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Manatee County to Incorporate Telehealth Services Into 911 System

June 18, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 17, 2024) – Manatee County Public Safety has joined forces with public safety telehealth provider MD Ally to improve healthcare for residents and create a stronger and more resilient public safety system.

This partnership—known as Manatee Telehealth—will help increase the range of services available to 911 dispatchers, allowing them to connect non-emergency callers with a healthcare professional trained in emergency medicine via telehealth. This will enhance healthcare options for the community and improve access to care.

Beginning June 18, Manatee County Emergency Communicators will now be able to transfer non-emergency medical situations to telehealth professionals in real-time. Trained experts can conduct virtual visits with patients, providing treatment recommendations, prescriptions, transportation to medical facilities, behavioral health support and connections to local community resources from the comfort of their homes.

Manatee Telehealth services can handle a variety of common 911 call types, including prescription refills, chronic pain, cold and flu symptoms, gastrointestinal issues, skin conditions and migraines. This approach will allow the County to better support patients while freeing up essential Public Safety personnel and ambulances to handle urgent emergencies.

"We are proud to partner with MD Ally to offer services that meet our community's needs," said Deputy Director of Public Safety James Crutchfield. "This is going to partition off non-emergent calls out of the 911 system to get them connected to a provider."

Manatee County Public Safety is dedicated to improving outcomes for its residents. The implementation of Manatee Telehealth in 911 dispatch is innovative, and leadership is looking forward to the positive impact it will have on the community.

About MD Ally: MD Ally partners with Public Safety systems to expand their service offerings to include telehealth. This allows dispatchers and first responders to connect non-emergency individuals with telehealth and virtual community paramedicine in real-time. To learn more about MD Ally, visit mdally.com.

About Manatee County Public Safety: The Manatee County Public Safety Department consists of six divisions, each serving a special purpose or function to ensure the safety of our citizens and to preserve or enhance the quality of life in the county. Public Safety works daily with citizens, elected officials and other county law enforcement and fire agencies toward these ends. The common thread among these Public Safety divisions is that they respond directly to the needs of the citizens of Manatee County, often for emergencies and sometimes for routine community services.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

2024 Summer Learning Program Is a Hit

June 13, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 12, 2024) – Manatee County Public Library System (MCPLS) is thrilled to announce that nearly 1,700 students have already signed up for the 2024 Summer Learning Program. But there’s still plenty of room for more.

"We are excited to see this enthusiasm for the Summer Learning Program,” said Assistant Library Services Manager Lyn Begraft. “Reaching 1,696 sign-ups in the first week is a testament to the library's outstanding efforts in promoting summer learning and providing an engaging program. This momentum indeed promises a summer full of reading, learning and fun for all participants."

The Summer Learning Program, open to youth ages 0-17, runs through July 31, 2024. This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library” with each library branch representing a different National Park, offering an immersive experience designed to promote literacy and learning. Families are invited to celebrate literacy together with milestone book prizes, engaging events, Bradenton Marauders tickets and the chance to win the Grand Prize.

The success of the 2024 Summer Learning Program is made possible by the generous support of the Manatee Library Foundation.

For more information about this year’s Summer Learning Program, please contact Chris O’Hara at chris.ohara@mymanatee.org or visit the webpage at mymanatee.org/summerreading.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Traffic Signal Technology Coming to Manatee County

June 12, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 11, 2024) – The Manatee Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) received an update on the pilot program designed to make it easier and safer for emergency vehicles to reach citizens in need by giving them green lights at intersections. 

With an average response time of 8.04 minutes and the County's dispatch center handling an estimated 1,500 calls per day, Manatee County EMS already does a great job of saving lives and serving our taxpayers. This system should help improve response and transport times even more.

“When someone’s experiencing a medical emergency, seconds matter,” said Manatee County Public Safety Deputy Director James Crutchfield. “With this technology, we’re estimating 11 seconds can be saved at each intersection. That adds up quick.”

Manatee County EMS is excited to leverage this technology to benefit taxpayers in one of the fastest-growing counties in the country. The EMS Signal Priority/Pre-emption Pilot Project will be focused on several traffic lights in the US 41/US 301 and SR 64 corridors. Using $300,000 of an allocated $1,000,000 of Generational Impact funding, staff identified 24 intersections along the target corridors.

“This is going to be awesome for EMS to have this out there and being able to use the system,” said Manatee County Commission Chair Mike Rahn.

In coordination with Florida Department of Transportation, Cities of Bradenton and Palmetto and County EMS and Fleet Divisions, Public Works staff have installed field devices at the traffic-signal locations and installed activation devices in 10 EMS vehicles (8 ambulances and 2 supervisor vehicles). Following testing and fine-tuning during the month of May, the system is expected to be fully operational within the next week.

