It's not just home prices. Rents rise sharply across the US - NPR
Last year, Laura Kraft landed a job in Orlando, Florida. She'd just gotten her PhD in entomology, meaning she studies bugs, and she'd be working ...
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Some Household Costs Now Exceed Inflation | Florida Realtors
It's also impacting homebuyers, notably first-timers, who need to outfit their new home. It's not just 7.5% either. The prices for household ...
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Rising Costs May Create More Lifelong Renters | Florida Realtors
Why is the housing market so high right now? For potential buyers of starter homes, the situation has gotten worse in the past year. Apart from ...
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Report Details Home Affordability Gap for Health Care Workers - The Real Deal
In December, the median sale price of a house in Florida was $373,990, up 21 percent from December 2020, and up 58.2 percent from five years ago. Yet, ...
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Housing demand outpaces supply, prices soar in Okaloosa, Walton - Northwest Florida Daily News
In 2021, the median sale prices of homes in Okaloosa and Walton counties spiked while the number of homes on the market significantly dropped.

What Should You Know About IKEA Kitchens?

What Should You Know About IKEA Kitchens?

Kitchen remodels are a popular but pricey project for many homeowners. With people spending more time at home right now because of COVID-19, undoubtedly, many are considering remodels.

To save money on kitchen projects, some homeowners go the IKEA kitchen route.

You can ultimately save thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars, but is it worth it? That’s a decision that’s up to the individual, but there are certain things to know about an IKEA kitchen.

Designing an IKEA Kitchen

One of the big challenges with the IKEA kitchen is the initial design process. You can go to a store location and have someone help you with the design. If you live near an IKEA, that can simplify things, and you avoid the potential of your mistakes derailing your project.

Not everyone lives near an IKEA, however. You may be planning to get your kitchen shipped.

If so, there is an online planning tool available.  See more....... 






Adults age 18 and older can now register for the COVID-19 Vaccine Standby Pool at Only those who meet eligibility requirements will be scheduled for appointments. We have begun scheduling appointments for adults 40+ this week at Tom Bennett Park and the Public Safety Center. We will begin vaccinating adults under 40 starting April 5.

Those who are deemed extremely vulnerable by a physician (form required) may schedule appointments for vaccination at the Department of Health in Manatee County. See more information. 

Manatee County is not opting into a new statewide registration system at this time. Local seniors who have enrolled with the local registration system DO NOT need to enroll in the new state system. Signing up for state’s My Vaccine system will NOT get you a vaccination appointment in Manatee County because the system is not yet in use in our county.  

COVID-19 vaccinations are now available at select CVSPublixWalgreensWalmart and Winn-Dixie locations in Manatee County.

View more vaccination information. 



Posted on 03/13/2021 


Beginning Monday, March 15, the Public Safety Department will expand vaccination registration eligibility for seniors ages 60 and older using a new registration website, which will be live Monday morning at

Also beginning Monday, those who are deemed extremely vulnerable by a physician (form required) may schedule appointments for vaccination at the Department of Health in Manatee County. See more information.

Manatee County has already begun scheduling 10,200 appointments for next week (March 15-19) at Tom Bennett Park and the Public Safety Center. Appointments will continue to be scheduled through early next week.

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Posted on 01/12/2021

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Jan. 12, 2021) – Manatee County 311 callers will begin randomly selecting names within Manatee County's Vaccination Standby Pool today to book vaccination appointments for seniors after local leaders learned yesterday at 4 p.m. that 1,000 doses have arrived.

"Last night we received 1,000 doses of of the vaccine and our 311 team is prepared to start pushing those appointment opportunities again," Public Safety Director Jacob Saur told County Commissioners this morning during their regular meeting at 9 a.m. "After this announcement our 311 will start scheduling 900 appointments for those in the vaccine standby pool."

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