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Article Headline: Steube’s Bid to Loosen Restrictions on Alcohol Sales Moves Forward


Comment:
This guy is something else! He wants more guns in school, on campuses or pretty much anywhere else and more easy access to alcohol. What could go wrong! Oh yeah, he refuses to talk about expanding access to healthcare,
Posted by Ladd Waldo on March 27, 2015 at 10:45 am
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: We Should Expect More from Code Enforcement and Landlords


Comment:
By the way, what does Mr. Smith intend to do about this as it is in
his District?
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on March 27, 2015 at 9:51 am
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: We Should Expect More from Code Enforcement and Landlords


Comment:
The developer of my community was building another community adjacent to ours. He tried to make a deal with our board to rent out our clubhouse as a sales office for this new community. I visited Code Enforcement and was fortunate to meet with
Joe Fenton the then director. The situation was remedied that day and the developer?s sales staff was sent packing. Mr. Fenton is no longer with the County but I feel he ran a good operation and enforced our County Code.

Maybe we need to have the new head of Code Enforcement come before the Board and respond to this letter and reveal other violations that have gone unanswered.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on March 27, 2015 at 9:28 am
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling


Comment:
Russell (Russ) Lynn Pillifant no longer is employed by Florida State University/John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and is the Regional Investigator at Bealls, Inc.
Information about his racist/sexist comments that led to his leaving the Sarasota Police can be read here:
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1755&dat=19990406&id=G0EgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6X0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6653,530443&hl=en
Posted by Robert Reyes on March 26, 2015 at 6:13 pm
 


Article Headline: Theater Review: Asolo Rep's Good People


Comment:
In or around 2010, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/Florida State University security attendant Henry (Hank) Vial was terminated for theft.

Mr. Vial while on duty told his coworkers that he used to be a still photographer and was once at a porn shoot and was offered to participate in it, to have sex on camera with the models. He told of a time that he and his lawyer sued someone that got into a car accident with him. In order to win the lawsuit, Mr. Vial said he faked an injury and actually went to physical treatment for it when in fact there was really nothing wrong with him at all. He said that he really did not get along well with women. He lived alone and only cared about women when he ?needed a little.? He said that then he would give them what they wanted (money, gifts or dinner out) in exchange for what he wanted (sex.) He had been married 3 times and engaged 4 times.

At one time, Mr. Vial had been a motorcycle police officer and he said that his biggest regret was that he got into a fight with a man with a knife that he pulled over and he had wished he would have just killed the man. There was an assault lawsuit after the fight against Mr. Vial and the police force that he was working for that went on for years afterwards. Mr. Vial told the story of a time when as a policeman he responded to a woman who had gotten a glass Coca Cola bottle stuck in her vagina while she was masturbating with it. While he was there, other officers arrived and the bottle was removed. He said that all he wanted to tell her while he was there with her was to offer to have sex with her so she would not have to use a bottle. Mr. Vial said that it was all he could do to hold himself back from asking her if she wanted to have sex with him after the bottle was removed.

Mr. Vial upset his coworkers and made them uncomfortable with his comments about the middle school aged Sarasota Ballet of Florida female students that would come to class at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, because he would talk about their make up and how it made them look older and sexy. He would ask what their ages were. He would also make sexual comments about the female FSU students and the female cast members of the Asolo Rep Company. Of one female FSU graduate student, he said that his fantasy of her is something that no one can take away from him, not even Derek Ross (his direct supervisor and the person that hired him.)

On Wednesday February 24, 2010, Mr. Vial used the label ?dyke? when speaking about female police officers that he had worked with in the past. On another occasion while also on duty he said that there were a lot of ?faggots? working at the Asolo Rep Company. On both of these occasions, passersby heard him and wrote letters of protest to the Sarasota Ballet of Florida and the Asolo Rep Company. Those letters were then passed on to Mitch Ladewski, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU Coordinator of Safety and Security. Mr. Vial reported to his coworkers that Mitch Ladewski took him into his office, had the letters spread out on his desk and questioned if he had used those two words. Mr. Vial lied and said no and denied it. Mr. Vial said that Mr. Ladewski had ?read him the riot act.? Mr. Vial said that Mr. Ladewski had come on hot and heavy about it because since Mr. Ladewski was a short man, he had a ?Napoleon Complex.? Mr. Vial said he was ?pissed? that Mr. Ladewski had brought him into his office about this. He admitted to his coworkers that ?If Mitch (Ladewski) knew what he talked about, he would be fired.?
Posted by Robert Reyes on March 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm
 


