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Article Headline: Scott Continues to Campaign Hard in SRQ


Comment:
do you like Obamacare? Common Core? Medicaid expansion? Tuition subsidies to illegal aliens? Are you against the 2nd Amendment, 4th Amendment, The Constitution? Are you against budget cuts? If so, then Scott (or Crist) is your man. If not, Adrian Wyllie should be the one you are voting for.

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Adrian Wyllie is clearly the best choice for Florida.
Posted by OrlandoChris on September 30, 2014 at 4:54 pm
 


Article Headline: Hardee County Company wth Ties to Legislators Slammed in Audit


Comment:
Frank Kirkland, can you explain how this is related to the BION BioNitrogen scam ?
Posted by Joy Towles Ezell on September 30, 2014 at 11:01 am
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Stop Long Bar Pointe Development


Comment:
Not one of the seven commissioners voted to support Linda Molto's proposal to ask President Obama to declare Long Bar Pointe Mangroves and sea grass a National Historic Preserve. This area is less that two-square miles. Carol Whitmore betrayed herself by not supporting this motion which would protect the endangered Cortez Village. Carol, you can no longer claim you love Cortez, and will fight to protect our community. Shame on you. And John Chappie who also lives on the Island sat mute, also hiding behind county attorney' phony claim that any word spoken would threaten the county, when there is not even a lawsuit filed yet. Just the usual threat that commissioners love to find shelter from fulfilling their responsibilities. Voters remember who really cares about our village. So far, no commissioners would confront county lawyers' denial of our right of free speech. Vote for Wonder for commissioner, she is not afraid of lawyers and promises not to hide behind them, so they don't have to answer citizens demands to protect Long Bar Pointe. It's time for the county to be in the hands of voters and not under the financial domination of developers Beruff and Neal. Commissioners seem not to be concerned about their legacy. The only sure destiny is that Neal and Beruff will be the riches men in the cemetery.
Posted by joe kane on September 30, 2014 at 7:54 am
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: Stop Long Bar Pointe Development


Comment:
Not one of the seven commissioners voted to support Linda Molto's proposal to ask President Obama to declare Long Bar Pointe Mangroves and sea grass a National Historic Preserve. This area is less that two-square miles. Carol Whitmore betrayed herself by not supporting this motion which would protect the endangered Cortez Village. Carol, you can no longer claim you love Cortez, and will fight to protect our community. Shame on you. And John Chappie who also lives on the Island sat mute, also hiding behind county attorney' phony claim that any word spoken would threaten the county, when there is not even a lawsuit filed yet. Just the usual threat that commissioners love to find shelter from fulfilling their responsibilities. Voters remember who really cares about our village. So far, no commissioners would confront county lawyers' denial of our right of free speech. Vote for Wonder for commissioner, she is not afraid of lawyers and promises not to hide behind them, so they don't have to answer citizens demands to protect Long Bar Pointe. It's time for the county to be in the hands of voters and not under the financial domination of developers Beruff and Neal. Commissioners seem not to be concerned about their legacy. The only sure destiny is that Neal and Beruff will be the riches men in the cemetery.
Posted by joe kane on September 30, 2014 at 7:54 am
 


Article Headline: Should Student Safety be a Law Enforcement or Education Issue?


Comment:
LAW ENFORCEMENT IN SCHOOLS IS BEST HANDLED BY THE SHERIFFS AS THEY MEET ALL LEGAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. Private Guards do not meet this requirement & will present issues if incident happens.
Posted by SANFORD DANZIGER on September 28, 2014 at 11:26 am
 


Article Headline: Should Student Safety be a Law Enforcement or Education Issue?


Comment:
LAW ENFORCEMENT IN SCHOOLS IS BEST HANDLED BY THE SHERIFFS AS THEY MEET ALL LEGAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. Private Guards do not meet this requirement & will present issues if incident happens.
Posted by SANFORD DANZIGER on September 28, 2014 at 11:26 am
 


Article Headline: Should Student Safety be a Law Enforcement or Education Issue?


