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At Tuesday's Manatee County School Board meeting, the handful of players and citizens still paying attention to the seemingly endless saga of the Manatee High sexual abuse scandal thought they might finally witness a conclusion to one of the most sordid and embarrassing episodes in MCSD history. No such luck. However, in what would have seemed a nearly impossible achievement going in, the soap opera got even shadier.

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This year has surely started out with its share of chaos. News broadcasts have told of terror reports, record rains, record cold and record heat. There have been manhunts and attacks on police being reported like sports scores — and it has only been two weeks! Sometimes it all seems too much to process. Yet in a time when we should be building bridges, it seems that all our local leaders can do is construct walls.

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by Merab-Michal Favorite - If you follow my column, you’ll know that I’ve mentioned the sugar industry in the Manatee/Sarasota area countless times. However, most of the history books I’ve read vaguely mention the involvement of slaves in these large-scale operations. Today we are taking a closer view of these businesses and how and why they succeeded or failed.


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In most cases, dredging a pass would provide for safer navigation, but that is not the case in Sarasota and Manatee Counties regardingLongboat PassNew Pass, and Big Pass. The counties want the sand for beaches, while ignoring the primary goal of these passes which is safe navigation. The winner of the sand in one location also impacts the wave energy and sand movement for the loser, especially once a groin is constructed.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Local legislator Greg Steube is quickly cementing a reputation as the guns in schools guy. The Dist. 73 Florida Representative, whose district covers large parts of Eastern Sarasota and Manatee Counties, has drawn national attention for his repeated efforts to allow certain teachers and administrators to arm themselves in the state's public schools. This year, Steube renews those efforts while adding a proposed bill that would allow gun owners to legally carry on college campuses.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The equity markets enjoyed the best performance of 2015 last week. The support for the rally was provided by the European Central Bank’s (ECB) announcement of a bold program of quantitative easing. The ECB’s asset purchase program offers the markets a measure of optimism that Europe will move away from recession and deflation. The ECB’s actions are not without consequences for the U.S.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

James Bacon, an administrative specialist with the Public Safety department in the animal services division, has been named the Manatee County government's Employee of the Month for January, 2015.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The artwork of some of Manatee County’s most talented students will be up for bid Saturday, January 31, 2015 when the Manatee Education Foundation hosts the 2015 Heart & Soul Gala and Live Art Auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in downtown Bradenton. Proceeds from the gala and auction benefit the arts programs of the School District of Manatee County through the Manatee Education Foundation.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Beginning Monday, February 2, appointments can be scheduled online at for driver license, ID card, and title transactions at the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office. Customers are encouraged to make an appointment in order to be seen as quickly as possible when they arrive at an office.

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

At Monday's Palmetto City Commission meeting, Police Chief Rick Wells recognized and congratulated Luciano Diaz as officer of the year (2014). In other business, commissioners voted to approve Ordinance 2013-21 regulating the use and location of storage containers, and received a presentation on the condition of the city's sewers.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Published Monday, January 26, 2015

For the past couple of years, Manatee County Commissioners have struggled with a public audience that hasn't always been forgiving. At Tuesday's BOCC Workshop, board members and staff heard a form of remedy to the disruption some commissioners claim have taken over the citizens comments portion of meetings. County Attorney Micky Palmer presented three possible solutions. 

Published Monday, January 26, 2015

Detective Greg Price has been honored as Bradenton Police Department Officer of the Month for January for his efforts that led to the arrest of six suspects involved in recent robberies of pizza carriers.

Published Monday, January 26, 2015

NOAA is predicting small craft advisory condition through Tuesday evening. The 33rd Cortez Fish Festival will be held over Valentines Day. Our contributing captain says to look for reds and big trout mixed with mullet schools on shallow flats and edges of bars. 

Published Monday, January 26, 2015

Dr. Jean Kabongo, associate professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship at USF Sarasota-Manatee, will host a workshop for current and aspiring entrepreneurs on January 27. The event is free and open to the public.


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Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Jan. 26, 2015
Published Monday, January 26, 2015

Hall of Fame Bass Caught on Rodman Reservoir
Published Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Lawrence Walsh January 23, 2015
Robert McConnachie January 22, 2015
Sarah Anne Ware January 20, 2015
Thomas Bower January 19, 2015
Joseph Flannery January 19, 2015
Laura Colombo January 18, 2015
Tanice Bellas January 18, 2015
Patricia Brinker January 17, 2015
Joann Windholz January 16, 2015
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