Meeting on Long Bar Pointe moved to convention center

July 16, 2013 

Long Bar meeting moved

MANATEE -- Anticipating a big crowd for its consideration of the Long Bar Pointe project, the Manatee County Commission has moved its Aug. 6 meeting to the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto.

The Long Bar Pointe project meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

The morning meeting will begin as usual at 9 a.m. in the first-floor County Commission Chambers of Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

More than 200 people attended a public meeting last week in Cortez about developer plans to build residences, a luxury hotel, retail space and marina on the shores of Sarasota Bay north of Cortez.

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Sarasota PD pulls in 17 golds at Police and Fire Games

FORT LAUDERDALE -- The Sarasota Police Department won several awards during the 2013 Police and Fire Games in Fort Lauderdale.

Members placed in the following events:

• Office of Professional Standards: Officer Linda DeNiro, swimming 50-yard backstroke, gold; 100-yard backstroke, gold; 25-yard freestyle, silver; and 50-yard freestyle, silver.

• Bureau of Criminal Investigations: Detective David Grant, team bowling, gold; horseshoe doubles, silver; horseshoe mixed doubles, bronze; horseshoe singles, bronze.

• Casey Waugh, 100-meter breast stroke, gold; 50-meter breast stroke, silver; 100-meter butterfly, silver; and 50-meter butterfly, silver.

• Detective Eddie Howell, javelin, gold.

• Officer Jason Frank, javelin, gold; and 3,000-meter run, silver.

• Bureau of Support Services and Administration: Crystal Sutton and retired Capt. Paul Sutton, mixed doubles bowling, bronze.

• Bureau of Patrol Operations: Officer Michael Gee, 3,000-meter run, gold; javelin, gold.

• Lt. Ken Rainey and Officer Ken Rainey II, horseshoe doubles; Lt. Ken Rainey, horseshoe singles.

• Officer Sheldon Cantrell, 100-meter run, gold; 200-meter run, gold; 4x100, gold; long jump, gold; high jump, gold.

• Officer Tyler Rossnagle, toughest competitor alive, gold.

• Officer Ross Revill, bowling (doubles), bronze.

• Sgt. Lori Jaress, sprint triathlon, gold; 10K road race, gold; 100-meter Freestyle swim, gold; and 50-meter freestyle swim, silver.

• Officer Sean Carter, bench press, bronze, power lifting, fourth place.

Sheriff Knight wins County Partner Award

SARASOTA -- Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight has received the 2013 County Partner Award from the Florida Association of Counties for demonstrating support and understanding of county issues during the legislative session and advocating for home rule.

FAC commended Knight for work on pain management bills introduced in the House and Senate, including his willingness to travel to Tallahassee to support the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

Because Sarasota County ordinances passed by the Board of County Commissioners in 2011 were used as a model by other Florida counties, Knight wanted the commissioners to share in the award so it was presented during a county commission meeting in Venice.

-- Herald staff reports

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