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Manatee Chamber of Commerce

CHAMBER STAFF

Administration
Robert P. Bartz, IOM, President
BobB@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 112

Carey Miller, Office Administrator
CareyM@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 113

Reba Parrish, Information Specialist
RebaP@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 100

Cheryl Richert, Controller of Finance
CherylR@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 115

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS

Jacki Dezelski, Vice President, East County & Community Development
JackiD@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 131

Karen Jones, Director, Communications
KarenJ@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 116

Jahna Leinhauser, Community Development Manager
JahnaL@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 172

Kimberly Henley, Executive Assistant, Community Development
KimberlyH@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 133

Alice Barker, Information Specialist
AliceB@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 200

Karen Sivia, Information Specialist
KarenS@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 200

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Eric Basinger, CEcD, Executive Director
EricB@ManateeEDC.com — ext. 120

Sharon Hillstrom, Associate Director
SharonH@ManateeEDC.com — ext. 140

Lauren Kratsch, Business Development Manager
LaurenK@ManateeEDC.com — ext. 134

Mary Chilton, Workforce and Business Liason
MaryC@ManateeEDC.com — ext. 145

Sandy Miles, Industry Services Assistant
SandyM@ManateeEDC.com — ext. 125

Debbie Scott, Administrative Assistant
DebbieS@ManateeEDC.com — ext. 126

Jeannie Shields, Executive Assistant
JeannieS@ManateeEDC.com — ext. 128

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT & SERVICES

Marie Pender, Vice President, Membership Development & Services
MarieP@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 121

Elba Viruet, Executive Assistant, Membership Development
ElbaV@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 122

Tina West, Manager, Better Business Council
TinaW@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 114

Joni Korzen, Membership Development Representative
JoniK@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 130

Marianne Goldrainer, Membership Development Representative
MarianneG@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 135

Jill Salazar, Membership Development Representative
JillS@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 141

PUBLIC POLICY & SMALL BUSINESS

Neil Spirtas, IOM, Vice President, Public Policy & Small Business
NeilS@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 124

Lisa Reeder, Executive Assistant, Public Policy & Small Business
LisaR@ManateeChamber.com — ext. 123

CONTACTING THE MANATEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Bradenton Office:
222 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone: 941-748-3411 • Fax: 941-745-1877
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday

Lakewood Ranch Office at the McClure Center:
4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
Phone: 941-748-3411 • Fax: 941-745-1877
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday
On the web: www.ManateeChamber.com
Email us at: Info@ManateeChamber.com

U.S. Chamber 5-Star Accredited. Proud winner of the National Chamber of the Year Award and three-time winner of the Florida Chamber of the Year Award.

Mission: To build a positive business environment while enhancing our community’s quality of life.

CHAMBER DIVISIONS & COMMITTEES

Throughout the year, the Chamber draws upon the expertise of the business community to lend a hand in working on Chamber Committees, special projects, events or lending assistance of a technical nature. With approximately 46 committees and task forces working on issues and projects of concern to our business community, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce is actively working on your behalf to make Manatee County a better place to live, work and play. The Chamber’s four divisions and their committees offer the active Chamber member many ways to participate in the life of your community. We encourage you to become involved. If you have any questions concerning your membership or are interested in joining with other business people in our community, call the Manatee Chamber at 941-748-3411.

Community Development

Encourage mutual involvement between business and the public sector in programs designed to improve workforce development, leadership opportunities, and overall quality of life in Manatee County.

• Image Manatee Committee – Improve the appearance of Manatee County and promote a healthy, natural environment, while recognizing businesses and organizations that positively impact our community through property landscape and design.

• Manatee Young Professionals Committee and Subcommittees – Serve as a business, social and community resource for young professionals ages 21-42 in our region.

• Healthcare Committee – Implement select recommendations of the Manatee County Healthcare Study and educate the business community about healthcare issues.

• Education and Workforce Partnership Committee – Promote and support the enrichment of education through business/education partnerships. Enhance the quality of our workforce by emphasizing job-related skills and competencies. Plan and implement the Project T.E.A.C.H. program for all area 4th grade students to increase their career awareness. Plan and implement Bi-annual Job Fair & Career Expo, Business/Education Partnership Awards, Partnership Training Seminar and Real Life 101 (activity-based curriculum stressing work ethic for 8th grade students).

