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Article Headline: Developers Score Special Tax District at Long Bar Pointe


Comment:
Does the Manatee County Board of Commissioners ?MCBOCC? in their mandate as an elected official and as a public servant ever see or act in any socially responsible way toward the People they represent? I think not. There is an appearance of evil, corruption, lack of moral responsibility, a lack of stewardship to the interests of Manatee County, questionable decision making and I am guessing now, but, only after they have destroyed the County, only then will the people be disgusted enough to clean house and demand a resignation of the complete board.
Only when people picket the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners each and every day will thing begin to change because there currently is no trust or confidence in the Manatee County. Stewardship and Servant leadership are sorely lacking in this Manatee County Board of County commissioners and unless the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners behaves in a responsible manner they usurp their fiduciary responsibility to the People of Manatee County, the very people they represent, and there action which if not criminal should be criminalized.
Decisions made now will effect and affect the County forever. It is like a Cancer eating away at a way of life and it is eating away at the very soul of Native Floridians and at the very basis of a way of life here in Florida. Outside interests have spoiled and continue to spoil your way of life, property, and the environment. Your way of life is dying. Outside interests have purchased more than land they have purchased your Representatives.
Property owner that sell land that has sink holes, the developer that builds on sinkholes fear not if that property has not been surveyed properly, but leave the property owner to bear the burden of responsibility and the same is true of any developer that builds in a flood plain knowingly to leave the home owner at risk. You are the Tax payer and you will foot the bill when disaster strikes.
Posted by skipfoto on January 29, 2015 at 9:45 pm
 


Article Headline: Developers Score Special Tax District at Long Bar Pointe


Comment:
Given the results of both county & state elections last November, this should not be a surprise to anyone. How sad to see the quality of life and the fate of wildlife being diminshed.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm
 


Article Headline: School Board Lowers the Bar ... Again


Comment:
Maybe no law was actually broken by school board members. There is no doubt; however that the behavior of the majority is unethical and immoral. Disgusting!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 29, 2015 at 7:01 pm
 


Article Headline: School Board Lowers the Bar ... Again


Comment:
Looks like we are headed back down the road of destruction. What a shame.
We have only ourselves to blame. You may not have noticed, but with the new school board members on board the investigations have stopped.
Posted by Doctor on January 29, 2015 at 5:06 pm
 


Article Headline: Developers Score Special Tax District at Long Bar Pointe


Comment:
you know if a lawsuit were to go before a jury I doubt the developer could win especially with all the witnesses that could be presented on the side of the County, maybe this fight needs to go to the Courts in order for the scales of justice do be balanced once more.
Posted by skipfoto on January 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm
 


Article Headline: Developers Score Special Tax District at Long Bar Pointe


Comment:
When are the Citizens of Manatee County ever going to say "Enough is Enough, this Rape of Manatee County must stop. Building in Sink Hole areas has to got stop, raping the Coast line has got to stop, unbridled insane development where only an insane person would develop or a developer with the Manatee County Board of Commissioner in their pocket must stop". At what point is the scale of common sense, sanity, and justice going to tip in favor of the Citizens and not Developers? What goes on is only for the enrichment of just a hand full of individuals not concerned with anyone but themselves. They talk about grandiose plans but they fall very short of the truth and he impact those plans have on Florida and especially Manatee County.
Posted by skipfoto on January 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm
 


Article Headline: Developers Score Special Tax District at Long Bar Pointe


Comment:
Talk about the slap in the face of Manatee Residents and Businesses who will now subsidize through taxation a dubious Developer by the MCCB's decision. Well the last election show the public's interest in being duped and lied to. Well you reap what you sow. Being an uninformed Public, a citizen of Manatee County, and Tax Payer and Voter is akin to what you sow and being ripped off by what you reap. You had the opportunity to change things but you failed. I hope in the next election this failure on the part of the voters will be remembered, but then again Money Buy Elected Officials and the Developers have the Money to buy those they want that will fit in there pocket.?
Posted by skipfoto on January 29, 2015 at 11:18 am
 


Article Headline: Steube's Guns in Schools Legislation Moves Forward as 2015 Session Approaches


