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Manatee County Proposes Impact Fee Increase
02/23/2024
The Manatee Board of County Commissioners has approved a motion to the increase the assessment of impact fees a total of 50 percent over the next four years—the maximum increase supported by Florida Statute.
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Powel Crosley Estate’s Annual Open House
02/22/2024
The Powel Crosley Estate Foundation and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are pleased to invite the public for free tours of the historic Powel Crosley Estate during a two-day open house event on March 5 and 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Presidents' Day Closings & Schedule Changes
02/16/2024
Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, February 19, to commemorate Presidents’ Day, and trash, recycling and yard waste collections during that week will be postponed one day.
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BOCC Funds Community Initiatives
02/15/2024
The Manatee Board of County Commissioners is continuing its funding of important initiatives across the county, including affordable housing, public safety, recreation and support services.
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Lorraine Road Improvements Public Meeting
02/15/2024
A Public Information Meeting for the upcoming improvements to Lorraine Road (from S.R. 64 to 59th Avenue East) will be held Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the FDOT Manatee Operations Center.
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Veteran’s Memorial Park Planned
02/14/2024
The Manatee Board of County Commissioners has approved funding for the initial plans and design work to establish a Memorial Park to salute Veterans on a 24-acre piece of County-owned property at 5431 Buckeye Road in Palmetto.
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School Zone Speed Cameras Coming to Manatee County
02/13/2024
Manatee Board of County Commissioners has approved the installation of School Zone Speed Cameras throughout the county.
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Manatee County to Dedicate Roberto Clemente Way
02/13/2024
The Manatee Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has unanimously proclaimed that the Manatee County-owned section of 27th Street East shall be named “Roberto Clemente Memorial Way.”
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Manatee County Animal Services Offering Fee-Waived Adoptions for “One & Only” Pets Starting Valentine's Day
02/12/2024
Manatee County Animal Services is running a "One & Only" special promotion starting on Valentine’s Day where adoption fees will be waived for the pets in our adoption centers who prefer to be your special only pet.
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Ferry Service Adds New Bridge Street Pier Stop
02/05/2024
The Gulf Islands Ferry will expand service to the historic Bridge Street pier in the City of Bradenton Beach starting Friday, February 9, barring any inclement weather.
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DeLeon to Receive MBCC Award
02/01/2024
Manatee County Neighborhood Connections Division Manager Debbie DeLeon has been selected to receive the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce President's Award for her commitment to community service.
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Adoption Event Reimagines Reality Show
01/31/2024
Inspired by the drama and excitement of the dating show The Bachelor, the "Barkelor" Dog Adoption Event at Rocky Bluff Library on Saturday, February 10, will give attendees the chance to meet the most eligible dogs from Manatee County Animal Welfare.
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2024 Manatee Neighborhood Summit
01/30/2024
Network with neighborhood leaders, volunteers and community partners at the upcoming 2024 Neighborhood Summit, Friday, February 23, hosted by our Neighborhood Connections team.
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Rubonia Resilience Summit Held
01/26/2024
Community leaders, pastors and concerned citizens gathered Wednesday night (January 24, 2024) at the Bible Baptist Church of Palmetto to talk about ways to support this historic—and historically flood prone—community.
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Library Advisory Board Applications Reopened
01/26/2024
Manatee County is accepting applications for five seats on the expanded Manatee County Library Advisory Board through February 16, 2024.
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Manatee County Projects Move Forward
01/25/2024
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners is continuing their funding of important initiatives across the county, including Public Safety, Recreation and Support Services.
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ECC Achieves Third Triple ACE Accreditation
01/25/2024
For the third time in a row, Manatee County Public Safety’s Emergency Communications Center has obtained the unprecedented achievement of the coveted Triple ACE Accreditation from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.
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Manatee County Water Quality Improving
01/24/2024
During this week's regular Manatee County Board of County Commissioners meeting, Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker explained several ways that the County is working proactively to protect water quality.
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Manatee County Honors Employee of the Year
01/23/2024
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners has named Paul Panik as the Employee of the Year for 2023.
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Florida Panther Sighting in Manatee Preserve
01/20/2024
Manatee County’s efforts to preserve and maintain natural habitat are drawing attention from environmentalists and from the native species these preserves are trying to protect after the recent game-cam sightings of a male panther moving through the County’s Duette Preserve.
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Manatee County Continues Commitment to Recreation
01/19/2024
Manatee County is continuing to fund upgrades and enhancements to its world-class recreational amenities, creating enhanced leisure opportunities for residents and visitors.
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Public Meeting for Fort Hamer Road PD&E Study
01/19/2024
Manatee County invites you to an Alternatives Public Information Meeting for the Fort Hamer Road Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study (CIP Numbers 6054767 & 6054768) from Upper Manatee River Road to US 301.
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Manatee County to Break Ground on ADA-Accessible Playground
01/17/2024
Manatee County is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on January 30 for the first accessible playground in the county.
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Manatee County Upgrades Water Filtration
01/16/2024
Crews at the County’s water treatment facility are completing work on an innovative new filter system as part of the Lake Manatee Ultrafiltration Upgrade Project.
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Convention Center Expansion Construction Advances
01/16/2024
The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is underway with a $48 million renovation and expansion of the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
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SHIP Housing Rehab/Replacement Applications
01/16/2024
Manatee County low and very low-income Special Needs Homeowners can apply for financial help for housing rehabilitation and replacement assistance through February 2, 2024.
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Manatee County to Receive 2024 Audrey Nelson Award
01/12/2024
By helping Turning Points provide free dental care through the use of Community Development Block Grant funding, Manatee County will receive the 2024 Audrey Nelson Award at the NCDA’s winter conference on Friday, February 2, in Washington, DC.
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Manatee County Offices Closed on MLK Day
01/12/2024
Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, January 15, 2024, to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Manatee County Funds Trail System
01/10/2024
The BOCC approved $2.1 million to be added to the design and construction budget for segments of Manatee County’s Gateway Greenway Multipurpose Trail system, a vital component of the multi-county, non-motorized Gulf Coast Trail, stretching from Hernando County to Collier County.
