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Manatee County offering power bill assistance to needy seniors

Manatee County offering power bill assistance to needy seniors

Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County is now accepting applications for Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly, a state grant which offers financial help to residents age 60 and older who have an economic hardship.

Tracie Adams, Manatee's Human Services Manager, said with state grant money the county may approve up to $600 in assistance for a household twice a year: Once during the cooling season, April 1 to Sept. 30, and again during the heating season, Oct. 1 to March 31. Manatee has about $78,000 to distribute to customers in need through March 31, 2012.

The program is extended to Florida Power & Light and Peace River customers.

County accepting applications for two redevelopment advisory boards

County accepting applications for two redevelopment advisory boards

Manatee County, Florida – Manatee County has openings for two Community Redevelopment Area advisory boards that make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The advisory boards consist of between five and 15 volunteer members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Members serve three-year terms. There are up to nine vacancies on each board.

Community redevelopment areas are designed to attract commercial and building investments in an effort to improve the area, increase the tax base and to encourage public and private improvements.

A CRA Advisory Board is responsible for the following:

Preliminary Bradenton budget available to view

Preliminary Bradenton budget available to view

BRADENTON, Florida-- People living in Bradenton can now view the city's preliminary 2011-2012 budget online.

A message to residents from the city's clerk and treasurer are also posted online.

The budget contains information on a number of city services,  including public safety, community development, planning and zoning, water & sewer utilities, sanitation, landscaping, and street maintenance.

Backflow preventers stolen from local businesses, including UPS and AAA

Backflow preventers stolen from local businesses, including UPS and AAA

BRADENTON, Florida-- Manatee County deputies say five backflow preventers were stolen from businesses Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Deputies say at least three businesses were victimized along Palmbrush Trail, including AAA, Luxury Nail and Spa, as well as UPS.

Detectives tell us the copper pipes were cut from each.

New Marine Rescue Facility opens Aug. 15

New Marine Rescue Facility opens Aug. 15

Manatee County, Florida -- Manatee County Public Safety Department invites the public to a grand opening ceremony and tour of the new Marine Rescue Facility on Monday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. There will be a brief dedication ceremony followed by tours of the building and light refreshments.

The two-story, 8,800 square foot facility at 2651 Gulf Drive South in Bradenton Beach will serve as a headquarters and training station for Manatee County’s lifeguards. The Marine Unit of Manatee Sheriff’s Office will also operate out of the new building.

The storm-hardened building can withstand 130 mph winds and was built with a number of environment-friendly enhancements, such as:

New Facebook pages highlight Manatee County programs, services, events

New Facebook pages highlight Manatee County programs, services, events

Manatee County, Florida –Manatee County added to its social network presence earlier this month, launching several Facebook pages dedicated to keeping followers cued in on important County news, announcements and events.

The following County Departments and programs now have a Facebook page:

Police find no wrongdoing after 'Operation King Pawn' investigates local pawn shops

Police find no wrongdoing after 'Operation King Pawn' investigates local pawn shops

The Bradenton Police Department’s Detective Division conducted “Operation King Pawn’s” between the dates of July 19 – 21, 2011.

According to Captain Warren Merriman, there was a citizen that complained of having alleged problems with pawn shops and second-hand dealers in another jurisdiction, specifically in regard to serial numbers being documented on pawnbroker transaction forms in an erroneous manner.

The Bradenton Police Department wanted to take a pro-active approach to avoiding such a complaint of being made about a pawn shop located within the City of Bradenton, so this operation was developed and executed by Detective Sergeant James Wilkinson, and Detective Michael Page at the below pawn shops: