John Marble Covid Testing

September 7, 2021

COVID Testing Site for County Government and School District staff and Students

John Marble Park 3675 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton) for Manatee County School District and County Government employees.

The following individuals may utilize this new testing site:

• Manatee County Government Employees and their families (must show employee ID, Aetna/YourChoice Insurance Card, or provide employee M-number)

• Manatee County School Board Employees (School or District ID required) • Manatee County School District Students Testing will be offered Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer both PCR and Rapid Testing at no cost.

The site will be closed weekends and holidays. The site is a partnership between FL Department of Health Manatee and Manatee County Government to better serve the county’s two largest employers and their families. "With a resurgence of COVID-19 affecting our schools and employees, we felt it was important to provide fast testing to those affected in order to minimize the impacts of the virus on learning and government functions." said Public Safety Director Jacob Saur.

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatments

August 26, 2021

Monoclonal antibody treatments (MAB) can prevent hospitalization or death in high-risk patients with COVID.

Individuals 12 yrs or older who are high-risk, that have contracted or been exposed to COVID are eligible for this treatment. Treatment is free and vaccination status does not matter.

The site details for the State operation taking place at Manatee Memorial Hospital have now been posted online: (

Also, it appears that appointments are to be made through CDR Health Pro:(

Customer Support Questions:

Testing/Test Results: 850-583-2419

Vaccination Registration: 844-770-8548

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment: 850-344-9637

Damaged Recycle Bins

August 19, 2021

Please leave the cart at the curb and it could take up to two weeks.

If it's been longer than two weeks, please wait as they will get to them ASAP.

Q: Should the customers wait for at least 2 weeks before they put out their recycle bin for replacement or repairs (DPMN)?

A: Still put their carts out there to ensure they are not missed when they come through the area.

Q: How will the service orders (DPMN & RYB) that are already pending be handled? A: Both haulers will be getting caught up with recycling cart service orders that are two weeks and older by the end of next week. WM has hired Cascade (the cart manufacturer) to get them caught up with all the cart requests/repairs.

Manatee County COVID Testing Site

August 13, 2021

For more information, call (941) 242-6646.

REGISTER ahead of time:

Bradenton Convention Center::

Parking lot,

1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto

7 a.m.- 7 p.m. seven days a week.

*Free testing (including both PCR and rapid testing) are free of charge. NO antibody testing.

*Walk-up operation and no appointment is necessary.

*Government issued photo ID required if over 18.

*ANY age can be tested.

If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 and have a mild fever and symptoms such as a cough, call MCR Health at (941) 776-4000.

If you're experiencing any of the following emergency signs of COVID-19, call 9-1-1:

• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

• Confusion

• Bluish lips or face

For additional information on COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites, visit


August 11, 2021

Code Enforcement Service Requests:

Notice: As of July 1, 2021, due to the passage of Senate Bill 60, a code inspector may not initiate enforcement of a potential violation of a code or ordinance by way of an anonymous complaint. Therefore, a person who wishes to report a potential violation must provide his or her name and address before enforcement may proceed. This does not apply if the code inspector has reason to believe that the violation presents an imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare of imminent destruction of habitat or sensitive resources.

Unlimited Access to Public Libraries

September 9, 2021

MANATEE COUNTY, FLA (Sept. 9, 2021)

Starting today, All-Access Pass entitles Manatee County school students virtually unlimited access to Public Library System materials

More than 50,000 public-school students will now have access to one million books, more than 2,000 periodicals, and over 150 newspapers under the All-Access Pass program. All students need to participate is to show their student ID card.

In a video announcement being distributed on social media today at 10 a.m., Superintendent Cynthia Saunders and County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes hailed the new partnership between the School District and Public Library System as another community-wide step toward enhancing reading and learning opportunities for the families of Manatee County.

The video will be shared at 10 a.m. on the Facebook pages of the School District of Manatee County, Manatee County Government and Manatee Libraries.

Morgan Johnson Road segment to close

September 2, 2021

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 2, 2021) – Manatee County Public Works Department, in conjunction with the construction contractor Woodruff and Sons INC, will close Morgan Johnson Road (57 St. E.) and 44th Avenue East, between 38th Avenue East and Caruso Road (60 St. E.) to complete work on the 44 Ave East Roadway Extension Project.

The project will realign Morgan Johnson Road and 44th Avenue East, south to Caruso Road. It will also improve existing portions of 44th Avenue East, adding bike lanes, drainage improvements, roadway lighting, and improvements to the wastewater and water utility systems. Once completed, the 44 Ave East Roadway Extension project will provide an additional east-west connection to residents between Lakewood Ranch and the barrier islands.

The closure will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 13, and is expected to last three months, ending Fri., Dec. 17.

During the closure, a detour will be in effect which will utilize 38th Avenue East and 62nd Street East (See map below). Motorists who frequently travel in this area are encouraged to find alternative routes to reach their destinations. Local traffic in the closure area will access Caruso Road via the posted 38th Avenue East detour route. Traffic crews will install a temporary three-way stop at the intersection of 62nd Street East and 44th Avenue East to enhance safety during the closure.