Public Policy & Small Business

Serve as the proactive voice of business in government affairs, advocating responsible legislation and regulatory practices, and implementing programs to improve the small business climate.

• Downtown Redevelopment Committee – Enhance the focal point of the downtown’s core area through planning and revitalization efforts.

• Environmental Committee – Investigate and make recommendations on business regulations/issues affecting our natural resources.

• Green Business Initiative Committee – To preserve our precious natural resources while providing environmentally responsible energy solutions and protecting our unique quality of life.

• Legislative Committee – Study and monitor state and federal issues on behalf of business.

• Small Business Council – Provide support services designed to enhance the profitability of small businesses. Coordinates various educational and networking programs and Small Business of the Year Awards.

• Transportation Committee – Study local needs and facilitate an improved transportation network.

• Water Alternatives Committee – Research and provide new cost-effective water resources including conservation, new technologies, incentive-based approaches and regional solutions.

Membership Development and Services

Provide and communicate quality programs, benefits and services designed to attract and meet the needs of members while supporting the economic base of the Chamber.

• Diplomat Committee – Committee members welcome new members by delivering information packets and reviewing the benefits of the Chamber from a fellow member’s perspective in an effort to maximize their investment.

• Golf Tournament Committee – Help plan and facilitate the Chamber’s annual golf tournaments.

• Membership Recruitment Campaign – Help recruit new members during concentrated campaign.

• McKechnie Club – Help promote attendance during the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Spring Training at McKechnie Field.

Economic Development Council

The Economic Development Council (EDC) is a division within the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, with its own budget and funding sources. The EDC is funded by a combination of private investments, grants and local government investments. As a division of the Chamber, the EDC observes all local, state and federal laws that apply to non-profit organizations as defined by Section 501(c)6 of the Internal Revenue Code

The EDC is committed to being Florida’s most business-friendly economic development organization. The EDC pursues strategic goals and targeted business sectors to improve the economic well-being of Manatee County through the creation and preservation of jobs and investments

Note: To serve on the following committees, one must also be affiliated with a firm or organization that is an investor in the EDC.

• Existing Industry Committee – Assist with planning and execution of the Excellence in Industry Awards event.

• Finance Task Force – Review and update alternative financing tools, and participate in disaster relief loan programs.

• Hob Nob Bar-B-Que Grill Team Committee – Assist with planning the annual Hob Nob Barbecue.

CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Your Chamber membership gives you access to an extensive list of benefits designed to help your business grow and succeed, including:

• The Better Business Council (BBC) – The Better Business Council promotes confidence in our area’s businesses by encouraging and promoting the highest standards of business ethics. Approved BBC members through the BBC Advisory Committee, have agreed to cooperate fully with the Better Business Council to formally address consumer complaints in a manner fair to all concerned.

• The Economic Development Council – The EDC is a public/private partnership composed of business, professional and financial leaders who have invested their talent, knowledge and financial support for the successful growth and economic health of the community. The Economic Development Council is the only organization in Manatee County responsible for the attraction, retention and growth of “value added” businesses, working on initiatives such as business recruitment/international trade, business expansion/retention, workforce development and entrepreneurial technology.

• Leadership Manatee – A comprehensive series of lectures, discussions and field trips designed to expose community leaders to the present and future needs of Manatee County. Leadership Manatee is a seven-month program sponsored by the Manatee Chamber Foundation in cooperation with the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton. There is absolutely no other program available that provides greater insight and vision into our community. Applications are available in April of each year.

• Manatee Chamber Foundation – The purpose of the foundation is the advancement of education and understanding of economics, matters of public concern, finance, housing, human relations, problems of minority groups, science and technology, economic planning and development, international relations and other subjects related to improved efficiency, development and acceleration of both the quality and quantity of economic growth and employment opportunities through any activity which tends to promote understanding, unification, or improved relationships between different economic or ethnic groups.

• Manatee Young Professionals – An organization serving as a social, business and community resource for young professionals ages 21-42 in our region. Our program is the Tampa Bay area’s longest running initiative for young professionals and includes a nominal annual membership fee and robust benefit program.

MYP offers:

– Networking Opportunities and Exposure for Professionals
– Educational and Hot Topic Forums
– Knowledge-Based Professional and Personal Development
– Community Awareness Programming
– Volunteer Service Opportunities
– Recruitment and Retention Resources

MYP encourages our members to give back to the community through volunteer service with local projects, including Youth Mentoring, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army and more. Our MYP Ambassadors serve as a recruitment and retention aid to local business and industry, as well as to young professionals newly arrived or considering a move to the area. MYP also partners with other area YP organizations to support regional young professional efforts.

