BRADENTON -- The city's code enforcement officials shut down the take out and delivery service at Jose's Cuban Foods downtown venue after inspectors discovered that the hood in the kitchen had been installed without the required city permits.
Inspectors visited the take out kitchen earlier this week and immediately shut down the restaurant, said Kenneth Langston, the city's fire marshal.
Jose Baserva, who is leasing the kitchen, said he plans to have the new takeout kitchen open again Tuesday.
He said he had permission from the county before opening and was surprised when the city shut him down.
Baserva said he leased the kitchen which was already equipped with the hood at the center of the issue.
There was a lot of "confusion," he said, "because there were two other restaurants there before us."
He said he doesn't understand why he was shut down, but is working to find out.
Officials from Spain visit port, meet board
PORT MANATEE -- A group of Spanish business people visited Port Manatee on Friday to meet port authority board members, officials said.
Some of the group represented the Port of Mataro, located in Barcelona, Spain, according to documents of the port authority, which is made up of Manatee County commissioners.
"It's a group of people (Port Manatee Executive Director) Carlos Buqueras knows who are in Florida, visiting primarily Broward County, and Carlos prevailed upon them to spend a day with us," said authority member Larry Bustle. "They're looking for partners in investment -- it could be money coming in, or money going out, depending on who you are."
The purpose of the meeting, Bustle said, was to "show solidarity and show them we're open for business."
"If they're interested in being close to their customers and at a port with plenty of land to develop, they came to the right place," Bustle added. "I think the contrast between Broward County and Manatee County will be significant."
IMG offers free fitness evaluations for county
MANATEE COUNTY -- During the spring, IGNITE360, the sports performance training platform developed at IMG Academy, is offering free fitness certification courses to county employees in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Local police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other county personnel are invited to attend the free hands-on two-day certification courses on the campus of IMG Academy during the weekends of April 20-21; May 4-5; and May 18-19. This weekend marks the first of the live training courses, led by IMG Academy's own IGNITE360 certified physical conditioning coach
es. Local firefighters will be the first to take advantage of this unique fitness opportunity.
IGNITE 360 is an innovative sports performance training system that was derived from over three decades of developing athletes at IMG Academy, located in Bradenton. Now, local county employees have an opportunity to take their fitness education to the next level and pass it on to their peers, helping to promote greater physical fitness in the area.
Weekend features open house event
Potential home buyers in Manatee County will have the opportunity to get an inside look at some of the county's hottest homes as local Realtors hold open houses throughout the weekend as part of the Realtor Nationwide Open House Weekend.
The weekend is designed to bring attention to the benefits of homeownership, as well as to allow consumers to learn about housing issues that matter most to them. Realtors will be available to answer questions and provide insight on the local housing market and the home buying process.
"Forty-five percent of recent buyers used open houses as a way to find their dream home," said Deeana Atkinson, 2013 President of the Manatee Association of Realtors.
Repeat buyers are more likely to use open houses than first-time buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, as are buyers who were not born in the U.S. or whose primary language is not English. Older buyers rely more on open houses than younger buyers, and buyers with higher incomes are more likely to visit open houses.
Visit www.manateerealtors.org for more information.
-- Herald staff reports