Lakewood Ranch gun club hearing to be reopened Feb. 25

February 5, 2013 

Gun club hearing to be reopened

BRADENTON -- A hearing on a special permit application for Ancient Oak Gun Club will be reopened 10 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Manatee County Commission Chambers, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.

Developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch is seeking approval to build a 25-station clay shooting club south of State Road 64, off Uihlein Road.

Hearing Officer Lori Dorman is reopening the hearing out of concern about noise from gunfire. Several neighbors, including residents, a school, and a church have raised concerns about possible noise from the range.

The site plan may notsatisfy screening requirements under the land development code, Dorman wrote.

"Even if the plan does not violate the code, additional impact mitigation factors should be considered to ensure the health, safety and welfare those in proximity of the proposed outdoor firing range," she wrote.

Rubonia Mardi Gras Parade set for Feb. 24

RUBONIA -- Rubonia will be celebrating again this year with a Mardi Gras Parade, set for 2 p.m. Feb. 24.

The parade begins atBayshore Road and I-275, and travels south downBayshore Road to Palmview, according to Charles Miller Jr., president of the sponsoring organization, Rubonia/Terra Ceia Mardi Gras, Inc.

This year, the organization hopes to collect $2 per person to defray expenses, Miller said.

The parade began in1980 when a small band of friends, the Crew ofthe Mystic Rainbow, assembled a few makeshift floats and marched through the little town of Rubonia, north of Palmetto.

It has since grown and kept the tradition going.

"We pledge that anyprofits from the event will be used for the improvement of the Rubonia Community Center," said Miller in a press release.

Parade organizers are seeking sponsors for the 34th Annual RuboniaMardi Gras, he said Monday.

For more information , call 941-722-2315 or go to www.ruboniamardigrasinc.org.

-- Herald staff reports

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