Article Headline: Voters Set to Get Swindled on Amendment 1 Funding


Comment:
There is a cure for the clowns in the circus called Tallahassee.All you need to do is quit voting for these so called representatives,That will send them a real message they can understand
Posted by William E.Moore on March 26, 2015 at 12:12 pm
 


Article Headline: MPO Votes to Merge CCC With TBARTA


Comment:
This is a real mistake. The objective of TBARTA is to take over funds from the local MPOs, which will render them subject to TBARTA. One would expect members of the MPO to understand this rather than to vote for their own demise.
Posted by Charles Ivarch on March 25, 2015 at 11:23 pm
 


Article Headline: MPO Votes to Merge CCC With TBARTA


Comment:
This is a real mistake. The objective of TBARTA is to take over funds from the local MPOs, which will render them subject to TBARTA. One would expect members of the MPO to understand this rather than to vote for their own demise.
Posted by Charles Ivarch on March 25, 2015 at 11:23 pm
 


Article Headline: Manatee County Commission Agenda Results: March 24, 2015


Comment:
How is it that any land owned by the County above the water be called "surplus". Pine Island is not surplus, this land is not superfluous or overabundance. In fact very little land above the water in Florida is surplus or it is not as though Manatee had a Glut of land. This land belong to the People, the citizens, the voters of Manatee County and they should have the right to express at the polls how this land use should be used and handled. Careful consideration should be given to the available land, how it is used, and the impact that will have on the future of residents of Manatee County, Manatee County, and Florida. This should not open season for the predatory developers and the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners should be a stop gap to protect the People of Manatee County, but we keep electing officials who are skewed to rubber stamping carpetbagger developers.

sur-plus (surpls, -plus)adj. Abbr. s., sur. Being more than or in excess of what is needed or required: surplus grain. See Synonyms at superfluous.n. 1. An amount or a quantity in excess of what is needed. 2. Accounting. Total assets minus the sum of all liabilities. Excess of a corporation's net assets over the face value of its capital stock. Excess of receipts over expenditures.[Middle English, an excess, surplus, from Old French, an excess, from Medieval Latin superplus : Latin super-, super- + Latin plus, more. See pel-1.]
sur-plus (surpls).An amount exceeding what is sufficient : excess, fat, glut, nimiety, overabundance, overflow, overkill, plethora, superfluity, superfluousness, surfeit, surplus.Antonyms: deficiency, lack, shortage, scarcity, dearth, paucity.
Posted by skip speer on March 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm
 


Article Headline: Sarasota Bay Fisheries go to Tallahassee


Comment:
Thank you Ed for leading the fight to savecortez. What this means to Cortez is a new sustaining life. Bravo Ed Chiles
Posted by joe kane on March 25, 2015 at 6:19 am
 


Article Headline: Tuesday's Special Meeting of Manatee School Board Cancelled by Board Chair


Comment:
Does any one seem to draw the connection with WG Mills and their million dollar settlement.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on March 24, 2015 at 9:45 pm
 


Article Headline: Pirates to Partner with Make-A-Wish to Grant Second Wish of 2015 Spring Season at McKechnie


Comment:
Way to go Blaise.. Your amazing!!! Woo Hoo!!!
Posted by The Kotulas on March 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling


Comment:
In or around 2010, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/Florida State University security attendant Henry (Hank) Vial was terminated for theft. He was hired by and then directly supervised by security supervisor, Derek Ross. Mr. Vial admitted to taking home a plastic penis topping from a gag cake in the green room of the Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts that belonged to a member of the Asolo Rep Company.

Mr. Vial was a strange character and many museum employees complained about his work ethic. He did no outside security patrols, never drove or helped put the security cart away at night. He did just a few inside security patrols and instead he sat in the security office at the FSU Center for Performing Arts and looked at news clips online and complained that the computer had no sound while making others do his work for him.

Mr. Vial while on duty told his coworkers that he used to be a still photographer and was once at a porn shoot and was offered to participate in it, to have sex on camera with the models. He told of a time that he and his lawyer sued someone that got into a car accident with him. In order to win the lawsuit, Mr. Vial said he faked an injury and actually went to physical treatment for it when in fact there was really nothing wrong with him at all. He said that he really did not get along well with women. He lived alone and only cared about women when he ?needed a little.? He said that then he would give them what they wanted (money, gifts or dinner out) in exchange for what he wanted (sex.) He had been married 3 times and engaged 4 times.

