Business Briefs: "Luau" on Bridge Street

September 6, 2013 

'Luau' on Bridge Street set

BRADENTON BEACH -- The Bridge Street Merchants are hosting an evening of Island Luau fun from 5- 10 p.m. Saturday on Historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.

The event will feature Hawaiian barbeque and a full bar with beer, wine, and liquor. Entrance is free to the public and promises a different experience than the usual Bridge Street Markets held at the same location, 117 Bridge Street.

"With fewer art and craft vendors, there will be plenty of space for folks to bring their own blankets and chairs and sit back and enjoy the band with a cold beer and tasty Hawaiian BBQ provided by Island Time Bar and Grill and Bridge Street Bistro," said Melissa Enders, event coordinator.

Dancing, hula hooping, life size Jenga and shopping are encouraged at this family-friendly event. There will be a costume contest for the best dressed Hawaiian look.

Parking is available at the three piers area just south of Bridge Street with additional parking available at the City Pier or in the city lot behind Bridge Street Bistro but organizers suggest event attendees take advantage of the free island trolley which runs until 10:30 p.m.

Agriculture department launches new website

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services launched a new, interactive and consumer-friendly website -- FreshFromFlorida.com.

"We're working to improve the way we provide information to and interact with Floridians," said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. "The new FreshFromFlorida.com helps us do just that. Floridians look to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for a wide variety of reasons - from recreational opportunities on Florida state forests to consumer assistance and information to recipes featuring Florida-grown products - and the newly designed website will allow them to more easily find what they are looking for."

The new website features a search function on the home page. The consumer hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA and a live chat are also featured prominently, encouraging Floridians to contact the department for consumer assistance and information.

An interactive and searchable database shows Floridians the extent of seafood testing conducted after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Another interactive feature is a map that allows anyone to find events and activities throughout the state.

Lunch and lecture scheduled for next week

Today is the final day to reserve a spot for the Meals on Wheels Plus lunch and lecture on "Understanding Your Taxes in Charitable Giving." Brian Carter, CPA, a partner at Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC will present the lecture on Wednesday. The complimentary lunch program begins at 11:30 a.m. at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton.

For reservations, RSVP today to Kristen Theisen at ktheisen@mealsonwheelsplus.org or by calling 941-749-0100.

-- Herald staff reports

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