Medicare Enrollment Ends Dec. 7: Speak to Leslee Vandegraft

Any Regatta Pointe Marina customers interested in exploring their Medicare options should be aware the end of the Annual Enrollment Period is Monday, December 7th. Leslee C Vandegraft is a resident of Regatta Pointe Marina and is available to answer any questions that you might have.

Please give her a call today to look into what your options are. There are multiple plans to choose from including plans for those with chronic conditions and even special plans available for people with Vet benefits that actually put some money back into your pocket each month while providing benefits over and above the VA.

Also, the Open Enrollment Period for ACA (Obamacare) is in full swing. In order to receive a 1/1/16 effective date you are required to enroll no later than 12/15/15. The Enrollment Period does continue until mid-February however the later that you wait the later it would take effect. The rates are dependent upon your projected income, how many are in your household and whether or not you are a smoker. There are NO HEALTH QUESTIONS. You may even be eligible for a $0 monthly premium plan while avoiding the 2016 penalty. 

Leslee is here to help you understand all of what seems too overwhelming and to try to put it into English! 

Please feel free to call Leslee or even shoot her a text.

Leslee C Vandegraft
L.C. Insurance Services
Independent  Agent
941-527-7686 or 812-216-7213 
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Regatta Pointe Marina’s Neighboorhod is Getting Makeover


Palmetto’s Old Main Street getting safer, friendlier

City leaders want to make Old Main Street, also known as 10th Avenue, safer and friendlier for everyone who visits the area. (Florida Department of Transportation)

PALMETTO – More improvements are coming to the city of Palmetto.

City leaders want to make Old Main Street, also known as 10th Avenue, safer and friendlier for everyone who visits the area.

So, they are preparing for a big makeover, which includes major changes for the long stretch of road from Riverside Drive to 17th Street.

City leaders want to make the road more user-friendly, so it’s easier to cross the street, walk to shops and bicycle around town.

“It will have a safer environment for people to come and visit this area and come to businesses on 10th,” said Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant.

Bryant said the Complete Street Project is a nationwide trend designed to make roads safer.

She said it’s being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

In addition to improving the streets and sidewalks, the project also includes landscaping, stormwater improvements and lighting, as well as reduced speed limits and improved parking.

Phase one of the project is expected to begin next year.

The remaining phases will not begin until 2021.

City leaders don’t want to make the changes on their own and are asking for the public’s help. 

Two public meetings are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m.

The meetings will take place at Commission Chambers at City Hall, 516 8th Avenue West in Palmetto.


See This Great Video of Regatta Pointe Marina

Regatta Pointe Marina is the 2013, 2014, 2015 winner of the Bradenton Herald People’s Choice Award for “Best Marina.”  

Our little maritime oasis on the Manatee River is home to 350 wet slips, two on-site restaurants, a day spa, a salon, multiple yacht brokerages and the best liveaboard facilities in the region.  Recently, one of our customers made a very nice video tour of our facilities.  We’ve inserted the Youtube video from Kent Greene here.  Take a look to get a look at a typical day at Regatta Pointe Marina. 

Make Historical Palmetto A Part of Your Event

The rich history of the city of Palmetto is rooted in the magnificent Manatee River, and it’s easy to see why when you look out from Riverhouse at the beautiful view of the city. Even the first settlers recognized the beauty and potential of the mile-wide waterway that helped Palmetto become the thriving city it is today.  

There is no better way to get a true taste of the lifeblood of Palmetto’s history than enjoying river that was an integral part in the founding of the city. Hosting your event at Riverhouse is a great way to make traditional Florida a part of your celebration. You can’t get much closer to the history of Palmetto, unless you are willing swim!  

Sail Into Your Event At Riverhouse!

Looking to make a splash at your wedding or birthday party? Make the entrance of a lifetime by sailing into your celebration! One of our locally sourced tours & charters would love to help you make an appearance that guests will be talking about for years to come. Better yet, enjoy a day on the water with your charter captain and cruise leisurely back to Riverhouse to enjoy a fantastic meal prepared to your exact specifications.

Thinking a fashionable exit is more your style? No problem! When your celebration is coming to a close surprise guests by boarding a beautiful boat and sailing off into the sunset with your spouse or party guests. At Riverhouse the options for your event are virtually unlimited, speak with our event planner at 941-721-3800 to find the package that is a perfect fit for you! 

Fire Charity Fishing Tournament June 12-14, 2015

The 2015 Fire Charity Fishing Tournament will be held June 12-14 at the Bradenton Yacht Club (4307 13th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221).  Regatta Pointe Marina invites you to attend for a good time and a great cause! 

The annual Fire Charity Fishing Tournament was created by firefighter Eric Nicholson, who has seen firsthand the devastation fire can cause.  Proceeds, from this 8th annual tournament, will go to the Children’s Burn Foundation. 

More than 10,000 in cash and prices will be awarded. A point system based upon the type and size of fish will be used to determine the winning boat. Each boat will be allowed to enter six (6) fish for judging during the two-day event.  Offshore boats will be limited to weighing in six (6) fish per day.  The six fish selected and entered by the Captain at the weigh-in may not include more than two (2) fish of any one species.

Visit for more details and to get your entry form. Donations for the Children’s Burn Foundation accepted. Sponsorship opportunities available.


Yacht Brokers’ Spring Open House: April 11 & 12, 2015

Join us as we exhibit more than 50 new and used in-water yachts at the Spring Open House, hosted by Massey Yacht Sales, Whiteaker Yacht Sales and American Marine and Shippey Marine.

