+ Ranch operations launches lake plan
Following a burst of algae blooms in Lakewood Ranch’s lakes earlier this month, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall Operations staff now is working to implement a long-term lake maintenance program it has been working on for several months.
To start, select lakes will be stocked with carp, which are a natural way to control underwater algae and plant growth, sometime in May. Additionally, the operations department will be installing several pieces of aeration/circulation equipment intended to improve overall water quality and help prevent the growth of algae.
After monitoring how the equipment performs at targeted lakes, the department will use those results to make recommendations to the community development districts on what type of equipment it should invest in. Currently, the operations department is proposing the purchase of two solar Oloid systems, a Vertex aeration system, Solarbee machine and ultrasonic algae control equipment for a total of about $30,000.
“Ultimately, the goal is to improve the aesthetic condition of the lake, the response to resident concerts about that condition and to be using the right tools,” said Maintenance Manager Paul Chetlain.
Chetlain said the investment ultimately will save Lakewood Ranch residents money in lake maintenance costs and will help improve aesthetics.
+ Legislature passes red-light camera bill
After passing in both the The Florida House of Representatives and the Senate, a bill allowing the use of cameras at intersections to issue ticket to red-light runners went to Gov. Charlie Crist April 27 for a final stamp of approval.
The bill has been heralded by East County’s Rep. Ron Reagan.
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2 Center For Sight at University Park Grand Opening & Trunk Show
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3 Bowl Painting Party
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4 Ron Gordon's Humane Society Golf Tournament
Ashlynn Martin put her "paws" to action
Ashlynn Martin’s dance-a-thon fundraiser Sept. 7, at Jump Dance Co., benefitting Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and its Lexi’s Paw Pals program, welcomed more than 60 participants.
Honor seeks home for Petey
A 1-year-old hound dog named Petey has been waiting to find a new home for more than 6 months at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue.
Vitale accepts donation
Lakewood Ranch resident and ESPN Hall-of-Famer Dick Vitale on Sept. 9 received a $85,000 donation for the fight against cancer from Craig and JoEllen Mettille, of 380 Cos.