• Advertising – Promote your business through the Chamber’s multiple publications and websites.

• Access to information – The Chamber has a wealth of valuable information to answer your business and community questions.

• Ask the Tech Forum – Gives members the opportunity to get answers to all their technology questions.

• Better Business Council (BBC) – Building and maintaining confidence in area businesses by promoting high standards. Provides professional conflict resolution.

• Business After Business – Networking events held monthly at various locations to develop business partnerships.

• Business After Hours – Networking events held monthly at various locations throughout the community to develop business partnerships.

• Business Resource Center – A library of business publications, market research and business resource information.

• Business Showcases – Bi-annual events designed to help you promote your company’s products and services.

• Chamber Insider E-mail Newsletter – Weekly email to members offering timely Chamber and business information as well as important state/legislative information.

• Coffee Clubs – Monthly networking breakfasts for Chamber Members at various locations throughout the community.

• Contact Your Local Elected Officials Tool – Weigh-in on local, state and national issues by using this online tool. You can contact your elected and local officials to let them know your opinions of pressing issues with the click of a mouse right from the Chamber’s website.

• Economic Stimulus Program – Help our members in challenging economic times through new programming and partnership with governmental agencies.

• The Edge – Monthly email newsletter offering the latest information of happenings in the Economic Development Council.

• Find Employees – The Chamber’s Bi-Annual Job Fairs and www.JobFocus.com website provide you with valuable employee recruitment tools and exposure in our community.

• Green Business Certification – The Chamber has established a points-based green certification program for business members. Those companies that complete the certification process and are found to be engaged in “green” business practices will be promoted/recognized, will have access to a Green Business logo for print and electronic use and will receive the Chamber Insider, Current and window cling recognition on the website. Additionally, government incentives may follow.

• Healthcare – Working to improve the healthcare access and delivery system in Manatee County.

• Human Resource Support Center – Our members have access to human resource professionals online through a partnership with FishLadder. This is particularly valuable to smaller businesses that often don’t have an HR employee.

• Insider – This weekly email newsletter provides you with timely business information, Chamber updates and important State/legislative information that matters to your business.

• Involvement Opportunities – You are invited to join the committee(s) of your choice and have a direct impact upon the future of your community while promoting your business.

• Job Fair & Career Expo – Participate in an event that was attended by over 2,500 people last year. Hire for your current needs and/or promote your company’s culture and benefits for future hiring ease.

• Legislative Initiatives – The Chamber monitors and notifies you of important local and state issues that affect businesses and the quality of life for Manatee County citizens.

• Literature Display – Chamber members are invited to display their brochures and business cards in the lobbies of the two Chamber offices, which are visited by approximately 17,000 visitors and Chamber members each year.

• LocalQuotes4U – Are you looking for a product or service for your home or business? Submit a request to all Chamber members in the appropriate category and receive multiple quotes with ease.

• Mailing Labels – Target your advertising with the hottest mailing lists in town.

• Membership Plaque – Proudly display your Chamber Membership with this handsome plaque and window decal. An electronic version is available for your website.

• Manatee Business Academy (MBA) – A series of educational/networking roundtables and seminars at the Chamber’s Downtown and Lakewood Ranch offices. The Manatee Chamber of Commerce has been presenting educational seminars and programs for the last 25 years. These training opportunities are presented every other week (on the average) of the year.

• Manatee Young Professionals – Serves as a business, social and community resource for young professionals in Manatee County. We are Tampa Bay’s longest running initiative for young professionals and have more than 1,500 members.

• Merchant Services Discount Program – Improve your cash flow and save money on processing fees for credit cards, debit cards and check payments through this strategic alliance. The Manatee Chamber Merchant Services Program is powered by First Data. For information, contact Nancy Walker at 941-545-0937 or nancy.walker@firstdata.com.

• Monthly Magazine, Current – This award-winning publication publicizes the latest efforts and events from your Chamber. With a circulation of 3,500, it is a great business-to-business marketing opportunity. By reading the Current every month, you will learn more about your Chamber, your community and fellow Chamber members. All Chamber members are encouraged to share their business news with us for possible publication in the Current.

