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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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At Tuesday's regular meeting, the Manatee School Board approved one out of three parts of an agreement to extend the scope of services that auditor Shinn & Co. is under contract for, moving to push the other two parts into the next board meeting. In other business, the board passed an agreement to allow Blackrock Development Holdings, LLC to purchase two large property parcels for the price of $2,950,000.00 and approved a newly-drafted Audit Committee Charter for the district.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Michael Bennett will officially present his precinct consolidation plan at today's BOCC meeting. The plan would reduce the county's overall number of election precincts from 99 to 69, which Bennett claims will be offset by the increase in early voting locations (to which voters are increasingly migrating), which will grow from one to four.

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Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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The TDC held a brief meeting Monday. It was Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh's first meeting as sitting TDC chair. Vernon De Sears was voted in as Vice Chairman of the TDC and Carol Whitmore was honored for her service over the last two years she spent chairing the board. The Manatee County Commissioner and former Holmes Beach Mayor was given a miniaturized surfboard; a nod to her self-proclaimed past as a “hippy,” said presenter Elliott Falcione.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014


Published Sunday, February 9, 2014

During Monday's Manatee Tourist Development Council meeting, a new Vice Chair will be elected for 2014, and an update on the county's state of tourism will be given. At a special workshop on Monday night, the Manatee School Board will review the district's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for F.Y. 2012-2013. The BOCC's regular meeting on Tuesday morning will contain a vote on whether to award a contract for the Coquina Beach Nourishment Project to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC. Later on Tuesday, the school board will convene for a workshop and a regular meeting (which will include a vote on approval of the district's newly drafted Audit Commitee Charter). The Bradenton City Council will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, and the Manatee Planning Commission will meet on Thursday.

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Friday, February 7, 2014


Published Friday, February 7, 2014
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At Thursday's BOCC land use Meeting, developers Carlos Beruff and Larry Leiberman ran into another unintended speed-bump, forcing them to return to the dais. The two are seeking approval for the first preliminary site plan to build the most contested development in Manatee County's history; however, they only left with a rain check.

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Published Friday, February 7, 2014
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The application period to receive Manatee County Children’s Services funding is now open through March 21 for nonprofit agencies that serve Manatee County children and families. This year, Manatee County will award approximately $7.2 million in Children’s Services grants to agency programs that benefit Manatee children who are considered abused, neglected, at-risk and/or economically disadvantaged. Applicants must be nonprofit agencies that are recognized as a corporation under the State of Florida and tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) internal revenue code.

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Published Friday, February 7, 2014
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During Thursday's BOCC Land Use meeting, county commissioners opened a Port Authority Meeting. At that meeting, the board approved sending a letter of recommendation to the Florida Legislature in Tallahassee. In other business, members approved a rezoning of a 5-acre parcel, north and west of the existing Fountain Lake Apartments, at 5620 Fountain Lakes Circle in West Bradenton.

 

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Thursday, February 6, 2014


Published Thursday, February 6, 2014
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At Monday's Palmetto City Commission meeting, Vice President of Guardian Community Resource Management, Inc. Corbett Alday, presented members at the first public hearing in the process of applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston was honored with the Gulf Coast Builders Xchange 2014 Chairman’s Award during the group’s 62nd Annual Dinner last week at the Polo Grill. The award recognizes “exemplary performance and service to the citizens of the City of Bradenton by a public official.”

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Published Tuesday, February 4, 2014
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The highly controversial Long Bar Pointe development comes back before the Manatee County Commission on Thursday, with a public hearing, after which the board will vote on a preliminary site plan for one portion of the project. Former Manatee County Commissioner and TBT publisher Joe McClash, an ardent opponent of the large, coastal development, said he already sees several red flags that commissioners should be wary of.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Jean Ferrante April 21, 2014
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
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