Port to host landowners meeting
PORT MANATEE -- In hopes of keeping more land open for business and industrial development related to port and maritime business, Port Manatee is gathering a few dozen neighboring land owners to encourage them to hold out for a future payday.
At 4 p.m. Sept. 16, the port will have a discussion with property owners whose holdings are inside the 5,000-acre Port Manatee Encouragement Zone located largely to the east of the Palmetto port.
The meeting, closed to the general public, is intended to inform landowners about the possible benefits of reserving their land for business use.
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Carlos Buqueras, the port's executive director, said landowners will likely be able to get more money when they sell their land for commercial use than they can for agriculture or housing.
"We want to come out of there with an educated, maritime opportunities audience," he said.
The meeting will take place at the port's intermodal center. Port staff will be on hand to lead the discussion. Only one elected member of the Manatee County Port Authority will be in attendance.
For more information about the meeting, call the port at 941-722-6621.
Lennar opens new phase at Bridgewater at LWR
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Lennar Homes recently opened a new phase with 33 home sites at Bridgewater at Lakewood Ranch.
David Meyers, Lennar's director of sales and marketing in southwest Florida, said Bridgewater at Lakewood Ranch is one of the homebuilder's most popular communities.
Lennar began selling new Estate and Manor homes at Bridgewater at Lakewood Ranch a year ago.
Three-, four- and five-bedroom Estate Homes at Bridgewater at Lakewood Ranch range in size from 2,394 square feet to 3,800 square feet and are priced from $405,990.
Four-, five- and six-bedroom Manor Homes range in size from 2,245 square feet to 3,828 square feet priced from $330,990.
United lures top fliers with promise of hot meal
NEW YORK -- To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is appealing to their stomachs.
The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines.
So, it's upgrading first- class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.
The changes, announced Thursday, mean that instead of potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and bananas, passengers on flights of at least 800 miles will get meals such as chicken and mozzarella on a tomato focaccia roll and turkey and Swiss cheese on a cranberry baguette. Currently, meals are only served on flights of 900 miles or more -- trips that usually last close to two hours.
-- Herald staff and wire reports