Manatee County invites community to go 'Back to the Future'

Manatee County invites community to go 'Back to the Future'
Posted on 04/06/2018
MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 6, 2018) – What do you want Manatee County to look like in 2038? That’s the question Manatee County Government is asking residents through a visioning project focused on infrastructure, quality of life, economics and housing.

This visioning project, titled “Back to the Future,” highlights what the County looked like in 1998, how we have progressed to what we have now in 2018, and predicts the future of the County in 2038.

“It is imperative to begin planning for the future today,” said Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker. “This is the opportunity for residents to voice their opinion on key issues that affect our area and for us as county government to listen.”

“Our goal is to eliminate as many barriers to participate as possible," said Simone Peterson, Neighborhood Services Specialist. "We want Manatee County to continue being a great place to live, work, and play, but we need participation from our residents.”

In addition to neighborhood/organization-specific presentations, seven public sessions are scheduled to accommodate residents. Peterson said each session will give visitors a glimpse of future community needs, along with a chance to prioritize them. The workshops will be held at the following locations and dates:

  • Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto on May 5 from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • South Manatee Library, 6081 26th St. West, Bradenton on May 22 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Downtown Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West, Bradenton on June 11 from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave. East, Bradenton on June 19 from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. Highway 301 N., Ellenton, on June 20 from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Palmetto Library, 923 6th St. West, Palmetto on June 21 from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Island Library, 5701 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach on July 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.