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Manatee County accepting applications for Planning Commission

Manatee County accepting applications for Planning Commission

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County has one opening for a four-year term on the Planning Commission, a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on land use items.

The four-year term begins Oct. 14, 2011. Planning Commissioners are given a $60 stipend per meeting. The Planning Commission is composed of seven members who are appointed by the County Commission. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. in the First Floor Chambers of Manatee County Administrative Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

Applicants must be registered voters in Manatee County. No particular expertise is required but people with experience or training in planning, engineering, environmental science and the development industry may be given additional consideration for an appointment.

Buchanan to discuss jobs, economy at Anna Maria Island Town Hall

Buchanan to discuss jobs, economy at Anna Maria Island Town Hall

Anna Maria Island -- Congressman Vern Buchanan will hold a town hall meeting on jobs, spending, and the economy on Saturday, September 10, on Anna Maria Island.   

Buchanan’s town meeting will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Holmes Beach City Hall.  The doors will open at 10:00 a.m.  The venue is located at 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida.

Please call 941.747.9081 if you plan to attend.

Coastal Orthopedics welcomes county's only fellowship-trained spine surgeon

Coastal Orthopedics welcomes county's only fellowship-trained spine surgeon

Coastal Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is pleased to announce the addition of orthopedic spine surgeon, William L. Tontz, JR., MD to their medical team. Dr. Tontz is the only spine specialist in Manatee County who completed a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery, and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Tontz specializes in kyphoplasty, minimally invasive cervical and lumbar surgery, non-operative spinal care, and outpatient spinal decompression surgery. While his expertise lies in adult spine trauma and reconstruction, Dr. Tontz says 90% of his patients do not require surgery.

“I approach each patient’s treatment, individually, as if I were in their shoes. For me, surgery is a last resort. There are minimally invasive, non-operative procedures that are available for the treatment of spinal disorders and pain that can be just as effective as surgery,” said Dr. Tontz.

Domain taking postponed related to Tara Bridge project

Domain taking postponed related to Tara Bridge project

Manatee County Government has postponed until Sept. 20 an eminent domain taking related to the future construction of the proposed Tara Bridge.

During their Sept. 6 regular meeting Manatee Board of County Commissioners were set to consider a quick claim condemnation of a vacant property of 3.86 acres on the north side of Honore Avenue along the Braden River. The item has been deferred while funding details are being addressed.

Manatee County has plans to build a bridge over the Braden River connecting Tara Boulevard with Honore Avenue. The land taking is another step in the long range plan to build the bridge.

Manatee water customers eligible for $100 rebate under toilet replacement program

Manatee water customers eligible for  $100 rebate under toilet replacement program

The Southwest Florida Water Management District and Manatee County are again offering Manatee County residents a financial incentive to save water by replacing high-volume toilets with low volume models.

Manatee County water customers can apply for a rebate of up to $100 per replaced toilet for every high-volume toilet that is replaced with a low-volume model. There is a limit of two toilets per dwelling unit – residential, commercial or industrial.  

New low-volume toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush or less, while older models may use up to 5 gallons per flush. The program is estimated to conserve as much as 10,900 gallons of water per day. The total cost of the program is being shared between the SWFWMD and Manatee County.

County defers North County Maintenance Facility project, 'explores additional options'

County defers North County Maintenance Facility project, 'explores additional options'

Manatee County– A proposed North County Transportation Maintenance Facility scheduled to be considered by the County Commission tomorrow has been postponed indefinitely.

“The facility will be deferred while the County explores additional options,” Public Works Director Ron Schulhofer said.

The Commission was scheduled on Thursday to consider a proposal to rezone an area between Erie Road and 69th Street East in Parrish and to consider a general development plan for the building. Planning Commissioners unanimously recommended approval for the rezone and site plan in mid-August.

Manatee County approves solar panel installation, saving $100,000 a year in energy costs

Manatee County approves solar panel installation,  saving $100,000 a year in energy costs

Manatee County, Florida -- Manatee County Commissioners this morning approved an agreement to install solar panels atop several County facilities, action that will result in taxpayer savings of up to $100,000 a year in energy costs.

The Board accepted an agreement to install 26 solar panel systems at 17 County facilities including the DeSoto Center complex, the Tax Collector’s Office, the Property Appraiser’s Office and Central Library. The photovoltaic equipment will capture free kilowatt hours that will add up to an annual savings of $100,000.

Under the agreement, Datacomm Services (DCS) will loan Manatee County the panels for five years. At the end of the term, DCS will sell the equipment to the County for $1.00 apiece or will remove the equipment at no cost to the County. The County will pay approximately $4,000 per system in engineering, permitting and net metering costs.