Vote on Ranch bill delayed

A vote has been delayed on a bill that would allow the financing of certain types of green technology and adjust the boundaries of the 23,000-acre stewardship district at Lakewood Ranch.

Members of the Manatee County Legislative Delegation were scheduled to vote on the bill at 8 a.m. today, but were unable to muster a quorum.

Instead, the vote will be taken later in the day, said Cheryl Ennis, legislative aide.

The vote is necessary to introduce the bill during the legislative session.

The stewardship district covers Schroeder-Manatee Ranch's last remaining undeveloped property at Lakewood Ranch, and straddles the Manatee-Sarasota county line.