+ 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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13 Holidays around the Ranch
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13 Holidays Around the Ranch-Lakewood Ranch
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14 FREE Pictures with Santa Cow!
8:00 am - 10:30 am
14 Gingerbread Houses
14 Italian Wine and Dine
15 A 1913 Florida Cracker Christmas
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
15 Gingerbread Houses
16 Cooking Class: Asian Grilling Techniques
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.
The Play Readers of the Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild were in fine form as they entertained at the Art Association of Palm-Aire’s opening winter luncheon with “Fractured Fairy Tales.”
Catapulting into first place
Seven Manatee County elementary schools competed in the countywide Technology Student Association catapult competition Nov. 16, at Southeast High School. Students built the catapults on-site.