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Thursday, September 11, 2014


Published Thursday, September 11, 2014
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During Wednesday's Bradenton City Council meeting, citizen commenters addressed the council's approval of a planned residential subdivision on Perico Island that would involve the removal of wetlands in the area, arguing that the project is in violation of city environmental codes and that the council should rescind approval.

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Published Thursday, September 11, 2014
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At Wednesday's meeting, the Bradenton City Council approved a resolution to increase fees for city water, sewer and reclamation charges by amending the city's rate and fee structure for those services. The council also voted to pass an ordinance amending parts of the city police officers' retirement system.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014

At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee County Commission unanimously approved a motion that would allow the county to move forward with a possible waterpark at Tom Bennett Park, near the intersection at I-75 and SR 64 in Northeast Manatee County.

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Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Largo-based security firm Critical Intervention Services was one of the companies that participated in a Request for Proposals by the Manatee County School District, for providing armed security at the district's elementary schools. The company was not the top-scored bidder by the selection committee and initially indicated that it might protest the bidding process, as allowed for by Florida statute. Instead, it sent the superintendent a lengthy letter, questioning the design of the bid process, while making unflattering accusations regarding the conduct of the district's attorney.

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Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Manatee Memorial Hospital CEO Kevin DiLallo and Assistant Administrator Joseph Hwang delivered a presentation at Tuesday's BOCC meeting that took another swing at convincing commissioners to reconsider a sales tax that would pay for indigent health care the hospital provides. The fund that for decades has covered the cost will run out of assets next year.

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Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee School Board narrowly passed a proposal to approve a contract for private armed security at the district's elementary schools. In other business, the board passed a finalized budget for the 2014-15 fiscal school year and also approved a contract between the district and specialized health care consulting company Compass Professional Health Services.

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Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014

At Tuesday's BOCC meeting, commissioners voted to bring contracts to the next regular meeting for both Waste Management and Waste Pro to continue to haul country trash for another seven years for $140 million. In other business, Manatee Memorial employees and supporters returned to the commission to once more pitch their indigent health care story.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Published Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Manatee County is accepting applications for the planning commission, an important advisory board that hears presentation for various land use applications and makes recommendations to the board of county commissioners. No special experience or education is required. If you're a registered voter in Manatee County, you can apply.

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Published Tuesday, September 9, 2014

At Monday's Palmetto City Commission meeting, commissioners voted to approve a tentative millage rate and a tentative fiscal 2015 budget. In other business, commissioners voted to amend the future land use map allowing a 13-acre parcel of the Bradenton Area Convention Center property to be available to build a hotel.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014


Published Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Palmetto City Commission will workshop then hold a meeting on Monday, with first public hearings for ordinances on marijuana dispensaries and pain management clinics. The BOCC will vote on repeal and termination of both its 14th Street West and South County Community Redevelopment Plans on Tuesday, with the Manatee Port Authority convening within said meeting. Also on Tuesday, the Manatee School Board will workshop then have a meeting and final public hearing on the district's 2014-15 budget and vote on administration's armed security proposal. Wednesday morning, the Bradenton City Council will have a public hearing on increasing fees for water, sewer and reclamation charges, then have a first public hearing on the city's 2014-15 budget that evening. The BOCC will have a Planning Commission meeting Thursday morning, then a public budget hearing that evening.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Marion Forbes September 15, 2014
Emma LaSota September 6, 2014
Elizabeth Pagliarulo September 11, 2014
Joseph Bische August 31, 2014
Jeanette Zerwin September 12, 2014
Janie Thielen September 12, 2014
Richard Schluederberg, Sr. September 10, 2014
Anne Teyssier August 28, 2014
Paul Saracino September 4, 2014
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