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Thursday, March 13, 2014


Published Thursday, March 13, 2014
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At Wednesday's meeting, the Bradenton City Council approved a three-year pay-increase contract for BPD rank-and-file officers that finalized after a long period of negotiations between the city and the Florida Police Benevolent Assocation union. In other business, ordinances that will allow for development of a land parcel to the east of the proposed Wa-Wa station on SR 64 East were approved; and the council discussed at length the impending expansion of the county's One Stop Homeless Shelter in the middle of the city's entertainment district, which they agreed had troubling implications.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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At Tuesday's regular meeting of the Manatee County School Board, Superintendent Rick Mills addressed the written requests sent last week to the Florida DOE Inspector General for further investigation into the actions of past leadership.

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Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Manatee County Sheriff's Office representatives believed that Manatee County Commissioners understood the principal behind the new Regulation of Secondhand Dealers Ordinance No. 14-12 passed on February 25, but came back to redress the extent to which the problem has grown. It is not just for personal property, the Sheriff's office is also asking for more time to find, but builders and appliance companies say they are suffering from the big-time boosting as well.

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Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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At Tuesday's meeting, Manatee County Commissioners took measures to bring the Land Development Code in compliance with federal codes on highways and set-backs. In other business, MCSO is sending a message to board members concerning weaknesses in their adopted Secondhand Dealers Ordinance. Commissioners also responded to inquiries made at past meetings.

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Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee School Board passed its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in June 2013, and Superintendent Rick Mills expounded upon his reasons for requesting an investigation from the Florida DOE Inspector General into the possible misconduct of past senior leadership. In other business, contracts for a web network and a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corporation, presented to the board during the workshop prior to the meeting, were also approved. Board Chair Julie Aranibar was absent from Tuesday's meeting.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Published Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for the Governor of Florida, will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday's Tea Party Manatee meeting. Wyllie served as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, is co-founder of the 1787 Radio Network, and President of an IT consulting firm.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014


Published Sunday, March 9, 2014

The BOCC will convene for a regular meeting on Tuesday morning. At Tuesday's Manatee School Board workshop, arguments for approving two strategic Information Technology investment initiatives – totaling more than $500,000 – at the subsequent regular meeting will be presented to the board. An Audit Committee update will also be given at the regular meeting. The Bradenton City Council will meet for a regular meeting on Wednesday, and will vote on whether to allow development of a site east of the proposed Wa Wa gas station on SR 64 East after a second public hearing. A Planning Commission meeting will be held on Thursday.

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Friday, March 7, 2014


Published Friday, March 7, 2014
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On Wednesday, Manatee School District Superintendent Rick Mills sent a letter to the Florida DOE Inspector General requesting an investigation into predecessor Tim McGonegal's senior leadership team that served from 2010-2012. Mills listed a number of major financial errors and other scandalous information in the letter, including the district having overspent its budget by over $38 million over the last five years, and school board members and county citizens being kept in the dark about the reality of district finances.

 

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Published Friday, March 7, 2014
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At Thursday's Land Use meeting, during citizen's comments, Linda Byars addressed the commission with a problem that doesn't occur frequently; she found out that she is a one-lot subdivision. County says: "We'll fix that."

 

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Published Friday, March 7, 2014
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Commissioner Vanessa Baugh was absent from Thursday's BOCC Land Use Meeting. Baugh was traveling to Tallahassee with hopes to get the University Parkway and I-75 intersection in Lakewood Ranch bumped-up on the FDOT/MPO priority lists. Baugh is traveling with Sarasota County officials as well as Manatee County officials. Both county administrators were said to be onboard. In other business, members approved a 50-acre exclusive residential community, and a 77-single family development; both are Neal Properties.

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Obituaries

Name Date
James Sexton April 17, 2014
Francis O'Connor April 4, 2014
Duane Silver April, 2014
Norma Semrinec April 15, 2014
Lee Jackson April, 2014
Virginia Goodhew April 11, 2014
Dorothy Hackett April 9, 2014
Margaret Nelson April 9, 2014
Robert McNally April 2, 2014
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