East Manatee Republican Club to meet Feb. 12

E. Manatee GOP club to meet

BRADENTON -- The East Manatee Republican Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 12 at the Peridia Golf and Country Club.

Lunch costs $16.

Art Jackman and Lisa Chittaroo, assistant state attorneys for Statev Attorney Ed Brodsky, will discuss identity theft and fraud.

Club officers for 2015-16 will be sworn in.

RSVP: Call 941-739-3813 or longboatfl@aol.com.

Manatee Forum to feature Baker's insights on Cuba

MANATEE -- The next Manatee Forum will feature past President Pat Baker discussing her trip to Cuba providing an inside look into present-day Cuba, the process necessary to travel there and her experiences as an American in Cuba.

The forum will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, followed by $20 dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W.

RSVP to Manateeforum@gmail.com.

Osprey Bridge traffic closed over Hudson Bayou

SARASOTA -- The Osprey Avenue Bridge over the Hudson Bayou will be temporarily closed Wednesday and Thursday, January 22 with vehicle and boat traffic restrictions for the next month while city crews inspect the bridge prior to soliciting bids to hire a new contractor for the Lift Station 87 project.

The bridge is to reopen Friday with one lane of southbound traffic only while the remainder of the bridge inspection is conducted over the next four weeks. Two-way traffic will resume Feb. 16.

To facilitate the safe inspection of the concrete bridge abutment below the water line, cofferdams also will be installed in the bayou. The waterway will be open to accommodate tidal flows and marine life, however, the vertical height for vessel clearance under the Osprey Avenue Bridge will be reduced.

Information: Call Steve Topovski, project manager, 941-955-2325, ext. 6221.

-- Herald staff reports