Bradenton Times News Articles
At Monday night's meeting, commissioners concluded discussions and the adoption for their FY 2015 budget. They also adopted Resolution 2014-23, a Mental Health Bill supporting the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 3717). In other business, the commission adopted Ordinance 2014-10, restricting property use for "pain clinics," and voted to approve Ordinance 2014-11, setting standards for medical marijuana dispensaries.
On Monday, the Palmetto City Commission will convene for a special meeting. The BOCC will have a regular meeting Tuesday, when it will be presented with the results of FDOT’s Cortez Bridge Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study (the Manatee Port Authority will also meet within said meeting). Also on Tuesday, the Manatee School Board will workshop and then hold a meeting (with a public hearing and presentation on a remediation plan for the district’s computer fleet). Wednesday afternoon at 5, the Bradenton City Council will have its final public hearing on the city’s 2014-15 budget, then have a meeting at 6. The Village of the Arts Overlay Expansion Ad Hoc Committee will also convene at Bradenton City Hall on Wednesday.more»
In a Thursday night meeting that lasted all of 11 minutes, the Manatee County Commission approved a 2014-15 budget of $540.8 million and millage rates of 7.0435 for taxpayers in unincorporated Manatee County and 6.4326 for residents in municipalities. There is no increase in the property tax rates, though the budget amount is 2 percent higher as a result of increased values.more»
The Bradenton City Council voted unanimously at a public meeting last Wednesday to tentatively approve the budget and property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2014-15. The second and final reading and public heaing of the budget and property tax rate is scheduled for 5:01 p.m. Sept. 24 in the City Hall Council Chambers. The council will consider approving a property tax rate of 5.8976 — which is the existing rate.more»
"Crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than any other types of crashes, and the financial impacts and suffering caused by these crashes are significant," reads an FDOT Brochure on the subject. At Tuesday's MPO meeting, the board was brought up to speed on the importance of protecting non-vehicle traffic on our roadways.
At Monday's Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting, members reviewed updates on the FDOT S.R. 70 / I-75 project, got an update report by Secretary Hattaway on the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Initiative, and were presented with the Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) update. Members also appointed the MPO's 2015 Legislative and Policy Issue Committee members to their board.more»
Manatee County is asking for public feedback through an online survey as part of an independent evaluation of Manatee County Animal Services. The county retained the Matrix Consulting Group to conduct an Organization and Staffing Study of the Animal Services Division. The project will provide an evaluation of the organization, management and staffing of the Division to identify strengths and improvement opportunities.more»
During Monday’s MPO meeting, FDOT will report on the I-75/SR 70 interchange project’s design. The BOCC will have a work session on Tuesday, and the Bradenton City Council will do the same on Wednesday. Thursday’s Manatee Port Authority meeting has been canceled; that evening, the BOCC will hold another public hearing on its budget for the coming fiscal year.more»
On Thursday night, the Manatee County Commission tentatively approved a 2014-15 budget of $540.8 million. There is no increase in the property tax rate in the proposed budget, though the total amount is 2 percent higher as a result of increased values.more»
Schroeder Manatee Ranch, Inc. wishes to build higher. Their University Lakes project has but three parcels left to which they can build on, but residents say seven stories is too much and ten is out of the question. SMR says they already have the right to build up to ten stories, and going up instead of out reduces their footprint. A request for a recommendation from the planning commission at Thursday's meeting deadlocked in a 3-3 tie and did not carry.more»