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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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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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Obituaries

Name Date
Joan Eason September 29, 2014
Gene Hunt September 28, 2014
Muriel Thayer September 26, 2014
Patricia Ritchlin September 25, 2014
Glennava Inman September 25, 2014
Jo-Ann Cherry September 22, 2014
Emma Engelmann September 20, 2014
Bonny Cloud September 18, 2014
Marion Forbes September 15, 2014
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