July 2020 Association Meeting

May 2020 Association Meeting

We will not be holding a member meeting in May but hope to see you all again in July. In the meantime, we will be sending out e-blasts periodically to keep you informed about the neighborhood and any local news that affects us.  Because of the daily changes in the Corona Virus updates, please check with Manatee County for the latest information. A big thank you goes out to our Commissioner, Misty Servia, for procuring and distributing masks for our residents and to our past board member, Dorothy Thompson, for making masks for her neighbors and friends.
The kindness and caring shown by all of you for your neighbors and your support of our local business outlets and advertisers makes our neighborhood one of the best places to live.  Sara Bay Country Club is providing carry out meals for Culinary Members and the prices are very reasonable.  The Mother’s Day menu is fabulous and you may want to give them a call and reserve your special dinner. Please stay healthy and safe and we look forward to seeing everyone very soon.
Marnie Matarese
WBMA President
Motown Revue featuring The Soul Sensations!

Motown Revue featuring The Soul Sensations!

The WBMA Social Committee is excited to announce our next event, The Motown Revue, featuring The Soul Sensations!

This event will be on Saturday, March 21st, 2020 at 7:30pm

The Classic Car Museum

5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida

Tickets are $22.00 which includes your first beverage.

 Purchase your tickets by calling (941) 355-6228.

Tickets sell out quickly!!

When you call, let them know you are with the Whitfield/Ballentine Manor Association.

March Association Meeting

March Association Meeting

At Our Next Membership Meeting…
March 9th at 7:30 PM

Fredrick Piccolo has over forty-four years of experience in the aviation industry and has been President, Chief Executive Officer of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport since 1995. Locally, he worked in the Operations Department at Tampa International Airport and prior to his position at SRQ, he was the Assistant Airport Director at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

The Florida Department of Transportation selected Mr. Piccolo as the 2005 Aviation Professional of the Year. The Federal Aviation Administration also chose him as the 2005 Airport Manager of the Year. In October 2009, Airport Revenue News announced Mar. Piccolo as the winner of the; Small Airport CEO of the Year for 2009 & Members of the aviation industry nationwide vote on this award.

He has been a strong supporter and advocate for our neighborhood and helped to prevent the Blue Harbor project that was not a good fit in our residential area. He has funded the removal of many of the aprons to the homes that no longer exist in our neighborhood and maintains the properties they were once located on. He is a good neighbor and we are very happy to welcome him as our March 2020 speaker.

As always, we will have donuts and coffee with cocktails available for purchase at the bar.

If you have a raffle gift for the meeting we will happily accept it at the check-in desk.

See you March 9th, 2020

Rodney Dangerfield Tribute Show

Rodney Dangerfield Tribute Show

A fun time was had by all at Tarpon Bay, showcasing the Rodney Dangerfield Tribute Show! Bill Peterson, as Rodney Dangerfield, brought smiles and laughter to the WBMA audience.
The WBMA Social Committee has been busy bringing you events that bring our neighbors together!





Reflecting on 2019

The year 2019 is coming to an end as I write, and as a goal-setter, I like to look back and think about the things I am most proud of and what I could have handled better. Every year it is hard to take time to give these things the proper reflection, as my life moves at a pace that sometimes feels like the speed of light, but each year I silently remind myself of the importance of finding some quiet time to reflect. Because, while we move forward each day with the best intentions, life can only be understood when we think about it in hindsight.

Our boys, Joaquin and Marc, are now on active military duty and I’m writing just days before they will arrive home for Christmas. Both have told us it is unlikely they will make it home for Christmas next year. While our daughter Alexandra lives in Bradenton, she is frantically busy with graduate school and working, and there is little time to spend together. Our children are now adults, and they have each developed their own philosophies and opinions, which are not always the same as mine. I’ll admit that I occasionally stop myself from offering them unsolicited advice and try to remember that offering them a warm and loving connection may be more important than my opinion. My husband spends the work-week in Pasco County, returning home only for weekends and holidays, and all of this reality underscores the importance of the coming weeks for me, as it may be the last time for a long time that we are all together.

As I reflect on my first year as a County Commissioner, I realize I have learned a lot, and there are two things that stand out: 1. Listening is more important than talking, and 2. keeping emotions in check is easy if you don’t take things personally. 

