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Article Headline: Judge to Rule on Possible Injunction to New Abortion Waiting Law by Tuesday

Gender inequality in this country is blatently obvious.
Posted by Nancy R Dean on June 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm

Article Headline: Contribution Shell Game Further Undermines Elections

Once again Joe- my daughter does not, and has never, worked for Beruff.
Posted by Betsy Benac on June 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Article Headline: ALJ Issues Recommended Order Against Neal on Perico Island

We should use Amendment I monies to purchase the 40 acre tract of which only 9.85 acres are not under water. Over the entire period of dispute over the granting of the subdivision by the City of Bradenton and the SWFTMD permit we have watched the relentless development on Perico Island with second floors of multi-story residences looming over the thinning stretch of mangroves that provides the only visual relief from the face-on, visual onslaught that is now Perico Island.

Neal won't give up because when you have the Governor on your side and developers on the SWFTMD Governing Board there is no reason to lose. But if he does lose the citizens need to come up with a proposal to purchase the property or negotiate with Neal for a conservation easement. We also need to investigate how submerged land can be privately owned. As the sea level rises, upland land platted decades ago becomes part of Sound waters that should be publically owned.
Posted by Larry Grossman on June 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

Article Headline: Less Drawbridge Action May Reduce Traffic Jams

An additional fix may be a green arrow (turning right) onto east bound Fruitville Rd.from northbound US 41. The green arrow would remain illuminated until the south bound US 41 to east bound Fruitville Rd. traffic is signaled for turn. Currently, traffic has to come to a complete stop before turning. Every little fix helps.
Posted by Mark Edenfield on June 27, 2015 at 9:56 am

Article Headline: Less Drawbridge Action May Reduce Traffic Jams

Put a $5.00 toll on these bridges with free access for transit buses and watch that 100 lbs of potatoes drop to 50 lbs. Not too many people but too many cars.
Posted by Gerry Alary on June 25, 2015 at 8:56 am

Article Headline: Less Drawbridge Action May Reduce Traffic Jams

Posted by roy on June 25, 2015 at 8:30 am

Article Headline: Less Drawbridge Action May Reduce Traffic Jams

The Draw Bridge opening every 20 minutes has no effect on the delays or the long lines of traffic. When you come to a "Tee" intersection with a "Controlled Traffic Light" it is the bottleneck of traffic flows, not a raising and lowering of the bridge. Most of the time the traffic on the island side of the bridge has not had enough time to clear all the traffic before the bridge tender lifts the barrier rails and traffic flows once again. Traffic normally and usually catches up to the remaining traffic waiting at the control light well before the Traffic at the control light has a chance to clear the intersection. So changing the frequency of the bridge openings is a futile attempt to address the real issue. No More LAND. YOU CANNOT PUT 100 POUNDS OF POTATOES IN A 5 POUND SACK.
Posted by roy on June 25, 2015 at 8:27 am

Article Headline: Florida Supreme Court to Hear Arguments for Solar Energy Amendment

This is insane! The Sun is not some kind of Monopoly a Corporation can corner the Market on. With all the Bible bumper and thumpers in this state you think someone would say "God said let there be light", not "let there be light controlled by large monopolistic Corporation". Where do these people come up with these scenarios. Simply insane money grabbing insane ideas.
Posted by roy on June 25, 2015 at 8:14 am

Article Headline: Port Manatee Inks Pact for Cargo Pad With Gulf Coast Bulk Equipment Inc.

Your next issue will let us know the Port is getting a million dollar grant to build the pad,thank you tax payers-- no ad valorem taxes we get grants instead.
Posted by Tom OBrien on June 25, 2015 at 6:40 am

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Feral Children of Terra Ceia Island

I am a distant relative on the fogarty side as well and have loved reading these stories. Robert Fogarty is my great grandmothers grandfather, I believe. I wish that I knew where to find more information. It really is fascinating.
Posted by Sarah Simon on June 24, 2015 at 9:18 am

Article Headline: Paper Claims ASR Science is Incomplete and Incorrect

We get to the part that states Army corps come on laugh out loud the army corps are our worst enemy we have been searching for years for a single project they have created that was not a catastrophe. these morons study the phosphate industry of Florida in foreign countries coming up with asinine conclusions.

all they need do is open their eyes and quit protecting industries like Mosaic, using up most of the water while polluting it all sooner or later.

this Idea is just as asinine as desalination the answer is mosaic treat and use salt water which is more abundant, if they can't use it how in the blank do they think humans can consume it.

we have been told numerous times that Mosaic will not be able to mine in Desoto county as it stands the salt water intrusion is in Desoto is the reason they will pump from Polk or Hardee to mine in Desoto County. Wake up America does anything God gave us have a value, or is worth protecting.

