Santa drops by Manatee for an early visit Saturday during 'A Night Before Christmas'

November 27, 2012 

Santa drops by for an early visit

MANATEE ­­-- Santa swoops into Manatee County via helicopter and is bringing 10 tons of snow with him straight from the North Pole, for an early visit to G.T. Bray park at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Manatee Parks' popular "A Night Before Christmas" celebration will be 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday at G.T. Bray, 5502 33rd Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.

There will be a huge inflatable slide, bounce houses, a trampoline power jump, hayrides, cookie crafts, 10 tons of snow and, of course, a visit from the Jolly One himself. Concessions will be available for purchase.


County seeks public input on block grant projects

MANATEE -- Manatee County Community Development is asking for public input on how some federal funding was spent in local neighborhoods over the past year.

Beginning today, the public will have two weeks to comment on the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER lists accomplishments, projects and other initiatives that were addressed as part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan for 2011-12.

The public can view and submit written comments on the CAPER through 5 p.m. Dec. 12 to Suzie Dobbs, Community Development Manager, Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205; or

The CAPER is available on the fifth floor of the County Administrative Complex in the Neighborhood Services Department, on the county's website and at the following libraries during operating hours:

n Central Branch, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd., Bradenton;

n South County Branch, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton;

n Braden River Branch, 4915 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton;

n Palmetto Branch, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto;

n Rocky Bluff Branch, 6750 U. S. 301, Ellenton.

-- Herald staff report

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