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Manatee County Names Director of Utilities
01/10/2024
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners has unanimously approved Patrick Shea as Director of the Utilities Department.
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Planning Commission Notice
01/10/2024
As a quorum will not be met for the Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2024, all agenda items are scheduled to be addressed during a special meeting on January 26, 2024, at 9 a.m. by the Planning Commission.
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Manatee County Reopening Wednesday
01/09/2024
Following a fast-moving winter storm passing through Manatee County, the County will reopen for business as normal Wednesday, January 10, at 8 a.m.
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Manatee County Suspends Services & Cancels Programming for Remainder of Day
01/09/2024
Due to the winter storm system (and the current Tornado Watch in effect) Manatee County has closed for the remainder of the day (Tuesday, January 9). This means that all county services and programming for the remainder of the day are canceled.
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Manatee County Declares State of Emergency
01/09/2024
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has declared a local state of emergency in advance of forecasted severe weather this afternoon.
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Citizens Oversight Committee Applications Open
01/05/2024
Citizens can apply to be considered for one of four openings on the advisory committee on Infrastructure Sales Tax until February 9, 2024.
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Lakewood Ranch Library Grand Opening January 12
01/03/2024
Manatee County is putting the finishing touches on the new Lakewood Ranch Library, located at 16410 Rangeland Parkway, which will officially open to the public immediately following a ribbon-cutting ceremony January 12 at 10 a.m.
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Manatee County Helps Grow Community Garden
01/02/2024
The Elwood Park Community Garden is opening after a small ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, January 13, at 10 a.m.
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2024 Manatee County Wall Calendars Now Available
12/21/2023
This year's theme, Manatee County Masterpieces, features paintings, drawings, mixed media and photography work from a variety of local artists.
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Planning Commission Seat Openings
12/19/2023
Manatee County is accepting applications for two seats on the Planning Commission, a citizen’s advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on land-use items.
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44th Avenue East Set to Fly Over I-75
12/18/2023
The highly anticipated last link of the 44th Avenue East project is now officially underway, following a groundbreaking earlier this morning.
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Rahn to Chair Manatee County Board in 2024
12/12/2023
Commissioner Mike Rahn (District 4) has been selected as the 2024 Chair of the Manatee Board of County Commissioners.
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Crooked River Ranch Property Acquisition
12/12/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of Crooked River Ranch, 68 acres of property along the Manatee River for preservation and future recreation.
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Light Up Manatee Begins Brightening Neighborhoods
12/11/2023
Manatee County is rolling out the Light Up Manatee initiative, a public-private partnership which will work in communities across the county to help brighten roadways, streets and pedestrian paths with state-of-the-art LED lighting.
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MCAW Dogs Taking Field Trip to the Park
11/29/2023
Some of Manatee County Animal Welfare's dogs are getting a special treat. On Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will have a day out at GT Bray's Laurie Crawford Dog Park.
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Manatee County Opening Gopher Tortoise Resort
11/28/2023
Beginning December 1, in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the County’s Natural Resources Department is opening a Gopher Tortoise Long-Term Recipient Site at Duette Preserve.
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MCAT Route Changes Coming in December
11/27/2023
Manatee County Area Transit will make several changes to its fixed-route bus service beginning Saturday, December 2, 2023, which will enhance transit service along several important corridors and provide more appealing transportation options for commuters in Manatee County.
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Public Library Advisory Board Applications Open
11/27/2023
Manatee County is accepting applications for five seats on the expanded Manatee County Library Advisory Board.
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Non-Profit Funding Applications Open December 6
11/21/2023
The 2024/25 application period for non-profit agencies interested in applying for human resources grants to assist Manatee residents will be open from December 6, 2023, to January 24, 2024.
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Water Ferry Inaugural Preview Cruise
11/20/2023
Local leaders and media took off on the maiden voyage of the Miss Anna Maria and Downtown Duchess—two 50-foot open air catamarans that make up the Gulf Islands Ferry Service—earlier this afternoon, after a blessing of the fleet.
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A Night Before Christmas
11/19/2023
Santa and Mrs. Claus are coming! Get ready for a joy-filled holiday event that also includes bounce houses, petting zoo and train rides: Friday, December 8, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at G.T. Bray Park, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton.
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WWII Veterans Now Eligible for VA Health Care
11/17/2023
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that all World War II Veterans are now eligible for no-cost VA inpatient and outpatient health care.
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Manatee County Water Conservation Order
11/17/2023
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board has issued a Phase I Water Shortage order to conserve water effective November 21, 2023, until July 1, 2024, for Manatee County and many other Gulf Coast counties.
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Manatee County Proposes Increased Impact Fees
11/15/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a motion to begin charging 100% of applicable impact fees.
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Animal Welfare Waiving Adoption Fees
11/14/2023
Manatee County Animal Welfare is waiving fees, starting today, to help free up some space at both the Palmetto and Bishop Animal Shelters.
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Manatee County Makes Welcoming Statement
11/13/2023
A new “Welcome to Manatee County” custom-created 6’x22’ fabricated aluminum sign with LED illumination—near the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport along the 8400 block of N. Tamiami Trail (US 41)—was unveiled today.
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Story Book Trail to Open in Lincoln Park
11/08/2023
Manatee County families will have a new way to help their children’s love of reading grow through the brand-new Story Book Trail at Lincoln Park, opening November 16.
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Manatee County Celebrates Veterans Day
11/02/2023
Programs honoring Veterans that will be celebrated the Week of November 6 include parades, ceremonies and musical performances.
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New Buffalo Creek Sports Fields Grand Opening
11/02/2023
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Manatee County’s new soccer fields at Buffalo Creek Park (Palmetto) will be held Tuesday, November 7, at 5:45 p.m., followed by a scrimmage.