“This was a monumental lift,” said Manatee County Public Works Director Chad Butzow. “Within the next week, we feel the system will be fully up and running the way it’s been designed.”

County staff will continue to monitor and adjust the system based on feedback from the EMS team and other involved agencies.

Watch the Video to Learn More

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee BOCC Funding Community Projects

June 12, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 11, 2024) – The Manatee Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is continuing their funding of important initiatives across the county, including transportation, natural resources, parks and recreation.

The board appropriated $2,500,000 of grant revenues from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the Highway Capital Projects fund for design work on the expansion of the Fort Hamer Bridge.

$15,602,024 was appropriated to fund the Emerson Point Land Expansion acquisition project as approved by the BOCC on May 28. An additional $6,668 will go toward funding a new Ranger at Emerson Point. The board also approved $696,500 in funding for improvements at the newly acquired Crooked River Ranch Preserve.

Manatee County has been awarded a grant through the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF) for the Lake Manatee Watershed Improvement Project on Duette Preserve in the amount of $172,709. This will go to match County funds in projects along the north fork of the Manatee River.

The BOCC committed $673,000 to enhance signage and fund further expansion and operations at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. They also earmarked $103,507 for a new shade structure at the Tom Bennett Park splash pad.

Public Works will use $173,500 from reserves in the Stormwater Management fund to engineer a Real-Time Flood Forecasting (RTFF) and Early Warning System for the coastal fringe areas of Manatee County.

Property Management crews will be using $419,000 to fund roadway beautification projects and median improvements in the Southwest County Tax Increment Financing (TIF) area which includes the mainland West Coast, eastward to US301, and from the City of Bradenton’s southern boundary to the Manatee-Sarasota County line.

Commissioners approved a grant application from Public Safety to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the Portable Clinical Care Pilot Project with an estimated award of up to $650,000 annually. The three-year pilot project would provide basic primary care, including lab draws, infectious disease testing, harm reduction services and documentation of best practices and would operate alongside the Community Health Program of the EMS Division, enhancing its ability to address infectious diseases and chronic conditions among people experiencing homelessness and reducing the need for acute and costly care.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Reduced Adoption Fees and Donation Drive Event

June 11, 2024

Reduced Adoption Fees and Donation Drive Event

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 10, 2024) – With over 130 cats and kittens in its care, Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) is approaching high capacity. In the past month, the shelter accepted 374 cats. 

“With our cat population climbing, we’re urging our community to do what they can: adopt, foster or donate,” said Jennifer Hume, MCAW Division Manager. “It all helps as we continue to take in large numbers of kittens during this incredibly busy season.”

To encourage community support, MCAW is offering a trio of incentives to help pets find homes:

1. $15 kitten and $5 adult cat adoptions to celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month (through June 30).

2. Foster a Pet: MCAW provides all supplies and training for urgently needed foster families. Sign up by emailing Lauren.Tryon@mymanatee.org.

3. Donate supplies to help keep the shelter stocked for kitten season. Their most-needed donations are KMR formula, heating discs, snuggle buddies, miracle nipples and small kitten scratch pads. View all of these items and more on their Amazon Wish List at bit.ly/fomcaw_wishlist

The Meower-Shower Donation Drive is at the center of Cat Town’s 5-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 15, featuring a special day of fee-waived adoptions for all cats and kittens at Cat Town. Help gather supplies for all the incoming cuties from this busy kitten season. Calling all adopters, volunteers and feline enthusiasts to come show their support for the good cause of saving lives and finding homes for county cats and kittens!

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip and rabies certificate (a value of over $300). Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20. The Cat Town Adoption Center is located at 216 6th Avenue East in Bradenton, and the Palmetto Adoption Center is located at 305 25th Street West in Palmetto. Bishop Animal Shelter, the intake facility for stray pets, is located at 5718 21st Avenue West in Bradenton.

Plan your visit by going to mymanatee.org/pets to view all adoptable pets.

MCAW is Manatee County’s only open-admission shelter facility. There are three locations: Palmetto Adoption Center (pet adoptions), Cat Town Adoption Center (cat adoptions) and Bishop Animal Shelter (lost and found pets). MCAW continues to operate the Pet Pantry Program, offering free food and supplies to pet owners facing financial and housing hardships.

For media inquiries about MCAW, please contact Hans Wohlgefahrt at hans.wohlgefahrt@mymanatee.org or 941-718-7287. More information can be found at mymanatee.org/pets.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee County Emergency Planners Seek Citizen Feedback

June 10, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 10, 2024) –The Manatee County Public Safety Department and Division of Emergency Management is looking for community participation in upcoming Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Planning Meetings.

