Visitors Center to open in new mall
UNIVERSITY PARK -- Visit Sarasota County will open two Visitors Centers this year.
The current Visitors Center at 701 N. Tamiami Trail in the Historic Chidsey Library Building will close on Nov. 1. A new Visitors Center will be at the new Mall at University Towne Center (UTC) and the second will be in downtown Sarasota.
The Visitors Center at UTC, at the University Parkway exit at Interstate 75, will open when the mall opens Oct. 16. It will have a shared presence with UTC's customer service staff. Staff will be cross trained to assist visitors. The mall anticipates 14 million visitors in the first year.
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The downtown Sarasota Visitors Center will be at 14 Lemon Ave. and is slated to open in early November. This location is a one-year trial location. The visitor's center will work with Sarasota officials and downtown representatives to secure a permanent location.
Visit Sarasota County also will continue operating its mobile visitor information vehicle. The vehicle tours the county and is at key events and in key areas to provide visitors with information.
House call practice comes to Bradenton
BRADENTON -- MD2U, a house-calls only, primary care practice, has expanded to Bradenton.
This medical service for homebound patients offers services in Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. The company made more than 100,000 house calls in the states it served in 2013.
MD2U's program is designed to help patients live independently longer, with fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations. MD2U also helps delay the need for skilled nursing home placement. MD2U services are covered by Medicare.
Jet downing pushes price of oil upward as gas falls
News that a Malaysian Airliner was shot down quickly put upward pressure on the price of oil as West Texas Intermediate closed the week Friday at $103.13 a barrel on the NYMEX -- an increase of $2.30 from last week.
"Oil rose on concerns that violence could spread in response to the crash," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA -- The Auto Club Group. "Gas prices are currently falling more than a half cent a day, but geopolitical tension could slow the rate of discount at the pump this week."
The national and Florida average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded are 5 cents cheaper than last week and fell for the 23rd consecutive day Sunday.
-- Herald staff and wire reports