• New Member Receptions – New members are recognized at orientation receptions that offer in-depth overviews of the services and benefits available through Chamber membership to help our members maximize their investment.

• New Resident Welcome Kit – Include your business literature in a welcome kit distributed to new residents through the offices of the Manatee County Tax Collector.

• Newcomer Prospect List – Information on prospective new residents who inquire about our area.

• Online Preferred Business Directory – The Chamber’s membership directory is included on our website and lists all Chamber members alphabetically and categorically, as well as a description of their product/service. Linking is available at no charge to members. Members are also notified via email when someone accesses their website through the Chamber’s site.

• Power Connection Lunches – High-energy lunches featuring one-minute infomercials among members seeking to do business with one another.

• Preferred Business Directory – The Chamber’s Preferred Business Directory and Newcomer’s Guide are published and distributed annually—free of charge—to Chamber members, businesses and area newcomers. All Chamber members receive two complimentary listings to give greater exposure to your products and services and you are encouraged to pick-up extra copies for your new employees and customers.

• Press Release Submission Tool – This powerful tool gets your company’s information into the hands of our local media in the easiest, most efficient manner possible. Watch your news presence grow!

• Professional Development – Your Chamber offers numerous seminars, roundtables and educational activities geared specifically to the business community and the continuing education of you and your employees.

• Referrals – The Chamber loves referring your business. Whether through phone inquiry, email, online or a visit to the Chamber’s offices, businesses, residents and visitors will find information about your company. Referrals through the Chamber’s website and online Membership Directory continue to grow and generate new leads for members.

• Relocation Inquiries – We can provide a list of potential new residents who have requested relocation information. Members have the ability to establish name-recognition with these new folks even before they move here.

• Ribbon Cuttings – The Chamber enjoys helping members celebrate the grand openings and remodeling of their businesses by conducting ribbon cutting ceremonies.

• SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) – The Chamber hosts free business consultations at our two offices through the professional services of SCORE. Simply call the Chamber to make an appointment, 941-748-3411.

• Showcases/Tradeshows – Events designed to allow members the opportunity to display their company’s product at our Annual Port Manatee and Tri-Chamber Trade Fairs.

• Small Business Council – A diversified mix of business and professional people, the Small Business Council, is action oriented and concerned with the continued growth and strength of small businesses. Small business owners join together to learn, exchange ideas, become more profitable and create an atmosphere in which they can grow professionally.

• Small Business Development Center – A community service program of the State University System. A Management Consultant provides information to businesses and makes available seminars and other services. Appointments are scheduled through the Chamber.

• Social Network - www.facebook.com/manateechamber– The Manatee Chamber of Commerce Facebook page is at the hub of its social media efforts with timely information on upcoming events, member benefits and community news.

• Website – The Chamber’s website has 1,500-plus pages of business and community information, giving you 24/7 access to tools designed to help your business succeed. All members are listed in our online business directory with a direct link to your website and a detailed description of your company/product/service. We also notify you whenever someone uses the Chamber website to click through to your website. Our “Members Only” web pages allow members even greater access to resources as well as special discounts at participating member businesses.

• Workforce Housing – Your Chamber is working with local government to find ways to encourage builders/ government to provide long-term solutions that will result in available and affordable housing for our workforce.

• Workforce Preparation – Through a number of programs and initiatives, the Chamber works to assure that Manatee County has a qualified and abundant workforce now and in the future.

www.twitter.com/manateechamber – Stay in the know about new Manatee Chamber Members, grand openings and exciting press announcements!

www.linkedin.com, Manatee Chamber Linked In Group – Submit questions and receive feedback from your fellow Manatee Chamber Members.

• Sponsorship Opportunities for Members – Chairman’s Circle Platinum Level Members, Annual Dinner, Breakfast with the Chairman, Business After Business, Business After Hours, Chamber Foundation, Current magazine, Coffee Clubs, Membership Directory & Newcomers Guide, New Member Receptions, Official Manatee County Map and Atlas projects, Showcases/Tradeshows, Golf Tournaments, Financial Literacy program, Insider E-mail, Legislative Roundtables, Member-to-Member Discount program, Small Business Roundtables and seminars, Manatee Business Academy, Guest Speaker Breakfast/Lunch, Small Business of the Year Awards, Leadership Manatee, Business Partnership Award Breakfast, Hob Nob Bar-B-Que, Job Fair & Career Expos, Manatee Young Professionals, School Partner Coordinator Training Seminar, Real Life 101, Project TEACH, the Chamber’s Website and more.

