Manatee chefs join author for fundraiser
CORTEZ -- Regional chefs will bring their cuisine to The Seafood Shack on Sept. 2 for a fundraiser featuring author Vanessa Lafaye. Proceeds will benefit the Coastal Conservation Association Florida.
Florida native Vanessa Lafaye's debut novel "Under a Dark Summer Sky" is a love story and a dramatic depiction of a major natural disaster in the Florida Keys in 1935.
Manatee County chefs will create a menu based on foods depicted in the book. Serving the dishes family-style will provide a relaxed atmosphere encouraging rich conversation and social interactions.
Joining The Seafood Shack's chef for this event are chefs Dave Shiplett, SOMA Creek Side; Derek Barnes, Derek's; and Dana Johnson, Sugar Cubed bakery.
Guests are asked to RSVP to The Seafood Shack by Aug. 26. Call 941-794-1235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Neal Communities aiming for record-breaking year
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Home builder Neal Communities sold 92 homes in Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties in July, keeping the company on target for a record year.
According to a company press release, the builder is on target to exceed 1,000 home sales for the year, an increase of more than 25 percent over 2014 sales.
Grand Palm, Neal's master-planned community in Venice, led in July with 21 new home sales. Other notable neighborhoods included Eagle Trace in Manatee County with eight sales.
To date, the privately owned company has built more than 10,000 homes in southwest Florida.
Verizon Wireless boosts state coverage, services
BRADENTON -- Verizon Wireless reported this week it spent $135 million in cellular network enhancements in Florida during the first half of 2015.
The expenditures were related to the company's XLTE technology to boost 4G LTE coverage and services for customers throughout the state. About 15 XLTE sites in Bradenton have been activated by the telecommunications company this year, according to a company spokesman.
The XLTE technology will allow its network deliver significantly increased capacity over its high-speed 4G LTE network, according to Verizon.
-- Herald staff reports