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Saturday, September 6, 2014


Published Saturday, September 6, 2014

At Thursday's Land Use meeting, commissioners approved further expense to purchase wetland credits from the Tampa Bay Mitigation Bank costing $225,000; the price for impacting wetlands on the controversial Fort Hamer Rd. Bridge project.

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Friday, September 5, 2014


Published Friday, September 5, 2014

The proposed Moccasin Wallow Road development is unlike other Neal Community projects, says Pat Neal. "I couldn't be more proud," the developer told the BOCC at Thursday's land use meeting, adding that he is looking forward to the county being proud of it too. Trouble is, he was just trying to take one of his costly responsibilities and foist it on the public ... again.

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Published Friday, September 5, 2014

At Thursday's Land Use Meeting, two projects dominated what may have been the largest agenda the BOCC has been presented, at least in recent years. Wetland mitigation for the land the Ft. Hamer bridge is being built on was the first, and a 2.75 mile sidewalk for the Village of Amazon South project on Moccasin Wallow Road and U.S. 301 was the other.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thursday's BOCC Land Use Meeting is full of north county projects. There are requests for zoning changes to increase density; Preliminary Site Plans; Special Approvals that ask for reductions in required tree sizes, set-backs and street sizes. There are specific requests to reduce roadway buffers and deviations from lot shape requirements, as well as a roadway naming request.

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Monday, September 1, 2014


Published Monday, September 1, 2014
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All City offices are closed for Labor Day. In the city of Bradenton, household garbage that’s normally collected on Monday will instead get collected Tuesday, Sept. 2. Garbage normally collected on Tuesday will get picked up on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Yard waste will be collected on Thursday, Sept. 4. Manatee County Government offices will also be closed. Trash, recycling and yard waste collections for the week will be postponed one day from Tuesday through Saturday for residents in unincorporated Manatee.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


Published Sunday, August 31, 2014

Government offices will be closed for Labor Day. Wednesday's Bradenton City Council workshop has been cancelled. On Thursday, the BOCC will meet for a Land Use meeting.

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Friday, August 29, 2014


Published Friday, August 29, 2014
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Biding his time patiently for years, Pat Neal has owned wetlands on Perico Island bordering Sarasota Bay, waiting for the right mix of political connections to get the approval to destroy the environmentally sensitive land for another development. In fact, the 40-acre parcel of land he owns through a trust is mostly wetlands. Most if not all have conservation protection by the City of Bradenton’s development rules, but don’t expect Mayor Poston to ensure those rules are followed. As for the South Florida Water Management District, Carlos Beruff serves on its board and Neal and Beruff have close business ties, so it may be no surprise that they would grant a permit to Neal, allowing him to destroy the wetlands.

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Published Friday, August 29, 2014

Local business owners and residents met with county officials Wednesday night to review what is to be expected of the new Southwest County Tax Increment Finance (SW TIF) District recently initiated by the BOCC. The educational workshop provided information on how the county will partner with local businesses and asked questions from those in attendance as to what they expect from the new district.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Published Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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The Manatee County Government Neighborhood Services Department and the Central Economic Development Center, Inc. (CEDC) are hosting a series of educational workshops for residents and businesses to learn about the Southwest County Improvement District just initiated by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. A meeting scheduled for this Tuesday at Ezra Café has been rescheduled to address a scheduling conflict.

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Published Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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At Monday's Palmetto City Commission meeting, commissioners voted to approve a Comprehensive Plan amendment and approved a Water and Sewer loan resolution. In other business, Palmetto approved the first of three hearings for a medical marijuana facility ordinance.

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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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