• Workforce Preparation – Working to assure Manatee County has a qualified and abundant workforce.

Publications

• Better Business Council Consumer Guide – Highlights BBC members and provides consumer tips to avoid fraudulent business practices. Can be a valuable tool when searching for a reputable company.

• Current – The Manatee Chamber of Commerce magazine the Current is published monthly. It offers the latest on the efforts and events of your Chamber and is also a great marketing opportunity! The Current has magazine inserts and display advertising and a circulation of more than 3,500. It contains information on the Chamber’s current activities, upcoming events and meetings, legislative issues affecting the business community and action taken by the Chamber Board of Directors.

• Labels & Lists – Mailing labels for direct mail users. Newcomer’s List provides you with a monthly list of more than 100 names, addresses and pertinent information about families and individuals from around the country relocating or considering relocation to Manatee County. Newcomer’s Welcome Kit provides you with an opportunity to reach approximately 3,600 newcomers to our area. Distributed in a joint effort with the Manatee Tax Collector’s Office.

• Manatee County Map and Atlas – The official street map and an atlas of Manatee County includes Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Cortez, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Myakka City, Palmetto and Parrish.

Membership Listing Changes

The 2011 Manatee Chamber of Commerce Preferred Business Directory & Newcomer’s Guide was closed in August 2010. The information in this directory was carefully compiled in an effort to ensure maximum accuracy. However, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce cannot guarantee the correctness of all information provided. Some businesses are listed more than once, at their own choosing and expense. Every effort has been made to include each member of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce in good standing at the time of closing.

• Preferred Business Directory & Newcomer’s Guide – The best of the Manatee County Business Community listed both alphabetically and categorically, it is distributed to all members of the Chamber, prospective members, local citizens and newcomers. This publication also includes important newcomer and community information and serves as a resource guide for Manatee County.

We need your help! If there is any error in your listing in this directory, or if you make changes in your firm name, address, name of principal contact, or business classification of your firm, please notify the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

HELPFUL COMMUNITY PHONE NUMBERS

Emergency Services
Access Center Helpline — 941-741-3117
American Red Cross — 941-792-8686
Coast Guard — 941-794-1607
Community Coalition for the Homeless — 941-747-0383
Emergency Ambulance, Fire, Police — 911
Humane Society — 941-747-8808
Poison Control — 1-800-282-3171
Spouse Abuse Information — 941-755-6805
United Way of Manasota — 211
Wildlife Rescue Service — 941-742-5933

Police Department Non-Emergency Numbers
Florida Highway Patrol Bradenton Post — 941-751-7647
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office — 941-747-3011
Bradenton Police Department — 941-932-9300
Bradenton Beach Police Department — 941-778-6311
Holmes Beach Police Department — 941-708-5804
Longboat Key Police Department — 941-316-1977
Palmetto Police Department — 941-721-2000

Fire Department Non-Emergency Numbers
Bradenton Fire Department — 941-708-6233
Braden River Fire Department — 941-751-5611
Cedar Hammock Fire Department — 941-751-7090
Duette Volunteer Fire Department — 813-634-8080
Longboat Key Fire Department — 941-316-1944
Manatee West Fire Department — 941-741-3900
Myakka City Fire Department — 941-322-2292
North River Fire District, Palmetto — 941-721-6700
Parrish Fire Department — 941-776-1459
Southern Manatee Fire-Rescue District — 941-751-7675
Trailer Estates Fire Department — 941-758-6453
Whitfield Fire Department — 941-355-2013

Art and Culture
ArtCenter Manatee — 941-746-2862
Artist’s Guild — 941-747-0651
Arts Council of Manatee — 941-746-2223
Asolo Center for the Performing Arts — 941-351-9010
Bishop Planetarium — 941-746-4131
DeSoto National Memorial — 941-792-0458
Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum — 941-776-0906
Gamble Plantation State Historic Site — 941-723-4536
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art — 941-359-5700
Lemily & Son International Art Gallery — 941-727-1146
Longboat Key Center for the Arts — 941-383-2345
Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre — 941-748-5875
Manatee Village Historical Park — 941-741-4075
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens — 941-366-5731
Mote Marine Aquarium — 941-388-2451
Palmetto Art Center — 941-518-2109
Sweet Adelines — 941-753-8679
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall — 941-955-7676
Village of the Arts — 941-747-8056

