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by Dennis Maley - During the seemingly endless debate over what to do in light of the declining resources in its primary indigent healthcare funding source, several members of the county commission have made negative comments about Obamacare and its failure to address the issue as promised. But such attacks betray the reality that it was the Florida Legislature that turned down $51 billion in federal funds that would have put many of those patients onto the Medicaid rolls instead. As the state legislature's next session approaches, maybe it's time to point their frustration at their friends in Tallahassee.

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by Merab-Michal Favorite - At high noon, on April 22, 1831, Charles Gibbs was hanged. At age 33, he had already established himself as one of the most villainous pirates in the U.S, confessing to over 400 murders over his lifetime. Gibbs had a reputation for taking no prisoners, instead opting to feed his captives to the sharks. But on April 22 on Ellis Island, New York, his reign of terror had finally come to an end. He was one of the last American pirates and last people convicted of piracy in the U.S.

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Local restaurateur extraordinaire Sean Murphy knows the Florida heat as well as anyone, but he also knows how to cool off with the proper cocktail for a sweltering September day. This week, in his uniquely entertaining fashion, Murphy shares the recipe for an equally-unique concoction sure to help you beat the dog days of our most brutal month.

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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, September 18, 2014

Published Thursday, September 18, 2014

On paper, it looks like an epic battle. A popular governor who, just after being short-listed for his party's presidential ticket decides to leave and run for Senator only to switch parties and come back to face the party outsider who won an all-out war to replace him in a state that's been through five years of economic turmoil. Instead, it's potentially the least exciting Florida Governor's race in the last two decades. Why? For starters neither candidate can tell the truth … ever.

Published Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Bradenton City Council voted unani­mously at a public meeting last Wednesday to tentatively approve the budget and property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2014-15. The second and final reading and public hea­ing of the budget and property tax rate is scheduled for 5:01 p.m. Sept. 24 in the City Hall Council Chambers. The council will consider approving a property tax rate of 5.8976 — which is the existing rate.

Published Thursday, September 18, 2014

A front has caused a lot of rain the past few days, but conditions are set to improve tomorrow afternoon. Snook season opened statewide.  FWC researchers have reported that transplanted, nursery-raised corral has spawning for the fist time off of Marathon Key. 

Published Thursday, September 18, 2014

Suzanne McCormick has taken the helm as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Suncoast. McCormick comes to United Way Suncoast from United Way of Greater Portland (Maine).

Published Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Resort at Longboat Key Club and USF Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) proudly announce the launch of a key regional partnership and new training program for USFSM students. As the official “Teaching Hotel” for the College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership, the Resort will be the site of The Teaching Lab program that will accommodate hospitality students each semester in a rotation that includes operational and administrative divisions of the Resort and Club. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014

If someone in Bradenton wants to change the zoning of their land, it usually takes a public hearing and an approval by the city council. Not if you are Pat Neal. According to Tim Polk, who is in charge of zoning for the city, Neal's Perico Island property was not properly zoned back in the '90s when it was annexed by the city, so he gave it an R-1 zoning versus the approved PDP (Planned Development Project) on the zoning maps. Polk said Neal told him the original zoning was a mistake. The City Council approved his site plan approval without Polk disclosing he administratively changed the zoning from the approved maps.

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The School District of Manatee County welcomes new Community Security Officers into elementary schools beginning tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The CSOs will provide an additional security presence at all district elementary schools that do not currently have an SRO. However, due to legal concerns raised during the last 24 hours, the CSOs will be deployed on an unarmed basis until further notice.


Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The growth of Internet services and web technologies have increased the ways citizens interact with government. Paul Alexander, is Manatee County's Information Technology Department Director, and he delivered a IT update presentation to Manatee County Commissioners at Tuesday's work session. 

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Among the games this Friday: Lakewood Ranch will host Braden River; Bayshore will visit Southeast; Manatee will play against the Sarasota Sailors at home, and Bradenton Christian will host St. Pete's Canterbury Crusaders.

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FSU/Asolo Conservatory alums Brendan Ragan and Summer Wallace piqued the interest of local theater fans in June, when they announced that they would be forming a new theater company in downtown Sarasota. Urbanite Theatre is one step closer to reality, now that they've broken ground on an intimate facility that is sure to add a new dimension to the local arts scene.


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Business Headlines

Port Manatee Begins Scrap Metal Vessel Calls
Published Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ask Guido: Your Investment Resource
Published Monday, September 15, 2014

The Bradenton Times Paperless Circular
Published Sunday, September 14, 2014

Government Headlines

Bradenton Budget & Property Tax Rate Approved on First Reading
Published Thursday, September 18, 2014

MPO Gets Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Initiative Update
Published Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sarasota/Manatee MPO Agenda Results: 9/15/14
Published Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fishing Headlines

Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: Sept. 18, 2014
Published Thursday, September 18, 2014

Captain Favorite's Fishing Forum: Sept. 15, 2014
Published Monday, September 15, 2014

Manatee Rural Health Certificate


Name Date
Emma LaSota September 6, 2014
Elizabeth Pagliarulo September 11, 2014
Joseph Bische August 31, 2014
Jeanette Zerwin September 12, 2014
Janie Thielen September 12, 2014
Richard Schluederberg, Sr. September 10, 2014
Anne Teyssier August 28, 2014
Paul Saracino September 4, 2014
Bertha Everman August 31, 2014
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