Whether you are in the market to buy, sell, or upgrade, Regatta Pointe Maria (1005 Riverside Dr., Palmetto, FL) is the destination for you.  The three on-site, yacht brokerage firms host dozens of power and sail yachts docked at the marina full time.  Each company’s sales teams will be available at the Spring Open House to provide tours, answer any questions, or help you with your next yacht transaction.  

While you’re at Regatta Pointe Marina, take advantage of premier waterfront dining options, including an all-new outdoor, waterfront bar and enjoy a full day of boating bliss.  

Yacht buyers: The public is welcome to come and browse new and used power and sail yachts at Regatta Pointe Marina. You’ll find multiple docks lined with yachts hosted by on-site brokers. Get an advance look at many boats on display at 

Yacht sellers: Get your boat seen by more potential buyers with Regatta Pointe Marina’s high foot traffic, two award-winning restaurants on site (Riverhouse Reef & Grill and Riverside Café) and daily in-coming boaters, by listing and hosting your boat with a Regatta Pointe Marina broker. Stop by during the open house to see why your craft should be at Regatta Pointe Marina

Yacht upgrades: If you’re ready to upgrade your boat, there’s no better place to sell your old vessel and purchase a new one than at Regatta Pointe Marina.  Use the information here to contact a broker.

Visit for more information, or speak with one of the Regatta Pointe Marina brokerage companies directly:  Massey Yacht Sales (941-723-1610); Whiteaker Yacht Sales (941-776-0616); American Marine (941-779-0605).

Riverhouse Owners Open Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria in West Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. – Doug VanDerNoord and Peter VanDerNoord are excited to announce the grand opening of their second restaurant in Manatee County – Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria.  The new restaurant is located in the Benderson-owned Shoppes at Paradise Bay at 7110 Cortez Rd. W., in Bradenton, FL.  The official opening was on Friday, Feb 27, 2015.Fratello's Chicago Pizzeria in Bradenton, FL

The VanDerNoord brothers are also the proprietors of the Riverhouse Reef & Grill, Riverhouse Banquets & Weddings and Regatta Pointe Marina – all located on the Palmetto side of the Manatee River. 

Fratello’s Chicago Pizzeria will fill the void created when regional chain Stonewood Grill & Tavern vacated the 5,760-square foot location in June of last year. Fratello’s (named for the Italian translation for “Brother”), will be the largest non-franchise,  locally-owned business in a plaza that prominently hosts national chains such as Bonefish Grill, Winn Dixie, First Watch and Marshall’s. 

“Anybody who lives in the Bradenton area has a vested interest in our community,” said Peter VanDerNoord. “We work here, play here, spend our money here, we send our kids to school here.  With locally owned businesses, not only do we understand our community and know its needs / market opportunities, but any profits from local businesses stay in our community.”

The VanDerNoord’s have a long history of successfully mixing business and family. Fratello’s represents the continuation of that family tradition.

“Our family has been in business for generations,” said Peter VanDerNoord.  “The businesses change, but the family environment does not.  We’re used to working as a family, and have the philosophy to work with and treat our employees as family.  This isn’t always perfect and working with family is often tough!  But our goal is to encourage one another, and see that all of our family members achieve their goals.”

The new restaurant offers a full Italian menu, in addition to the Chicago-style deep and thin crust pizza’s the Windy City is famous for perfecting.

Fratello’s hours of operation are 11:30am to 9pm Sun-Thurs and 11:30am to 10pm Fri & Sat.  The website is:  The restaurant phone number is: 941-794-0300.

Powerboat Slips for Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa Bay Boaters

Regatta Pointe Marina (on Tampa Bay’s Manatee River) is the first choice for the region’s large powerboat owners.  

Regatta Pointe Marina offers more amenities than any marina in this region, plus a quick fuel dock, and no bridges to the Gulf of Mexico and/or Tampa Bay.  Many powerboats qualify for special discounts.  Click below to request more information.

Amenities at each slip include:

  • Clean Running Water
  • Metered Electric
  • Sewer Pump Out
  • Dock Boxes
Other amenities:
  • Showers
  • 2 Club Houses with TV, Sofas, Tables
  • Exercise Facility
  • Monthly Resident Cookout
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Wireless Internet (Recreational use only)
  • Daily Garbage Pick Up
  • Shuttle Service to the Airports
  • Dock Carts
  • Ice
  • Coffee
  • Weekend Pastries
  • Newspaper – Bradenton Herald
  • Quarterly events given
  • Local boat service information provided at the Harbour Master’s Office

Superboats on Manatee River at 1st The Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta

The Manatee River will shake on Feb. 7, 2015 as the Superboats of Powerboat Superleague Racing headline the inaugural Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta.  
The Regatta will include an ALL FREE family festival of world-class entertainment and performances guaranteed to delight and thrill audiences of all ages including:

  • Hydro-cross jet ski
  • Concerts
  • Extreme pogo shows
  • BMX stunt performers
  • Food Festival
  • Kids Zone
  • Frisbee® dogs
  • Falcon 5K River Run & 1-Mile Fun Run

The city’s newest festival originated through Bradenton’s sister-city relationship with Pittsburgh, PA and the world famous Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, the country’s largest inland regatta and top venue on the powerboat racing circuit. See below for a highlight glimpse of that event and a taste of what’s coming to the Bradenton Area!

Click here to visit the official event page on BACVB website.