County: Myakka gun range building code violations cleared

dgraham@bradenton.comJune 14, 2013 

MYAKKA -- All structures at Rocky Creek Ranch, home to Myakka Education and Training Center at 88820 Taylor Road, have now been cleared by Manatee County officials and are in building code compliance, Manatee County Building Department Director John Barnott said Thursday.

Work remains to be done.

"They're not good to go," Barnott said. "They've come into compliance with the house, the barn and the pavilion. The gun club, the shooting range itself, is not authorized to open yet."

Rocky Creek owner Chris Baden said his family had been notified of the county's decision.

"The code enforcement investigation and actions against Rocky Creek Ranch and my family have been settled and cleared," Baden said. "We are in full compliance now. No violations were found relating to permits for any of our structures."

Requirements put in place by Manatee County hearing officer Meg Wittmer remain hurdles to the full operation of the center. She approved a special permit in May allowing an outdoor firing range.

"They have to follow the site plan and to my knowledge that hasn't been done yet," Barnott said. "The range itself is still not approved to be used. They haven't met those requirements."

Dee Graham, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 7024 or tweetnote>

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