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        Estimated total of 1200 spectators attended the open practices of the major and minor league teams at the Charlotte Sports Park in March.

  • Recreation Division:

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      4 Rec Ctrs and 2 Skate Parks open a combined 1350 hrs and served over 10,900 patrons (paid and nonpaid). Programs: Fitness, Instructional, Youth Leagues and Arts & dance held at each facility. Registration for classes and leagues, 2205 with 5246 touches combined. Rec facilities rented 64 times achieving attendance of 4132. Daily attendance for 2 skate parks, 152.

  • Aquatics Section:

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        3 Facilities, combined 729 hrs served 5516 patrons. 1803 Patrons spent 211 hrs participating in prog’s: Aerobics, swim practice, swim lessons, Lifeguard Training and Parkinson’s exercise. Spring Break camp visited South Cty Regional Park Pool 4 times. Port Charlotte Beach Pool hosted the first annual Sunset Cocktail Party. Eighty adults danced, competed in Hula Hoop contests, and enjoyed a variety of finger foods and beverages at this picturesque setting.

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        Aquatic staff spent a combined 118 hours performing maintenance tasks and 145 hours performing In-Service training such as rescue skills, first aid/CPR and conditioning swimming.

  • Athletic Division:

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        7 CC Athletic Fields used a combined 2790 hrs for March. Estimated combined attendance was 25,964 participants; 19,704 spectators; and 4,279 volunteers. Activities included League Baseball, Football, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Cricket and the annual Snowbird Baseball Classic.

  • Special Events:

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        CC Fit for Life Sr Games extremely successful this year with 375 participants and 896 entries in individual events. In addition, the games were supported by 28 volunteers from the community.

  • Bayshore:

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        Bayshore Live Oak Park Community Dog Show 3/20th brought over 200 spectators to Charlotte Harbor; 45 dogs participating. More than 20 volunteers of all ages supported the event. Participants: 14 vendors including EARS, Peace River Dog Fanciers and Puttin’ On the Glitz.

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        British American Club held a picnic for 50 members on January 10th.

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        Ventura lakes Social Club hosted 100 people for the Stebner wedding on March 27th.

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        ELF Civic Association invited 50 members for a picnic on Sunday, March 28th.

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        Bayshore Pk Frontier Days, hundreds of visitors took place 3/25th-27th, fm Historical Center.

Economic Development

  • Inquires/Appointments/Successes:

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      County showed support for Florida House’s push to implement PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy program) in the state. Teleconference with Rep. Steve Precourt, Chair of Energy & Utilities Policy Committee and staff members held with EDO. Details of County’s solar rooftop program were discussed and how county’s relationship with Cisco DeVries and Renewable Funding LLC could be leveraged to assist state as they craft the enabling legislation for a Florida PACE program.

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        Ruth Buchanan attended 5th Global Forum on Pharmaceutical Anti-Counterfeiting in Miami. As County pursues its Make What You Take™ program to bring in drug manufacturers in the state to supply many needs of our residents, it is important to identify niche sectors within pharmaceutical industry that can be supported locally, with end goal of bringing in quality jobs to County, improving overall skill level of workforce.

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        EDO met with CC Chamber and Englewood-Cape Haze Area Chamber of Commerce discussed/facilitated improvements on business retention expansion program it is developing. Last year, EDO participated in pilot business retention program as part of SW Fl region’s initiatives to help bring Floridians back to work, and it is now forming its own program. If small businesses are looking to train employees or need assistance in the area of permitting, EDO is available for support.

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        Fl House of Representatives Energy & Utilities Policy Committee voted to move forward with enabling legislation for state Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Once in place, this bill will allow communities to implement retrofitting programs utilizing clean energy,

Monthly Report, March 2010

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