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  • 05 May 2017 2:17 PM | Anonymous

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

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

    That input and the spending plan will be presented to the Manatee County Commissioners this summer. Following their approval, the full project plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to begin the implementation process.
     
    For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.


  • 02 May 2017 9:06 AM | Anonymous

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

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

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

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

    Conclusions and Recommendations

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

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

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

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


  • 02 May 2017 9:01 AM | Anonymous

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

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

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

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

    • Individual Supporters: Create a team at your yoga studio, gym, office, book club, house of worship, with friends and family!
    • Yoga Instructors: Encourage your studio or gym to create a team, and host a donation yoga class!
    • Yoga Studios, Gyms: Host a special fundraising class--choose a donation level, and build the team!
    • Local Communities: Create a team, and get local instructors, studios and gyms involved!
    • Not a yogi? Any exercise or participation for ALS works! Running, cycling, barre, rowing, walking--however you love to move! Happy hour for ALS, anyone?
    • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: Create a team fundraising page, and encourage participants to create a personal page to share with their network. Add an incentive (free class, gear, membership, etc.) for the top fundraiser.

    Join Now!

    Thank you for helping to make every pose matter!


  • 02 May 2017 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    Sarasota, Florida – April 27, 2017 – Grapevine Communications – the area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency – continues its momentum of growth with the addition of nine new clients to its diverse roster of local, regional and national companies.

    “As we celebrate our 15th year in Sarasota, we are proud to reflect on our history of blending creativity, custom strategies and hard work to achieve more for those who entrust us for effective solutions,” said Angela Massaro-Fain, Grapevine’s President and Founder. “Our reputation for delivering tangible results continues to attract clients from all over the professional spectrum who are ready to bring their business to the next level.”

    That the award-winning firm was hired by an eclectic assortment of businesses – from healthcare professionals and technology companies, to interior designers, County and City entities, and youth program organizers, among others – is a testament to Grapevine’s versatility in creative services. The work slated for the agency includes a significant emphasis on social media, digital strategies, web design, and SEO content creation and management, as well as branding, print and broadcast advertising, media planning and buying, and collateral marketing materials – among other special projects.

    “I feel very confident that we are in safe hands, and that Angela and her team will be instrumental in upping our game as we elevate North Port amidst the noise of competing communities. There have been a lot of successes in North Port in the past couple of years; we needed the professionals to help us share the good news,” said Ruth Buchanan, Economic Development Program Manager for the City of North Port.

    New Clients for Grapevine Include:

    ·        Dr. Lisa Johnson

    ·        MKID Interior Design

    ·        North Port EDC

    ·        Oak & Stone Restaurant

    ·        Penta5/PPi Technologies

    ·        RITE Technology

    ·        Sarasota Clerk of the Circuit Court

    ·        SkinSmart Dermatology

    ·        Youth & Family Services of America




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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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