Being an elected official allows me to interact with many people, and some come to me with a problem or complaint. Sometimes their problem makes them angry and difficult, which can naturally place me on the defense. But each time I am reminded to take a breath, refocus my perspective, and to try and understand what they are feeling. I have come to realize this past year more than ever before, the importance of understanding other perspectives. I’ve found that when you try to understand each other, it is easier to bring compassion to the discussion rather than judgement. And if you didn’t already guess, being on the commission can sometimes feel like a crazy rollercoaster, but I’ve learned that being open to other ideas is how we build paths to walk together instead of putting up walls that stop us dead in our tracks. 

I am proud of what I, along with your help, accomplished as a commissioner in 2019.

Here are some highlights:

1. The creation of the District 4 Citizens Coalition on Growth, to add more voices to the discussion of how our community should grow. This was a campaign promise that was my first priority.

2.Adoption of the public safety ordinance was a big win, which will not only reduce panhandling, but hopefully reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities on our roadways. 

3. Our Board unanimously supported the adoption of a massage parlor ordinance in an effort to eliminate nuisance businesses that are straining our resources and contributing to human trafficking in our community. 

4. Many residents in Pride Park will soon receive surveillance doorbells thanks to Ring.com in an effort to increase safety, and our Sheriff’s Office has taken a lead role in this effort. 

Looking ahead, I am excited to work with our Code Enforcement Department and our major landlords in 2020 in an effort to develop a program together to foster community pride in our neighborhoods.

I believe that one of the keys to making sense of all of our relationships is to continue to expand our perspective from “how I feel” to “how others feel.” This shift removes the narrow blinders of our comfortable view, and widens our vision, sometimes to an uncomfortable place. Whether my role is a county commissioner, a mother, and even a spouse or friend, this shift has helped me when seeking to understand others.

As we begin the year 2020, I pray we can all take some time to savor the joys and sorrows of the past year and open our minds to the opinions of others as we build our future. And while we think about what is important, let us also broaden those thoughts to consider what is important not only to ourselves, but to our family, coworkers, and our community. Let’s make 2020 the best year yet!

Misty Servia is a Manatee County Commissioner who represents District 4.

You can reach her at misty.servia@mymanatee.org

January 2020 Association Meeting

January 2020 Association Meeting

Happy New Year!  Let’s hope that it will be one without Red Tide, which we all have
experienced. Have you wondered if there is something you can do as an individual or as a
neighborhood to improve the health of Sara Bay and Bowlees Creek?  Well, bring your
questions because we are excited to have Shaun Swartz from Mote Marine Laboratory and
Aquarium as our guest speaker. Shaun has examined the impacts of environmental
degradation and development across Asia, along with developing reforestation projects in
Australias Kuranda Rainforest.
As always, we will have donuts and coffee. Cocktails are available for purchase at the bar.
If you have a raffle gift for the meeting we will happily accept it at the check-in desk!
See you January 13, 2020!

It’s Holiday Time!

It’s Holiday Time!

It’s Holiday Time!

Our festive annual holiday party will be on

Tuesday, December 10th

at the Sara Bay Country Club.

• Cocktails at 6:00 PM
• Dinner from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

The fabulous raffle will be held during dessert.

Entertainment provided by The Divine Lady Jazz
offering soft, smooth jazz and dance
music, and the dance floor
will be waiting for your
smooth moves.

The cost is $35.00 per person
and please note that we are
unable to provide reserved seating.

Please send your reservation requests to


and we look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!

July 2020 Association Meeting

November Annual Meeting

This is our annual meeting and we are excited to have our County Commissioner, Misty Servia, update us at the county level and answer questions you may have. Our President, Bill Espy, will give you the wrap up for the year regarding the association, what to look forward to in the coming year and of course, our annual Board of Director election. This is an important meeting and we hope that you will be able to attend. As always, we will have donuts and coffee and cocktails are available for purchase. If you have a raffle gift for the meeting we will happily accept it at the check-in desk!

WBMA Wins Competitive Grant

WBMA Wins Competitive Grant


Whitfield Estates Historical Marker

A new historical marker will replicate the design of our existing marker near the bay and highlight our neighborhood’s rich history east of the Trail.

WBMA Wins Competitive Grant!

By Norm Luppino

Just as our newsletter was going to press, we received the wonderful news that our Association was awarded a Neighborhood Enhancement Grant in the amount of $6,362.65!

The grant, which is administered by Manatee County government, requires the Association match the County’s contribution through both cash outlay and sweat equity by our residents.  Projects include adding new historical and entrance markers and the general maintenance of our public landscape triangles – such as trimming palm tree and re-mulching.

The grant application process was quite cumbersome and fiercely competitive as many Associations throughout the county vied for the limited funds.  However, through the hard work and expert writing skills of WBMA directors Carole Martin and Julie Grossner, our Association prevailed.  Great work ladies!