Early Inspection & Office Closure on 5/31/2023 at 12:00 Noon

May 25, 2023

Development Services office and Inspections will be closed early on Wednesday , May 31st at 12:00 PM

The Office will reopen on Thursday, June 1st at 8:00 am

Memorial Day Closings

May 22, 2023

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 22, 2023) – Manatee County Government offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2023, to commemorate Memorial Day. Trash, recycling and yard waste collections for that week will be postponed one day, from Tuesday through Saturday, for residents in unincorporated Manatee County.

Manatee County Area Transit operations will be suspended for the day with no fixed route or Handy Bus services. The Anna Maria Island Trolley and Beach ConneXion Shuttle Service will operate normal daily routes.

Manatee County Library branches will be closed Memorial Day.

Manatee County parks and beaches will be open to the public. Manatee County and Buffalo Creek Golf Courses will be open. G.T. Bray Recreation Center facilities will be open on Monday, May 29, from 8 AM to 2 PM. Although the Walton Racquet Center will be closed, tennis/pickleball courts will still be accessible.

Manatee County’s publicly owned natural preserves will remain open throughout the holiday weekend.

For more information about Manatee County Government, visit or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ManateeGov.


Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

Athletic Field Grass in Palmetto

May 12, 2023

Please be advised that our athletic field grass is stressed once again due to the City of Palmetto reclaim water restrictions over the past couple of weeks. We are doing as much as we can with limited use and our water truck to keep things green and healthy.

Carmine DeMilio, MPA, CPRP, ADAC, CPGM, CLM

Manatee County Beach Mats Provide Increased ADA Accessibility

May 1, 2023

Manatee County Beach Mats Provide Increased ADA Accessibility

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 1, 2023) - Manatee County has made Manatee Public Beach, located at 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217, wheelchair accessible through the installation of a 100 foot-long mat. It is the latest initiative by the County in meeting the accessibility requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which mandates equal access to public facilities, services and programs for individuals with disabilities.

ADA mat being installedThe T-shaped mat, which is six-feet wide, will push 100 feet into the approximately 400-foot-wide beach area near the Anna Maria Island Beach Café. At the end of that 100-foot run, a 12-foot “landing area” will allow multiple users to rest and enjoy the surf, sand and sunsets. The beach access mat is made of recycled metals—durable and slip-resistant materials—ensuring safety for all users. In addition to wheelchairs, visitors with strollers, rolling carts and coolers also may take advantage of the smoother surface, which will stay in place year-round (except for removal during severe-storm threats).

“We have been wanting to do this for years,” said Carmine DeMilio, Deputy Director for Parks and Grounds and ADA Coordinator for Manatee County’s Property Management Department. "This is another step to help accommodate the disabled community and provide access to world-class amenities and award-winning beaches."

Manatee County beaches have been recognized with numerous awards for their natural beauty and cleanliness. The addition of the beach access mat will further enhance the openness of these beaches, making them more inclusive and welcoming to all visitors, regardless of their abilities. County leaders encourage everyone to try out the new beach access mat and invites individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Manatee County without any barriers.

For more information about Manatee County Government, visit or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ManateeGov.

New Door and Window Express Permit Fee of $128

April 12, 2023

New Door and Window Express Permit:

Development Services Building Division is excited to offer a Door and Window Express Permit with a permit fee of $128.

This permit option is only for replacement of residential door and/or window, size for size, by a licensed contractor.

The Door and Window Express Permit is not available if any of the following apply:

-Property is in a designated Flood Zone.

-Property is in a designated Historical Overlay.

-Owner performing work.

If any of the above occur the applicant will be required to apply for the regular standard Door and Window Permit for the applicable reviews to occur.

Investment in Palmetto Community

May 24, 2023

Manatee County Continues Investment in Palmetto Community

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 23, 2023) – With the opening of the new basketball courts at Lincoln Park, Manatee County is celebrating its multi-million-dollar investment in the Palmetto region.

Aerial view of basketball courts the $1.2 million project to replace the old courts and lighting at 501 17th Street East was completed on budget and on time—with an opening just in time for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.

