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McKechnie Field open after extensive makeover

McKechnie Field open after extensive makeover

Bradenton, Florida -- McKechnie Field is open after the first major renovation of the historic ballpark since 1993. The improvements were unveiled Wednesday.

The centerpiece of the renovations is a 19,000-square-foot boardwalk spanning the outfield. There are also new group areas with enhanced sight lines to the filed, expanded restroom facilities, new concessions and an enlarged Fan Plaza.

18th Annual Jewels On the Bay Designer Showhouse

18th Annual Jewels On the Bay Designer Showhouse

Bradenton, Florida -- The 18th annual Jewels on the Bay Designer Showhouse is currently underway featuring two homes located on a protected bayfront inlet on Lido Key, just steps away from St. Armand's Circle.

The two homes at 361 and 439 Boulevard of the Presidents are two very different architectural styles, Mediterranean Revival and Prairie-School. They are open to the public for tours now until Sunday, Feb. 17. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Highland Homes earns top honor for 20K online tours

Highland Homes earns top honor for 20K online tours

Holiday, Florida -- Highland Homes has earned the prestigious Double Diamond Award for being the first home builder to have its model-home video tours seen by more than 20,000 prospective home buyers on mousethruthehouse.com, an innovative online system that provides home shoppers with free front-door-to-front door video tours of hundreds of model homes throughout central Florida.

Island Library reopens after 8-month renovation

Island Library reopens after 8-month renovation

Holmes Beach, Florida -- The Island Library's 8-month renovation project came to a close and the newly renovated library reopened to the public Thursday.

The $238,703 renovation project includes reconfigured book shelves, new ceiling tiles, a new Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system, new lighting, new carpeting, renovated restrooms, fresh paint indoors and outdoors, new Florida-friendly landscaping, irrigation repairs. 

Apartments can now receive free help to go "smoke-free"

Apartments can now receive free help to go "smoke-free"

Manatee County, FL-- A new grant given to the Manatee County Health Department can now help apartments and condos to create smoke-free policies, but that's not all! A release about the event says the first five locations to implement smoke-free policies will be featured in a commercial!

Boys & Girls Club gets new look

Bradenton, Florida -- The Desoto Boys & Girls Club in Manatee County is getting a transformation! 

The center will get a new look thanks to Lee Worthington Homes who donated $30,000 to the second floor of the Desoto Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

“This whole space will be transformed into one of the best Boy’s and Girl’s Club teen centers in the area,” said Lee Wetherington, founder of Lee Wetherington Homes.

Renovation work complete at Manatee County Historic Courthouse

Renovation work complete at Manatee County Historic Courthouse

Manatee County, Florida -- The last of the black and yellow skirt shrouding the historic Manatee County Courthouse was removed earlier this month, capping a 15-month renovation project that brought structural and aesthetic improvements to the 100-year-old building.

The county reports the energy improvements have slashed energy costs at the 100-year-old building more than 50 percent: from between $14,000 - $17,000 three years ago to $6,000 - $7,500 per month.