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by Dennis Maley - On Wednesday, the Florida Public Service Commission wrapped up three days of dog and pony show "hearings" that will likely pave the way for utility companies to dramatically cut their energy conservation goals over the next half decade. Given what we know about energy production, future demand and Florida's precarious vulnerability to rising sea levels, this might seem to land somewhere between counterintuitive and insane, which is to say pretty much par for the course in the Sunshine State.

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by Merab-Michal Favorite - We have all heard of the Wild West, where high noon sometimes indicated the commencement of a shootout between "the law" and out-of-control cowboys. But what about the Wild South? Like the Wild West, Florida was a haven for fugatives, misfits and criminals all searching for a place they could kick off their boots and call home.

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Evan Guido, VP of Private Wealth Management at Robert W. Baird & Co., said he was surprised that one of the top concerns among retirees is both when and how to take Social Security benefits. The financial advisor has partnered with USF to host a series of bi-monthly events on the subject in order to bring information on the topic to the retiring public, so that they can properly incorporate this important government benefit into a long and successful retirement lifestyle.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

It appears that after former Manatee Technical Institute Director Mary Cantrell filed to run for the Manatee County School Board, she and MCSD Superintendent Rick Mills had discussions about the possibility of Cantrell returning to her old post. The idea that the administration would broach that subject in the time between the expiration of Cantrell's contract and the August 26 race could raise red flags if such conversations can be seen as having a strategic purpose.

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

Governor Rick Scott has agreed to three debates with likely Democratic opponent Charlie Crist, but has turned down at least four other proposed debates, including all of those proposed by Florida news outlets. Crist says three debates are not enough opportunity for people to see them square off, though the number is in line with past races.

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

At Wednesday's budget meeting, County Administrator Ed Hunzeker and Financial Management Director Jim Seuffert reviewed selected programs slated to be funded in the FY-2015 budget. The goal: to keep the AdValorem millage rate unchanged from 2014 at 6.4326.

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spiny lobster season will began with a two day recreational event July 30-31, followed by the commercial/recreation season which runs Aug. 6 through March 31. A recreational fishing workshop on Gulf red snapper will be held in St. Petersburg on August 11. Find out how you can chime in! A cold front will bring scattered thunderstorms and inland chop to the area over the weekend. 


Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Marauders (58-49, 23-15) rallied from a 7-4 deficit in the eighth inning, plating five runs to defeat the Daytona Cubs (51-55,25-13) 9-7 on Wednesday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The win ended a three game losing streak for the Marauders, snapped a seven game winning streak for the Cubs, and moved Bradenton to within 1.5 games of first place.

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

Insula Companies – a Sarasota-based firm specializing in apartment community acquisition and revitalization on behalf of private investors – is pleased to announce its third Florida acquisition in 2014 and 13th since 2009.

Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has appointed Carol Ann Malinowski as its new chief financial officer. Malinowski, a senior finance and administration executive, brings key financial management skills to the position. She joined the senior staff of the non-profit botanical research organization after a two-year stint in New York City with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. as Vice President and Interim CFO.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It could have been a scene from the movie ... And Justice for All, only Manatee County Commission Chairman Larry Bustle didn't take home any Academy Awards; just a reprimand from some fellow commissioners as well as some legal advice from the county attorney and an earful from Manatee County citizens. The sentiment from all: You went too far.

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The start date for the controversial "diverging diamond interchange" at Interstate 75 and University Parkway has been pushed back from early next year to August of 2015. Meanwhile, projected construction costs have risen by more than $12 million according to updates given to the Sarasota/Manatee MPO at Monday's meeting.

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At Tuesday's meeting, Manatee County Commissioners voted in favor of canceling two upcoming meetings so as not to conflict with the primary and general elections. The board also voted to suspend MCAT fares for the two days in an effort to best accommodate voter participation.


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Business Headlines

Ask Guido: Your Investment Resource
Published Monday, July 28, 2014

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Published Sunday, July 27, 2014

Charitable Gifts of Items You No Longer Need
Published Saturday, July 26, 2014

Government Headlines

BOCC Juggles to Keep Millage Rate Flat
Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOCC Chairman Loses Cool, Threatens to Ban Speakers
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Costs to Rise for Delayed I-75/University Improvements
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fishing Headlines

Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: July 31, 2014
Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: July 28, 2014
Published Monday, July 28, 2014

Manatee Rural Health Certificate


Name Date
Azalee Green July 27, 2014
Annie Miller July 27, 2014
Mary Cadogan July 30, 2014
David Bray July 21, 2014
Robert Timony June 28, 2014
Barbara Pernat July 27, 2014
Homer Cablish July 24, 2014
Barbara Anderson July 23, 2014
Mary Taylor July 17, 2014
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