Comment:
LAW ENFORCEMENT IN SCHOOLS IS BEST HANDLED BY THE SHERIFFS AS THEY MEET ALL LEGAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. Private Guards do not meet this requirement & will present issues if incident happens.
Posted by SANFORD DANZIGER on September 28, 2014 at 11:25 am
 


Article Headline: Perico Island Development Comes Under Fire Again at Bradenton City Council Meeting


Comment:
When and where is the next City Council meeting?
Posted by Peabody Jones on September 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm
 


Article Headline: Perico Island Development Comes Under Fire Again at Bradenton City Council Meeting


Comment:
Here is an example of what and why New Orleans is so susceptible to the destruction from Hurricanes. Man has destroyed the wetlands and estuaries that protect the land. Here also is a reason to stop the development of "Long Bar Pointe". In the 1700's New Orleans use to be 165 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and the devastation that hurricanes create. Now, New Orleans is only 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Don't allow this to happen to Sarasota Bay. If mangrove buffers are not protected land loss will be great in Sarasota Bay. Please read the following.

The Mississippi River levees significantly limit the input of fresh water, sediment, and nutrients into the Pontchartrain basin. This reduction in freshwater input plays a role in the critical problem of the Pontchartrain Basin ? increased salinity. The construction of the Mississippi River?Gulf Outlet Canal (MRGO), which breaches the natural barrier of the Bayou La Loutre ridge and the Borgne land bridge, has allowed sea water to push farther into the basin. Relative sea level rise of up to 0.96 feet per century (0.3 m per year) also gives saltier waters greater access to surrounding wetlands. As a result, mean monthly salinities have increased since the construction of the MRGO and other canals. In recent years, salinities have stabilized. The heightened salinity has stressed wetlands, especially freshwater marshes and swamps.[3]
This 1759 map based on the 1720 de la Tour survey shows Lake Borne separated from the Gulf of Mexico by "Low and Marshy Meadows" (wetlands).

Since 1932, approximately 24% of the Borgne Land Bridge has been lost to severe shoreline retreat and rapid tidal fluctuations, and the loss rate is increasing. During the same time, 17% of the Maurepas Land Bridge marshes disappeared due to subsidence and spikes in lake salinity. These land bridges prevent estuarine processes, such as increased salinities and tidal scour, from pushing further into the middle and upper basins. Additionally, from 1968 to 1988, 32% of the cypress swamp on the land bridge had either converted to marsh or became open water. If these buffers are not preserved, the land loss rates around Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas will increase dramatically.[3]
Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm
 


Article Headline: Write-in Loophole Continues to Disenfranchise Voters


Comment:
Maybe it would be possible to change the loophole election law by constitutional amendment on a ballot. Show the boys who is really in charge-the voter.
Posted by Barbara Elliott on September 26, 2014 at 11:03 am
 


Article Headline: Write-in Loophole Continues to Disenfranchise Voters


Comment:
The Forida Election Commission is useless. They won't prosecute or even charge, or properly investigate this type voter fraud. I tried to get them to prosecute the first time Manatee good ol boys used the loophole law, in BOCC races in 2000.
Posted by Barbara Elliott on September 26, 2014 at 11:00 am
 


Article Headline: Perico Island Development Comes Under Fire Again at Bradenton City Council Meeting


Comment:
How is it that a building project and land use project that FEMA and the tax payers will be held responsible for when a future disastrous hurricane strikes at the heart of Sarasota Bay can be allowed to go forward when it is to be built directly in the path of the highest impact zone for hurricanes and in a known and a designated flood plain area and a hurricane evacuation Zone as identified by the Army Corp of Engineers and as FEMA's own evacuation maps indicate it lies in the path of the highest possible damage.

The development of "Long Bar Pointe" in Manatee County, Florida is wrong on several fronts and wrong on its purposed land use project, better it be designated a wildlife preserve and one of the few remaining ecological niches left on Sarasota Bay.

The developers will reap their profits and move on leaving behind any liability for any losses to the citizens of Manatee County, Bradenton, and the Governments.

It places the responsibility directly on The Federal Government, Florida, Manatee County, and the City of Bradenton for what will be certainly be the loss of life, destruction of property and damage in the future from an absolute certainty of hurricanes. It can be voided if the proper steps are taken now to disallow building in a known flood and Hurricane evacuation zone, in a clear violation of state statues, and remove that threat from FEMA's already overburdened responsibility by keeping the area a buffer from hurricanes.
That area could be better put to use as a buffer from hurricanes as indicated on the FEMA evacuation and flood Map of Manatee County, maintaining the ecological integrity of Sarasota Bay, by protecting the few remaining breeding areas for the fish of Sarasota Bay, by protecting the rookeries, ?birds will not nest at a height of 6 feet or less?, that have disappeared from the Florida?s Coastline, by preventing the Dredging of canals, the cutting the mangroves, clearing the shoreline.
All of which will only exacerbate an already precarious balance in the ecology of shoreline and water, damage the sea grass beds that the endangered ?Manatee? rely on as a food source.
It does not make any sense except for the excessive existence of greed, power, and the money to be made on the intrusion into that area of Sarasota bay, at the expense of proper land use, the will of the people, and against the rape the earth. Something that is just better off left untouched by the hand of man and not cleared or paved over.

