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Bradenton museum receives $10,000 donation

Bradenton museum receives $10,000 donation

BRADENTON, FLORIDA-- The South Florida Museum in Bradenton has received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo Bank.

The money will provide opportunities for children who attend schools that serve economically disadvantaged populations.

It will cover the field trip admission fee of more than 1,000 kids.

The museum is located at 201 10th Street West in downtown Bradenton.

Manatee County Government offices closed Memorial Day

Manatee County Government offices closed Memorial Day

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 24, 2010) – Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, May 31 to commemorate Memorial Day.

Trash, recycling and yard waste collections for the week will be postponed one day from Tuesday through Saturday for residents in unincorporated Manatee.

The Anna Maria Island Trolley will operate normal daily routes but Manatee County Area Transit operations will be suspended for the day.

Manatee County parks will be open to the public.  Manatee County and Buffalo Creek Golf Courses will be open.  G.T. Bray Recreation Center facilities will be closed on Monday, May 30.  Blackstone Skate Park will be open. G.T. Bray Skate Park is closed for repairs.

54 positions eliminated as Manatee County Government continues to downsize

54 positions eliminated as Manatee County Government continues to downsize

Bradenton, Florida -- As part of the ongoing process in downsizing and streamlining operations, Manatee County Government has reduced its workforce by an additional 54 positions.

The workforce reductions are part of a balanced budget proposal that County Administrator Ed Hunzeker will present to the Manatee Board of County Commissioners next week.

Additional budget details will be available next week when Hunzeker will propose a new zero-based biennial budget to the Board Wednesday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the first floor chambers of Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

Panama Canal Authority renews Port Manatee partnership

Panama Canal Authority renews Port Manatee partnership

Palmetto – Port Manatee and the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) have renewed and extended a 2009 marketing and information-sharing agreement for five years, transcending the 2012 completion of Alemán’s second and final seven-year term as ACP administrator and the projected 2014 completion of the expanded Panama Canal.

Port Manatee becomes the second U.S. port – and Florida’s only port – to have a five-year strategic alliance with the ACP.  Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater port to the Panama Canal. 

The new agreement was accepted by the Manatee County Port Authority May 19, exactly two years after the original accord.  Since reaching agreement in 2009, the ACP and Port Manatee have collaborated on three Panama trade missions and a local conference to explore trading opportunities between Florida and Panama-based business interests.

“Through our relationship with the ACP, we have gained a unique appreciation for Panama’s role in Port Manatee’s future,” said Port Manatee’s Executive Director David L. McDonald PPM.  “Mr. Alemán’s confidence in our port reinforces our commitment to pursue containerized cargo and expand our breakbulk and bulk business ties.”

Manatee County Neighborhood Services helps groups planning National Night Out events

Manatee County Neighborhood Services helps groups planning National Night Out events

Manatee County, Florida (mymanatee.org) – Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department wants to help you plan your neighborhood’s Aug. 2 National Night Out celebration.

National Night Out is an annual event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, to build support and participation in local anti-crime programs and to send a message that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Participating neighborhoods are encouraged to host a family-friendly event on Aug. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Some neighborhoods will host block parties and networking events, while others organize potluck dinners or jump rope, football or basketball in the streets.  

“We’re looking to reach out to neighborhoods to help them plan their celebration,” said Sherry Weydert, Neighborhood Services Specialist. “We want to help plan the event or provide volunteer assistance to ensure a successful National Night Out for neighborhoods throughout Manatee.”

County officials downplay budget rumors, ask for public's input

County officials downplay budget rumors, ask for public's input

Manatee County – In an effort to squelch budget rumors, Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker has informed County Commissioners he will deliver a recommended two-year budget to them by June 1.

“On June 1 we will present you with a proposed budget,” Hunzeker told the Board during a morning discussion. “Over the next month you’ll hear plenty of rumors over what’s in the budget and what’s not in the budget. At this point in time it’s all rumor.”

Since 2007 Manatee County has trimmed $122 million from its annual operating budget. Declining property values will mean another $8 million revenue reduction in this year’s budget. Hunzeker emphasized that no budget decisions have been made yet and that nearly every agency, department and program funded by the County Commission is subject to potential reduction.

Lockheed Martin sends students to Kennedy Space Center for Space Day 2011

Lockheed Martin sends students to Kennedy Space Center for Space Day 2011

Bradenton, FL -- As a new twist to Space Day 2011, Lockheed Martin has arranged to send the entire 4th and 5th grade classes from Kinnan and Abel Elementary Schools for a full day of space adventure and discovery at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral this coming Tuesday, May 3.

Before the trip, two 5th grade classes at Kinnan Elementary will spend part of Monday working with “Stomp Rockets,” which are propelled by air coming out of empty 2-litre soda bottles.

The Stomp Rocket activities will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m.