Manatee County tax collector advises 1-year renewals

March 26, 2014 

Manatee tax collector advises 1-year renewals

MANATEE -- The Florida Legislature is considering a bill to lower the cost of motor vehicle registrations by up to $25 per year.

If passed, the change takes effect Sept. 1.

Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr. said he advises residents to renew for one year to save money next year.

"Even though people, who like me, have birthdays before Sept. 1 won't be able to take advantage of the fee reduction this year, they can take advantage of it next year," said Burton. "My colleagues around the state are trying to get the word out to only renew for one year, instead of two. There is no cost advantage with two-year registration renewals, they are offered as a matter of convenience."

To renew online, visit

Longboat Key's Pastor, Gans win commissioner seats

LONGBOAT KEY -- Irwin Pastor defeated Armando Linde by collecting 63 percent of the vote Tuesday to win the Longboat Key town commissioner at-large seat with 1,004 votes to 591 out of 1,595 cast.

Terry Gans outpolled Ray Rajewski 937-to-682 to win the District 3 seat in Longboat Key with 58 percent of the vote.

Results were announced by Kathy Dent, Sarasota County supervisor of elections.

Lakewood Ranch expects 2,000 diabetes walkers

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- More than 2,000 walkers are expected to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Florida Suncoast Chapter's Walk to Cure Diabetes April 12 at Lakewood Ranch on Main Street.

Register online at

The chapter fundraising goal of more than $187,300 will help fund diabetes research.

Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. at the registration tent. There will be a 5K run and 1-mile walk.

More than 200 walks are held every year in the United States and more than 900,000 people participate. Since 1992, the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes has raised more than $1 billion for research.

Brandon author's book released nationwide

BRANDON -- Author Todd Gettings new children's book, "The Legend of Lawrence Leopard: It's Hip to be Square" was released nationwide this week.

The story introduces readers to Little Lawrence Leopard who has a problem with his spots as he notices that their shapes are somewhat different from the other leopards' spots. In this story, readers will join Lawrence Leopard as he learns that it's OK to be different from the rest of his kind.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at or by visiting or

Gettings of Brandon is a 2001 Graduate of University of South Florida.

Information: Michelle Whitman, 405-458-5642 or email

-- Herald staff reports

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