MANATEE -- Port Manatee will be adding an extra day of its free tours to the public.
Tours will resume Oct. 21 and be held at 10 a.m., Monday through Wednesdays, through May 7, said Carlos Buqueras, executive director of the port.
Port Manatee is the only port in Florida to offer free public tours.
"Right now if you want to get into Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, good luck," Buqueras said. "There are no tours. You cannot even look at the port without getting arrested. We, in contrast, and the residents of Manatee County and surrounding counties have the opportunity to see how a port works."
Reservations are required one week in advance by calling 941-722-6621 or by visiting www.portmanatee.org/tours.
Downtown Hampton Inn career fair set
BRADENTON -- The Downtown Bradenton Hampton Inn & Suites will be holding a career fair for open positions.
The job event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at the Bradenton Municipal Auditorium, 1005 Barcarrota Blvd.
The hotel is seeking part-time and full-time room attendants, front office, laundry, breakfast attendants and maintenance workers. Job seekers should bring a resume and a list of work references.
The hotel, 309 10th St. W., will feature 119 rooms, suites and more than 2,200 square feet of meeting space. It is expected to open in November.
Tow to Go program setfor holiday weekend
MANATEE -- Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, the Anheuser-Busch InBev distributor for Manatee and Sarasota counties, will offer its Tow to Go program to help local residents get home safely during the Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday. The free service has helped more than 20,000 intoxicated drivers since 1998, the company states. Call 855-286-9246 for more information.
Chamber, school boardto host awards breakfast
BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce and the School Board of Manatee County will present the 23rd annual Business Partners in Education Awards from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday during a special awards breakfast at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W.
Sponsors include Freedom Village, Tropicana Products, Palm Printing and Coastal Printing Inc.
To RSVP, contact Jahna Leinhauser at 941-748-4842, ext. 172, or email JahnaL@ManateeChamber.com.
Boeing 787 training site opens at Miami airport
MIAMI -- Demand for more pilots and technicians in Latin America, Africa and Europe led Boeing to locate its newest 787 Dreamliner training center in South Florida, company officials said Thursday
at the launch of the $160 million facility.
The location adjacent to Miami International Airport is more convenient for airlines in those regions and allows them to cut training costs, said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services. She said the company expects about 70 percent of the 5,000 people trained at the center each year will come from outside North America.
Miami, she said, has become "an international hub for aviation training. That's why we're here."
The Miami center joins other Boeing Dreamliner training centers in London, Singapore and Shanghai. It is the largest of the four, with 17 flight simulators total including two for Dreamliners, and creates 100 new jobs.
-- Staff and wire reports