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Oct 05

Budget FY 2021 Allows for Continued Improvements

Posted on October 5, 2020 at 10:04 AM by Penny Johnston

The City has finalized the budget for the upcoming year.  The City Commission approved a $33 million budget for the new fiscal year beginning October 1, 2020.  Property taxes will remain at 5.9671 per $1,000 of taxable value, which we have maintained for six years.  In addition, the property assessed values increased by approximately 7% over FY20.   This year’s budget includes enhancements to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, the Palmetto Historical Park, and replacement of patrol vehicles and utilities equipment. 

The City looks forward to the upcoming year with the completion of the Equalization Basin at the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the start of construction of the new Police Department in 2021. The City was successful in receiving grant funding from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for the construction of the 7th Street extension to serve the new hotel scheduled to be built along Haben Blvd.

Sep 09

Please Do Not Litter

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 9:11 AM by Penny Johnston

It is very frustrating that people disrespect the City residents and other guests who come to use the park or boat ramp at the southern gateway of Palmetto.  The abundant litter and total disregard for our shoreline has got to stop! City staff and I had a meeting recently and are already working on a strategy.  Sadly, because we have broached the subject before, the solution may include monetary charges for the use of both the fishing pier and/or the boat ramp.  It would be so nice if people would be respectful of this beautiful boat launch, but perhaps the minimal charge will encourage people to clean up after themselves, or at least help fund the staff needed to maintain our natural resources.  Please be aware of the damage caused by litter, and please encourage others to properly dispose of their trash, rather than just tossing it out on our streets or waterways.

Keep Manatee Beautiful is planning clean-ups in September.  Click at this link Keep Manatee Beautiful for more details.  Thank you for helping to keep our city clean and safe. 

May 01

Governor's Step-by-Step Plan- Phase 1

Posted on May 1, 2020 at 3:43 PM by Penny Johnston

The Manatee Chamber of Commerce sent this message to help navigate Phase 1 of the Governor's plan to reopen the state.

Governor DeSantis Announces “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" Plan

The Governor’s plan focuses on Florida's recovery and begins with guiding principles for reopening. In addition to addressing critical health considerations and increased testing, Florida’s initial Phase 1 guidelines support the highest level of practicable business operations while maintaining health and safety.  It also identifies key metrics upon which next steps will be based. To review the Governor’s presentation, please use this link

Phase 1 - Effective Monday, May 4 

  • Schools remain distance learning 
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited 
  • Elective surgeries can resume 
  • Restaurants: Outdoor seating with 6 feet of space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity
  • Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity
  • No change for bars, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers 
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home 
  • Everyone should maximize physical distance from others when in public 
  • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing 
  • Face masks are recommended for face-to-face interactions and where you can't social distance 

The Governor has also released Executive Order 20-112 that further outlines Phase 1 guidelines including responsible individual activity, businesses restricted by previous executive orders, other affected business services and medical procedures.