Residents are encouraged to learn more about the 44 Avenue East Roadway Extension project at

Residents with concerns should contact Ogden Clark, Strategic Affairs Manager, at (941) 708-7450 Ext. 7432 or

Community Cleanup Days -CANCELLED

August 30, 2021

Here are the community cleanup dates that will be cancelled:

- Holiday Heights 9/18/21

- Bayshore 10/9/21

- Samoset #1 10/23/21

- Tallevast 11/13/21

- South County #1 12/4/21

- Palmetto #1 12/11/21.

Non Congregate Shelter for COVID clients during isolation period

August 26, 2021

We are pleased to have this resource available for DOH-Manatee residents in Manatee County.

The DOH-Manatee point of contact is: Gabriela Vasquez, Non Congregate Sheltering (NCS) Coordinator. She can be reached at or at her cell phone (941) 714-3704.

Should you need these services, please contact Gabriela directly.

Eligibility Criteria: Staff support will be available to them throughout the client’s stay; however, telephone and video communications will be used to maintain social distancing. A private room(s) is being provided at a local motel to individuals meeting the following criteria:

1. Have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not require hospitalization

2. inability to self-isolate at home or being homeless

3. Services are also extended to first responders that have been exposed by someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results , not able to isolate at home

4. Individuals identified by public health officials as being “high risk” and are unable to adhere to social distancing at home

The following resources will be made available to the guests during their stay:

1. Private room with own bathroom

2. In-room refrigerator and microwave

3. Breakfast provided by the hotel, delivered to the client’s door every morning

4. Lunch and dinner and snacks arranged by Meals on Wheels

5. Television, internet access, phone (local calls only) throughout the stay

6. Weekly laundering of linens & towels, guests are responsible for arranging the laundering of personal items

7. Basic hygiene supplies (soap, shampoo)

8. Mental Health and Spiritual Care support if requested

9. If there is a need for animal care, Service Animal Care and Support by the Humane Society (Phone: 941-747-8808) is a resource. Animal Services may also assist by providing kennels for animals, by contacting: 941-742-5933.

Guests are expected to arrange the following:

1. Personal medications

2. Personal clothing and laundering of personal items

4. Communication devices other than in-room telephone (Laptop, iPad, cellular phone)

5. Care for personal animals, other than service animals

a. ADA defined service animals are welcome at the hotel

b. Hotel may allow dogs (up to 30lbs) for an additional fee of $20 per day: 941-315-6514

6. Guests are expected to not physically interact with other persons while temporarily housed in this hotel/medical shelter. The contact-free exchange of meals, linens, hygiene products, and trash removal will occur from outside of your room door, to limit face-to-face personal interaction.

GT Bray Slide and Diving Board/Wall

June 29, 2021


In the pool area at GT Bray, the slide and diving board/wall will be permanently closed.


June 7, 2021

MyStop is a great resource for MCAT transit info. However if it’s HandyBus Related (Para-Transit, door-door-service), they may reach dispatch about same day trips at queue x 4991 (748 1135 option 4) or queue x 4993 (748 2317 option 3) re: trips about future dates.

Handy Bus Registration

(8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) (941) 747-1739

Reservations / Cancellations

(9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) (941) 748-2317


(before 8 a.m.) (941) 748-1135

Customer Service / Complaints (866) 642-3318

ADA Handy Bus Reservations

(8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) (941) 748-2317

ADA/Veterans Handy Bus Reservations

(Sunday/Holidays) (941) 741-3572


(Saturday) (941) 747-8621, Ext. 0

TDD (for the hearing impaired) (941) 747-7868

State of Florida Commission for

TD Ombudsman Hotline (800) 983-2435

ADA Assistance Line (888) 446-4511

ADA Complaints (800) 514-0301 or

TTY (800) 514-0383

Medical Transportation Management (MTM)

(WellCare Transportation Services) (866) 591-4066

2-1-1 Suncoast

April 9, 2021

Need help? You are not alone. Every day, hundreds of people across our Tri County region of Desoto, Manatee and Sarasota Counties turn to 2-1-1 for information and support—for financial assistance, health programs, crisis support and more.

You can access 2-1-1 by phone, email, chat or text (just text your zip code to 898-211).

Reaching out will get you connected to a multilingual 2-1-1 specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations providing critical services to improve and save lives.

Suncoast Cares · Get Connected. Get Help:

And, the dashboard:

Vaccine Finder

April 7, 2021

Vaccine Finder is the best way for people to locate specific vaccines.

The data can be sorted by location and vaccine type.

Find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you:

VaccineFinder helps you find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. In some states, information may be limited.

Homebound Vaccine Distribution

March 26, 2021

For homebound vaccine, please visit the state homebound registration site.

The website is:

or: email:

Subject: Homebound

E-mail message body: I am homebound

For SECOND vaccinations:



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