Comment:
I know what a 38 is, John. Would prefer I said 38mm or is it more proper to say .380 or even 0.380. I can just see the news report now, "He pulled out his .380 gun..." Don't be trivial. The kid is dead and his family is devastated and it could have been prevented. As far a cocking the gun, who knows? I doubt the father left a cocked gun in his glove compartment. The police officer reported that he thought the kid did it himself although it would have been difficult. Didn't you read the article in the paper?
Posted by Ed Goff on January 29, 2015 at 9:43 am
 


Article Headline: Steube's Guns in Schools Legislation Moves Forward as 2015 Session Approaches


Comment:
Has anyone asked Stuebe why we can't carry into his Legislature's meetings!
Posted by Ladd Waldo on January 29, 2015 at 8:01 am
 


Article Headline: Steube's Guns in Schools Legislation Moves Forward as 2015 Session Approaches


Comment:
I'm changing the signage outside my house. It currently reads, "You're odds are better in Vegas". I'm changing it to read, "You're odds are better at a liberal (like Ed's) house".
BTW Ed - it was a .380, not a 38 and the gun should not have been cocked. I highly doubt a 2 year old could have figured out how to cock the gun. That would have made all the difference.
Posted by John Dunne on January 29, 2015 at 7:06 am
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling


Comment:
Since 1987 there has been documented Asbestos problems in the air and basement of the Ca d'Zan. On the first floor, between the stairs and the door into the great hall there is a bathroom not for public use. Next to that bathroom is a door with steps that go down to the basement level which only employees see. There is a large warning sign in the basement that instructs to enter only when wearing full protective gear. On the second floor office area, off limits to the public, are panels that monitor the Asbestos level in the air and warn if it rises. About 5 or 6 years ago some ancient fuel storage tanks were removed from in front of the Ca d'Zan. They were contaminated with Asbestos, the excuse for their removal was that they were fixing and making more flat the sidewalks and pavement that come up to the Ca d'Zan. A few years prior to storage tanks actually being removed, I was working at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art when an employee sent out an email reading that he was being fired for trying to address this Asbestos problem and get it corrected. He sent this email just before being escorted off the property by security. A little time later in the day, an email was sent reading that he was not fired but that his position had been eliminated.
Posted by Alan Smithee on January 28, 2015 at 9:00 pm
 


Article Headline: Humane Society Honors Buchanan


Comment:
I am so excited to hear of you and your work to benefit all animals. I, too, am an animal rights' advocate, both domestic and wild. Would you please ask your staff to brief you on the situation with trying to keep America!s wild horses running free on our U.S. Public lands. The policies of the BLM are woefully inadequate and favor the interests of cattle, oil and gas. We so need your help. Please contact me; I would be honored to give you relevant data.
Posted by Sandra Sell-Lee on January 28, 2015 at 2:02 pm
 


Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation


Comment:
Having lived in Broward County before and after casinos were legalized, I saw no increase in crime, vice or otherwise. As for Atlantic City being a "dump", it was no shining star before the casinos. The problem there is the number of people on welfare. The casinos in south Florida provided tens on thousands of jobs and great entertainment for people, especially the elderly and the disabled. No one is forced to go into a casino, if it is against one's values, they can stay out. Legalize it throughout the state.
Posted by Marilyn Wright on January 27, 2015 at 6:04 pm
 


Article Headline: Cabinet Needs to Turn Up the Heat on FDLE Scandal


Comment:
That's the problem with Florida & rest of country as far as the media is concerned.They gave more attention to deflated footballs than to keeping our so called representatives accountable.Walter Cronkite where are you? The voters are no different than the so called media letting politicians get away with it.
Posted by William E.Moore on January 27, 2015 at 6:58 am
 


Article Headline: Commissioners Attempt to Corral Citizens' Comments


Comment:
The public is mean and selfish at times. What a joke. Voters are just trying to state their concerns and most times just trying to protect their communities and quality of life. Citizens cannot rely on staff or the commissioners to visit project areas to see how these will impact neighborhoods, roads, etc.

Last week staff was supporting a project when the question was raised as to whether the county visited the site under discussion. The answer was NO.