Sarasota Bay is under attack. Help stop the Developer, a member of the ?Southwest Florida Water Management District?, and his attack on the environment of an ecological niche, home to breeding fish and nesting sites for large numbers of frigate birds, pelicans, egrets, and cranes. We need support and help to stop a developer from decimating and destroying a nesting area for ?frigate birds? here in Florida. The plan site for planned development lies in a flood plain and is unsuitable for development under any standards of reasonable, rational, consideration to the environment or to the remaining wetlands along the Florida Coast which act as a buffer against seasonal hurricanes. We need help in support for opposing this project. The coast will be forever damaged and the impact on the Sarasota Bay will be devastating. This is another example of political power, influence, and money being place ahead of the concerns for the Earth and the environment.
The Developer is also in a conflict of interest with this ongoing project. The Developer is no longer ?Chair? but still a ?Member? of the Southwest Florida Water Management Board and his involvement in this project runs counter to his responsibilities to defend and protect the water quality and the environment. Taking a bath or shower everyday does not qualify anyone as a ?Water Expert or Specialist? in protecting water use in Southwest Florida. What are the Developers qualifications to be a Member of Southwest Florida Water Management accept political contributions. The purposed project lies within the most severe area for hurricane impact and subject to the highest possible damage from any hurricane. This project is a self interest project without regard to the very real possibility of future flood damage and lose of life and not beneficial to the State of Florida.
If you look on Google and find 75th street and Cortez Rd West in Bradenton, Florida and you follow 75th Street south you will find "El Conquistador Parkway" and El Conquistador Parkway will be the access road to the planned 5 story 5 star hotel, Marina, a large housing development, and rather large shopping center, basically a whole city complex within a city complex, but in a Hurricane flood plain, with planned dredging of a channel or channels to and from Sarasota Bay and the impact that will have on the tidal area of that coast line and the removal of all, all barrier mangroves disrupting the current fish habitat which supports the Sarasota Bay fish breeding area and disturbing the rookies for nesting birds where their habitat has been reduced and eliminated over the years reducing the natural resources to almost nil. Those Mangroves provide another important function; they act as a barrier to storm surge and protection of the coast by providing a buffer between the water and the land. They also act like kidneys in the human body, cleansing the tidal waters from heavy metals and contaminates. When will this insanity stop?
Posted by on September 26, 2014 at 10:51 am
 


Article Headline: A Show of Growing Force for Change


Comment:
Global warming - the biggest lie.

This is about hating America and our success, nothing else.
God doesn't approve of this he sees the root of it, which is the left's covetousness of America's success. The 10th commandment is that you shall not covet, yet we have a political party who has made it's entire being out of coveting. This is just a way to try and take what we have earned away and give to themselves.

The left didn't actually want God removed from America, they just wanted to BE God to America, as evidenced by their policies. They hate truth and hate freedom.

We should hang our heads in shame for letting it go this far.
Posted by John Dunne on September 25, 2014 at 10:53 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee County Commission Agenda Results: September 23, 2014


Comment:
Such a disgrace that citizens, who wish to advise their elected officials, are treated so shabbily. Clearly, many of the wrong people now fill chairs even though they are not fulfilling the duties of office as expected or promised.

Regarding tax money for local health care, this is double taxation. Use the federal dollars that are still available for indigent care by expanding Medicaid and enabling folk to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm
 


Article Headline: Spotlight on Education: Two Area Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semi-finals


Comment:
Congratulations! This is a rare honor reflecting an excellent work ethic and most likely good core values.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm
 


Article Headline: Candidate Profile: FL Commissioner of Agriculture: Thaddeus Hamilton


Comment:
The Florida cabinet is in desperate need of diversity and political balance. Hopefully, if elected, this candidate would be more respectful towards our environment than is the case with the present Commissioner. In addition, I am interested in this candidate's positions on woman's issues (especially reproductive rights and victims of violence. I am very tired of female discrimination and will vote for those, who seek to improve economic and other conditions for women.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm
 


Article Headline: Candidate Profile: FL Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam


