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Heintz & Becker Golf Cart Series Part 2: Everyone knows what a Golf Cart is - Right?

Yes, we all know what a golf cart is - in the general sense. But, for purposes of Florida Law, a "Golf Cart" has a limited, specifically defined meaning. Florida Law defines a "Golf Cart" as a motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes that is incapable of going faster than 20 miles per hour. While the operation of Golf Carts on public roads or streets is generally prohibited within Florida that prohibition has been lifted within a number of self-contained retirement communities, including Sun City Center, where all streets are approved for Golf Cart use by anyone age 14 and up.

Heintz & Becker Brain Injury Series Part 6: Second Impact Syndrome - a Rare Catastrophic Consequence of Multiple Concussions in Youth Athletes

The ever expanding medical evidence documenting the harmful effects of concussions has caused serious concerns about sports-related concussions in youth athletes.  One particularly serious concern is an event that can happen in rare instances in young people who suffer a second concussion while still in the process of recovering from a previous concussion.  Aptly called "Second Impact Syndrome" or "SIS," it can result in catastrophic brain swelling that typically leads to death or severe permanent disability.

Heintz & Becker Golf Cart Series Part 1: Serving Our Growing Number of Golf Cart Lifestyle Clients

The number of people choosing to travel by traditional golf carts and newer "street legal" versions just keeps growing.  In addition to beautiful communities like Sun City Center and the Villages, where golf carts number in the tens of thousands, many people all over our region are joining the golf cart movement.  To better serve our growing number of golf cart owner clients, as well as all of those contemplating getting a golf cart, we are launching a new series that will provide much needed information on a variety of golf cart related topics.

Heintz & Becker Boating Safety Series Part 6: Tips for Stocking Your Boat's First Aid Kit

Boaters, when is the last time you checked your first aid kit? If you can't recall, then it's time to make sure that your first aid kit is waterproof and fully stocked with fresh supplies. You want to be prepared to deal with common medical issues ranging from sunburn and insect bites, headaches and nausea, and cuts and fishhook injuries. Feeling ill or getting hurt on the water is bad enough. Not having anything on hand to treat the problem can turn a manageable issue into a more serious situation.

Painkillers and Children - Concerns about What the FDA is Doing are Increasing

Is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) making the right decisions when it comes to the issue of painkillers and children, or has it become a pawn of the pharmaceutical industry? Some are saying that a recent FDA decision is flawed and may put our children at risk of becoming the next generation of drug addicts. In August, the FDA issued a shocking approval of the use of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin for children as young as 11 in certain situations. Just as shocking was who the FDA got the information it relied on in making its decision from: Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Conn., the pharmaceutical company that manufactures the drug and who stands to make big money from the FDA approval. That same company admitted to falsely playing down the addictive nature OxyContin just a few years earlier.

Get Ready to Rock for Local Families in Need!

On Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m., Bradenton's Knights of Columbus, St. Josephs Council 5604, will be presenting a live rock-and-roll concert called "A Knight of Rock" at Mixon Fruit Farms featuring the Survivors of Rock and GoodByEddie. The purpose of the event is to raise money to create a Catholic Charities Sugar Bowl Fund to help local families suffering from an economic hardship. Local favorite GoodByEddie, headed by local music legend Doug Henderson, will open the concert at 4:30 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. the iconic Survivors of Rock will take the stage featuring former members of Iron Butterfly, Captain Beyond, Alice Cooper, Thee Image, Spiral Staircase, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Blues Image and Cactus.

Heintz & Becker Brain Injury Series Part 5: Super Bowl III MVP Joe Namath Working to Raise Money for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

According to "Broadway" Joe Namath, football players in his generation didn't know about the dangers of "getting their bell rung" - the word "concussion" was not part of the side-line vocabulary. They just took the smelling salts that the team trainers always had on hand and played on. Then, a few years ago, after witnessing a number of his friends suffer from concussion-related issues, Joe Namath made a brave decision. He went to the Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida, and asked the doctors there to look at his brain. He underwent a number of cognitive exams and brain scans which revealed that a number of cells and an area of his brain had ceased functioning.

Parents Urged to Give Guidance when Giving New Phones, Tablets and Computers to their Kids This Holiday Season

Parents, what do you have wrapped up for your children this holiday season - new phones, tablets, and computers that will give internet access to your children?  If you do, we urge you to take some proactive steps to create cyber boundaries to safeguard your family.  This includes talking to your kids about safe and responsible smart phone, social media and online activity.

Heintz & Becker Boating Safety Series Part 5: Wear It! Florida Campaign Provides a Great Holiday Gift Idea

Wear It logo.gifAre looking for a great holiday gift idea for your fishing and boating friends who have everything?  Here's an idea - how about a belt or suspender style inflatable life jacket that they can snap on and wear comfortably on the water?  Florida leads the country in annual boating deaths with an average of one death every week - most of which happen when someone has fallen overboard.  Many such deaths could be prevented by getting people in the habit of wearing lifejackets.  This is where the Wear It! Florida campaign comes in to play. The campaign has just one goal: to get people to wear life jackets while on the water.

Heintz & Becker Brain Injury Series Part 4: Was This College Football Player, Like Many Others, Merely "Collateral Damage"?

Nearly everyone knows about the infamous incident involving former Florida State University football player Jameis Winston leaving a Tallahassee Publix Supermarket without paying for $32.72 worth of crab legs.  But what about the time former University of North Carolina offensive lineman Ryan Hoffman, homeless and hungry, who was arrested for stealing an eight-piece fried chicken bucket from a supermarket?

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