Is China going to supply our water after Mosaic destroys or supply's and pollutes the rest of digging fertilizer to ship to china.
Posted by Frank Kirkland on June 22, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Article Headline: Double-Take: Angler Lands Same Trophy Bass Twice Practicing Catch-And-Release

This is probably a rare phenomenon as I suspect most catch and release die from infections of the wound.
Posted by Russell W. Owens on June 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

Article Headline: FWC to Discuss Conservation, Rule Changes for Endangered Species in Sarasota This Week

Oops! Are they only going to discuss the endangered species in Sarasota?
Posted by Russell W. Owens on June 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Article Headline: Manatee Public Libraries Publish First Edition of Online Lit and Art Journal

Hope this takes off!
Posted by Charles Ivarch on June 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

Article Headline: Paper Claims ASR Science is Incomplete and Incorrect

John, another truly great article enlightening citizens about
ASR (Aquifer Storage Wells). Water is becoming more precious in
Florida and many parts of the U.S. and the world. It is imperative that more research must be done A.S.A.P. Water in all
forms must be protected for future generations. How we so this,
is still the big question.
Posted by Paul P. Valenz on June 21, 2015 at 7:49 am

Article Headline: Paper Claims ASR Science is Incomplete and Incorrect

This is truly a scam. Water is fungible and will flow where it wants. This is another abuse of the Peace River which has been severely impacted by phosphate strip mining and its unlawful diluted discharges from closed beneficiation plants and other associated functions.

Once again our Governor and Legislature are placing financial burdens on the citizens of this state. Time for a big change in Tallahassee.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on June 20, 2015 at 11:05 am

Article Headline: Paper Claims ASR Science is Incomplete and Incorrect

Rehill's ground-breaking reporting reminds me of the play "The Music Man" - a slick con job with potentially devastating environmental effect. Will these guys never cease to come up w/ "scientific solutions" that hurt the environment and only makes a few fat cats more wealthy? Their scheme comes right out of Berny Madoff's playbook.
Posted by joe kane on June 20, 2015 at 7:19 am

Article Headline: Manatee Schools Assessment Scores Decline For Two Exams, Improve in One

No good deed goes unpunished. You get great contributions and they get misspent.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on June 19, 2015 at 8:05 am

Article Headline: FEC Issues Order of Probable Cause on Chappie's "Winning Bonuses"

The good news is this news paper is apparently the only one in the region that takes the truth to heart, to bad they aren't 60 minutes or some national media.

We live in another county and this paper has printed the truth about our local and state officials stealing us blind with the blessings of all law enforcement, so you guys can't praise this news paper and its owner enough, and of coarse his dedicated reporters and editor.
But the best way to thank this paper is to get involved go to meetings, hoarse the crony commissioners with the truth on a daily basis, speak out be heard, it is the same nation wide politicians that are not on the market for sale, have already sold out while getting in government to the highest bidder.
Posted by Frank Kirkland on June 19, 2015 at 3:27 am

Article Headline: Contribution Shell Game Further Undermines Elections

We need more Robin DiSabitino's in public office.

Hugh Williams/Bayshore Gardens
Posted by Hugh Williams on June 18, 2015 at 8:27 am

Article Headline: Budget Deal Expected to be Voted in on Friday

Again Florida lags behind the rest of the universe in the provision of health care for those who need basic insurance by refusing to expand Medicaid. The plan to fund hospitals for indigent care is a farce in that it requires people to sit in ER's versus going to a variety of community physicians. So people still won't have a doctor, be able to get their medications, have lab work, etc. I guess that the average voter loves to hate, or the Republicans wouldn't be able to control so much of not only Florida, but the entire country. How sad for us all.
Posted by Leigh Gerhardt on June 18, 2015 at 8:04 am

Article Headline: Contribution Shell Game Further Undermines Elections

How many examples must be given to show how corrupt our commissioners are. Chappie's violations are just one of many. Besides the scores of rubber-stamp approvals for developers' projects, the lack of any impact fees imposed on them for their projects, there was a beautiful scene at Tuesday's meeting when two commissioners are guilty of conflict of interest. Benack's daughter works for Beruff, and Whitmore's son-in-law works also for Beruff. In no time have they recuse themselves for the APPEARANCE of conflict when Beruff's projects came up for a vote. And Carol, baby, claiming you voted against a particular Beruff project does not pass the smell test. What were the consequences of their questionable vote? Nothing. That's further proof of this commission seeking to be the best commission money can buy. For Shame. Again, anyone wishing to bet me $5 that the impact fees are not imposed until past the 2016 election? And poor Rubonia gets the shaft by the commission. Claims there's no money in the till just does not hold water, when tens of thousands of dollars are lost in fat cat's pockets, instead of paying county employees a fair wage, and providing services to citizens. And what's Bustle's secret deal to buy their center? That reeks of corruption.
Posted by joe kane on June 18, 2015 at 7:35 am