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More Lanes Opening Along 44th Avenue East
11/01/2023
The full four-lane section of 44th Avenue East will be open from 45th Street East to approximately 62nd Street East by Friday, November 3, 2023.
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AMI Bridge Water Main Repairs Scheduled
10/26/2023
Work to install permanent pipe supports for a water main along the Manatee Avenue Bridge over Anna Maria Sound will require periodic lane closures and periods of one-way traffic on Wednesday, November 1.
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Manatee County Names New Directors
10/24/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners confirmed the appointment of two new leaders: Nicole Knapp as Director of Development Services, and Lee dePalo as Director of Community and Veterans Services.
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Administration Building to Reopen Tuesday
10/23/2023
Due to ongoing repairs of a water main break, the Manatee County Administration Building, located at 1112 Manatee Avenue W. in Bradenton, will remain closed today but will reopen tomorrow at 8 a.m.
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CSAB Seeking Child Advocate Member
10/19/2023
Manatee County is accepting applications for a child advocate on the Children’s Services Advisory Board (CSAB) to serve the remainder of a three-year term which will end September 30, 2025.
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County Dedicates Governor Ron DeSantis Park
10/18/2023
Manatee County leaders were joined this afternoon by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to dedicate the newest community park.
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Manatee County Leadership Team in Place
10/10/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners announced the installation of additional leaders to help guide the county through a promising and prosperous future.
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Manatee County Donates Land for Veterans Housing
10/10/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has voted unanimously to convey a County-owned piece of property to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to develop the property as affordable housing for veterans.
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Affordable Housing Advisory Board Openings
10/09/2023
Manatee County is accepting applications for 10 seats on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board, a volunteer committee that makes recommendations to County Commissioners to encourage or facilitate affordable housing initiatives. .
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Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month
10/01/2023
Manatee County Animal Welfare is celebrating Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month by waiving adoption fees throughout October for all dogs and will be showcasing some of their available dogs in the Playgroup Rockstars Event October 7.
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Manatee Preserves Highlight Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Sites
09/14/2023
Robinson Preserve—noted for its diverse avian populations—has been added to the Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites.
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Manatee County Names County Administrator and Deputy Administrator
09/12/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners has selected Charlie Bishop as Manatee County Administrator and Bryan Parnell as Deputy County Administrator.
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Player’s Drive and Lorraine Road Roundabout Project Public Information Meeting Announced
09/12/2023
Manatee County will be hosting a Public Information Meeting for the upcoming improvements at the intersection of Player’s Drive and Lorraine Road, Wednesday, September 27, 6 to 8 p.m., at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church.
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Individual and Small Business Assistance Available From FEMA
09/11/2023
Manatee County has been approved for Individual Assistance and Small Business Assistance through FEMA following Hurricane Idalia, which allows individuals and households in affected areas of Manatee County to apply for financial and direct services.
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Honore Avenue at Old Farm Road Roundabout Project Public Information Meeting Announced
09/06/2023
Manatee County is hosting a Public Information Meeting for the upcoming improvements at the intersection of Honore Avenue and Old Farm Road Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
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Bridge Water Main Repairs to Resume in the Fall
08/23/2023
Due to delays in acquiring materials, the closure and construction activities have been postponed. The rescheduled date is anticipated to be late September or October. A notification will be made at that time, regarding any potential traffic impacts.
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Paramedicine Team Providing Care Packages
08/22/2023
Manatee County Community Paramedicine team continues to provide season-specific care packages to help combat excessive heat.
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Supplier Outreach Symposium Planned for September
08/14/2023
Manatee County's Procurement Division will host a Supplier Outreach Symposium to provide guidance on how to do business with Manatee County and enable suppliers to share information on their services and goods available to Manatee County on Wednesday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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G.T. Bray Courts Listed as a Top 25 Facility
08/13/2023
Pickleball Magazine has named the C.V. Walton Racquet Center as a Top 25 Great Places to Play Pickleball.
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Manatee County Names Administrator Finalists
08/09/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners has named five finalists to consider in its search for a new County Administrator.
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Applications for Health Council of West Central Florida Open
08/08/2023
Manatee County is accepting applications for a seat on the Health Council of West Central Florida.
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Charlie Bishop Named Acting Manatee County Administrator
08/03/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners unanimously named Charlie Bishop as Acting Manatee County Administrator today during a Special Meeting.
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Creekwood Boulevard Improvements Project Public Meeting Announced
08/01/2023
Manatee County is hosting a Public Information Meeting for the upcoming improvements on Creekwood Boulevard on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Manatee Technical College Auditorium.
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Manatee County Animal Welfare Works to “Clear the Shelters” During Month of August
08/01/2023
Throughout August, Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) will once again participate in “Clear the Shelters,” the annual nationwide pet-adoption drive, which has helped more than 860,000 pets find new homes since its inception in 2015.
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Comprehensive Plan Rewrite Planned - “Forward Manatee”
08/01/2023
A series of Public Information Meetings will be held at county public library locations this month to discuss updates to the County’s Comprehensive Plan: “Forward Manatee”—the policy that sets the framework for future development within the County.
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Parrish Community Park Groundbreaking Set for August 11
07/31/2023
The highly anticipated Parrish Community Park will take another step closer to reality as County leaders gather to break ground on Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m.
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Applications for Planning Commission Open
07/28/2023
Manatee County is accepting applications for two seats on the Planning Commission—a citizen’s advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on land use items.
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44th Avenue Bridge Over Braden River to Open August 7
07/27/2023
Manatee County Public Works is hosting a ribbon-cutting to commemorate the official opening of the 44th Avenue Extension Bridge over the Braden River on Monday, August 7, at 8:00 a.m.
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Raymond Turner Named Manatee County Commissioner
07/27/2023
Effective August 1, 2023, Turner will take over the unexpired term of District Five Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, who announced her resignation for family reasons last month.
