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  • 13 Apr 2018 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 13, 2018) – Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) will offer free service on Friday, April 20, as part of Try Transit Day, a regional campaign to promote public transit throughout the area.
     
    MCAT will offer free fixed route rides throughout the service day, from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Route 99 service into Sarasota and the Skyway ConneXion limited stop, express service to Pinellas County. The promotion is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s public awareness campaign to encourage commuters to consider alternative modes of transportation, especially for work commutes, which typically involve one vehicle transporting only one person.

    Transit Manager Bill Steele said Try Transit Day is a great way to highlight the benefits public transportation offers riders, including saving money on fuel, improving the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions and additional productive time on the commute to and from work.

    “Each year Try Transit Day is one of our most popular promotions,” Steele said. “Public transit benefits the environment and it cuts down on vehicular traffic in our county. Regular transit use allows passengers to save fuel costs, auto insurance and maintenance expense, and relieve the stress from bumper to bumper traffic.”

    Manatee County transit routes are now a part of Google Transit Maps, making route information available on all computers and smart phones with an Internet connection.

    MCAT serves Bradenton, Ellenton, Palmetto, Rubonia and the gulf beach communities. Fixed route buses run 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Fares are $1.50 each way and a Daily Unlimited Ride bus pass is only $4. Passengers may pay using U.S. coins and currency, M-Card, or R-Card transit passes.

    For information on MCAT routes and schedules visit http://www.mymanatee.org/mcat or call (941) 747-8621. To register for more information on car pools, transit, biking, walking and running as alternatives, visit www.commuterservicesFL.com 
     
    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.


  • 12 Apr 2018 8:41 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    NAPLES, FL. – Conditioned Air Company of Naples announced it has earned the Dave Lennox Award from Lennox Industries for the fourth year. The Dave Lennox Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the international heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer recognizing the top 25 dealers in the United States and Canada.

    “We are honored to once again receive the Dave Lennox Award,” said Tim Dupre, President and COO for Conditioned Air. “This award recognizes our firm’s commitment to honesty, integrity and respect in providing the highest possible standard of service.”

    Lennox Industries is a worldwide leader in home comfort and markets its air conditioning and heating products through a network of over 7,000 dealers throughout North America.

    Based in Naples, Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with more than 345 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com.


  • 10 Apr 2018 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 10, 2018) – A downtown Earth Day expo and Manatee Libraries' popular Recycled Fashion Show highlight environment-friendly activities this April hosted by Manatee County, Florida's first platinum-certified green government. 

    Most activities will take place in the days leading up to Earth Day, April 22. On Friday, April 20, the County Administration Building at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., will host an Earth Day expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Guest speakers, information booths and local sustainability experts at the celebration will offer information and giveaways under the theme for Earth Day 2018, End Plastic Pollution. 

    "The message around this year's Earth Day celebration is essentially ending one-time use plastics," said Michelle Powers, Manatee's Energy and Sustainability Coordinator. "It's mostly going to be about letting people know the about the sustainable options within our community, helping them understand the life cycle of waste and moving from a disposable mindset to one more focused on sustainability."  
     
    The expo features speakers from the UF IFAS Extension Office and WastePro Recycling Services. The celebration will highlight many of the County's Green Team efforts on energy-efficient practices and projects that garnered Manatee County recognition as Florida's first platinum-certified green county government. Manatee County Commissioners have adopted proclamations naming April as Water Conservation Month and the week of April 8 - 14 as National Library Week, and representatives from the County's Water Conservation team and Public Libraries will attend the expo to offer information and goodies. 

    In addition to the Earth Day expo, the following events are planned a
    round Earth Day: 

    • April 20 is also Manatee County Area Transit's annual Try Transit Day, when MCAT will offer free rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Route 99 riders going into Sarasota. The promotion is part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s campaign to get commuters to consider alternative transportation, especially for work commutes. 
       
    • The day after the Earth Day celebration, Manatee County Public Libraries hosts the award-winning Recycled Dreams Fashion Show, where teen contestants make original fashions using recycled or repurposed materials and present their creation on the runway. A panel of judges will select a winner based on creativity, presentation and use of recycled materials. Prizes are awarded for First, Second and Third place, along with two honorable mentions. Aspiring designers ages 13-19 can register for the Fashion Show through April 17. 
       
    • Several Manatee County experts will serve as panelists during the 2018 Environmental Summit taking place at New College of Florida from April 25-27.

    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.


  • 10 Apr 2018 9:21 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FLORIDA– Citadel Communications, LLC, owners of WSNN-TV, the Suncoast News Network, announces Charles Cusimano has been elevated to Vice President & General Manager at WSNN.

    “Charlie has been a key part of our success, and we were thrilled to promote him to this important position,” said Philip Lombardo, President of Citadel Communications.

    Cusimano joined WSNN, in 2015 as General Sales Manager and was promoted to Station Manager in 2016. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as a Marketing Consultant at WWSB ABC 7.  He has more than 35 years of experience in television sales, much of it in sales management, including 13 years at WVNY in Burlington, VT, where he first worked for Citadel Communications.

    A native of Brooklyn, NY, Cusimano is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY. He lives in Sarasota with Mary, his wife of 42 years. They have two grown sons who are in the music business in Southern California.

    Cusimano says, “I’m excited to be part of the continuous growth at WSNN and honored to be chosen to the station to future success.”

    WSNN is a part of the Citadel Communications family which also includes ABC affiliates WLNE, Providence, RI and KLKN, Lincoln, NE.

