Mediation fails to solve fight over Neal permit
DAYTONA BEACH -- A lawsuit to overturn a state wetlands permit for small Perico Island housing development will go to court after an attempt at mediation failed.
Parties to the suit, brought by several local environmental groups against the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or Swiftmud, reached an impasse after a full day of court-ordered mediation Wednesday. Now the two sides will go before Fifth District appellate judge to sort the matter.
Attorneys representing Suncoast Waterkeeper, the Sierra Club, the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage and Manasota-88 seek to turn back a permit allowing homebuilder Pat Neal to fill nearly three-quarters of an acre of mangrove wetlands on the shore of Anna Maria Sound. Neal began construction this week on a four-home subdivision on 3.46 acres he owns on Perico Island. Filling the wetlands, he said, would allow him to join the majority of his developable uplands with a smaller section on the water side of the property.
Justin Bloom, one of the attorneys representing the environmental groups, confirmed the impasse Thursday. However, he declined to comment on the mediation session as all parties to the suit signed a non-disclosure agreement beforehand.
Also a party to the suit is former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, who has opposed aspects of the subdivision approved by Swiftmud and Bradenton.
CareerSource Suncoast hosts job fair for nurses
SARASOTA -- CareerSource Suncoast Sarasota career center, 3660 N. Washington Blvd., will hold a job fair for Help at Home Homecare, a fully accredited and licensed private duty home health care agency.
Interviews will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday for certified nursing assistants, home health aides, homemakers, companions and sitters, Licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. No appointment is needed for the fair.
The employer will conduct background checks, reference checks, motor vehicle record checks and drug screenings.
Neal Signature Homes announces new community
SARASOTA -- Neal Signature, a Lakewood Ranch-based luxury homebuilder, recently broke ground on its newest community, Provence.
Provence is on Honore Avenue between Proctor and Ashton roads. This private neighborhood will feature 18 maintenance-included homes, each with its own pool.
The new neighborhood will offer four models from Neal Signature Homes' Cove Series, including the Alsace, Aquitaine, Brittany and Lorraine floor plans.
Homes will range in size from 2,181 square feet to 2,379 square feet. The community is expected to open in early next year.
-- Herald staff report