm currently manages a billion dollars in assets for clients throughout the United States. The company offers a full range of fiduciary services to individuals including services as trustee, custodian, investment adviser, financial manager and personal representative. Additionally, Caldwell manages 401(k) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans for employers.


  • 19 Mar 2018 8:49 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Lakewood Ranch, FL—Lee Wetherington Homes marched smartly to the winners’ table numerous times at the 2018 Parade of Homes Awards Gala, held at the Hyatt Sarasota on March 1. The awards demonstrated once again why Builder magazine named the company “America’s Best Builder”: three “Best Overall” awards, additional acclaim for the fourth submission, and two top prizes for LeeSure Water Pools, its pool company.

    Company founder Lee Wetherington led the march to the winners’ table for the first of the awards. Gregg Carlson, CEO of Lee Wetherington Homes, is adding them to the company’s 300+ Parade of Homes plaques that attest to over four decades of excellence in home building. The Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association  sponsors the annual competition, choosing judges among industry professionals who travel from outside the area to avoid bias. “That makes the awards even more meaningful, knowing we’ve been selected by some of the toughest judges available,” Carlson said. 

    The four luxury homes entered by Lee Wetherington Homes are all in prestigious communities. The three “Best Overall” winners are in Lakewood Ranch, one in The Lake Club, an amenities-rich community with acclaimed golf course and spectacular 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, and two in the water-oriented community of LakeHouse Cove at Waterside, where water taxis will shuttle residents to the new Lakewood Ranch Town Center.

    Lee Wetherington Homes exemplify “The Lee Wetherington Difference”: unique architectural details, cornices, niches, disappearing corners, flowing design, and so much more. Since its founding over 40 years ago, this luxury home builder has brought high quality and innovative design to over 4,000 homes. The company currently offers exquisite residences in The Concession; The Founders Club; The Islands on the Manatee River; and the Lakewood Ranch communities of Country Club East, The Lake Club, and LakeHouse Cove. Each of these communities offers exceptional amenities, typically including a country club lifestyle with golf, a clubhouse, tennis, swimming and other options, and sometimes a private boat dock as well.

     

    To learn more about Lee Wetherington Homes, visit www.LWHomes.com, call 941.922.3480, or mail info@LWHomes.com.


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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