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TripAdvisor: Tampa area island among Best in Nation

TripAdvisor: Tampa area island among Best in Nation

Anna Maria Island, Florida -- TripAdvisor announced Anna Maria Island in the Tampa area is among the best islands in the U.S., after it made its inaugural Travelers' Choice Island awards list, based on millions of reviews and opinions from travelers.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2013 Travelers' Choice Islands in U.S.

Help shape Manatee County's future

Help shape Manatee County's future

Manatee County, Florida - The Manatee County Commissioners and planners want residents to take part in shaping the future of Manatee County.

Over the next three months County officials hope Manatee residents and business owners will weigh in on the How Will We Grow conversation. This is a conversation with the community that will help County Commissioners outline growth and development standards for the next 30 years. 

Warner’s Bayou Boat Ramp closure extended two months

Warner’s Bayou Boat Ramp closure extended two months

Manatee County, Florida – Manatee County officials say structural problems associated with the concrete seawalls at the Warner’s Bayou boat ramp have been discovered during renovations and will postpone the opening of the popular boat ramp two months.

The ramp is now expected to reopen in late June.  

Florida State Parks announces new, free mobile app

Florida State Parks announces new, free mobile app

Florida-- Trees, lakes, trails, wildlife- they're all things that come to mind when thinking about Florida's parks. Techonology, smartphones and applications, howeverm are probably the last things to come to mind- until now!

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Park Services department has announced the launch of their new, free mobile application, which will serve as an interactive guide for users on the go at any of Florida's 171 parks, trails and historic sites. 

Robinson family releases statement on Robinson Preserve expansion

Robinson family releases statement on Robinson Preserve expansion

Manatee County, Florida -- The Robinson family of Manatee County, the original donors of the land that has now become Robinson Preserve, released a statement Thursday thanking everyone involved in facilitating the approval, sale and closing of the last 150 acres of the park, which will mean an expansion of the popular preserve in the county.

Warner’s Bayou Boat Ramp to be closed 4 mo. beginning Jan. 7

Warner’s Bayou Boat Ramp to be closed 4 mo. beginning Jan. 7

Bradenton, Florida -- Warner’s Bayou Boat Ramp, 5900 Riverview Blvd., will be closed for four months beginning Jan. 7, 2013 as crews make extensive repairs and renovations to the aging boat launch.
 
The renovations will increase the lifespan and functionality of the facility and reduce yearly maintenance needs. The boat ramp, floating dock and fixed docks will be entirely replaced and upgraded. The renovations also include:

County to proceed with expanding Robinson Preserve

County to proceed with expanding Robinson Preserve

Manatee County’s favorite location for bird watching, hiking and photography, Robinson Preserve, may to grow by 150 acres without costing local taxpayers a dime under an agreement unanimously approved by County Commissioners today.