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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Published Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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.

Published Tuesday, February 4, 2014

At Monday's Palmetto City Commission meeting, members received a briefing on the timelines and procedures to CDBG (Community Development Block Grants). In other business, commissioners voted to go forward in their next meeting in the process of adopting the new FEMA Floodplain maps.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Published Monday, February 3, 2014

Manatee County will host another opportunity for public comments during the first week of March during a series of workshops before the County Commission as part of the ongoing process to update its Land Development Code. The workshops will be held each day from Tuesday, March 4 through Friday, March 7 in the First Floor Chambers of Manatee County Administrative Center.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Published Sunday, February 2, 2014

(UPDATE: Wednesday's Bradenton City Council workshop has been canceled.) The first week of February 2014 will be light in local government board meetings. The Palmetto City Commission will hold a workshop with a presentation on Sunshine and Public Records laws, followed by a regular meeting on Monday, which includes a motion to hold a public hearing on a personnel policy ordinance for February 3. The BOCC will convene for a Land Use meeting on Thursday, during which it will hold a public hearing for Phase 1 of the Long Bar Pointe development plan.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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The results of a recent community survey on issues that the Manatee School District faces were presented in detail at Tuesday's Manatee School Board regular meeting. The 943 completed surveys contained questions as to how the county should prioritize various issues relating to planning and the budget.

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The De Soto boat logo has been the official seal of Manatee County since 1973, while also doubling as its logo in most instances. In recent years, county officials have been on a mission to rebrand Manatee with a new and consistent marketing strategy. At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, commissioners sealed the deal.


Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014

At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, commissioner voted to approve a new county logo, approved four new members to the Manatee County Construction Trades Board, and one new member for the Children's Services Advisory Board. In other business, County Administrator Ed Hunzeker delivered the County's Annual Report for 2013. A citizen also served the board with a "writ of mandamus" for the establishment of a common law grand jury.

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2014

At Tuesday's regular meeting, the Manatee School Board was presented with data collected from the results of a recent community survey on planning and budgeting priorities for the district. In other business, the board approved budget amendments and year to date financial statements for November 2013.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Manatee County Commission will vote on an official logo for the county at today's board meeting. The county's current seal has doubled as a logo, appearing on county property, uniforms, letterhead, etc. The new logo would not replace the seal, but rather be used in instances where a logo were more appropriate. The county said that its use would be phased in as part of routine maintenance to avoid the cost of re-branding current property.

Published Tuesday, January 28, 2014

At Monday's MPO meeting, members approved A TIP Amendment extending the Project Development and Environment study for the Manatee County 15th Street extension to U.S.41 Complete Streets Project. The MPO board also added two new members to the Citizens Advisory Committee.


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Name Date
Thomas Shimrock April 18, 2014
Mildred Pace April 19, 2014
Leland Russell April 20, 2014
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
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