Lakewood Ranch, FL (January 18, 2019) - The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) became more regional with the ribbon cutting of its newest substation, located in Lakewood Ranch.

The facility, at 14544 Arbor Green Trail, is just south of State Road 70 and east of Lorraine Road. The new station is housed in the former sales office for Lennar’s Lakewood National village. The effort was a joint project of the MCSO, Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc. (SMR), and Ranch builder Lennar.

“Lennar was happy to provide subcontractors, labor, materials, equipment, supervision and coordination to complete the substation’s buildout for the MCSO in conjunction with SMR,” said Kyle Bernethy, director of sales for Lennar in Southwest Florida. “Our whole Lennar team has a commitment to the safety of the community, as well as a desire to help out where there is a need.”

The MCSO will rent the facility from SMR, who intends to keep the land off the market long enough for the Sheriff’s Office to get resources in order to build a more permanent location, according to SMR’s president and CEO Rex Jensen. Public safety has always been a Lakewood Ranch priority, Jensen said. “This is a huge win for the community. This partnership accelerates the active presence of the MCSO in Lakewood Ranch by at least three to four years.  We now have better police protection while we await the permanent facility.”

The substation will allow deputies in the expansive District 3, of which Lakewood Ranch is a part, to have a place to work that’s closer than the current District 3 office, which is at State Road 64 and I-75. Sheriff’s deputies, school resource officers, and rural officers will all utilize the facility, according to MSCO’s public information officer, Randy Warren. Preliminarily, the office will be open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be a call box on property that can be utilized during off hours. 

Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells has wanted this facility for years.

“We are looking forward to having a substation in this constantly expanding area of Manatee County,” Wells said. “Our deputies will now have another office location to work from, which not only increases our response time to calls, but also allows the public a more convenient place to stop, ask questions, and file reports if needed. This is a great addition to the Lakewood Ranch community.” 

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