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Bradenton Beach dedicates park to Commissioner Chappie

Bradenton Beach dedicates park to Commissioner Chappie

Bradenton Beach -- Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie was given a permanent honor in his home city today when Bradenton Beach City Commissioners unanimously dedicated the city’s new park to his legacy.

The park is located along a four-lot patch in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive North which the city recently purchased. City officials say a small dedication ceremony will be planned in the future.

Chappie is a 38-year resident of Bradenton Beach. He was elected to the City Commission in 1997. In 2001, serving as Mayor of the city, he worked to create a community redevelopment area along Bridge Street which has become one of the most economically successful and viable business districts in the county. In 2008 he was elected to the County Commission to represent District 3 including Anna  Maria Island and western Bradenton.

Public invited to Oct. 25 Wares Creek Town Hall meeting

Public invited to Oct. 25 Wares Creek Town Hall meeting

Bradenton -- The public is invited to an informational Town Hall meeting next week to discuss Phase I of the upcoming Wares Creek dredge project.  

The Town Hall will be Tues., Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Ballard Elementary School auditorium, 912 18th St. W., Bradenton.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the project contractor and Manatee County Government staff will discuss their role in the flood control project. A question and answer period with the audience will follow the presentations.

More redistricting discussions scheduled for Manatee

More redistricting discussions scheduled for Manatee

Manatee County officials are calling on the people who live and vote here to participate in another round of redistricting discussions next week.

Manatee County Commissioners on Tuesday will take up the County’s proposed redistricting maps during a 10 a.m. discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the first floor chambers of Manatee County Administrative Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W. Later in the day, Commissioner Joe McClash will make a lunchtime (12:15 p.m.) presentation on the maps to the Bradenton Kiwanis Club, 1401 21st Avenue West.

“Tuesday’s discussion provides for additional discussion and awareness of the public’s opportunity  to be engaged in determining  the district boundaries where they live,” said Deputy County Administrator Karen Windon who has coordinated the County’s redistricting process. “The redistricting process is a way to truly get involved in local democracy.”

McKechnie Field may see $9 million renovation before 2013

McKechnie Field may see $9 million renovation before 2013

Bradenton -- McKechnie Field, current spring home to the Pittsburgh Pirates, could soon be getting a $9-million makeover, if the Pirates get their way. The plan, which projects most renovations would be complete by Spring Training 2013, is currently being considered by local policymakers including Bradenton City Council and Manatee County Commissioners.

According to Spring Training Online,

Premier Sports Campus invests over $1M in lighting for future tournaments

Premier Sports Campus invests over $1M in lighting for future tournaments

The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch (5895 Post Blvd) is undergoing big changes this week, investing over $1 million in making sure the regional economic impact seen this year by visiting sports teams is one that can continue in the future.

Specifically, the success of the Premier Sports Campus has dictated the investment of $1.1 million in the installation of lights on 8 fields to facilitate longer field play by major tournaments coming to the area over the next year. The installation will take place on Monday September 26, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

PHOTOS: Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch

Starting on Friday, light poles began arriving for installation at the sports campus. “The lights make us very unique in that we are the ONLY local facility that is privately owned that has playing fields with lights,” Mulqueen said.  “We can now be host to at least nine national events – events that will be massive in terms of economic impact and exposure to the area that we could not have secured without lights.” 

Manatee County Government offices closed Sept. 5 for Labor Day

Manatee County Government offices closed Sept. 5 for Labor Day

Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.

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

Manatee County parks and beaches will be open to the public. Manatee County and Buffalo Creek golf courses will be open. G.T. Bray recreation facilities will be closed but G.T. Bray Skate Park and Blackstone Skate Park will be open.

Manatee County’s publicly owned natural preserves will remain open.