Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers this weekend.
Drunk drivers beware: The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI patrol Friday night, May 17, in Manatee County. The FHP's "DUI Wolfpack Detail" will take place from 7 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Saturday, officials said. Troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office conducted its own DUI patrol last weekend, resulting in three arrests and 31 citations. Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Heading to the beach? Be mindful of sea turtle nesting season, which is May 1 through Oct. 31.
Heading to the beach anytime soon? You'll want to watch out for sea turtles. The sea turtle nesting season began Wendesday, May 1, in Florida. There usually can be up to 120 nests made along beaches in the Tampa Bay area, with each nest having up to 110 eggs, according to experts at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Because hatchlings find their way to the water following natural light reflected onto the water, residents and businesses near the beach should make sure to shut off or dim lights at night through Oct. 31. This can reduce the amount of artificial light and help the newly hatched turtles safely reach the water. Related coverage: Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau says Manatee County saw an increase in visitors, expenditures, economic impact and employment as a result of tourism last year.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was looking for these absconded sexual offenders as of May 1. Do you recognize any of them?
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released a list of absconded sexual offenders it was searching for as of May 1. See the attached PDF for a full list and details. Related Coverage Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is looking for these absconded sexual
offenders, as of April 17.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released a list of absconded sexual offenders it is searching for. See the attached PDF for a full list and details. Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Businesses enjoyed a 'record-breaking tourism season' in January, according to the state.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A Mote Marine Laboratory study of the cleaning agent Corexit 9500 showed that the cleaning agent in BP oil spill disaster also caused great harm to coral.
A new report from Mote Marine Laboratory released Wednesday shows that cleanup efforts from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster could be causing a real threat to fragile coral reefs. The study focused on studying coral larvae and how a dispersant designed to cling to oil slicks and diffuse them, preventing them from reaching shores could actually be just as toxic as the oil. The findings are published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE. The 2010 BP disaster spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and responders used these dispersants, one called Corexit 9500, to prevent the oil from reaching beaches. "Overall, these findings indicate that exposure of coral larvae to the dispersant Corexit 9500 is toxic …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Savings in medical insurance, success in saving money and national recognition for programs prompt commissioners to ask county administrator to reconsider retirement.
Big successes last year prompted the new chairman of the Manatee County Board of Commissioners to ask Ed Hunzeker, the county's administrator, to reconsider his retirement next year and negotiate a new contract with the county. Hunzeker was clearly taken off guard by the suggestion and by the commissioner's overwhelming support for the idea and the glowing comments from the board. Hunzeker, who earns nearly $170,000 a year, would likely get a pay raise to offset the money he would lose by leaving the drop program. "I'm honored," he told commissioners, the emotion evident in his voice. "I will be happy to talk to Commissioner Bustle." Hunzeker, 65, said that while he was planning to spend more time with his grandchildren, he realized that …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
A new home decor store Plants and Treasures will open in Sarasota on Saturday.
This Saturday, a new store is opening up by the airport that is unlike anything else in town. While there may be other retail establishments that offer home décor items and live plants, the owner of Plants and Treasures says his store will fulfill a specific need in the Sarasota/Manatee market. “The reaction of people here will be one of shock, because I will have the best florist-quality plants at the best prices,” Mike Bonk said. “I’m going to knock their socks off with the prices.” Plants and Treasures, 7942 N. Tamiami Trail, will hold its grand opening at 9 a.m Saturday. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Bonk said that the way he is able to keep the costs so low on the live plants…
Friday, September 28, 2012
The lower fees are thanks, in part, to a rebounding construction industry throughout Manatee.
As building activity is on the rise and the county has become more efficient in handling permits and inspections, the cost of doing business with Manatee County is about to go down. Manatee County Commissioners Tuesday unanimously lowered county permitting fees 6 percent. The lower fees will go into effect Monday. The lower fees were originally presented in the County Administrator's proposed budget in May and stayed in the budget thanks, in part, to a rebounding construction industry throughout Manatee. “Construction activity in our county is recovering. Residential building permit activity in Manatee County is as strong as in any county in the state,” County Administrator Ed Hunzeker says. “This means revenue from permit fees has …