Cortez Road Contruction

May 4, 2021

Starting sometime this month-FDOT

Construction on Cortez Road From 14th Street West to 26th St West.

FDOT Road Improvement Project - State Road 684 Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street

FDOT contractor Wright Construction will begin work this month on the median modification on State Road 684/ Cortez Road from US 41/ 14th Street to 26th Street West approximately 0.8 miles. This will be brief, targeting a summer 2021 completion, Florida weather permitting.

Fortunately, to minimize inconvenience, most lane closures are limited to overnight hours 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Expected benefits to our community include:

Improved access to retail locations Improved traffic throughput in the corridor Improved pedestrian lighting Improved vehicle and pedestrian safety

SAVES LIVES Act, Veterans COVID Vaccination Sites

April 23, 2021

Update 4/23/21

Based on the passing of the SAVES LIVES Act, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is offering COVID-19 vaccines to:

All Veterans (anyone who served in the military regardless of character of discharge)

Spouses and surviving spouses of Veterans (For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, defined as a spouse to include marriage, same-sex and common-law marriages. This includes a widow or widower of a veteran. If you characterize your relationship as spousal, you can receive the vaccine.)

Caregivers of Veterans (For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, a caregiver is defined as a family member or friend who provides care to a veteran. Caregivers may help a veteran with personal needs like feeding, bathing, or dressing. They may also help a veteran with tasks like shopping or transportation.)

Recipients of Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) benefits

Vaccinations are being administered at Bay Pines VA. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., during primary care appointments, and in several offsite locations throughout the Southwest Florida community, including the PSC. The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will coordinate second doses.

The offsite locations and dates are listed below:

April 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Manatee County Public Safety Drive-Thru, 2101 47th Terrace E, Bradenton

May 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..: Manatee County Public Safety Drive-Thru, 2101 47th Terrace E, Bradenton

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.

Rental Assistance

March 30, 2021

Emergency Rental Assistance helps residents financially impacted by COVID-19

Program helps with past-due rent & electric bills

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 30, 2021) – One day after the federal ban on renter evictions was extended through the end of June, Manatee County is making another push to remind local renters and landlords that help is available for those who have fallen behind on rent payments as a result of losses from the pandemic.

Since launching six weeks ago, 430 Manatee County residents have applied for assistance from the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program. County officials say there's enough funding to serve up to 1,500 people a month for much of 2021. Eligible renters may receive grant funds for up to 12 months of assistance, if needed, through November 2021, whichever is less. Funds will be paid directly to the landlord for delinquent rent bills. Full details and the application portal can be found at

Applicants must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI), which is $43,850/year for a one-person household. Renters who are at or below 50 percent of the AMI ($26,800/year for a one-person household) are given priority, along with those who have documented unemployment for more than 90 days. This is based on the number of people living in your household and the total income for all in your household (including spouse, roommate, elderly parent, adult children, etc.).

"We're actively promoting the ERA program through local non-profits and partner agencies, but we're also looking for residents to help spread the word," said Geri Lopez, director of the Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department. "We have a number of resources to help renters with their bills, but they need to know where to find that information and they need to apply now."

Manatee County homeowners have until Friday to apply for assistance from the Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP). That program provides grants to homeowners residing in Manatee County and its municipalities who are delinquent on mortgage payments due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as of March 1, 2020. Forty four residents have applied for help through the MAP.

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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