+ June 18 special election early voting continues
Early voting for the June 18 special election continues through Saturday, June 15.
Early voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, at the Supervisor of Elections office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 118, Bradenton.
The ballot features two items: A vote on a half-percent sales tax increase to fund indigent health care and a vote to allow the Manatee Board of County Commissioners to give new or expanding businesses ad valorem tax exemptions.
+ County considers Lakewood Ranch public transit route
Manatee County transit officials discussed a possible bus route to Lakewood Ranch at a board workshop June 10.
Transit Division Manager William Steele said service to Lakewood Ranch could start in late 2015.
One option, Steele said, would be to realign existing routes.
The existing bus supply would be able to serve any new or altered route, he said.
Transit officials will present a route recommendation and approximate cost to the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners at an undetermined date.
If commissioners approve the plan, the Florida Department of Transportation would pay 50% of the cost for the first three years.
Meetings & Agendas
• Manatee County Planning Commission Meeting — 9 a.m. June 13, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
• Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Budget Session: Capital Improvement Plan — 9 a.m. June 13, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
• Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Meeting — 9 a.m. June 18, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Budget Public Hearing — 6 p.m. June 20, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
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22 Gingerbread Houses
23 Cooking Class: Nuts About Holiday Cookies
24 Cooking Class: Crazy For Cookies
26 Kids 3-Day Cooking Camp
26 Teens 3-Day Cooking Camp
30 Italian Wine and Dine
31 Cooking Class: World New Year's Celebration
26 Devereaux-Kaiser Collector Car Meet
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Coats for kids
Knights of Columbus Councils are helping children in need by providing coats to children in their communities through the order’s Coats for Kids program.
Santa and his elf made a surprise stop Dec. 13, at WineStyles, in San Marco Plaza, by Harley-Davidson motorcycle, during the store’s weekly Friday night wine-tasting event.
Members and guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ventured Dec. 4 to Orlando, to view holiday decorations at the Grand Floridian and to have lunch at Downtown Disney.