Business Information
Better Business Council — 941-748-1325
Economic Development Council — 941-748-3411
Manatee Chamber of Commerce — 941-748-3411

Civic Center and Auditoriums
Bradenton Municipal Auditorium — 941-932-9484
Manatee Convention & Civic Center — 941-722-6626
Neel Auditorium, Manatee Comm. College — 941-752-5252
Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center — 941-355-9161

Education
Public Schools Administrative Offices — 941-708-8770
Manatee Technical Institute — 941-751-7900
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota — 941-752-5000

Government/County
Port Manatee/Tampa Bay — 941-722-6621
Insurance & Treasurer Consumer Hotline — 1-800-342-2762
Jobs and Benefits — 941-714-7449
Proof of Residency Clerk of Court — 941-741-4040
Property Appraiser — 941-748-8208

Tax Collector/Tag Offices
819 US 301 Blvd., Bradenton — 941-741-4801
7411 Manatee Ave. W., Ste. 20 Bradenton — 941-741-4801
6007 111th St. E., Bradenton — 941-741-4801
1341 10th St. E. (US Hwy. 301) Palmetto — 941-741-4801

Driver’s License
3611 First St. W., Bradenton Information — 941-741-4801 Appointments — 941-741-4800

Manatee County
Animal Control — 941-742-5933
General Information — 941-748-4501
Clerk of Circuit Court — 941-749-1800
Library Services — 941-748-5555
Parks & Recreation — 941-742-5923
Sheriff’s Office — 941-747-3011
Voter Registration — 941-741-3823

Government/City
Anna Maria City Hall 10005 Gulf Drive — 941-708-6130
Bradenton City Hall 101 Old Main Street — 941-932-9400
Bradenton Beach City Hall 107 Gulf Dr. North — 941-778-1005
Holmes Beach City Hall 5801 Marina Drive — 941-708-5800
Longboat Key Town Hall 501 Bay Isles Road — 941-316-1999
Palmetto City Hal 516 Eighth Avenue West — 941-723-4570

Healthcare
Blake Medical Center — 941-792-6611 or 1-800-648-9004
Elder Helpline — 941-742-5818
Health Department — 941-748-0747
Kid Care Insurance — 888-540-5437
LWR Medical Center — 941-782-2103
Manatee County Medical Society — 941-755-3411
Manatee Glens Walk-in Center — 941-782-4800
Manatee Memorial Hospital — 941-746-5111
One Stop Clinic — 941-567-6156
VA Clinic - Bradenton — 941-721-0649

Newspapers - Dailies
The Bradenton Herald — 941-748-0411
Lakewood Ranch Herald — 941-708-7800
The Manatee Herald Tribune — 941-745-7800
St. Petersburg Times, Bradenton Office — 941-746-2315
Tampa Tribune — 813-259-7600

Newspapers - Non-Dailies
Anna Maria Islander — 941-778-7978
Anna Maria Island Sun — 941-778-3986
Bradenton Shopping Guide — 941-748-4344
East County Observer — 941-755-5357
El Mensaje Latino — 941-360-0777
The Gulf Coast Business Review — 941-366-3468
Islander Bystander — 941-778-7978
The Longboat Observer — 941-383-5509
North River News — 941-722-1088
Pelican Press — 941-349-4949
The Shopping Guide — 941-923-2544
Tampa Bay Business Journal — 813-873-8225
Tempo News — 941-359-1065

Magazines
Around the Ranch — 941-757-1532
Biz 941 — 941-366-8225
Florida Trend — 727-821-5800
Living Out East — 941-302-8600
LWR Life — 941-753-1043
SRQ Magazine — 941-365-7702

Other Services
1st Call for Help — 211
Handy Bus — 941-748-2317
Manatee Aging Network — 941-761-9338
Manatee Religious Services — 941-753-6749
Volunteer Services — 941-761-3207
Post Office — 1-800-275-8777

