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  • Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) Meeting and six potential projects for safety funding were discussed and submitted to FDOT. Safety projects must be approved by FDOT and can be programmed over the next three-year period.

  • MPO completed the required Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) Evaluation of the Sunshine Ride System. The purpose of the evaluation is to ensure all Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) state requirements are met.

  • Aqui Esta Dr Roadway Improvements Proj continued removal of old bridge, piles driven for replacement bridge and approaches complete. Road construction continued between bridge and Magdalena Dr new pilings for Venice Canal Bridge replacement complete; contractor committed to ensuring raised roadway/bridge completed before the beginning of 2010 Hurricane Season.

  • Contractor for Manchester North Maintenance Dredge Proj dredged all waterways, cleaning spoil sites used. Additional work being requested by Manchester and Ackerman Waterway Committees.

  • Temporary off-load site permitted and established for Balboa, Desoto, and San Salvador WW’s as part of Harbour Heights Maint Dredge Proj. Original contract complete. Design error by Engineering Consultant resulted in 13,144 cubic yds of material omitted from original contract. Change Order approved by BCC to facilitate this additional work and the contractor is removing the material.

  • BCC approved Change Order for Hayward Channel Maint Dredge Project to remove an additional 600 yards of material from the mouths of five branching waterways. This project is complete.

  • Dredging of Northwest Port Charlotte waterways was completed with final clean-up underway.

  • Specifications for the Alligator Creek Canal project, including the realignment of the access channel, the northern 520 foot dredge, Sea Edge Canal access channel, and dredging any high spots throughout Alligator Creek, were sent to the Purchasing Department to prepare for bidding.

  • Box culvert successfully set for water control structure LIO2.87; structure is Lionheart WW, crossing Forrest Nelson Blvd behind Mid-County Library. Road work over box culvert needs to be completed before the roadway can re-open.

  • Annual certification mtg with FDOT officials to determine if Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is meeting all federal and state requirements in undertaking its transportation planning program.

  • Transferred the Solid Waste Division with 40 filled positions and 12 vacant positions from the Environmental and Extension Services Department to Public Works. Employee files were created and Public Works internal organizational chart was updated to reflect the new reporting structure.

Tourism

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      Attended weekly directors’ meetings with County Administrator

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        Met with agency account executive to finalize website SEO and SEM program to maximize internet exposure to consumers

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        Reviewed and approved all purchase requisitions, invoices and check and travel requests

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        Interacted with advertising agency on frequent basis on multiple issues: project approvals, changes to media flight plan, and campaign, ads, collateral and program development

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        VCB awarded Gold and Silver ADDY Awards by the Suncoast American Advertising Federation. A Gold ADDY awarded to Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau’s Summer ECOnomical Escapes marketing campaign and Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands’ 2010 Visitor’s Guide took a Silver ADDY. The ADDY Awards Competition is the industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising worldwide.

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        Edited and approved all media releases, ePromotions and advertising

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        Met with Commissioner Skidmore and Gary Ingman and partner, Joe Mercurio to discuss assistance with a television commercial for the upcoming Professional Tarpon Tournament Series

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        Toured Cultural Ctr at request of President Rufus Lazell and Executive Director, Jim Hageman

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        Wrote monthly Charlotte Sun column on the Cultural Center and their extensive array of activities

Monthly Report, March 2010

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