Lakewood Ranch takes resumes for District 1 seat

July 24, 2013 

Lakewood Ranch looks to fill seat in District 1

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Community Development District 1 Board of Supervisors is now accepting résumés from interested residents living in CDD1 to fill the vacancy created when Jean Stewart resigned from Seat 1.

District 1 includes the Summerfield and Riverwalk communities, consisting of 1,782 residential homes and 37 businesses with 3,331 voters.

All résumés will become public record. Candidates must reside within District 1, be over the age of 18 and a registered voter in Manatee County. The successful candidate must follow any applicable laws regarding state Sunshine laws, code of ethics for public officers and public records disclosure.

The deadline for submitting a résumé for this vacancy is 5 p.m. Aug. 5.

Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors on a date to be announced. Résumés may be mailed, e-mailed or hand-delivered to Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, Attn: Jessica Mears, Clerk to the Boards, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch FL 34202.

Myakka City fire district nets $400,000 grant

MANATEE -- The Myakka City Fire Control District is buying a new fire engine/water tender with the help of a $399,000 grant from the Mosaic Co., said Chief Dan Cacchiotti.

The grant will also be used to add firefighters, Cacchiotti said.

"This is a big deal for us," Cacchiotti said. "The net result is that we are going to be able to staff our Station 2, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will be a major increase in service to the community."

"I was thrilled when I received a call from Mosaic letting me know the good news," Cacchiotti added.

The technologically advanced machinery provides a safer working environment for firefighters and will deliver increased fire and rescue service, Cacchiotti said.

The new truck will arrive this year, Cacchiotti added.

"Mosaic has a long-standing history of partnering with our east count neighbors," said Gary "Bo" Davis, senior vice president of Mosaic phosphate operations. "We're honored to have made such a critical investment possible to help make Myakka City a safer place."

Manatee Seminole Club welcomes new members

MANATEE -- The Manatee Seminole Club will welcome incoming Florida State University freshman from Manatee County and their parents at a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW.

Three freshman scholarship winners will be introduced as well as former and current scholarship holders. FSU graduates and supporters are encouraged to attend.

The cost is $6 per person. RSVP by July 31 to Donnie Melendy at or call 941-504-4853.

Elected officials to speakat Republican Club Sept. 12

BRADENTON -- The East Manatee Republican Club will hear from state Sen. Bill Galvano and state Reps. Jim Boyd, Greg Steube and Ray Pilon at an 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 lunch at the Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd., Bradenton.

Cost is $15. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Contributions are welcome to Manasota Operation Troop Support, which sends needed items to U.S. troops overseas.

Reservations are required. Call Diane Garcia at 941-739-3813.

Extension Service offers energy efficiency class

PALMETTO -- The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is offering a free presentation on the Manatee Energy Efficiency Project from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at Extension Service headquarters, 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto.

Participants will learn to be energy smart. Topics include energy and money, the home envelope, biggest energy wasters and energy incentive programs.

Participants receive a free energy conservation kit.

The class will be repeated from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Aug. 21.

Class size is limited. Register in advance online at or call 941-722-4524.

Amplified phones available for hearing impaired

BRADENTON -- The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will accept appointments at its office at 1750 17th St., Building F, Bradenton, beginning Wednesday to distribute amplified telephones for hearing-impaired residents in Manatee County.

To exchange phones or apply for equipment, qualified residents should call 941-366-0260 for an appointment.

-- Herald staff reports

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