Goodwill receives $20,000 grant
BRADENTON -- Goodwill Manasota recently received $20,000 from the Mildred & Bernard Doyle Charitable Trust to help hire an additional Job Connection specialist at its corporate campus in Bradenton.
The Job Connection specialist serves as a career counselor and provides support and training for individuals with significant barriers to employment. Goodwill Manasota's Job Connection Centers provide free, one-on-one counseling with skills training and job placement services.
Goodwill works with local agencies, companies and individuals. In 2013, Goodwill placed more than 500 people in jobs and assisted more than 300 veterans with employment-related services or connecting to appropriate services through Veterans Affairs.
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Job Connection specialists assist job seekers in assessing aptitude, interests, education and credentials they need for success in the workplace. The specialists then match those job seekers with local employers. Individuals connected with jobs through Goodwill in 2013 were hired at an average salary of $10.50 per hour.
Rosedale community continues expansion
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Rosedale Construction has opened its newest model home at Rosedale Links inside Rosedale Golf & Country Club.
The new 2,878-square-foot model is part of a 650-home community that has seen recent development activity. The Links is the newest phase of the Rosedale Golf and Country Club. A number of homebuilders are active in the community. In July, Bonita Springs-based WCI closed a $4.22 million deal to buy 57 lots in The Links previously owned by Columbus, Ohio, homebuilder M/I Homes. The buy was part of an $11.6 million purchase of 150 lots in the 44th Avenue subdivision.
Small boaters get break from regulations
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congress this week passed legislation exempting small boats from federal environmental regulations for water discharges.
Included in the Coast Guard Authorization Act adopted by both houses of Congress, the provision allows small commercial vessels to continue to operate outside of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Act regulatons on incidental water discharges.
Under the measure, water released during normal vessel operation including washing the deck or using onboard bathing facilities will be allowed for an additional three years, after the current exemption passed in 2008 expires this month.
"This is a common sense exemption for our commercial operations like charter boat captains and commercial fisherman," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
Nelson said Florida has been referred to as the "fishing capital of the world," with a roughly $5 billion fishing industry.
Herald staff reports