“It’s been amazing watching this park flourish,” said Molly White, Deputy Director of Sports and Leisure Services for Manatee County. But she was quick to point out that the new blue court complex is just a part of the work that has been going on in and around the Lincoln Park complex.

Over the past two years, Manatee County has worked to bring more than $13 million in improvements to the park—from the state-of-the-art Lincoln Aquatic Center, completed in time for the 2022 swim season—to the shade structures, restrooms, bleachers and a new two-story press box at the football field.

“This is a growing and engaged community,” said Manatee County District Two Commissioner Amanda Ballard. “It’s important to be able to provide such amazing amenities to our neighbors.”

Further projects to enhance neighborhood access to the park, as well as safety and security, are also underway and expected to be completed throughout the summer.

For more information about Manatee County Government, visit or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ManateeGov.

Buffalo Creek/ Ola Mae Sims Park

May 17, 2023

Parrish dog owners are getting a brand-new location for their pups to explore and enjoy! Only 1 mile down the road, away from the heavy traffic at Buffalo Creek, Ola Mae is the perfect new place for the pups to get their social, exercise and relaxation time. Ola Mae will house a large and small dog park with pavilion coverings, dog agility courses, water hoses and fountains. The former Buffalo Creek location will become a new soccer field to allow more Parrish youth to enjoy their own social and exercise time as well. Ola Mae is set to open after final touches before Memorial Day Weekend. Field renovations will begin after the holiday weekend.

Carmine DeMilio, MPA, CPRP, ADAC, CPGM, CLM

Deputy Director Parks & Grounds

Swim for Free at Manatee County Pools This Summer

May 17, 2023

Swim for Free at Manatee County Pools This Summer

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 16, 2023) – Summer is almost here—and Manatee County will be helping citizens keep cool by making all Manatee County Pools and Splash Pads free for all, starting May 27, 2023. The pools at G.T. Bray Park and Lincoln Aquatic Center will host two swim sessions per day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.—welcoming swimmers until the facility’s capacity is reached.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone in our community to experience our great facilities,” said Molly White, Deputy Director of the Sports and Leisure Services Department. “and those facilities are expanding.”

Following the opening of the wildly popular Lincoln Aquatic Center in 2022, the County is continuing its ambitious initiative to create even more water-based amenities. Premier Park in Lakewood Ranch will see an Olympic-sized pool as the centerpiece of its multi-million-dollar expansion. Meantime, a brand-new splash pad and upgraded pool deck are being included in the rehabilitation of the swim facilities and expansion of the John Marble Recreation Center.

“We are excited about the plans to expand and enhance the amenities at John Marble,” said Manatee County District Two Commissioner Amanda Ballard. “This is going to be a real community asset!”

That redevelopment of Marble property along 53rd Avenue East (SR70) will also include the construction of a double gymnasium, fitness center, camp space, new picnic pavilion, parking lot, fencing, sidewalks and stormwater improvements (see below for rendering). Improved access from the 37th Street entrance and new perimeter fencing round out the project which is scheduled for completion in the fall of next year. Unfortunately, all this work will require the closing of the Marble Complex to the public beginning May 22, 2023.

Alternate recreation locations can be found at

For more information about Manatee County Government, visit or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ManateeGov.

Sunset Tai Chi at the NEST

April 10, 2023

Sunset Tai Chi at the NEST

Join us for this monthly class on the lawn the NEST! At sunset on the second Monday of the month, Dr. Brian Nell, a certified Tai Chi instructor, will lead the group through the gentle movements of Tai Chi. This is a great way to shake off the stressful work week. Improve your balance, loosen your joints, and improve flexibility as you relax and breathe. This class is perfect for beginners and will explore several different Tai Chi and Qigong styles.

This class is offered rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, this class will be moved indoors to the NEST building. Program Suitable for adults. Program sponsored by Cypress Pillar Healing Arts in partnership with Manatee County.

$10 Registration Fee Payable Online. For more information contact

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