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Gov. Rick Scott reappoints 112 officials, including Manatee and Sarasota

Governor reappoints

4 from area

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced 112 reappointments Friday to various boards and commissions following the Florida Senate's failure to consider them for confirmation by adjournment sine die of the 2015 regular legislative session.

Officials appointed from Manatee and Sarasota include:

Board of Medicine: Dr. Gary Dolin, 63, of Bradenton, ophthalmologist with The Eye Depot, reappointed for a term beginning Friday and ending Oct. 31, 2018.

Enterprise Florida Inc. Board: Jesse Biter, 39, of Sarasota, chief executive officer of Biter Enterprises, reappointed for a term beginning Friday and ending Sept. 30, 2018.

Southwest Florida Water Management District: Michael "Mike" Moran, 46, of Sarasota, owner of Blue Water Insurance Group, reappointed for a term beginning Friday and ending March 1, 2019.

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees: John "Bob" Long, 75, of Sarasota, chief executive officer of Marine Concepts, reappointed for a term beginning Friday and ending May 31, 2018.

SCF student makes impact on Venice City Council

BRADENTON -- Robert Elie, a student at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, served two tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army, and was in Baghdad during the second surge 2007-2008.

So when he was given an assignment in fundamentals of speech class at SCF Venice, he knew he wanted to speak about the U.S. Flag Code. Driving around town doing research for his speech, he began to notice improper display of the American flag, and wasn't happy about it. He decided to take his findings to City Hall.

With Flag Day approaching Sunday, Elie went before the Venice City Council to show photos of flags not being illuminated at night at places such as City Hall, Venice Police Department and Heritage Park, where an unilluminated flag stands behind a memorial plaque.

"This is extremely disrespectful," Elie told the mayor and council members.

Vice Mayor Jeanette Gates said city flags should be taken down at sunset, as Elie suggested, and they've begun taking them down.

Elie will graduate from SCF in spring 2016.

-- Herald staff reports

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