There has been a reported sighting of a coyote in the community on Thursday evening, October 7. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission gives the following advice if someone is approached by a coyote: Coyotes are not large animals and rarely pose a threat to people, especially adults. Using common sense around coyotes and other carnivores is the best protection against having problems. If a coyote approaches you, immediately use a noisemaker or shout at the coyote and wave your arms. A solid walking stick or a golf club is a powerful deterrent at close range. Throwing stones, a strong spray from a water hose, pepper spray, or a paintball gun also can be good deterrents. A “coyote shaker” or an air horn can be effective noisemakers. You can make a coyote shaker by placing a few washers, pebbles or pennies in an empty drink container. You can report an incident to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by calling the FWC at 888-404-3922. For further information go to https://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/coyotes/faq/.
Recycling, Yard Waste Collection
Schedules Changed (updated 10/4/2021)
The City of Bradenton is continuing to modify its recycling and yard waste collection schedules. Yard waste will be collected one week and recycling the following week.
For Heritage Village West yard waste pick up dates will be October 11 and 25. Recycling will be picked up on October 4 and 18.
Trash collection continues unchanged on Mondays and Thursdays.
Be sure to place recycling containers at the curb only on recycling collection days. Once the city collects your recycling, return the container to your unit.
Yard waste may be brought to the area in front of the Clubhouse for collection every other week.
The City of Bradenton reorganized its solid waste collection schedule due to a CDL driver shortage.
Trash collection, the city’s priority, will continue on its normal schedule, but the shortage of drivers has made it difficult to consistently cover both yard waste and recycle collections every week, the city said.
As a temporary solution, the collection schedule will switch every other week between yard waste and recycling. Yard waste will be collected one week and recycling the following week. The cycle will be repeated. Pick-up will take place on residents’ normal collection day.
This change allows Bradenton’s Solid Waste Division to consolidate its recycle and yard waste drivers into a single collection unit, minimizing the impact of the current driver shortage, the city said.
Officials hope that these necessary changes will be temporary as the city attempts to recruit and hire new drivers.
Pool and Clubhouse Open With Restrictions
The Heritage Village West pool and clubhouse are open with the following stipulations:
1 THE POOL HAS FULLY REOPENED FOR GENERAL USE.
2. BATHROOMS ARE OPEN.
3. NEW TABLES AND UMBRELLAS ARE IN PLACE AND ARE NOT TO BE MOVED. THEY ARE QUITE HEAVY AND COULD CAUSE PHYSICAL HARM OR BE DAMAGED IF ATTEMPTED IMPROPERLY.
4. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU BRING YOUR OWN SANITIZING WIPES TO WIPE DOWN POOL HANDLES, TABLES, CHAIRS, ETC.
5. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS RECOMMENDED.
The Board retains the authority to close the pool completely if deemed necessary or required by the various government entities.
IF THE GOVERNOR RESTORES ANY STAY AT HOME ORDER THE BOARD WILL REVISIT ANY NECESSARY RESTRICTIONS OR CLOSURES.
The Board retains the authority to modify the stipulations.
Meals on Wheels PLUS Seeks COVID-19 Relief Donations
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is experiencing an increased demand for resources to feed children, families, and seniors in need. If you, or someone you know, needs help, contact Meals on Wheels PLUS at 941-747-4655.
Meals on Wheels PLUS is taking steps to ensure the Manatee County children, families, and seniors have access to food and meals, but challenges remain. Consider making a gift to support emergency relief related to COVID-19. A $20 donation will provide food for a family of five for the weekend. A $50 donation will feed a senior for an entire week.
What You Can Do During The Corona Virus Situation
Most importantly stay away from crowds or getting too close to others. Stay healthy!
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