    For more information and media inquiries, please contact Kelby Miller at kelby.miller@snntv.com or (941) 361-4651.


  • 06 Apr 2018 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 6, 2018) – What do you want Manatee County to look like in 2038? That’s the question Manatee County Government is asking residents through a visioning project focused on infrastructure, quality of life, economics and housing.

    This visioning project, titled “Back to the Future,” highlights what the County looked like in 1998, how we have progressed to what we have now in 2018, and predicts the future of the County in 2038.
     
    “It is imperative to begin planning for the future today,” said Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker. “This is the opportunity for residents to voice their opinion on key issues that affect our area and for us as county government to listen.”
     
    “Our goal is to eliminate as many barriers to participate as possible," said Simone Peterson, Neighborhood Services Specialist. "We want Manatee County to continue being a great place to live, work, and play, but we need participation from our residents.”

    In addition to neighborhood/organization-specific presentations, seven public sessions are scheduled to accommodate residents. Peterson said each session will give visitors a glimpse of future community needs, along with a chance to prioritize  them.  The workshops will be held at the following locations and dates: 

    • Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto on May 5 from 1 – 3 p.m.
    • South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. West, Bradenton on May 22 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
    • Downtown Central Library1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West, Bradenton on June 11 from 6 – 8 p.m.
    • Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. East, Bradenton on June 19 from 1 – 3 p.m.
    • Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. Highway 301 N., Ellenton, on June 20 from 6  – 8 p.m.
    • Palmetto Library, 923 6th St. West, Palmetto on June 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. 
    • Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach on July 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

    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.


  • 05 Apr 2018 1:49 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    WHAT:   Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association will hold their annual championships at Nathan Benderson Park this weekend. All teams will compete with other mixed division teams. FIRA is the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association and is the governing body of collegiate rowing in the state of Florida

    For more information visit www.firarowing.org

    WHEN: 

     Friday, April 6th

    Friday times: 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

    Saturday, April 7th

    Saturday times: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

    WHERE:      

    Nathan Benderson Park

    5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
    Sarasota, Florida 34235

    WHO:                    

    Teams competing:

                                  Emory   

                                  Palm Beach Atlantic University

                                  Barry

                                  University of Florida

                                  Jacksonville University       

                                  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University             

                                  Nova     

                                  Miami    

                                  Southern Methodist University

                                  Tampa

                                  Clemson

                                  FIT

                                  Florida State University

                                  Rollins

                                  Stetson

                                  Tulsa

                                  University of South Florida 

                                  University of North Carolina

    MEDIA                 

    CONTACT :

    Amanda Capone

    SANCA at Nathan Benderson Park

    T: 941-358-7275

    Amanda@Sanca.us



  • 05 Apr 2018 11:08 AM | Anonymous


    MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 5, 2018) – Manatee County has an opening for a citizen member on the 2018 Value Adjustment Board which hears appeals regarding denied property tax exemptions, petitions relating to assessments, and appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals. 

    The VAB appoints special magistrates to hear petitions relating to:

    · assessments filed pursuant to Section 194.011(3), F.S.;

    · complaints relating to homestead exemptions as provided under Section 196.151, F.S.;

    · appeals from exemptions denied, or disputes arising from exemptions granted, upon the filing of exemption applications under Section 196.011, F.S.; and

    · appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals and classifications.

    After the special magistrate hearings, the VAB meets to consider and act upon the recommended decisions of the magistrates.

    Applicants must own homestead property within Manatee County; and must not be a member or employee of any taxing authority in this state, or represent property owners, property appraisers, tax collectors, or taxing authorities in any administrative or judicial review of property taxes.

    The Board meets at least twice a year in the first floor Chambers of Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton.

    Applications are due May 4 and may be found online at www.mymanatee.org/advisory_boards

    For more information, call Vicki Tessmer at (941) 741-4018, or e-mail her at Vicki.Tessmer@manateeclerk.com.

    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.


     


  • 04 Apr 2018 9:24 AM | Anonymous

    April 4nd, 2018 – SouthTech, a provider of managed technology solutions, has achieved Gold-tier status in the Dell EMC Partner Program. To achieve this high standing, partners must complete specialized training , along with other business requirements, which ensures they are able to meet their client’s needs with efficiency and expertise. This is not the only accomplishment the firm has been awarded in 2018; SouthTech is also proud to announce their continued status as a Microsoft Gold Partner and a VMware Enterprise Solution Provider.

    These three accomplishments together designate SouthTech to be one of the most highly-trained and knowledgeable technology solutions providers in southwest Florida. "Keeping our client care team up-to-speed with the fast-paced evolution of technology has always been a priority for SouthTech," shares Paul Hoffman, the President and CEO of SouthTech, "and to my knowledge, no other managed service provider in southwest Florida has attained this level of accomplishment."    

    About SouthTech
    Since 1994, SouthTech has been southwest Florida’s premier provider of professional and managed technology solutions. Their highly experienced team of certified experts are results driven and dedicated to delivering the highest level of service from a complete suite of IT solutions, including managed services, cloud and hosting solutions, unified communications, advanced computer networks and data security. We become our clients’ trusted IT Navigators by using a highly strategic approach that aligns technology to their desired business goals.

    For more information about SouthTech, please contact:

    Lauren Selle
    Marketing Coordinator
    lselle@southtech.com
    941-953-7455 ext. 315


  • 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.


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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