The next meeting will be held June 26 at 2:30 p.m. at The Manatee County Emergency Operations Center, 2101 47th Terrace E. in Bradenton.

This meeting is an opportunity for residents, business owners and other stakeholders to collaborate and contribute their ideas on how to better prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, and other emergencies.

Participants will learn about current strategies, provide input on community needs and priorities and help shape the development of plans designed to protect lives, property and environment.

For more information about the LMS Planning Meetings and how you can participate, please visit mymanatee.org/hazard, or contact the Manatee County Division of Emergency Management at 941-749-3500, ext. 1672.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee County Breaks Ground on New North County EMS Station

June 4, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 4, 2024) – With a continued commitment to keeping its residents safe and secure, Manatee County Commissioners joined with Manatee County Public Safety officials and other leaders to break ground on the new Manatee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Station #22 at 2950 Moccasin Wallow Road in Palmetto.

“This new location gives our first responders a dedicated location to stage and stand at the ready for a rapidly growing part of our community,” said Manatee County Commission Chair Mike Rahn.

The new facility serving north county communities will feature nearly 4,500 square feet of space with an apparatus bay to house up to four first-response vehicles, offices for district leadership and EMS crews, kitchen, day room, a decontamination room, laundry and sleeping quarters. Manatee County EMS is the primary 911-emergency response service to the residents and visitors of Manatee County—responding to all pre-hospital medical calls for service in the 748-square miles of the county and 150 miles of coastal waterways. 

“Public Safety has always been a top priority for Manatee County,” said At-Large Commissioner Jason Bearden. “This shows that continuous commitment.”

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee County Seeks Citizen Ambassadors

June 4, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (June 3, 2024) – Discover ways to get involved in local government and learn how to make a real difference with the Manatee County Neighborhood Ambassador Citizens Academy.

Workshops will be held every Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m., August 7 to September 25, 2024, at the Lakewood Ranch Library, 16410 Rangeland Parkway, Bradenton, FL, 34211 (with the August 14 session at the Central Library in Downtown Bradenton). The free program will provide participants insight into functions of local government, show the steps of organizing a neighborhood organization, offer an overview of the budgetary process and so much more.

The Citizens Academy is open to all residents aged 18 and up and offers the chance to interact with County staff and community leaders while providing an outstanding opportunity to get an insider’s perspective on how local government operates and how citizens can engage actively in shaping the future of our community.

For more information and to register, visit the Citizens Academy Webpage or contact Laura Ruiz, (941) 748-4501, ext. 6929, or email laura.ruiz@mymanatee.org

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee County 2024 Summer Learning Program: Adventure Begins at Your Library

May 23, 2024

Manatee County 2024 Summer Learning Program:

Adventure Begins at Your Library

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 23, 2024) – The Manatee County Public Library System (MCPLS) is launching the 2024 Summer Learning Program with a focus on children and teens through age 17. "Adventure Begins at Your Library!" is the theme of the program, which will begin June 1, 2024. Each library branch will represent a different National Park, offering an immersive experience designed to promote literacy and learning.

“Research shows that when kids read for enjoyment during the summer, they maintain their reading comprehension from the school year and are better prepared for fall learning,” said Tammy Parrott, Manatee County Library Services Manager. “We look forward to the Summer Learning Program each year because we're passionate about books and reading.”

Highlights of the program include milestone book prizes, engaging events, the opportunity to become a Kid Librarian and a chance to win a Grand Prize. To join the adventure, simply sign up at your local Manatee Library starting June 1.

“Parents are a child’s best and first teacher,” said Manatee County District 2 Commissioner Amanda Ballard. “We are delighted to support them this summer as they instill a passion for reading in their children.”

Participants are encouraged to read for a minimum of 20 hours throughout the summer. For every 5 hours read, they will receive a new book and an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. In collaboration with the Bradenton Marauders, every child who completes 20 hours in their reading log will get a FREE ticket to a select Marauders game. The 2024 Summer Learning Program is made possible by the generous support of the Manatee Library Foundation.

For more information about this year’s Summer Learning Program, please contact Chris O’Hara at chris.ohara@mymanatee.org or visit the webpage at https://www.mymanatee.org/departments/manatee_county_public_library_system/summer_reading_program.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee County Animal Welfare Working to Keep Pets and People Together

May 23, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 23, 2024) – As animal shelters across the country struggle with pet overpopulation, Manatee County Animal Welfare (MCAW) is working to implement innovative and inspirational initiatives designed to help keep people and pets together.

