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by Dennis Maley - If you want to be a serious student of conservation, you'd better have a strong stomach. Every subject you take on is likely to keep you up at night – declining fossil fuels, precious metals and water reserves, climate change, food insecurity, etc. That's why it's so incredibly refreshing to visit the Historic Green Village on Anna Maria Island, where one ambitious couple have created a living, breathing model of the infrastructure required to operate our society in a way that will be sustainable for generations to come, while demonstrating to skeptics the immense potential of existing technology.

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by Merab-Michal Favorite - About three years ago, I wrote a column about an unusual hobby: fossil and artifact hunting. In Search of the Missing Link followed a local Manatee man to several excavation sites around the county while he looked for artifacts. While the article received a fair amount of criticism because it is illegal to dig for artifacts on state-owned and controlled lands, including all waterways, it caught the attention of several educators who wanted to work with Jake, an amateur archeologist, because he had more experience in the field than professionals who spent much of their time in classroom.

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by Joe McClash - Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker seeks to change the way property taxes are spent. His plan has been presented and placed into motion by a majority of the county commissioners. The focus is said to be jobs and revitalization; however, the plan may actually create havoc for public safety.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014


Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

In general, when you sell your home any amount you receive over your cost basis (what you paid for the home, plus capital improvements, plus the costs of selling the home) is subject to capital gains taxes. However, if you owned and used the home as your principal residence for a total of two out of the five years before the sale (the two years do not have to be consecutive), you may be able to exclude from federal income tax up to $250,000 (up to $500,000 if you're married and file a joint return) of the capital gain when you sell your home.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Marauders (10-5) defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads (6-9) 5-3 on Friday night at McKechnie Field. Bradenton opened up a 5-0 lead and fended off a late Jupiter rally to improve its winning streak to a season-best five games.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: What’s behind the rise in public transit in the U.S. in the last few years, and how does our transit use compare with that of other developed countries? -- Angie Whitby, New Bern, NC

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The George and Ira Gershwin show My One and Only comes to the Stone Hall stage at the Manatee Performing Arts Center on May 1. This innovative musical takes the heart-stopping songs 'S Wonderful, Funny Face and of course My One and Only from George and Ira Gershwin's classic Funny Face, along with popular numbers from other Gershwin shows and joins them with a new book.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Across Florida there are signs that spring has sprung, from the fine layer of yellow pollen coating everything in the north to folks returning to the water sans wetsuit in the south. Warmer water also means the return of Spanish mackerel, a feisty fish that migrates south when the water temperature dips below 70 and should be returning to north Florida waters right about now.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

Curtis Hamlin and Mary Hawk, both principals with the law firm of Porges, Hamlin, Knowles and Hawk, were recent featured speakers at “CA Day,” a day of education for all those involved with any type of homeowner association. CA Day is sponsored every year by the non-profit Community Associations Institute (CAI) – West Florida Chapter.

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Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce is again offering a $1,000.00 scholarship to a Manatee County graduating senior interested in a business degree. If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this scholarship, the application can be downloaded from the Chamber website www.amichamber.org.

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Friday, April 18, 2014


Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports that two arrests have been made in an ongoing animal cruelty investigation related to Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary in East Manatee County. Alan Napier, 51, and Sheree Napier, 45, were arrested this afternoon around 4 p.m.

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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Top Manatee County officials loaded a bus and hit the road Tuesday morning to visit the county's pinnacle farm producers, looking for a snapshot of what was once the county's economic backbone. Currently, Manatee's agriculture production ranks 7th largest among Florida's 67 counties, but many wonder how long that status will last.

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Published Friday, April 18, 2014
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Port Manatee is linked to the CSX Transportation mainline by short-line railroad tracks, and what sits on those tracks now are two new, mean and green diesel-electric locomotives. The port made the purchases with financial help from a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant, and they are ready to go to work.

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Business Headlines

How do I Figure the Tax on the Sale of My Home?
Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ask Guido: Your Investment Resource
Published Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring Cleaning Your Debt
Published Saturday, April 12, 2014

Government Headlines

BOCC Takes Ag Workshop to the Farm
Published Friday, April 18, 2014

Port Manatee Goes for Green on Locomotives
Published Friday, April 18, 2014

Manatee County Port Authority Agenda Results: April 17, 2014
Published Friday, April 18, 2014

Fishing Headlines

Spring Means Return of Spanish Mackerel to North Florida Waters
Published Saturday, April 19, 2014

Captain Favorite's Weekend Fishing Forecast: April 17, 2014
Published Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Obituaries

Name Date
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
Robert McNally April 2, 2014
All Obituaries

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