Article Headline: Concerned Rubonia Citizens Get Runaround

What secret deal has Bustle made to sell this community center? This is a story of America- rich dominating the poor. Commissioners can't hide behind, "There ain't no money," when Manatee County gave Sarasota County more than a million dollars for Benderson Rowing site. The Rubonia community deserves to be respected - - not ignored.
Posted by joe kane on June 17, 2015 at 7:37 am

Article Headline: Manatee Schools Assessment Scores Decline For Two Exams, Improve in One

Why are scores so low in some school districts one may ask...well, unbeknownst to many in the middle and upperclass world, some kids have to survive each day. They are wondering if they might eat, if they are going to be abused or neglected, if they have to listen to mom and dad fight half the night, put up with alcoholism or drug abuse in their home. Do homework, right...where, when the house may be trashed and there is no room or the parents don't care about education and they want the kids out of their hair. This is not a perfect world folks and all kids aren't from the same mold. These standardized test are ridiculous!
Posted by Debra Lynn on June 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: Where Floridians Retire

yes it is a small town. why we even had a dunkin donut shop fail and moved out.we have more banks then grocery stores. we have two of for resturants well there so-so.if your used of great food this is not the area for that.what used to be free is now getting to be a charge for. way of life it looks an area where folks from other states are trying to make it there way where they came from. nuf said.
Posted by James w Berry on June 15, 2015 at 8:03 am

Article Headline: Sunday Favorites: The Business of Monkey Island

I hope present monkeys have been neutered and will not be replaced. They carry many diseases that can infect humans (Yellow Fever for one and Rabies for another). The state legislature should bar all ownership of exotic animals and plants. We taxpayers spend millions of dollars annually to control exotic, invasive species. Meanwhile native plants and animals are losing the battle of survival.
Posted by Nancy R DeaN on June 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Article Headline: Budget Battles Show Growth Isn't Carrying Its Weight

Excellent story on the increase in growth and dcecrease of services. This will continue until commissioners do what they were elected to do for the citizens NOT developers. I bet five bucks the commission does not increase impact fees this year and next year. What a hopeless mess these commissioners are making at the orders of Neal and Beruff.
Posted by jor kane on June 14, 2015 at 8:34 am

Article Headline: Budget Battles Show Growth Isn't Carrying Its Weight

The commies are giving a break to the developers because they know that while an impact fee is only once, the yearly tax revenue more than makes up for the discounted impact fee. What they simply cannot comprehend is that the impact fee (already discounted 50%) is to make up for the increased capacity needed for the new residents and the yearly tax bill is for maintenence of the exisiting population. If the new people do not pay then the exisiting residents, including the new residents have to pay and the big winner is the developer who provide temporary jobs at best. There is one commie who understands this point as much and most likely more than anyone else. Betsy was a major author the Comp Plan and the LDC, Manatee County's developement bibles. So while the rest are simply ignorant, Betsy is doing it to the county residents on purpose, with full knowledge of the consequences. Really sad to see her now, if you knew her then.
Posted by Kelvin Lindbloom on June 14, 2015 at 6:44 am

Article Headline: Ocean-Dwelling Vulnificus Bacteria Season is Upon Us; Here's How to Avoid It

Jackson. Great information. Thank you.
Posted by Jeff Rohney on June 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Article Headline: County Wraps Up Week of Public Budget Meetings

This budget would be more palatable to citizens if school impact fees were reinstated and other impact fees raised right now. The County is losing millions and millions of dollars by not charging appropriate impact fees. The Commission should also impose a
MORATORIUM on building immediately.......enough is enough.
Posted by Barbara A. Angelucci on June 12, 2015 at 8:34 am

Manatee Rural Health Certificate


Name Date
Larry Hurst June 23, 2015
Robert Johnson June 22, 2015
Ralph Wagner June 22, 2015
Arthur Tennant June 20, 2015
Joseph Perry June 18, 2015
Roberta Kniffen May 21, 2015
Margaret Hendrickson June 15, 2015
Ruth Gill February 10, 2015
June Pressler June 16, 2015
All Obituaries

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