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Summer Reading Program Up 25 Percent
07/25/2023
While reading scores among our nation’s youth have been trending downward, the Manatee Library “All Together Now” summer reading program is up 25%, with 2,500 local children participating.
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Back-to-School Bash Set for August 4
07/21/2023
The fun Back to School Bash at GT Bray Park will feature a backpack giveaway.
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Independent Testing Confirms Water Safety
07/18/2023
Rigorous independent testing by GreenWater Laboratories has been conducted during this current bloom for a variety of cyanotoxins, and none have been detected in the drinking water.
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Algal Bloom Affects Taste/Odor in Reservoir
07/10/2023
Customers of Manatee County Utilities may notice a temporary and non-harmful change in their water taste or odor due to elevated concentrations of blue-green algae.
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Manatee County Water Main Back Online
07/06/2023
The initial work to reestablish water service to Anna Maria Island through the main across the Manatee Avenue (SR64) bridge has been completed, and the main is back in service. Requests for water conservation are no longer being issued.
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Tuttle Avenue and Whitfield Avenue Roundabout Public Information Session Announced
07/05/2023
Manatee County Public Works will be hosting a Public Information Session on Thursday, July 20, 6 to 8 PM, for the upcoming roundabout project planned at the intersection of Tuttle Avenue and Whitfield Avenue.
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Manatee County Water Main Repairs on Schedule
06/29/2023
The work to repair a broken water main along the Manatee Avenue (SR 64) bridge to Anna Maria Island has progressed significantly enough to avoid the need to close a lane on Friday, June 30, as originally anticipated.
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Emergency Water Line Repairs to Close Lane
06/23/2023
Beginning Monday, June 26, emergency repairs of a water main along the Manatee Avenue bridge to Anna Maria Island will require periodic lane closures and periods of one-way traffic.
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Emergency Water Line Repairs Being Conducted
06/19/2023
Customers of Manatee County Utilities on Anna Maria Island may be experiencing intermittent drops in water pressure due to emergency water-main repairs to a broken 16” water main.
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Public Input Sought for Proposed Impact Fee Changes
06/19/2023
Manatee County is seeking public input for a new set of proposed impact fees, a one-time charge the County imposes on new development to cover the costs of providing public services due to the new development.
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Lincoln Aquatic Center Offering After-Hours Swim Sessions
06/12/2023
Lincoln Aquatic Center is offering an additional swim session on select Thursdays through July.
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Historic Preservation Board Opening
06/09/2023
Manatee County is accepting applications for one vacant seat on the Historic Preservation Board through July 17.
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60th Avenue East Improvements Meeting
06/05/2023
Manatee County Public Works is hosting a Public Information Meeting for upcoming roadway improvement projects on 60th Avenue East, Tuesday, June 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Parrish Community High School Auditorium.
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Longboat Key Joint Meeting Canceled
05/25/2023
The Board of County Commissioners joint meeting with the Town of Longboat Key, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today has been canceled.
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Manatee County Continues Investment in Palmetto Community
05/23/2023
With the opening of the new basketball courts at Lincoln Park, Manatee County is celebrating its multi-million-dollar investment in the Palmetto region.
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Manatee County Names Public Safety Director
05/23/2023
The Board of County Commissioners voted today to install Jodie Setnor Fiske as the Director of Public Safety. Fiske had been Acting Director since January 2023.
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Dog Park Changes Coming to Parrish
05/18/2023
Manatee County Sports and Leisure Services staff members are preparing for a pair of brand-new dog parks at the Ola Mae Sims Park to open on May 26.
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Swim for Free at Manatee County Pools This Summer
05/16/2023
Lincoln & GT Bray Aquatic Centers will be free for all residents this summer—starting May 27, 2023.
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Roadmap to Address Homelessness
05/16/2023
The Florida Housing Coalition has developed an actionable Roadmap to Address Homelessness Report for the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, which offers actionable and effective strategies for addressing and reducing homelessness.
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Lakewood Ranch Blvd. & Clubhouse Drive Improvements Public Information Session
05/04/2023
Manatee County is hosting a Public Information Session for an upcoming intersection improvement project on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard at Clubhouse Drive on Monday, May 22, 2023, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Lakewood Ranch Townhall.
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2023 Manasota Neighborhood Summit
05/04/2023
Current and aspiring neighborhood leaders are invited to attend the annual Manasota Neighborhood Summit on Friday, May 12.
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Mat Provides an ADA Accessible Walkway on Beach
05/01/2023
Manatee Public Beach is now wheelchair accessible through the installation of a 100 foot-long mat.
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Adopt-A-Palooza is May 13
04/28/2023
Manatee's largest one-day pet adoption and expo-style event is coming Saturday, May 13, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Get Help Preparing for Storm Season
04/21/2023
Manatee County residents will have an opportunity to get expert advice on keeping themselves, their families and their property protected at Manatee County's third annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo on Thursday, May 18, from 4 to 7 PM, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
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Van Ostenbridge Returns to Commission Chair
04/20/2023
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted this morning to reinstate District Three Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge as commission chair.
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Manatee County Commission Names New Leadership
04/18/2023
District Five Commissioner Vanessa Baugh has been named the BOCC Chair, effective immediately.
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Beaches Ready to Welcome Easter Weekend Crowds
04/06/2023
Expecting tens of thousands of residents and visitors to visit Manatee County’s world-famous white sands and refreshing Gulf waters this Easter weekend, additional law enforcement and first responders will be stationed on Anna Maria Island to keep their time at the beach safe.
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Dog Fosters Urgently Needed
04/06/2023
With 97 adoptable dogs available at the Palmetto Adoption Center, Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) is reaching a critical population level for dogs and is asking community members to consider fostering.
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Celebrating Coach John Carlock’s Legacy
04/04/2023
G.T. Bray Park's big-league baseball field is being renamed "John Carlock Field" in honor of the long-time Manatee High School coach. A ceremony will take place on Friday, April 14, 5:45 to 7 PM.
