Bradenton Times News Articles
The recommendation of an Administrative Law Judge to terminate former Manatee High Assistant Principal Greg Faller failed to go through at Tuesday's school board meeting, with Bob Gause and Mary Cantrell voting to not accept the judge's recommendation, and Karen Carpenter dissenting from the majority vote. Instead, Faller's contract, which was not renewed in July 2014, will stay that way, and no back pay will be given. That decision among the three voting board members was unanimous after Carpenter argued against back pay.more»
At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee County Commission approved a special tax district on part of the controversial Long Bar Pointe development on Sarasota Bay in southwest Manatee County. Revenues from the Community Development District will provide tens of millions to offset development costs.more»
The U.S. Humane Society honored Congressman Vern Buchanan this week for his record on animal welfare issues. Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) received a score of 83 percent on the group's just released legislative scorecard for the 113th session – one of the highest grades in Congress and tops among all Republicans in the Florida Delegation.more»
Southeastern Guide Dogs will host an open house at the organization's beautiful 35-acre campus this Saturday. Guests will learn about the creation of a guide dog, enjoy family activities and even get the opportunity to visit with some of the group's remarkable dogs in training.more»
Gettel Hyundai of Lakewood welcomes Darrin Cummings as its newly named General Manager.more»
At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee School Board voted to not follow an administrative law judge's recommendation to terminate former Manatee High Assistant Principal Greg Faller with a 2-1 vote. With a 3-0 vote, the board decided that Faller's status as being non-renewed as of June 2014 would stand, and the district will not owe him back pay from his suspension until that point. In other business, the board voted to approve two new district job positions (which were split from what was previously one position): one being Manager of Security; the other Manager of Safety and Emergency Management.
At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, Members voted to adopt the Ordinance 15-06, which creates a Community Development District at property off El Conquistador Parkway at Long Bar Pointe. Commissioners failed to adopt Ordinance 15-10, a document that was what staff in Building and Development Services had hoped to be their Final Draft for their Property Maintenance and Structural Standards.
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.more»
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.more»
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.more»