Comment:
Mr. Putnam's actions have been harmful to the environment, woman, health care and education. He is not worthy for re-election.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm
 


Article Headline: Candidate Profile: FL CFO: Jeff Atwater


Comment:
Mr. Atwater has failed to demonstrate concern about woman's issues, the environment, health care or even education. He is not worthy of re-election.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:17 pm
 


Article Headline: Candidate Profile: FL CFO: Will Rankin


Comment:
Because Floridians need more political balance within the state cabinet is reason alone to vote for this candidate. We women need a better voice to represent our unmet legal needs. Hopefully, this candidate is such a person. I am eager to hear his opinions on issues such as reproductive rights and the problem of violence against women. In addition to women, natural resources and the wildlife that depends upon high quality ecosystems need better political spokesman. Where are positions on these issues????
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm
 


Article Headline: Perico Island Development Comes Under Fire Again at Bradenton City Council Meeting


Comment:
Once an "exception" or violation of existing rules, regulations, ordinances or laws is officially permitted, that rule or law no longer exists. Instead, the permitted exception becomes the new regulation or ordinance. Preservation of Mangroves is required for valid economic and quality of life reasons. To destroy them so casually is a terrible miscarriage of justice and human decency.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm
 


Article Headline: BOCC Kicks Indigent Healthcare Can Down the Road


Comment:
As usual, Ed Goff has hit the nails on the head. I, too, resent double taxation, especially since the refusal of federal tax money to expand Medicaid is simply a sad Republican attempt to discredit President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Such a heartless and shameless group!!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm
 


Article Headline: FDOT Presents Cortez Bridge Options to BOCC


Comment:
A third bridge is an interesting idea that should at least be studied. It of course would be hugely expensive both financially and environmentally.
Posted by Robert J. Catineau on September 25, 2014 at 12:22 pm
 


Article Headline: FDOT Presents Cortez Bridge Options to BOCC


Comment:
I recently attended the (FDOT) project development and environmental study of State Road 684 Cortez Rd. from SR 798 (Gulf Dr) to 123rd Street West, Manatee County. I was impressed by the amount of effort that went into the project analysis and study. A horde of officials were on hand to help those that attended the meeting with analysis and a briefing on the displays. I was told this was the only option being considered by the Manatee County Commissioners.
Clearly absents was a fourth option which would provide for the Safety of those living on the islands, an additional evacuation route in the event of a hurricane for the people living on Longboat Key and South Anna Marie Island, which would expedite evacuation and provide for an alternate egress option route especially for those living on Longboat Island. This additional option would provide sources of income for the county, and the city of Bradenton and in the cities of Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Marie.
The Islands need an additional Emergency Evacuation route, especially for those residents of Longboat Key, and it would also be a much needed access to the Islands.

Of course everyone is quite aware that the county commissioners of Manatee County do not have this option on the table but it is one that should be considered as one of safety for the people living on the islands, low environmental impact, and a source of income.
The proposal that should come under consideration is that the roundabout at 75th street and 53rd Ave West be enlarged and a four lane toll road and bridge, 3.4 miles long be built along the right-of-way as an extension of 53rd Ave West across the north side of Tidy Island with a terminus at coquina beach. It should be foreseen as a toll road and bridge fly over that would help defray the construction cost of the bridge and when the construction cost have been paid off a fund could be established to fund any necessary repairs to the other Bridges.
A toll bridge would defray the construction cost and add income to the County and Cities. Personally I would pay $1.00 to $2.00 if I could avoid being stuck in traffic for 2 hours, with the frustration that goes with that, if I could travel 1 mile south of Cortez Road on 75th street for quick easy modest toll access to the Beach area.
I really think that the businesses would benefit from such a project, a project that would relieve the parking problem in Bradenton Beach, they would benefit especially if they were able to add additional trolleys to shuttle people and families from the South beach area to the shopping area for a drink, or meal, or to browse the shops as a break from being on the beach.
A non-drawbridge would be the best option for the Inter Coastal Waterway. Probably 80% to 85% of the traffic across Cortez Bridge turns left at the light on Bradenton Beach onto Gulf Road South. There is enough area in the Coquina Beach area for ample parking and a system of shuttles could be maintained to and from the business areas in Bradenton Beach and northward, since parking has become such an issue. Limited space is the biggest issue for all the cities on the island, but especially the parking issue. If parking becomes an issue then additional parking could be provided in the existing parking area of Coquina Beach by constructing a multi-level parking lot for automobiles. This is one answer as to how you put 1000lbs of potatoes into a 5lb sack. You provide more sacks. I think some of the Manatee Commissioner need to be stuffed into the 5lb sack. They probably do not live in a Hurricane Evacuation area or maybe they would reconsider their positions.
Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 8:15 am
 