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Walk the Block to the Rubonia Community Center
03/29/2023
Celebrate the recently completed long-term infrastructure improvements at Rubonia Community Center Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Piney Point Injection Well Ready
03/28/2023
Just 24 months after a state of emergency was declared, due to the leakage of waters contained in Piney Point phosphogypsum stacks, Manatee County Utilities crews are poised to begin safe and secure disposal of those waters through a fully permitted injection well.
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“St. Pawtrick's Day” Fee-Waived Pet Adoptions
03/16/2023
Find your lucky charm among the over 130 loving, adoptable pets waiting to go to forever homes through Manatee County Animal Welfare’s “St. Pawtrick's Day” fee-waived event which runs—running now through Sunday, March 19.
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Vietnam War Peace Treaty 50-Year Anniversary
03/10/2023
Manatee County is hosting a commemoration of the 50-year Anniversary of the Peace Treaty that ended the Vietnam war, releasing the remaining Prisoners of War (POWs), March 29, 9 to 11 AM.
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Parrish Community Park Public Meeting
03/07/2023
A Public Information Meeting about plans for the Parrish Community Park will be held on Wednesday, March 8, at the Forza Child Development Center Parrish School House.
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Upper Manatee River Road Public Meeting
03/03/2023
A public information meeting for the Upper Manatee River Road improvement project will be held Tuesday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Peace Presbyterian Church.
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Removal of Tanker Car Scheduled for Tonight
03/02/2023
Seminole Gulf Railway crews will attempt to upright and remove the tanker car filled with propane at the derailment site in the 7200 block of 16th St. East this evening.
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Train Derailment in Manatee County
02/28/2023
Emergency crews are on the scene of a train derailment involving five railcars and two propane tankers in the 7200 block of 16th Street East.
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Lena Road Improvement Plans
02/21/2023
View design boards and plans detailing the upcoming Lena Road improvement project—which will help connect S.R. 70 to the south and S.R. 64 to the north--Thursday, March 2, from 6 to 8 PM, at Peace Presbyterian Church.
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Coquina Beach Market Update
02/21/2023
During their regular meeting, Tuesday, February 14, the Board of County Commissioners voted to direct staff to start the bidding process for the management of the Coquina Beach Market for the 2023 season and beyond.
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Disaster Recovery Center to Close
02/15/2023
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be closing the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at Bradenton’s John Marble Park at the close of business February 21, 2023.
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75th Street West Information Session Scheduled
02/13/2023
Residents are invited to learn more about roadway improvements planned for the 75th Street corridor during a special Community Conversation, Saturday, February 18, 2023, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Bradenton Elks Lodge.
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MCAT Adds Buses to Serve Seasonal Demand
02/03/2023
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) is making several changes to the fixed-route bus service beginning this weekend, which will allow transit buses to accommodate the seasonal traffic increases to and from Anna Maria Island.
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Commissioner Baugh Named Chair of Statewide Transportation Planning Council
02/03/2023
Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh has been elected by her peers as the new chairwoman of the Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC).
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63rd Avenue Improvements Meeting
01/27/2023
Manatee County is hosting a Public Information Meeting on Wednesday, February 8, from 6 to 8 PM, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church to detail an upcoming roadway improvement project on 63rd Avenue East.
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Virtual Inspections Now Available
01/27/2023
The County’s Development Services Department is now offering a virtual building inspections tool that provides inspection services to contractors remotely.
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Construction Trades Board Applications Open
01/17/2023
Manatee County is now accepting applications for a pair of openings on the Construction Trades Board through March 31, 2023.
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Water Main Repair Update
01/13/2023
Manatee County Utilities Department (MCUD) crews continue to focus repair efforts on a leak in the 42” transmission line at the Water Treatment Plant—a repair that has become more extensive than originally believed.
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MLK Day Closings & Schedule Changes
County Offices Closed on January 16 in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
01/12/2023
Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, January 16, 2023, to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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New Park Attendant Program
01/06/2023
Visitors to Manatee County’s parks and recreation sites can look forward to a safer and more secure experience in the new year—thanks to the innovative Park Attendant program.
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COVID Testing Location to Close January 7
01/06/2023
Manatee County's free testing program run by NOMI Health at 1301 8th Avenue W. in Downtown Bradenton will end January 7, and a new testing location will open at the Downtown Bradenton Campus of the Florida Department of Health on January 9.
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Emergency Water Line Repairs Continue
01/03/2023
Manatee County Utilities crews are currently working with contractors to make emergency repairs to a leaking pipe in a main transmission line near the county’s water treatment plant.
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Emergency Water Line Repairs
12/31/2022
Customers of Manatee County Utilities—especially those north of the Manatee River—may be experiencing discolored water and a drop in water pressure due to emergency water-main repairs.
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59th Street West Information Session Scheduled
12/30/2022
Residents are invited to learn more about roadway improvements planned for the 59th Street corridor during a special Community Conversation Saturday, January 14, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the GT Bray Park Gymnasium.
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2023 Manatee County Wall Calendars Now Available
12/29/2022
Manatee County's popular wall calendars have arrived—just in time for the New Year
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Bradenton Beach Sewer Rehabilitation Project
12/29/2022
Manatee County is hosting a Public Information Meeting for the upcoming Bradenton Beach Sewer Rehabilitation project on Gulf Drive from 6th Street South to 13th Street South, Thursday, January 12, from 6 to 8 PM.
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Disaster Recovery Center to Continue Operations
12/20/2022
Manatee County Emergency Management staff has been working with representatives of the Florida Department of Emergency Management and FEMA to continue operations of the site located at 3675 53rd Ave. E. in Bradenton Mondays to Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., to assist residents for the next 60 days.
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Public Hearing Advertisements Moving to Website
12/12/2022
Manatee County is transitioning public hearing advertisements to the Website only, starting January 1, 2023.
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Van Ostenbridge Reelected to Second Term as Chair
12/07/2022
Manatee County Commissioners have reelected District 3 Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for 2023.