At one time, Mr. Vial had been a motorcycle police officer and he said that his biggest regret was that he got into a fight with a man with a knife that he pulled over and he had wished he would have just killed the man. There was an assault lawsuit after the fight against Mr. Vial and the police force that he was working for that went on for years afterwards. Mr. Vial told the story of a time when as a policeman he responded to a woman who had gotten a glass Coca Cola bottle stuck in her vagina while she was masturbating with it. While he was there, other officers arrived and the bottle was removed. He said that all he wanted to tell her while he was there with her was to offer to have sex with her so she would not have to use a bottle. Mr. Vial said that it was all he could do to hold himself back from asking her if she wanted to have sex with him after the bottle was removed.

Mr. Vial upset his coworkers and made them uncomfortable with his comments about the middle school aged Sarasota Ballet of Florida female students that would come to class at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, because he would talk about their make up and how it made them look older and sexy. He would ask what their ages were. He would also make sexual comments about the female FSU students and the female cast members of the Asolo Rep Company. Of one female FSU graduate student, he said that his fantasy of her is something that no one can take away from him, not even Derek Ross (his direct supervisor and the person that hired him.)
Mr. Vial complained to his coworkers about having to work with Glenda Fellows. He said that he thought she was going to come in with a gun one day and start shooting. He said, of all the people there, she was the one that probably had and carried a gun. He said that they got into arguments because he would order her what to do and that he would raise his voice at her when telling her what to do.

On Wednesday February 24, 2010, Mr. Vial used the label ?dyke? when speaking about female police officers that he had worked with in the past. On another occasion while also on duty he said that there were a lot of ?faggots? working at the Asolo Rep Company. On both of these occasions, passersby heard him and wrote letters of protest to the Sarasota Ballet of Florida and the Asolo Rep Company. Those letters were then passed on to Mitch Ladewski, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art/FSU Coordinator of Safety and Security. Mr. Vial reported to his coworkers that Mitch Ladewski took him into his office, had the letters spread out on his desk and questioned if he had used those two words. Mr. Vial lied and said no and denied it. Mr. Vial said that Mr. Ladewski had ?read him the riot act.? Mr. Vial said that Mr. Ladewski had come on hot and heavy about it because since Mr. Ladewski was a short man, he had a ?Napoleon Complex.? Mr. Vial said he was ?pissed? that Mr. Ladewski had brought him into his office about this. He admitted to his coworkers that ?If Mitch (Ladewski) knew what he talked about, he would be fired.?
Posted by Robert Reyes on March 22, 2015 at 6:40 pm
 


Article Headline: Scott/Neal Political Alliance Could Reverse Order on Robinson Farms


Comment:
Developers and their attorneys as well as most of the County Commission feel they are above the law and County regulations.
When will the people of Manatee County throw out their allegiance to the R & D parties and vote for the PERSON that will
truly represent citizens. This applies to State elections also.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on March 22, 2015 at 4:15 pm
 


Article Headline: Scott/Neal Political Alliance Could Reverse Order on Robinson Farms


Comment:
Pat Neal drinks from his cool-aid, believing his wealth puts him above we little people. No matter how much Neal ignores laws,he believes- might makes right. Should Scott do Neal's bidding and allows the slaughter of mangroves, we need to unite against the ruling and have vigils demanding that even Neal has to obey the judge. Neal is determined to have his legacy be the richest man in the cemetery.
Posted by joe kane on March 22, 2015 at 9:26 am
 


Article Headline: Gause Calls for Special Meeting on Bid Rigging Allegations


Comment:
What the hell is Gause thinking???? Doesn't he get it??? Dig himself deeper and deeper. Does he think that him and his good old boys can deflect the hard, cold facts that were revealed to the audit committee?? Of course we can expect this and more. Bring us to newer lows. Hang in there Mills. You are absolutely on the side of right.
Posted by Jeff Romney on March 20, 2015 at 2:01 am
 


Article Headline: Bid Tampering Evidence Should Bring FDLE Into School District Bond Investigation


Comment:
What has been revealed is beyond words. The corruption that exists within the past administration is so disheartening. The overreaction of Gause as reported in other papers only solidifies his improper involvement. If innocent as he claims, why the defense? Why divert attention away from your guilt, unless you are really guilty. What was revealed was reality. The "BREAKFAST CLUB" obviously had an agenda. How to continue hiding past guilt. Divert and detract and blame the current administration. I am disgusted.
Posted by Jeff Romney on March 19, 2015 at 10:57 pm
 