A new Animal Community Resource Center to be located along 17th Avenue West in Bradenton is in the design phases—and moving forward quickly. Plans call for a one-stop shop for all pet resource needs, providing comprehensive support to both pets and their owners.

This unique endeavor for a municipality not only features a facility for adoptions, medical care and training but also takes aim at addressing one of the biggest challenges facing the County shelter—decreasing intake. According to MCAW leaders, this renewed push to encourage and empower folks to keep their pets could be a game changer.

“We’re never going to adopt our way out of our pet overpopulation,” said Deputy Director of Community and Veterans Services Sarah Brown. “So, we have to come up with different idea on how we can help the community.”

In the meantime, the kennel design process is continuing at Bishop Animal Shelter, with the plan to transition animals currently housed at the Palmetto Animal Shelter to the Bishop facility. MCAW staff and members of the Manatee County Property Management team have worked to ensure the project has been updated and tailored to provide maximum benefit to animals and workers.

Further development and preconstruction work will be ongoing through the summer, with the project construction beginning in the fall. The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has encouraged the proactive efforts.

“I’m excited to see all of this move forward,” said Manatee County District 2 Commissioner Amanda Ballard. “I love the idea of the center on 17th providing people those resources so that they can keep their animals, and we have less animals in our shelters.”

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee BOCC Continues Community Funding

May 15, 2024

Manatee BOCC Continues Community Funding

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 14, 2024) – The Manatee Board County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has continued to fund important initiatives across the county, including community organizations, public safety, transportation and support services.

During the regular BOCC meeting today, commissioners committed to investing $175,000 a year in for the Sleep Baby Safely Initiative of Manatee. This initiative aims to provide clear and consistent messaging on safe-sleep practices to all who care for infants.

Commissioners approved a $568,760 investment at Braden River Park for backstop installation. The BOCC also approved $2,925,000 in funding for design work on parking garages at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, Premier Sports Campus and Manatee Public Beach. State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP) Loan monies of $138,026 were appropriated for SHIP program funding and program administration.

Commissioners approved appropriation of a $1,002,421 of grants to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for the FY23/24 Criminal Justice Data Transparency (CJDT) Implementation Assistance Program. A parcel at 616 67th Street Circle E. is set to be purchased for $4,400,000 to permanently house the District 3 facilities of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. This property was previously rented by the County.

“Your BOCC is committed to a vision focused on our residents’ well-being,” said Manatee County Commission Chair Mike Rahn, “from bolstering law enforcement to fostering safer neighborhoods on a local level.”

A long sought $5,000 purchase of property at 719 37th Street East, Palmetto, will allow for further improvements at the Mendoza/Ellenton-Gillette Road intersection. The Board also appropriated $1,286,141 of grant revenue in the Transit System fund from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the new Public Transit Grant agreement (PTGA) for the FY2023/2024 State Transit Block Grant program award with a local match of $1,286,141. An additional transfer of $151,437 was approved to reserves in the Transportation Trust Fund from the Transit System fund to reduce reliance on the Transportation Trust Fund.

A $3,000,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in the Highway Capital Projects fund will go toward the four-lane improvements project for the Fort Hamer Bridge for design and permitting. $630,000 will be earmarked to cover the cost of upgrading the current Legacy Traffic Count Stations, which are used to collect traffic data such as traffic volume with speed and vehicle classification.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

Manatee County Residents Invited to Take the Children’s Services Gap Survey

April 8, 2024

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 8, 2024) – Manatee County Government wants to hear from you! Now through June 14, residents are encouraged to let leadership know what they think of current County children’s programming and assistance by taking the Children’s Services Gap Survey.

County residents are welcome to voice their opinion(s) in the survey, tailored to their individual relationships with youngsters in the community, by sharing their unique perspectives on what is working well and what gaps they may be experiencing or seeing in services for children and families in Manatee County.

“Our kids are our future,” said Manatee County At-Large Commissioner George Kruse. “This survey gives all of us the opportunity to shape the support we can provide here in Manatee County.”

By collecting and quantifying the data received, Manatee County Children's Services team members will gain valuable insight and understanding of current or potential shortfalls within our community’s family services network. The findings will be shared with the public as responses are gathered. They will also be provided to the Children’s Services Advisory Board to guide and assist them in future funding recommendations. The results also will be considered by the various community groups and advocacy agencies that oversee youth initiatives.

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

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Bill Logan

Information Outreach Manager

Office: (941) 742-5866

Cell: (941) 274-0930

bill.logan@mymanatee.org

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