+ Operation targets spring break activities
The Florida Sheriffs Task Force has launched its latest operation aimed at protecting the safety of Florida’s youth during spring break.
Operation Dry Spring will take place from March 4 through April 7, in conjunction with the spring break schedules of most public and private schools in Florida.
The Sheriff’s Office says students, the majority of whom are under 21, often choose to drink alcohol and experiment with illegal drugs during spring break.
In 2010, nearly 190,000 people under the age of 21 visited an emergency room for injuries or conditions connected to the use of alcohol.
The Florida Sheriffs Task Force and Operation Dry Spring will focus on the safety and protection of underage youth from drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Anyone with information on illegal activity involving underage youth in Manatee County should call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
A March 7 story titled “Experts raise prescription-drug awareness” stated a friend panicked and left Brandi Meshad when she “began breathing heavily in her sleep” following a drug overdose. However, the details leading up to her death are unknown.
Meetings & Agendas
• Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Planning Commission Meeting — 9 a.m. March 14, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
• Manatee County Board of County Commissioners Work Session — 9 a.m. March 19, at 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
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12 LWRBA March Membership Luncheon
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
12 March Membership Luncheon
15 Irish Celtic 5K, Lakewood Ranch
8:00 am - 10:00 am
15 Palma Sola Botanical Park plants, antiques and crafts sale
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
22 5th Annual Ponies for Pups
22 Lakewood Ranch Community Fund 'Havana Nights' Gala
23 The Bridal EXPO
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
26 LWRBA March Executive Briefing
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Daylight Saving Time starts 2 a.m. Sunday, so be sure to set your alarm accordingly.
The Tabernacle Christian School middle school student Lauren Medred, an East County resident, earned top vocal honors, taking first place in vocal solo female category of the Florida League of Christian School’s Festival of the Academics and Arts Feb. 28 and March 1 at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Manatee County schools dominated a state technology competition with five of six top-three finishes earned by Manatee County schools during the 35th annual Technology Student Association State Competition late February.