Article Headline: Details of Alleged Bid Tampering by School District Highlight Audit Committee Meeting


Comment:
Dennis. Thank you and your staff. Best coverage as always.
Posted by Jeff Romney on March 19, 2015 at 10:46 pm
 


Article Headline: Spotlight on Education: Manatee District Students Place at 'West Florida Regional Braille Challenge''


Comment:
Given the school board situation, this accomplishment is all the more inspiring. Congratulations to all!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 12:54 pm
 


Article Headline: Coquina Beach Selected as a World Top 10 Island Beach for Perfect Sand


Comment:
Congratulations to AMI communities for their successful effort to maintain the charm and character of their beaches and surrounding areas. A well-deserved award!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 12:50 pm
 


Article Headline: Pumphrey Lawsuit to go Before Federal Court


Comment:
I am surprised that it was Miner that sought federal rather than local judicial review. Regardless of venue or results, I hope something is done to reign in both school board members Miner and Gause.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm
 


Article Headline: Sarasota Jury Awards More than $20 Million in Development Suit


Comment:
Apparently only successful lawsuits by one developer against another will lead to corruptiion reform in local governance.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 10:37 am
 


Article Headline: Capitol Update


Comment:
Regarding Medicaid expansion,failure to make this move guarantees that the taxpayer will continue to provide the most expensive and least effective health care possible to the medically indigent via emergency room visits.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 10:34 am
 


Article Headline: Capitol Update


Comment:
Frankly, I fear fracking and the likelihood that it will reduce our supply of safe drinking water to levels that cannot sustain current population numbers let alone those of the future.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 10:32 am
 


Article Headline: Details of Alleged Bid Tampering by School District Highlight Audit Committee Meeting


Comment:
It appears that unindicted felons rather than public servants control the school board. Local corruption seems to know no bounds. I agree that criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted. We voters have failed to do the "right thing" for our youth.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 10:29 am
 


Article Headline: Bid Tampering Evidence Should Bring FDLE Into School District Bond Investigation


Comment:
Given the multitude of recent unethical behaviors, this apparently illegal conduct by Gause and past administrators is not a surprise. Before any new tax money is misspent, full criminal investigation must occur. Frankly, I prefer to see Gause and others in jail rather than a resignation. The damage done to Manatee youth in need of education by a "group of insiders" requires punishment rather than the cover-up that a resignation would encourage.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 19, 2015 at 10:25 am
 


Article Headline: 24,000 Red Light Camera Tickets Dismissed in Broward County


Comment:
These tickets are a revenue scam, nothing more. I have been going to the hearings and 95% are upheld even though there is rarely any danger. No cop on site would write these tickets. Hope the PD knows that they are ruining their credibility.
Posted by rich leto on March 18, 2015 at 11:24 am
 


Article Headline: Sarasota Jury Awards More than $20 Million in Development Suit


Comment:
It's time for citizens to take our counties back from the reign of developers. We need to make them 'pay their way' and not shift their development infrastructure costs to us.

The corruption in both Manatee and Sarasota County is finally seeing the light of day and this is just the beginning. Manatee County is next.

2016 has been identified as the year of Integrity. Come join the Integrity 2016 rally for integrity in County government - 4/1 at 12:45pm, 1660 Ringling Blvd.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on March 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm
 


Article Headline: World Affairs Conference Gives Area Residents a Critical Opportunity to Expand Their Viewpoints


Comment:
Once again, we see why Joe McClash keeps Dennis Maley as his lead story writer. The two think in lock step with each other and with Obama. Global warming is THE BIG LIE, but once again liberals want to tell us A) there's a crisis and B) the problem is that we need more government and government needs more power and money to "solve it". Yeah right.
Posted by John Dunne on March 16, 2015 at 7:19 am
 


Article Headline: Will Audit Report Finally Provide Answers on School District Bond Money?


Comment:
Dennis, you are absolutely amazing. You have taken the Shinn statement and analyzed it word by word and unlocked the code. You have shown us that ethics are involved at the heart of the school board. I anxiously await the corruption that is to follow. Thank you for being the only brave hearted soul to come forward.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on March 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm
 


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Obituaries

Name Date
Dana Miller March 27, 2015
Hazel Morrison March 24, 2015
Wanda Rollins March 24, 2015
Charles Tennesen March 23, 2015
Stanley Gralka March 6, 2015
Frances Thomas March 14, 2015
Alma Dauman March 4, 2015
Dorothy Weeks March 14, 2015
Robyn Peters‐Golabek March 14, 2015
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