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Names and faces in Manatee and Sarasota

James O. Fergeson, Jr., J. Ronald Skipper, Richard R. Gans, Matthew B. Mayper and J. Allison Archbold, shareholders in the law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, P.A., have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. All five attorneys are board certified by The Florida Bar and have obtained AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings from the attorney rating site Martindale-Hubbell.


Incentivized: Manatee County encourages job creation at Motorworks

The Manatee County Economic Development Program agreed to provide $30,000 in incentives to Motorworks Brewing for job creation. Though the added employment at the brewery is a plus for Manatee County’s economy, a City of Bradenton noise ordinance has complicated the brewery’s business situation, owners say. Since the brewery opened in February 2014, neighbors of Motorworks, 1014 9th St. W., have struggled to deal with effects from live music, dog-friendly events and outdoor activity held in the brewery’s beer garden. Now Motorworks is contemplating leaving Manatee County.


As Labor Day nears, take time to thank your employees

Much has changed in the workforce since the labor movement of the late 19th century, and the Labor Day holiday has evolved to signify the end of summer, big sales and the beginning of the school year. We forget that it’s not just about family gatherings and pool parties; this is a day to celebrate the rights of the working people.