BUSINESS BRIEFS Coastal Orthopedics' surgeon named Bradenton's "Doctor of the Year"

April 6, 2013 

Bradenton -- Blake Medical Center has named Dr. Alan Valadie this year's "Doctor of the Year."

The award highlights a physician who performs exceptional patient care and is committed to serving the Bradenton community.

Valadie, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement surgery and clinical research, joined the team at Blake Medical Center in 1996. Blake described him as an ideal doctor - caring, committed to his patients, dedicated to caring for the whole family and involved in the community.

Patients, hospital staff, fellow physicians and community members nominate the candidates for the award.

"He is an extremely passionate and caring physician, dedicated to his patients and the staff at Blake," one nomination form read. "We are lucky to have a physician of his caliber."

Valadie earned his medical degree from the University of Florida and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Carolinas Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he served as Chief Resident.

$2.5 billion master plan for Tampa Int'l Airport

TAMPA -- The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority has voted to approve a new $2.5 billion master plan for Tampa International Airport, charting a course for how it will expand and handle growth in the coming years and decades.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the Authority approved the plan Thursday.The first phase of construction is expected to be completed around 2017.That phase involves building a consolidated rental car facility, a new automated people mover, commercial development, restaurant and retail space, and maybe someday, a new airport hotel.Eventually, officials will expand the main terminal and build a new international airside.

Free homebuyers seminar set for this week

BRADENTON -- A team of experienced mortgage and real estate professionals is offering a free homebuying seminar April 9 to help prospective homebuyers navigate credit and other issues.

Many prospective homebuyers have found that issues on their credit report are preventing them from purchasing a home.

"Concerns regarding credit issues are preventing all too many from even attempting to qualify to become homebuyers, and perhaps unnecessarily so," said Charline "Winnie" Lewis-Koebel, Mortgage Consultant with The Home Lending Source Mortgage.

In addition, many former homeowners who faced foreclosure, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, or short sale are also questioning how long it takes to repair their credit to make them an eligible homebuyer once again.

The free seminar will address mortgage as well as home-buying transaction questions and concerns. This seminar is offered April 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Keller Williams of Manatee, 4520 State Road 64 East.

Anyone interested in attending should call 941-792-2000, or send an email to

-- Herald and wire reports

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