Myakka shooting range dispute continued until June

May 9, 2013 

Decision on Myakka City

shooting range likely in June

BRADENTON -- A decision in the case of unpermitted buildings at a shooting range near Myakka City has been put off for at least another month.

The Manatee County Code Enforcement Board continued the case Wednesday involving Chris Baden and the Rocky Creek Ranch Shooting Resort until June 2 to allow county staff and Baden to provide documentation concerning zoning of the property on Taylor Road.

The board did approve a "finding of fact order," which declares property, including a single-family house, barn and a recreational vehicle used for lodging guests, is now in compliance although previously it was not.

If enforcement officers find future violations, fines could be levied as repeat offenses.

The board could not agree on whether the barn and a pavillion were built in 2002 with proper permits.

Baden's attorney, Ed Vogler, contends building permits and certificates of occupancy were not required because farm buildings are exempt on agricultural land.

But nether Baden, Vogler, or county staffers could produce documents showing the property zoned for the agricultural exemption. "Nobody knows if the exemption exists," said board member J. Michael Faarup. The case was continued to allow staff to produce documentation.

Former State College headin running for Ohio job

PARMA, Ohio --Lars Hafner, former president of the State College of Florida, is one of two finalists for the job of president of Cuyahoga Community College near Cleveland.

If selected, Hafner would succeed Jerry Sue Thornton, who led the school's growth and development during 21 years as president.

A decision is expected at the end of the month, according to the school website,

Hafner's competition is Alex Johnson, former president of Cuyahoga's metropolitan campus.

Hafner resigned Oct. 30 with a $363,000 settlement agreement after months of conflict with some trustees, who questioned his financial judgment on construction projects.

He was succeed as SCF president on Jan. 21 by Dr. Carol Probstfeld.

Golf tournament to benefitKeep Manatee Beautiful

BRADENTON -- Keep Manatee Beautiful's 19th annual golf tournament will be held May 24 at the Tara Golf & Country Club.

Entry fees for the four-person best-ball scramble include greens fee, cart, range balls, team photo, goody bag, lunch buffet and awards presentation.

The four-person best-ball scramble will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. A $600 hole sponsorship includes one foursome fee, name on event banner, tee and green signage, greens fee, cart, range balls and goodie bags. A foursome without sponsor signage is $320.

The tax-deductible donation goes to Keep Manatee Beautiful, a nonprofit organization and Keep America Beautiful affiliate, is dedicated to promoting community awareness and involvement in litter prevention, recycling and beautification in Manatee County.

Information and registration forms are available at manateebeautiful.com.

Junior Achievement golf event raises $63,000

MANATEE -- Junior Achievement of Sarasota/Manatee raised $63,900 during its recent pro-am golf tournament.

The Feb. 4 event at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Lakewood Ranch attracted 135 golfers, including 108 amateurs and 27 professionals. The West Florida Golf Tour Pros competed for a $4,000 purse.

The winning gross score was 14-under par by pro Abbie Valentine, and amateurs Gary Keiper, Dan Walters, Jeff Walz and Jeff Kevauver.

The winning net score was 30 under by pro Linus Gillgren, and amateurs Eric Hare, Mike Merrill and Joe Werba. Closest to the Pin winners were Rick Cunningham, Norb Donelly, Dave McCutcheon and Sandy Ritchie.

Major sponsors included Verizon, Sun Hydraulics, W.R. Baird & Co., DuPage and Tervis Tumbler.

Junior Achievement teaches financial literacy programs to children in grades K-12. In 2012-13, the program will reach more than 6,000 local students.

Blood drive scheduled at Palm Aire Country Club

MANATEE -- The Suncoast Communities Blood Bank will conduct a blood drive from 9 a .m. to 6 p.m. June 12 at Palm Aire Country, 5601 Country Club Way, just off University Parkway.

Donors will receive either a sleeve of golf balls or tennis balls, a wellness check and, if requested, a total cholesterol count. Donors must present photo identification.

For a specific appointment, contact Sumner Baum at 941-355-7200.

-- Herald staff reports

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