Sports and Recreation
75th Street Park — 941-792-9808
Blackstone Park — 941-722-9053
Buffalo Creek Golf Course — 941-776-2611
Duette Park — 941-776-2295
East Bradenton Center — 941-742-5948
G T Bray Activity Center — 941-742-5974
G T Bray Administration — 941-742-5923
G T Bray Aquatic Center — 941-742-5932
G T Bray Gymnasium — 941-742-5926
G T Bray Walton Racquet Center — 941-742-5973
John H. Marble Recreation Center — 941-753-0954
Manatee County Golf Course — 941-792-6773
Palma Sola Park Softball — 941-792-9005
Rye Wilderness — 941-776-0900
YMCA West Bradenton — 941-792-7484
YMCA Lakewood Ranch — 941-782-0220

Other Sports and Recreation
Anna Maria Island Little League — 941-778-1908
Braden River Little League — 941-232-1563
Braden River Soccer Club — 941-755-1910
East Manatee Bulldogs Football — 941-812-1996
Elleaton Ice & Sports Complex — 941-723-3663
Manasota Youth Soccer — 941-751-3000
Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization — 941-722-7029
Manatee County Babe Ruth League — 941-795-8139
Manatee County Special Olympics — 941-761-9591
Manatee Girls' Softball — 941-792-0642
Manatee Magic Soccer — 941-746-0276
Manatee West Little League — 941-744-1781
Manatee Wildcats Football — 941-746-3021
Miss Manatee Softball — 941-378-1264
North River Little League - American — 941-729-6189
North River Little League - National — 941-729-0975
North River Soccer — 941-721-0646

Professional Sports
The Marauders Baseball — 941-747-3031
Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball — 941-747-3031
Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Football — 1-800-282-0683
Tampa Bay Rays Baseball — 727-898-7297
Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey — 813-301-6600
Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football — 813-276-7300

Transportation
Greyhound Bus Lines — 941-747-2984
Manatee County Area Transit — 941-747-8621
Sarasota Bradenton International
Airport Information Line — 941-359-5200

Utilities
Bradenton Public Works — 941-708-6300
Manatee County Utilities — 941-792-8811
Palmetto Public Works — 941-723-4580
Water, Sewer, Garbage Service Unincorporated areas
Manatee County Public Utilities — 941-792-8811
after hours — 941-795-5457

Electricity*
Florida Power & Light Co. — 941-917-0708
Peace River Electric Coop — 1-800-282-3824

*Service determined by area. Call with either former occupant’s name or serial number on front of electric meter.

Natural Gas*

TECO People's Gas System — 813-375-3479

*Hook-ups available in metropolitan Bradenton, Palmetto, and some rural areas.

Telephone
Bright House Networks — 941-748-1822

Verizon Business — 1-800-483-5000 Residential — 1-800-483-4000

Television
Bright House Networks — 941-748-3816
Comcast Cable — 941-371-4444
Verizon FIOS — 1-800-483-4000

Visitors Information
Convention & Visitors Bureau — 941-729-917 or 1-800-462-6283

TIPS & INFORMATION FOR NEWCOMERS

With easy access to I-275, I-75, US 301, US 41, State Road 64 and State Road 70, residents of Manatee County generally find it very convenient to commute to and visit nearby cities and towns. From Manatee:

Cocoa — 155 miles

Fort Myers — 89 miles

Jacksonville — 238 miles

Miami — 243 miles

Naples — 129 miles

Orlando — 117 miles

Sarasota — 15 miles

Tampa — 48 milesPublic Transportation

The county's public transportation bus system operates six days a week. Fares start at $1, enabling riders to travel as far south as 1st Street at Lemon Avenue in Sarasota and as far north as Palmetto. Senior citizens (age 60+) and physically challenged individuals are entitled to discounted fares. For more information call 941-749-7116.

Registering Your Vehicle

Florida law requires newcomers to register their vehicles within 10 days of employment or enrolling children in school. To register a vehicle, drivers must present a current driver’s license, proof of Florida automobile insurance (from a Florida-licensed agent) and title to the vehicle.

Newcomers can transfer valid out-of-state driver's licenses, register vehicles, obtain license plates, and purchase disabled parking permits and register to vote at any of the following conveniently located Manatee County Tax Collector offices:

Bradenton
7411 Manatee Ave. West, Ste. 200
Bradenton 34209 — 941-741-4800

DeSoto
819 301 Blvd. W.
Bradenton 34205 — 941-741-4800

Lakewood Ranch
6007 111th St. E.
Lakewood Ranch 34202 — 941-741-4800

Palmetto
1341 10th St. E. (US 301)
Palmetto 34221 — 941-741-4800

Registration fees are based on the vehicle’s weight. To learn more about this process or to make an appointment, call 941-741-4800 or access the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office website at www.taxcollector.com. (The Tax Collector’s office provides limited driver license services. Please visit their website for a list of services provided.)

