Blalock Walters expands to Pinellas
MANATEE COUNTY -- Blalock Walters, P.A., founded in Bradenton, has expanded its services into Pinellas County.
Blalock Walters was founded in the early 1920s, opening its first office in downtown Bradenton, where the firm is still headquartered. In 2005, Blalock Walters opened its Sarasota location at One Sarasota Tower.
Most recently, an office in St. Petersburg was opened to serve clients in the greater Tampa Bay area.
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The St. Petersburg office assists clients in all 11 service areas, with a focus on health care, labor and employment, and business and corporate services.
Matt Westerman, who is board certified in labor and employment law, is leading the office. He can be reached at 727-343-3209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yahoo describes surveillance fight
WASHINGTON -- Yahoo says the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance laws by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional.
The outlines of Yahoo's secret and ultimately unsuccessful court fight against government surveillance emerged Thursday when a federal judge ordered the unsealing of some material about Yahoo's court challenge.
In a statement, Yahoo said the government amended a law to demand user information from online services, prompting a challenge in 2007.
The company said it is committed to protecting users' data and that it will continue to contest requests and laws that it considers unlawful, unclear or overly broad.
Farmer's Market set to open downtown
BRADENTON -- Realize Bradenton will launch the 2014-2015 season of the downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market next month.
The farmer's market will return to downtown Bradenton 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 4, on Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and Third Avenue West. October is Hunger Awareness Month, so Realize Bradenton is asking market-goers to bring a non-perishable food item to the market's info booth. All food collected supports Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee County.
On opening day, Jim Copening, the chef at Arts and Eats of Village of the Arts, kicks off the "Chef at the Market" program. Copening will shop for fresh produce for his Burmese breakfast.
His cooking demonstration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Fourth Avenue West and Old Main Street. Visitors can also celebrate National Fossil Day, sponsored by the South Florida Museum.
For more information about the Bradenton Farmers' Market, visit bradentonfarmersmarket.com. Prospective vendors can apply by completing an online application.
-- Herald staff reports
WCI begins construction of models at Tidewater Preserve
BRADENTON -- WCI Communities has begun construction of two home models in the Riverside neighborhood at Tidewater Preserve.
The furnished model homes are expected to open for viewing in December. The new homes start from $239,990.
Tidewater Preserve offers 14 single-family Grand Villa, Classic and Riverfront home designs with two to four bedrooms and 1,756 to 3,845 square feet of living space. Single-family homes start from the mid-$200,000s.
Four model homes are currently open for viewing.
Amenities at Tidewater Preserve, a 373-acre gated master-planned community, include the 5,012-square-foot lodge. Tidewater Preserve also offers canoeing and kayaking facilities, boat slips and a three-court tennis complex.
For more information call 941-465-4001 or visit www.TidewaterPreserve.com.
Herald staff report