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Englewood workshop planned for Manatee Protection Plan

A Manatee Protection Plan workshops is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. July 12 at the Tringali Park Community Center

A Man­a­tee Pro­tec­tion Plan work­shops is sched­uled for 6 to 8 p.m. July 12 at the Tringali Park Com­mu­nity Center

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Char­lotte County Com­mu­nity Ser­vices will hold a pub­lic work­shop Tues­day, July 12, to dis­cuss the Man­a­tee Pro­tec­tion Plan. The meet­ing is sched­uled for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tringali Park Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 3460 N. Access Road.

The Man­a­tee Pro­tec­tion Plan will pro­vide stream­lined per­mit­ting for dock/marina con­struc­tion while meet­ing State and Fed­eral listed species regulations.

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Charlotte, Sarasota counties cracking down on BUI with Operation Dry Water

Operation Dry Water targets Boating Under the Influence.

Oper­a­tion Dry Water tar­gets Boat­ing Under the Influence.

Updated Thurs­day, June 23, to show Sara­sota is also join­ing effort.

Sub­mit­ted by Char­lotte Co. Sheriff’s Office

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Char­lotte and Sara­sota Sheriff’s Offices will take part in the nation­wide ini­tia­tive Oper­a­tion Dry Water dur­ing the week­end of June 24–26. The effort is being under­taken in con­junc­tion with the United States Coast Guard, coor­di­nated by the National Asso­ci­a­tion of State Boat­ing Law Admin­is­tra­tors (NASBLA)

Oper­a­tion Dry Water National Cam­paign Overview

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South Gulf Cove Lock repairs scheduled June 27 to July 1

The South Gulf Cove lock.

The South Gulf Cove lock.

SOUTH GULF COVE, Fla. – The South Gulf Cove Lock is sched­uled for main­te­nance and repairs from Mon­day, June 27 to Fri­day, July 1. The lock will be closed to marine traf­fic each day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Main­te­nance and repairs include pylon replace­ment, bumper boards inside and out­side the lock, marine growth removal on all sur­faces, as well as elec­tri­cal work and cos­metic repairs to the docks.

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Englewood man charged with DUI Manslaughter in May crash

Donald Paulsen II

Don­ald Paulsen II

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – An Engle­wood man has been charged with felony DUI Manslaugh­ter in con­nec­tion with a May 6 South Gulf Cove crash that killed 55-year-old Owen Anders of South Gulf Cove.

Don­ald Paulsen II, 32, of 560 Pinto Trail, was arrested Wednes­day, June 22, and charged with DUI With Death to Human, DUI, and two non-criminal infrac­tions, Care­less Dri­ving and Expired Tag. He was held with­out bond.

Paulsen, an elec­tri­cian, suf­fered what the Florida High­way Patrol report termed “seri­ous” injuries in the crash and was taken to Lee Memo­r­ial Hospital.

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CCSO: Missing Englewood girl, 17, has been found

Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wil­son

Updated 1:59 p.m.: The miss­ing Engle­wood girl has been found and is safe and in good health, per CCSO.

Orig­i­nal story:

ENGLEWOOD,  Fla. – Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office is ask­ing for help locat­ing a miss­ing and endan­gered teen girl. Tyler Wil­son of Engle­wood is 17 years old, 5-foot-6 and 135 pounds, with bleach blonde hair.  She has the men­tal capac­ity of  13-year-old, accord­ing to the CCSO,.

Tyler was last seen at about 7:30 p.m. Tues­day, June 21, at 13418 S. McCall Road on a blue bicy­cle next to a white van at McDon­alds. She was last seen wear­ing jean shorts, sneak­ers, and a red crop top over a black tank top.

If you have infor­ma­tion that can assist in help­ing safely locate Tyler Wil­son, call 911 or con­tact the Sheriff’s Office.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office: Missing Englewood man found

If you anyone matching the description, please call.

If you any­one match­ing the descrip­tion, please call.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office reports that an Engle­wood man reported miss­ing since 2:30 a.m. has been found safe and returned home.

Wildflower Preserve trails closed as restoration begins

The initial phase of the project, invasive species removal, has begun and will continue through the summer

The ini­tial phase of the project, inva­sive species removal, has begun and will con­tinue through the summer

Sub­mit­ted by Lemon Bay Conservancy

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – Con­struc­tion is under­way on the  $1.17 mil­lion habi­tat restora­tion project at Lemon Bay Conservancy’s Wild­flower Preserve.

With fund­ing from the South­west Florida Water Man­age­ment Dis­trict and the National Oceanic and Atmos­pheric Admin­is­tra­tion, and project lead­er­ship from SWFWMD, the Con­ser­vancy will, over the next 18 months, be remov­ing inva­sive species from the Pre­serve, improv­ing the exist­ing wet­lands, adding new fresh­wa­ter and estu­ar­ine wet­land areas, and plant­ing native trees and shrubs.

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Englewood inmate who jumped from 2nd-tier walkway dies

David Franklin Szakalos

David Franklin Szakalos

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – The Engle­wood man who jumped from a second-tier walk­way at the Char­lotte County Jail ear­lier this month has died from his injuries.

The Char­lotte County Sheriff’s Office announced Fri­day, June 10, that David Franklin Sza­ka­los, 54, for­merly of 6206 Berke­ley St., Engle­wood, died at “an area hos­pi­tal.” Sza­ka­los was taken to Lee Memo­r­ial Hos­pi­tal in Fort Myers for treat­ment fol­low­ing the inci­dent at 4:30 p.m. June 3.

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