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Article Headline: Teitelbaum Asks AG Bondi to Investigate Bid Tampering and Official Misconduct


Comment:
State and County relationships seem too cozy to expect a "real" investigation. I can only hope that Bondi cares about her reputation in a historical sense. She could spend her entire second term investigating and prosecuting the misdeeds of local elected and appointed officials. I for one wish she would.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 29, 2015 at 6:51 pm
 


Article Headline: Guest Editorial: Public Intervention Needed on Pine Island


Comment:
I worked to preserve Pine Island and hate to engage in "the good fight" over and over again, because selfish developers will build on anything no matter how detrimental to neighbors or future owners. Shame on SWFWMD for even considering a sale of this property. I suspect that present SWFWMD membership (thanks to Gov. Scott) cares nothing about the welfare of the environment or safety of residents.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 29, 2015 at 6:46 pm
 


Article Headline: School Board Wise to Follow Prescribed Process on Audit Findings


Comment:
Resignation or recall of Gause and Cantrell is more than warranted. These two appear to have no sense of shame; so an expensive recall is what must occur. More wasted tax money because citizens appear to have voted based on emotions rather than facts.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on March 29, 2015 at 6:41 pm
 


Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Ghosts of Ringling


Comment:
It is sad then that Russell (Russ) Lynn Pillifant is now working for Bealls, Inc. in Bradenton, Florida whose motto is that of their founder E. R. Beall "Always do what is right." If he made sexist/racist comments while working, drank alcohol while working and lied while working on the job as these comments contend, then he was not doing what is always right.
Posted by Jay Cole on March 29, 2015 at 5:44 pm
 


Article Headline: School Board Wise to Follow Prescribed Process on Audit Findings


Comment:
AMEN, I hope the taxpayers really see the corruption and do something about it. Maybe a recall is in order for both Mr. Gause and Mrs.Cantrell, IF that is possible. I still do not understand how someone can run for the school board or any elected position without living in the district. AND they want us taxpayers to come up with MORE tax money? Why can't the culprits be liable for the mess they put us in?
Posted by Sharon Becks on March 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm
 


Article Headline: Teitelbaum Asks AG Bondi to Investigate Bid Tampering and Official Misconduct


Comment:
Let's see if the AG finally steps up to the plate and does her job instead of playing politics.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on March 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm
 


Article Headline: TBT Editorial: Reversal of ALJ’s Order Highlights Flaw in Process


Comment:
Talk about greed and the 'little boy attitude' of I want, I want.
You have 20 homes you can build...take it or leave it. Make sure
you disclose in the closing documents that your customers' homes
will be in the Bay some day and it may be sooner than later.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on March 28, 2015 at 2:12 pm
 


Article Headline: TBT Editorial: Reversal of ALJ’s Order Highlights Flaw in Process


Comment:
John, are we to take those remarks seriously?
What is disrespectful is for the Politian?s you ?bought access to? to disregard the ALJ's rulings.
And your goals are to make as much money as possible.
Otherwise... why would your business and associates contribute tens of thousands of dollars to candidates that support your kind of growth?
Why else did you and your associates work so hard to replace Joe?
Did you believe Joe did not have the best interest of Manatee County as his core?
There is no doubt in my mind, having lived here for over 30 years... if you could make a buck squeezing in an addition dwelling into a site, you would not hesitate to do so.
Posted by Fred Ruggiero on March 28, 2015 at 11:02 am
 


Article Headline: TBT Editorial: Reversal of ALJ’s Order Highlights Flaw in Process


Comment:
Pat believes and practices capitalism.
These are the same folks that believe "Might makes right"
Pat Neal just wants the best politicians...that money can buy
Posted by Fred Ruggiero on March 28, 2015 at 10:43 am
 


Article Headline: Teitelbaum Asks AG Bondi to Investigate Bid Tampering and Official Misconduct


Comment:
It is interesting to see the reaction by Gause. Did he forget that besides the bid process, that there was a financial component on how they cooked the books, over borrowed and improperly spent taxpayers money. It is easier to attack Mills and his staff, than it is to admit the truth. He whould welcome an investigation. What we have is deflection and lack of honesty and integrity. Gauses over reaction speaks endlessly. Gause needs to resign immediately.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on March 28, 2015 at 8:01 am
 


Article Headline: Letter to the Editor: School Board Chair Owes Public Answers


Comment:
GREAT INFORMATION!!! TBT needs to hire this writer.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on March 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm
 


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
 


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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
All Obituaries






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