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Input Sought From Condo Associations
12/07/2022
Manatee County is seeking input from Condominium and Cooperative Associations related to the new Milestone Inspection law, requiring mandatory structural inspections.
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County Maintains FGBC Platinum Certification
12/06/2022
Manatee County's Platinum certification status was renewed by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC)—and it remains the only Florida county to achieve the long list of sustainability standards.
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Holiday Support for Manatee County Shelter Pets
12/05/2022
Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) launches program to help pets find homes for the holidays which will be highlighted at this Saturday's Best Friends Celebration.
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Lane Closure at Lorraine Road and SR70
12/02/2022
Manatee County Public Works infrastructure inspectors are overseeing the work of a contractor restoring the two Northbound left-turn-lanes on Lorraine Road after a void was detected beneath this section of roadway.
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Ian Update
Hurricane Ian Food Assistance Location
12/01/2022
A Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) location will be open at the Bradenton Area Convention Center for Manatee County residents Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, for applicants to complete their in-person interview on-site.
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MCAT Enhances Bus Routes
11/28/2022
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) is making several changes to fixed-route bus service, beginning Saturday, December 3.
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“A Night Before Christmas” is a Holiday Highlight
“A Night Before Christmas” is a Holiday Highlight
11/22/2022
If you’re looking for Santa, we’ve got him—and a whole lot more—at Manatee County’s Annual “A Night Before Christmas” event, Friday, December 9, 2022, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Bradenton’s G.T. Bray Park.
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New Commissioners Take Oath of Office
11/22/2022
Amanda Ballard, Mike Rahn and Jason Bearden were sworn into office as the County's three new Commissioners today during a brief ceremony.
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Myakka City Recovery Operations to Wind Down
11/18/2022
Due to decreased demand and need, operations at the Manatee County Recovery Center at the Myakka City Community Center will be shifting over the next week.
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Press Release Notice
Resident Damage Reporting Tool Launched
11/11/2022
Manatee residents can now submit damage assessments via a new Crisis Track feature.
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Press Release Update
Manatee County Tropical Storm Nicole Update
11/10/2022
With minimal effects caused by Tropical Storm Nicole on Manatee County, some services have resumed.
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Tropical Storm Nicole Closures and Cancellations
11/09/2022
After careful consideration and assessment, Manatee County Government announces closures and cancellations due to the potential effects of Tropical Storm Nicole.
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“Safe Haven” Shelter Opening Today in Advance of Nicole
11/09/2022
Manatee County is opening a pet-friendly “Safe Haven” shelter at Freedom Elementary, beginning today at 10 a.m., for those residents who wish to evacuate voluntarily should they feel their homes could be compromised due to damage from Hurricane Ian.
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State of Emergency Declaration in Advance of Tropical Storm Nicole
11/08/2022
Manatee County has declared a local state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Nicole.
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Coquina South Boat Ramp Reopens
11/05/2022
The old Coquina South boat ramp has been replaced with an updated, more resilient structure, and an ADA-compliant walkway and accessory lighting have been added.
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New Deputy Chief of Emergency Management
11/04/2022
Jodie Setnor Fiske, a statewide leader in emergency management and response, joins Manatee County Public Safety as Deputy Chief of Emergency Management.
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Manatee County to Celebrate East Bradenton Park
11/03/2022
Community leaders and County officials will gather to dedicate the new facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m., followed by a community celebration from 5 to 6 p.m.
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Moccasin Wallow Road Improvements Preview
11/01/2022
Manatee County is hosting a Public Information Meeting about the Moccasin Wallow Road improvement, Wednesday, December 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Parrish Community High School Auditorium.
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Operation Green Light for Veterans
11/01/2022
Manatee County buildings will be illuminated green, November 7 through 13, as part of a new national initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to show support for military Veterans.
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Manatee County Area Transit Goes Fare-Free
10/28/2022
Starting Tuesday, November 1, Manatee County bus riders can get from here to there without paying a fare as Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) initiates an 18-month pilot program of fare-free transportation.
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Business Recovery Resources Available
10/27/2022
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today it is opening two Mobile Business Recovery Centers in Manatee County.
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Manatee County to Host Community Conversation in Myakka City
10/26/2022
Manatee County will host a Community Conversation at the Myakka City Community Center on Thursday, November 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. related to response and recovery from Hurricane Ian, mitigation for future flood events, safe drinking water and evacuations.
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Debris Pick-Up Progressing in Manatee County
10/26/2022
In order to meet FEMA timeframe guidelines, all Manatee County residents, with the exception of those living in the Myakka City area, are being asked to have any remaining debris at the curb or right of way adjacent to their property for collection by November 9. Residents in the Myakka City area will have until November 16 to set their debris for collection.
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Manatee County Ends Red Light Camera Program
10/25/2022
The contract between the county and red-light camera vendor Conduent expired at midnight on October 15.
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De Pol Named a Business Observer’s 40 Under 40
10/19/2022
Deputy County Administrator Courtney De Pol has been recognized as a regional business leader, being named one of the 40 Under 40 by the Business Observer.
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Housing Rehab Funding Available for Eligible Households
10/19/2022
Manatee County low- and very low-income homeowners can apply for financial help for housing rehabilitation and replacement assistance from Manatee County Community and Veterans Services Department through October 24, 2022.
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Post-Ian Debris Pick-Up
10/18/2022
In just the first 10 days of after-Ian pick-ups across Manatee County, an estimated 122,788 cubic yards of post-storm debris has been transported from curb lines and rights of way to debris-management sites. But there is still more to do.
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Press Release Notice
More Help for Myakka Residents
10/14/2022
Myakka City residents with compromised well water are encouraged to pick up bottled water and bleach and drop off their water samples for testing by FDOH at the Myakka City Community Center.
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Animal Welfare Dogs Get Their Wings
10/13/2022
Twenty-seven dogs earned their first-time flyer wings yesterday morning when they took off from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport to rescues and shelters located in New York, Vermont and Maryland.
