Business briefs, Nov. 4, 2015

Blalock Walters ranked 'Best Law Firm'

BRADENTON -- Blalock Walters, P.A. has been ranked as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2016, in real estate law and trusts and estates law.

Firms included in the 2016 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States.

Blalock Walters has three lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America -- Clifford L. Walters, III, Charles F. Johnson and Robert G. Blalock. The 2016 "Best Law Firms" rankings can be seen at

Winn-Dixie offers chance to honor veterans

MANATEE -- Winn-Dixie customers will now have the opportunity to donate to the nation's veterans and honor them through Nov. 15. The grocery store's parent company, Southeastern Grocers, has selected the Wounded Warrior Project as a charity partner for 2016.

During the Wall of Honor campaign, customers can purchase $1 Dedication Cards and write messages to veterans they know. Every cent generated through the Wall of Honor campaign will be donated in support of the Wounded Warrior Project Independence Program, according to a release from Southeastern Grocers.

New warehouses slated for Manatee County

BRADENTON -- Several companies controlled by a Bradenton home builder have filed for permits to build nine warehouses on three sets of property in Manatee County.

County records show the companies, all headed by Mark Cahill, would build nearly 66,000 square feet of warehouse space in East Manatee and South Bradenton. The largest of the projects would put up three 7,003-square-foot buildings in the Jarmarc Industrial Park on 59th Terrace East. They would be built in a cul-de-sac in the Whitfield-area park.

The second-largest project is on almost 4 acres that front Lena Road and Interstate 75. County permit records show 4816 Lena LLC, another Cahill company, has applied for permits to build two warehouses at 5326 and 5330 Lena Road. The warehouses would be built in phases, the first encompassing 9,600 square feet, the second 7,500.

Just to the south, Cahill, president of Mark Cahill homes, and Myakka resident Paul Carpenter are looking to build four more 7,000-square-foot warehouses at 8604 and 8618 81st Court E. The 5.5-acres in the Lena Business Park adjoins a second parcel owned by Cahill-Carpenter LLC. The company's other property is the site of Lakewood Auto Collision, a company Carpenter operates. State records show that Cahill is also a company manager.

Neither Cahill nor Carpenter responded to requests for comment.

-- Herald staff reports