Citizens can best describe how their communities will be affected especially when the county looks at a map to make a decision. Because the commissioners and staff are operating in a vacuum, citizens need time to state their concerns. Also Mr. Palmer needs to look at time limits for applicants.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on January 26, 2015 at 4:42 pm
 


Article Headline: Scott Calls for Cuts to Communication Taxes


Comment:
Even more important than more reasonable communication taxes is open access to communication, which at this time is largely controlled by a few wealth, conservative individuals.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 25, 2015 at 10:05 pm
 


Article Headline: Cabinet Needs to Turn Up the Heat on FDLE Scandal


Comment:
I agree with the NAACP. I understand that the voters had poor choices for Govenor; however, Scott was clearly the least desireable. He is in his second and presumably final term; and therefore, free to do whatever he wants, especially with a Republican cabinet. I pity the environment, safe water, and fair play.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 25, 2015 at 10:01 pm
 


Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation


Comment:
Since our State has lost thousands of Business's & Millions of jobs!! I think we Floridians should be looking at ways to produce more Jobs & Additional Revenues!! Casino Gambling would do both!!

We already have Gambling in Florida!! and it just keeps getting bigger!! The only problem is it only helps a handful of people. I am for our Native Americans having casinos. I just think it is wrong for them to have a Monopoly!!

For years we Floridians have been arguing the Pros and Cons of allowing Casino Gambling in Florida! In the mean time it has managed to get here without US or Our Vote!!

As a Small Business owner I believe in Free Enterprise! Since we already have "Legalized Gambling!!" whether we "Like It or Not", we should look at all our options. There are Dozens of Companies from all over The World that would make Concessions to build Casino's here in Florida!!

It would give our Sagging Economy New Life, by Creating Thousands of New Jobs that will be here for years to come. Also generating Ten's of Millions of additional Casino Dollars for the State of Florida!!

For over 30 years I have been going to Vegas on business and always been impressed with the growth that has been there! In the last few years I also have been going to the Mississippi Gulf Coast on business and have seen the same type of growth there.

In 2008 the commercial casino industry had GGR of more than $32 billion & paid over $14 billion in wages and benefits and more than $5.6 billion in taxes, plus other expenses.

That couldn't be more true than it is now with the recent results of a micro-economic impact study of three gaming jurisdictions conducted by the prestigious international accounting firm Arthur Anderson.

The study, "Economic Impacts of Gaming in the United States, Volume 2: Micro Study," reveals the positive economic impact that gaming has had in three US. jurisdictions where gaming has been operational since 1992--Joliet, Ill.; Shreveport/Bossier City, LA.; and Gulfport/Biloxi, MISS. It is the second part of an Arthur Anderson study released in December 1996, "Economic Impacts of Gaming in the United States, Volume 1: Macro Study," which examines the economic impacts of casino gaming on the economy of the entire United States.

Casino gaming has had a significant positive economic impact in the three regions studied, a finding that is consistent with economic reports from other new casino jurisdictions. All three areas experienced the creation of thousands of new jobs that pay above the state averages and employ a larger proportion of minorities and women than do other employers in the regions. On average in the three jurisdictions studied, the tax-to-wage ratio was 60 cents paid in state and local taxes for every $1 paid in wages. These revenues have gone to pay for community services and played an extremely important part of each city's budget. The number of people on public assistance, such as welfare, Aid for Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and food stamps has dropped dramatically in all three jurisdictions, as well. And finally, in each jurisdiction, the introductions of casinos has led to growth in other areas, such as retail sales, commercial and new housing construction and restaurants.
Posted by Travis Cundiff on January 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm
 


Article Headline: School Board Three-Ring Circus Continues


Comment:
Its a shame that you only provide parial facts. Yes some assistant principals were hired from lower levels however it may be of interest to your readers that thos same people went back to school for their master's degree so they could do just that. Move up in the district in an administrative position.
Posted by cathy simms on January 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm
 


Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation


Comment:
Any gambling increase anywhere lessens taxes for the wealthy at the expense of those that can least afford additional taxes. As a former public health nurse, I saw first hand the damage done to small children left in the care of slightly older siblings, while the parents went from one dog track to another to gamble. The public cost of gambling is HUGE!!
Posted by Nancy R Dean on January 25, 2015 at 11:25 am
 