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Myakka Well-Water Testing Shows Contamination
10/13/2022
While the floodwaters have mostly receded, the risk remains for residents in the Myakka City area of Manatee County whose drinking water comes from private wells.
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D-SNAP Benefits Available for Impacted Residents
10/12/2022
Manatee County residents can apply for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP).
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Manatee County Beaches & Parks Open
10/07/2022
After more than a week of restoration and repair efforts due to Hurricane Ian, Manatee County’s beautiful beaches, along with the majority of its preserves and parks, are back in business.
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Manatee County Ready to Collect Ian Debris
10/06/2022
Manatee County debris haulers will begin their collection of storm debris Friday, October 7. For this collection, the county will be separated into western, northeastern, and southeastern service areas.
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Manatee County Names New Utilities Director
10/06/2022
Manatee County Utilities has a new leader. Evan Pilachowski, P.E.—currently working with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection—was unanimously approved by the Board of County Commissioners today.
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Manatee County EOC Downgrades Activation Status
10/05/2022
In the wake of Hurricane Ian, Manatee County officials have downgraded the activation status of the Emergency Operations center (EOC) to a partial activation—maintaining essential recovery and response functions.
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Manatee County Animal Welfare Update
10/05/2022
One of the most heartbreaking post-Hurricane problems faced by communities is the issue of lost and missing pets. Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) is working through those concerns with coordination and compassion.
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Verizon Customers Currently Unable to Access 9-1-1
10/04/2022
Due to network issues with Verizon, customers cannot dial 9-1-1 in Florida locations from Jacksonville to the Keys.
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FEMA Helping in Manatee County
10/04/2022
Individuals and families needing assistance due to damages caused by Hurricane Ian can apply for federal assistance online or call and get answers to related questions.
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Press Release Notice
Manatee County Well-Water Advisory
10/04/2022
As Manatee County residents continue to clean-up after Ian, some are having to be extra careful when it comes to their drinking water supply—especially if that water is supplied through a well.
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Tuesday Park Openings
10/03/2022
Manatee County Parks continue to reopen following Hurricane Ian, while some areas remain closed—for now.
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How to Help Manatee Recover
10/03/2022
As Manatee County continues to clean-up and recover following Hurricane Ian, several organizations are providing help for residents and several are looking for help.
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Press Release
Manatee Ian Recovery: Monday Update
10/03/2022
Manatee County has made a lot of progress in its efforts to recover from Hurricane Ian.
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Fees Waived for Certain Types of Building Permits
Manatee County Waives Certain Types of Building Permit Fees
10/03/2022
As Manatee County residents continue to clean-up after Ian, Manatee County Development Services will be working with them to help make faster fixes by expediting permits for hurricane- damaged structures.
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Manatee County Reopens After Ian
10/02/2022
After a week of storm preparations, storm waiting, storm watching and storm clean-up, Manatee County Government is poised to re-open Monday, October 3.
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Press Release Notice
Manatee County Utilities Sunday Update
10/02/2022
Manatee County Utilities workers continue to make progress in their efforts to return the water and sewer services to normal, following the impact of Hurricane Ian, which includes the full ability of customers to use their drains for flushing, showering and laundry needs.
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Press Release Notice
Manatee County Beaches Survive the Storm
10/02/2022
Before and after measurements of the Manatee County beaches along 25 different sites determined there was essentially “zero loss” of sandy beach resource width or depth from Hurricane Ian effects.
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Manatee County Responds to Myakka Community
10/02/2022
Within 48 hours of Tropical Storm-force winds exiting the region, Manatee County response and resources were being dispatched to a new hazard—flooding in the Myakka City area.
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Ian Recovery Resources for Business
10/01/2022
While residents continue to clear their property and take down storm shutters, Manatee County staff is conducting exhaustive damage estimates.
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Manatee County Ian Recovery Update
10/01/2022
Water service is back for all county customers as of this afternoon. Manatee County Utilities workers have also been able to provide more water for Sarasota’s needs during this recovery period.
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Manatee County Solid Waste Update
10/01/2022
After the storm, the clean-up begins. And as Manatee County residents begin to pick up the pieces post-Ian, collections for garbage and yard waste will go back to typical scheduling—with one major change. Recycling collections will be suspended until further notice.
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Manatee County Road Closure Update
10/01/2022
There are still several significant road closures impacting travel through and within Manatee County.
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Help for Those in Need in Manatee County
10/01/2022
Residents and visitors are finding help in the wake of Hurricane Ian through a variety of resources.
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Press Release Notice
Manatee County Cleans Up
09/30/2022
Real-time damage estimates performed by Manatee County staff show more than 37 million dollars in storm damage—so far.
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News Update
Manatee County Continues to Recover After Ian
09/30/2022
Manatee County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes reiterated in this morning’s press conference that Manatee County staff and field crews are continuing to answer the call to get the community back to normal.
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Manatee County Wastewater System Repairs Continue
09/30/2022
Manatee County residents and visitors are still being asked to “refrain from the drain” to limit wastewater system impacts.
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News Update
Water Service Returning to Manatee Communities
09/30/2022
Water service is being restored to the county’s barrier islands and mobile home parks in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
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Manatee County Clean-Up Continues
Manatee County Clean-Up Continues
09/29/2022
Clean up after Hurricane Ian is in high gear in Manatee County with rapid deployment of recovery resources.
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Manatee County Evacuation Orders Lifted
Manatee County Evacuation Orders Lifted
09/29/2022
As winds from Hurricane Ian continue to diminish, Manatee County Public Safety and Administration are lifting the mandatory evacuation orders which have been in effect since Tuesday morning.
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Ian Update
Manatee County Begins Recovery Efforts
09/28/2022
As winds from Hurricane Ian are beginning to subside, Manatee County crews are mobilizing to begin recovery efforts.
