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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Members just back from their summer break convened over the largest agenda this year, but found a disgruntled public waiting for them. For hours conflict filled the room and Chairman Bustle overstepped his authority, until fellow commissioners reeled back him in.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014


Published Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Sarasota-Manatee MPO will hold a public hearing for amendments to the FY 2013/2014 – 2017/2018 and FY 2014/2015 – 2018/2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) during its meeting on Monday. That same day, the Palmetto City Commission will workshop, followed by a meeting. The BOCC will meet on Tuesday, with a discussion on whether to cancel meetings in August and November that fall on primary and general election days. The Bradenton City Council will workshop, and the BOCC will meet again on Wednesday for a budget session. The Manatee School Board will have a public hearing on adoption of the district's 2014-15 tentative budget on Thursday.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
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Monday night's Palmetto City Commission meeting saw the board get a visit from Troop 10, the local Boy Scouts of America chapter. The scouts were there hungering for a taste of how local governments work; while working to earn another one of the merit badges needed to become an Eagle Scout. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014


Published Friday, July 25, 2014
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At Tuesday's special meeting, the Bradenton City Council voted to approve a vacation of easement for the property at 1933 Third Avenue West. The passed resolution will unbind use restrictions of the property for its owner, Joe Jaret, allowing a sale and purchase to happen. 

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee School Board voted in approval of giving former Assistant Superintendent Robert Gagnon $116,000 in back pay. In other business, the board also passed approval of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its School Climate Transformation Grant (funding for student mental health services) in the Amount of $2,751,877.99, and passed a renewal contract for internal auditing services by Shinn & Co. not to exceed  $314,125. Also at the meeting, Deputy Superintendent of Operations Don Hall advised the board that a fund balance of $12-12.5 million is projected for next school year.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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At Monday's Palmetto City Commission meeting, members voted to approve the first of three meetings that would keep the Aggregate Millage Rate at $5.7171, the same as the year prior. Members were also joined by the entire group of Boy Scouts from Troop 10 who are working on their Eagle Scout badges and are required to attend a government meeting. The commission was also graced with the company of the Palmetto 10-11 year old girls softball team. They are undefeated state champions, and their next stop will be in Hedgesville, West Virginia where they are one of 18 teams competing for a national title.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


Published Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Palmetto City Commission will vote on approval of an aggregate millage rate of $5. 7171 mills at the meeting following its Monday workshop. On Tuesday, the Manatee School Board will have a workshop and meeting, which will include a vote on approval for Shinn & Co. to perform internal audit services for 2014-15. The board will also have a special meeting on Thursday to vote on approval of advertising the 2014/15 tentative annual budget. The Bradenton City Council's Wednesday workshop has been cancelled.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


Published Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tea party Republican Tim Norwood will take another shot at the Republican nomination for Manatee County Commission District 4. Norwood surprised many when he collected 30 percent of the vote in a three-way primary for the same nomination in 2010, despite being heavily outspent by current commissioner Robin DiSabatino when they were vying for the seat vacated by longtime commissioner Ron Getman.

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Friday, July 18, 2014


Published Friday, July 18, 2014
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The City of Bradenton will have its red light camera contract with Xerox State and Local Solutions Inc. renewed for at least another year. Originally approved five years ago, the decision to renew the contract was made at Wednesday's city council meeting.

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Published Friday, July 18, 2014
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District 4 Manatee County Commissioner Robin DiSabatino is seeking a second term on the BOCC. While no Democrat has filed for the seat, she is opposed by Tim Norwood, whom she defeated in 2010, in this August's Republican primary.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Christopher Bouwkamp October 28, 2014
David Rojas October 24, 2014
Monique Staves October 27, 2014
Patricia Gandley October 28, 2014
John Dean October 26, 2014
Viola Heckendorn October 25, 2014
Dennis Sabo October 25, 2014
Donald Smith October 25, 2014
James Powers October 22, 2004
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