Obtaining a Driver’s License

The state requires newcomers who drive to apply for a Florida driver’s license within 30 days of becoming a resident. In order to obtain a license, be prepared to show proof of Florida registration of your vehicle, an original or certified U.S. Birth Certificate or a valid U.S. Passport or a Certificate of Naturalization. A secondary documentation of a valid out-of-sate license and social security card are necessary as well. For additional information, call the Division of Driver’s Licenses at 941-708-6432 or 941-708-6430 or visit www.hsmv.state.fl.us. You can also visit the following driver license offices:

Bradenton Office
3611 First Street E., Ste. 1010
Bradenton 34208 — 941-708-6432

DeSoto Office
819 301 Blvd. W.
Bradenton 34205 — 941-741-4800

Lakewood Ranch
6007 111th St. E.
Lakewood Ranch 34202 — 941-741-4800

Palmetto
1341 10th St. E. (US 301)
Palmetto 34221 — 941-741-4800

Palma Sola
7411 Manatee Ave., West, Ste. 200
Bradenton 34209 — 941-741-4800
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Local Government

Manatee County is operated under a constitutional form of government adopted in 1921. A seven-member commission, based out of the Manatee County Government Administration Center in Bradenton, meets weekly to address issues and concerns relative to county residents. In addition, the county also has an appointed County Administrator, and its citizens, who take their voting rights very seriously, regularly elect a Clerk of the Circuit Court, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector.

Proving You are a Resident

Some employers require newcomers to show proof of residency before they may be hired. Both the State of Florida and Manatee County have this requirement, for example. To establish residency in Florida, newcomers must file a Declaration of Domicile, which is a document that certifies that the applicant lives at a specified address. To obtain and file this form, visit the Clerk of Court’s Office located within the Manatee County Courthouse at 1115 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton, where the document can also be notarized. For additional information visit www.manateeclerk.com.

Registering to Vote

Newcomers interested in obtaining a voter’s registration card can do so by visiting the Supervisor of Elections Office (600 301 Blvd. W, Suite 108, Bradenton; 941-741-3823), any Tax Collector’s Office or any Department of Motor Vehicles office. Many local banks, public libraries, social service agencies, city halls and chambers of commerce also offer voter registration applications. To qualify, potential voters must be U.S. citizens of at least 18 years of age residing in Manatee County. Keep in mind that registration books close 29 days prior to elections. For additional information, visit the Manatee County Supervisor of Election’s website at www.votemanatee.com. Obtaining Sporting Licenses

Manatee County requires its anglers and hunters to obtain the appropriate licensure. In addition to most sporting goods outlets and bait shops, these licenses can be obtained at any Manatee County Tax Collector’s office as well as area Wal-Mart and K-Mart stores. Children under the age of 16 do not require licensure. Seniors over the age of 65 possessing a valid Florida driver’s license or Florida voter’s registration card are also not required to obtain sporting licenses. The fee structure for hunting and fishing licenses varies according to residency and use. For additional information and rates visit www.floridaconservation.org.

Local and State Taxes

Many newcomers are drawn to Manatee County because of its favorable tax structure, which features no personal income taxes or inheritance taxes. In lieu of this form of taxation, the government relies primarily on sales and property taxes for its main sources of income The sales tax in Manatee County is six and one-half percent. Homeowners in Florida who use their home as their primary residence and meet certain other requirements may be eligible for a $25,000 Homestead Exemption as well as an additional homestead exception that is based on the accessed value of your home. Medical items and groceries are exempt form taxation.

Bonds, stocks, accounts receivable and certain other tangible personal property are subject to a small annual tax. Detailed information about this taxation is available for the Florida Department of Revenue on its website, located at sun6.dms.state.fl.us/dor/.

Personal property belonging to a business (with the exception of real estate) is subject to a tangible tax. To comply with this requirement, businesses must file a return prior to April 1st of each year. Failure to file this return results in a 25 percent penalty. Tangible personal property and ad valorem (real estate) tax bills are mailed on or before November 1st of each year. For additional information about these taxes, contact the Manatee county Property Appraiser’s office at 941-748-8208 or visit its website at www.manateepao.com.

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