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Manatee County Shelters in Place for Ian’s Arrival
09/28/2022
With more than 100,000 residents and visitors ordered to leave Manatee County Level A and B evacuation zones, Public Safety officials say we should remain sheltered in place during Ian’s approach.
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Ian Update
Evacuations Continue as Ian Approaches
09/27/2022
While the most recent forecast paths of Hurricane Ian are meandering a bit, this storm still shows what will be a significant impact throughout Manatee County.
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Manatee County Expands Evacuation
Manatee County Expands Evacuation
09/27/2022
With the latest forecasts of Hurricane Ian showing what will be a significant impact along the Manatee County coastline, Emergency Management officials have EXPANDED the MANDATORY evacuation order and shelter locations.
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Ian Update
Manatee County to Open Storm Shelters Tuesday
09/26/2022
Storm shelters have been identified for those who have received MANDATORY Level A evacuation and VOLUNTARY Level B evacuations orders that start Tuesday.
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Manatee County Issues Evacuation Orders
09/26/2022
Following the updated forecast of Hurricane Ian, public safety officials are announcing plans for evacuations, beginning with a MANDATORY Zone A evacuation and VOLUNTARY Zone B evacuation, effective at 8 a.m., Tuesday, September 27.
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State of Emergency Declaration in Advance of Ian
09/24/2022
Manatee County has declared a local state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Ian, allowing County staff to perform any emergency actions needed during the storm.
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Manatee County Monitoring the Tropics
09/23/2022
Emergency Management and Public Safety officials are urging Manatee County residents to monitor Tropical Depression Nine through the weekend as the storm moves slowly toward Florida.
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Annual Halloween Treat Back for 20th Year
09/22/2022
Manatee County is set to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun-filled environment during the 20th Annual Goblin Gathering from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at GT Bray Park.
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Manatee County Pet Adoption Event This Weekend
09/15/2022
Manatee County Animal Welfare is partnering with Best Friends Animal Society on a pet adoption campaign this weekend, encouraging people to choose to adopt, not buy, their next pet.
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UF/IFAS Partnership Remains Strong
09/14/2022
Manatee County is keeping its eyes on agriculture through ongoing support and partnerships with the University of Florida (UF) and its Agricultural Extension program.
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Manatee County 2022-23 Budget Includes Tax Cut
09/14/2022
County Commissioners unanimously approved next year's budget and a plan to reduce next year’s property tax rate by .30 mills from the Tentative Budget while continuing significant investments in local roads, infrastructure and public safety.
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New Tool to Track infrastructure Projects
09/13/2022
The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) HUB helps provide up-to-date information on some of the most important aspects of significant current Manatee County roadway projects.
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Manatee County Bonds Bringing Projects Up to Speed
09/13/2022
Manatee County has secured $232 million in funding on the bond market to speed up nearly 20 high-profile capital improvement and infrastructure projects.
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Manatee County Helps Businesses Prepare for Floods
09/09/2022
Manatee County Economic Development is providing sandbags at three locations from September 14 through 23, for business owners and operators in flood-prone areas.
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MCAT Driver Named Florida Operator of the Year
09/06/2022
Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) driver David Davis was named the Para-Transit Operator of the Year by the State of Florida Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD).
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Florida Housing Coalition Solutions
08/30/2022
Manatee County is teaming with the Florida Housing Coalition to help build affordable housing and provide opportunities for mission-based organizations and minority-owned or led businesses to participate in this process.
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More Places to Park at Ft. Hamer Park
08/27/2022
An additional 30 spaces will be accessible at the Hidden Harbor Park truck and trailer parking lot (adjacent to Fort Hamer Boat Ramp) when it officially opens Friday, September 2, 2022.
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Manatee County to Lead in Pay for EMS Personnel
08/23/2022
On August 27, Manatee County EMS employees will see their salaries increase as part of a new pay structure approved by the Manatee County Board of Commissioners.
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Manatee County Receives Highest Bond Ratings
08/19/2022
Both Fitch Ratings and Moody's Investors Service have assigned top ratings to Manatee County. The two services also provided a very high grade for the $212 million revenue improvement and refunding bonds series 2022.
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Cooper Creek Boulevard to Get a Makeover
08/17/2022
Over the next several weeks, construction crews will work to reconfigure Cooper Creek Boulevard, from University Parkway north to the entrance of the Shoppes at UTC.
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Manatee County Commissioners Seek Millage Rate Reduction
07/28/2022
Manatee County Commissioners have proposed a new spending plan for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), including—for the second year in a row—a millage rate reduction.
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Manatee County Information Outreach Honored
07/26/2022
Manatee County Commissioners recognized two members of the Information Outreach team for first-place accolades in the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) annual Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards.
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Manatee Libraries to Expand Hours of Operation
07/21/2022
The Manatee County Public Library System will be expanding and standardizing its hours at all locations in a phased approach, starting August 1, 2022.
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Robinson Nature Preserve Earns Top-Travel Honor
07/14/2022
Due to getting consistently great reviews from travelers, Robinson Preserve has earned a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Award, ranking them among the top 10% of properties with best activities.
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Saluting 50 Years of Emergency Medical Services
05/10/2022
The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners honored Manatee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with a proclamation to kick off EMS Week (MAY 15 to 21) 2022. At the same time, Manatee County EMS unveiled a brand new 50th-Anniversary "throwback" designed ambulance.
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Manatee County dedicates state-of-the-art Racquet sports complex
05/06/2022
Scores of tennis and pickleball enthusiasts joined Manatee County leaders today to dedicate the new newly renovated C.V. Walton Racquet Center at G. T. Bray Park.
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Manatee County Development Services Builds with the Community
05/05/2022
In one of the fastest-growing, most vibrant, and evolving counties in the country, Manatee County Development Services is streamlining its processes to help monitor and coordinate that growth.
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Manatee County Hurricane Preparedness Expo helps residents get ready
05/04/2022
Manatee County residents will have an opportunity to get expert advice on keeping themselves, their families and their property protected at Manatee County's Hurricane Preparedness Expo.
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