Article Headline: Cabinet Needs to Turn Up the Heat on FDLE Scandal


Comment:
The rule of law should be followed no matter the political affiliation, There is a process that is in place to remove individuals from appointed positions and it should be followed. Elected officials are not above the law.
Posted by The Doctor on January 25, 2015 at 9:42 am
 


Article Headline: Back Room Meeting with Casinos Raises Speculation


Comment:
It's interesting how politicians work,before I moved down here in the 70's I voted against gambling in New Jersey as did the majority of people but the politicians found a loophole and gave it to Atlantic City(a dump of a city) and how did that work out and then I become a registered voter in Florida and voted twice against gambling as did the majority of Floridians and yet the politicians here find a loophole. Bottom line at least 75% of all politicians are unethical to the point of criminal.
Posted by Tom OBrien on January 25, 2015 at 9:22 am
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: In Search of the Skunk Ape; Part 2


Comment:
The USS Narcissus departed Pensacola and exploded after striking the bar at the mouth of Tampa Bay when cold water rushed in through a gap in the hull and came in contact with the hot boiler. She did not depart from Tampa. The officers and crew were scalded to death by the steam explosion. During the Civil War the Narcissus was part of a squadron under the overall command of Rear Admiral Farragut, he did not captain the vessel. The picture you show is of a Coast Guard steel hulled vessel of the same name in the 20th Century. Please get your facts straight when you write history.
Posted by Richard Thomas on January 25, 2015 at 7:27 am
 


Article Headline: Universal Community College?


Comment:
Community College for all who want to attend is not "FREE." It is just funded by citizens, rather than any single individual. All of us are investing in our young people. To call it "Free," is to use inflammatory language. Some Americans use the word free only relative to firearm possession, or the ability to make money by despoiling the common space. I prefer to use the word characterizing free thought, freedom to come and go, free to speak your mind....
Posted by Dr. Joseph J Amato on January 22, 2015 at 4:01 pm
 


Article Headline: Higher Impact Fees on Final Approach


Comment:
Impact fees from developers? What a novel idea! I support the implementation and expansion of the idea. Make it more profitable to create infill rather than sprawl.
Posted by Charles Ivarch on January 22, 2015 at 8:44 am
 


Article Headline: Higher Impact Fees on Final Approach


Comment:
If the county would add trash bills on the tax roll it would stop the write off of non-collected funds for service that the resident do not pay and they have trash TWICE a week ,the funds that would collected and not written off as a loss would add to the budget add with large surplus.
Posted by Larry Ewain on January 22, 2015 at 8:01 am
 


Article Headline: Universal Community College?


Comment:
You have got to be kidding, how about we fix our High Schools first and steer kids in the right direction, maybe get rid of the unions that are destroying the education system in certain states. I worked 40 hour weeks and still graduated college and payed off my loans-- it can be done
Posted by Tom OBrien on January 22, 2015 at 7:03 am
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling


Comment:
For all you taphophiles (cemetery and/or tombstone enthusiasts) out there:
John, Mable and his sister are today buried in the secret garden. This happened in 1991 after years of arguement about doing it. His 2nd wife is not buried on the property.
Posted by alan smithee on January 21, 2015 at 7:52 pm
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling


Comment:
John, Mable and his wife after Mable are all buried on the property just in front and to the right of the Ca d'Zan. It is called the secret garden and John is buried between the two women. There is a locked gate around the 3 graves and tombstones. There is a garden and statues in front of the gate. On the date of John Ringling's birthday, New College students will sneak there at night and place a cigar on John's grave. The lock on the gate and this secret garden is checked every day by 2nd and 3rd shift security.
Posted by Dennis Gergel on January 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm
 


Article Headline: Three Buck Chuck vs. Winking Owl


Comment:
Took some winking owl to the continent of Africa, To be precise, The Gambia in West Africa.. a tiny country with a population of all most 2.million people.They love the winking owl "Merlot", "Cabernet Sauvignon" and the "Pinot Grigio". A d elite among wine drinkers.These were just the locals.. hoping the Tourist will love it too. I was surprise and the an-cor request was beyond my imagination.Hoping to introduce the full lin odf "Winking Owl Products".
Posted by James Mboob on January 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm
 


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Martha Migdal January 30, 2015
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Alice Lanford January 28, 2015
Murle Collins January 24, 2015
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