March 13th, 2018 Meeting Minutes

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DWLRAVMS – March 13, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Attendance: 105 members and guests in attendance.

Call to Order: Meeting was called to order at 6:30PM by Commander Herman Martinez who led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation. His opening remarks included a warm welcome to all in attendance followed by a brief introduction of the board members.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Ned Conlin was not present; the treasurer’s report is available to any interested member. Details of the report were deferred for this month because of a planned program.

Secretary’s Report: Secretary Pat Sefton announced the secretary’s report is available to any interested member. Details of the report were deferred for this month because of a planned program.

Commander’s Comments: Commander Herman Martinez asked every current member with a golf cart to come forward and receive a free DWLRAVMS decal to display on their cart. He also welcomed James Chambers currently serving in the Air Force, the guest spoke briefly about his service and his love of flying. Commander Herman also mentioned current membership is 73, he reminded everyone that Saturday March 17th is a “goodies” drive to benefit MOTS who mails these items to military personnel currently serving overseas as well as to military families in need within our county.

Commander Herman Martinez introduced the main speaker for the evening; Vanessa Baugh, County Commissioner for District Five. Ms. Baugh spoke on ‘what’s happening in the County.’ Comments included:

  • All of the land in the county (33,000 acres) have been sold
  • 44th street will eventually cross State Rt. 75 and Braden River to Lorraine Road
  • Lorraine Road to Rt. 675 will become 4 lanes in 2019-2020
  • FDOT loves roundabouts instead of traffic lights, expect to see more of them
  • Panera Bread will be located where the Lakewood Ranch Grill use to be
  • An aquatic center will be developed in the Premier Sports Center
  • A Library is coming
  • Speed limit on Rt. 70 will probably be decreased as residential developments continue to grow
  • A Manatee Administrative government building may be coming to the east area of the county
  • County Commissioners are looking into having cruise ships come to Port Manatee
  • More dental and health care services coming to the east county area
  • No plans at the moment to expand into 4 lanes Lorraine Road north from Rt. 70 to Rt. 64, send an email to your commissioner to promote interest and awareness of the need
  • Everyone was encouraged to sign up for the Code Red alerts, go to

Ms. Baugh answered numerous questions from the audience. Herman thanked the Commissioner for her comments and the program was concluded.

Announcements: Commander Herman Martinez announced a ‘flags across the residence’ for Memorial Day. Each home will receive a flag to display at the end of the driveway celebrating those individuals who have served in the military. He asked to be notified if anyone knows of a ‘gold star’ family to please contact him so we can recognize them during a planned Memorial Day celebration. Herman encouraged everyone to attend the Lakewood Ranch parade for Memorial Day. He also asked members and guests for program ideas and speakers along with notifying any board member if you are aware of any resident who may need a helping hand, the organization has an Outreach Committee ready to provide assistance if needed. He thanked everyone for attending.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00P

Winner of the 50/50 raffle was George Kitsos.

Respectfully submitted:

Patricia Sefton, Secretary

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