Work to fund new and replacement sidewalks and traffic calming measures to increase pedestrian safety.
Coordinate with neighborhoods to identify problem areas
Form neighborhood working groups to collaborate with “Keep Manatee Beautiful”.
Work with county staff to collect required data for pedestrian safety improvements and traffic calming measures.
Work to fund upgrades to storm drains, roads and water/sewer projects.
Identify aging and underperforming infrastructure to develop a priority list for repairs and upgrades.
Explore options for the distribution of a portion of the Southwest Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds to pay for needed improvements.
Press the county and SWFWMD (Southwest Florida Water Management District) to accelerate the current drainage study to bring needed relief to our community.
Track the study progress monthly and implement relief immediately for items that don’t require waiting for the conclusion of the study.
Work on creative solutions to reduce traffic congestion on our streets.
Coordinate with School Board, the largest employer in Manatee County, to expand bus service beyond the current 2-mile radius from each school.
Consider a process to utilize county buses for student transport.
Incentivize teachers to work in schools close to their homes, when possible, to reduce rush-hour traffic.
Prepare a cost analysis of funding additional buses to reduce roadway expansion projects.
Seek incentives for the county’s large employers to establish carpools for their staff and off-hour work schedules.
Seek a PR campaign to encourage non-working residents to avoid driving during rush-hour.
Support plans to expand our multi-use trail network and review funding opportunities available from the Rails-to-Trails program.
Continue to review and refine signal timing for improved traffic flow.
Quality of Life
Increase collaboration with our school board and municipalities to define cost saving opportunities and avoid redundancies.
Develop a focus group to seek savings by purchasing products and sharing resources between government agencies.
Increase attainable housing for all residents so our children can raise their families here.
Examine increased density and additional opportunities for live-work and walkable communities in appropriate areas.
Collaborate with Manatee Technical College, large employers, and property owners to develop a program to create cost-efficient accessory dwelling units (mother-in-law suites) to incentivize young professionals to return to Manatee County by offering free or low-cost housing as they begin their career.
Collaborate with governments and non-profits to consistently tackle addiction issues for the improvement of our community’s health.
Encourage the School Board to return drug education programs to the classroom.
Utilize our County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to track addiction issues so that we can better target assistance in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Office.
Strengthen and diversify partnerships that support education to prevent animals from entering our shelters, while actively protecting and marketing available animals to loving homes.
Evaluate partnership opportunities between the animal shelters and food bank to provide donated pet food to families who are financially struggling.
Encourage partnerships between after-school programs and shelters to educate children on pet care.
Regularly seek grants to fund free spay/neuter programs to low-income areas.
Explore animal-inmate rehabilitation programs.
Seek partnerships with key groups to offer life-style enhancing pets.
Assisted Living Facilities
Actively promote redevelopment opportunities along our Urban Corridors to reduce blight.
Target strategic infrastructure improvements in struggling areas.
Work to grow and attract businesses that will increase the average community wage, so all can prosper.
Target blighted areas with proactive code enforcement.
Seek the approval of ordinances to eliminate nuisance businesses that overly tax our public resources.
Expand access to educational and vocational opportunities for all residents to develop their skills and qualify for better jobs.
Encourage stronger partnerships between our local businesses and Manatee Technical College.
Promote easier access to vocational education with satellite centers at large employment centers and in vacant buildings.
Create incentives for employers to provide housing and offer transport near work for their employees.
Create a program to connect affordable housing developers with major employers in the County.
Partner with the Manatee Chamber to establish a focus group to explore and encourage incentive programs.
Collaborate with the Sheriff’s office to bring crime prevention equipment to targeted areas to reduce crime.
Foster relationships with manufacturers who may offer donated or discounted equipment.
Utilize GIS systems to identify crime patterns.
Proactively reach out to neighborhood leaders to strengthen neighborhood watch programs.
Offer to host regular training programs in each neighborhood.
Create a page on the county’s website with useful downloads of crime prevention tips and neighborhood watch program information.
Start a community safety coalition that offers free home vulnerability checks.
Reach out to property owners who have multiple rental properties and encourage regular engagement with the Sheriff’s office to reduce crime.
Develop a program for regular interaction with landlords to foster community pride between renters and neighborhoods.
Strengthen the code enforcement dept for a proactive rather than reactive approach to violations.
Bayshore High Study & Cleanup
Aggressively push to include birth defects to the study for data analysis.
Fight to include those living near Bayshore High School to the health department study, and not just alumni and employees.
Require an independent analysis of the Riverside Products and Bayshore High School site investigations to ensure the studies went far enough, and if there are any factors that were overlooked.