Article Headline: A Show of Growing Force for Change


Comment:
The whole thing is a total hoax. According to the ice record there was more CO2 in the atmosphere 10,000 years ago than there is right now. There has been no Global warming for 17 years. The same people who are telling us we're going to go under water and how the CO2 is causing the warming are the same people who, 40 years ago, were telling us we were all going to freeze to death.
If you want to hear some REAL science, go to the the Mixon Farms Honeybell Hall, 2525 27th St in Bradenton, on Thursday the 26th, at 6PM, to see/hear John Casey speak on the "Greatest Scientific Fraud In History"
Posted by Tad MacKie on September 25, 2014 at 6:49 am
 


Article Headline: Guest Editorial: Security of Elementary Students and Staff Essential


Comment:
As a retired elementary principal I agree with Ms. Beal that I would have great concerns about having a security guard in my school.There are several reasons why but my two biggest would be the effectiveness of this person and the liability of such a position. There are many other ways safety and security could have been added to the schools other than an unarmed, minimally trained, handcuff carrrying civilian. Like better fencing, more cameras, a secured main entrance and of course working with local law enforcement to budget for more SROs. I do not like Mr. Mills scare tactic of referring to 9/11 as a way of justifying the quickness of this whole hiring and implementation process. How I looked at security in my school wasn't changed in 2001 by the 9/11 event, it was in 1999 when the Columbine shootings happened.
Posted by Minnie King on September 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm
 


Article Headline: Candidate Profile: FL Commissioner of Agriculture: Adam Putnam


Comment:
Putnam should not be re-elected because he is tight with Mosaic and has no regard for our water and wetlands. He cannot be trusted.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on September 22, 2014 at 8:40 am
 


Article Headline: Candidate Profile: FL Attorney General: Bill Wohlsifer


Comment:
Too bad this seemingly good candidate supports a "free for all" approach to gun use. As a former registered nurse, I cannot support this "wild west" attitude toward guns, when the reckless use of same have caused so much injury and death.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on September 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm
 


Article Headline: Guest Editorial: Security of Elementary Students and Staff Essential


Comment:
I think Nancy Beal's comments are on target. Most of the Principal's understand the SRO concept and as the BPD Chief said this week "the job is much more than security". I don't always agree with David Miner but he saw through this right away. SRO have a long tradition (30+ yrs) in this County and the Board need to have the courage to ask for the taxes to support it. The revelations about the leadership of the contractor is troubling.
Posted by Jake Jacoby on September 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm
 


Article Headline: Guest Editorial: Security of Elementary Students and Staff Essential


Comment:
Mr. Superintendent.
The question is: if you did not rush this company in to our schools then you knew the background legal troubles with this companies leadership because you fully checked them out. That would mean you withheld this information from the School Board and the public. The SB supporters of this - Aranibar, Carpenter and Harvey have gone on record saying they knew nothing of the background of any of the troubled leadership.
If you did take your time researching this company then that means you knew of the leaderships troubles with the law and you withheld that information from your employer.
Which is it?
Posted by Mike Hartsaw on September 21, 2014 at 9:49 am
 


Article Headline: Guest Editorial: Security of Elementary Students and Staff Essential


Comment:
I am interested to know what Principal's think about this plan. As a former Prinipal in Manatee, I would rather have had SRO's from the Sheriff's Dept. or the Police Departments. These officers offer so much more in that they can arrest, counsel parents and students, Baker Act, etc. If there wasn't a rush, why weren't Principals brought into this discussion early? I was told they were quickly polled by telephone tthe first day the security contract was on the Board agenda. And, all of the Principals I know have stated their concerns about this plan and voted for SRO's. It seems their input was gathered last minute and then their response was not valued! This seems to be the normal process utilized by the current administration!
Posted by Nancy Beal on September 21, 2014 at 8:41 am
 


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Obituaries

Name Date
Joan Eason September 29, 2014
Gene Hunt September 28, 2014
Muriel Thayer September 26, 2014
Patricia Ritchlin September 25, 2014
Glennava Inman September 25, 2014
Jo-Ann Cherry September 22, 2014
Emma Engelmann September 20, 2014
Bonny Cloud September 18, 2014
Marion Forbes September 15, 2014
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