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Friday, October 24, 2014


Published Friday, October 24, 2014

The recently-approved Manatee County budget includes over $33 million dollars to build the controversial bridge over the Braden River. The alignment, known as the 44 Avenue extension, will form a continuous route from Anna Maria Island to Lakewood Ranch. The road is planned for four lanes, but there are no assurances that it couldn’t become six, similar to SR 70, at some point in the future.

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Published Friday, October 24, 2014

Have you seen all the large, expensive signs on major roadways? They are funded by those with deep pockets, developers and others, who expect payback for funding election campaigns. In contrast, Terri Wonder who is opposing Carol Whitmore for the Commissioner at Large seat in Manatee County is running a grassroots campaign, reaching out to individual citizens and neighborhoods.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014


Published Thursday, October 23, 2014

Who is responsible for the realization of Grassy Point Preserve? Check the dates of Holmes Beach administrations. It's pretty clear who is responsible and who is not. Shame on anyone who takes credit when credit is not due.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Published Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This past week Floridians (along with all US citizens) have been threatened with Ebola outbreaks, news of a sputtering economy, and an extremely volatile stock market. The question must be confronted: “In uncertain times like these, do we really want to mandate $18 billion to buy more conservation land for the next 20 years?”

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Published Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Their last debate was most noted for a seven-minute delay while the candidates squabbled over whether a fan constituted a prohibited electronic device on stage. The contest did not seem to affect the deadlocked polling of voters who remain essentially split on whether to reelect Florida Governor Rick Scott or replace him with his predecessor, Republican-turned Independent-turned Democrat Charlie Crist. Tonight, the two candidates will take to the CNN stage for one last chance to differentiate themselves to undecided voters.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Published Sunday, October 19, 2014
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This week a New York Times investigation revealed that U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq were exposed to chemical weapons, the existence of which had been deliberately suppressed – even from the doctors who would treat them. Why? Because they weren't the mythical weapons of mass destruction the Bush White House desperately wanted to find, but rather improperly disposed of remnants of a much earlier stockpile that the U.S. had actually helped Saddam Hussein to build.

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Friday, October 17, 2014


Published Friday, October 17, 2014

The largest taxing district ever created in Manatee County has been approved. The goals of the Southwest County Improvement District (SWTIF) are voluminous, but whether they'd like to admit it or not, county commissioners had the power to achieve any of them without creating a new taxing district.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014


Published Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore wasn't in a competitive race three weeks ago. With a 4-1 fundraising advantage and a nearly 2-1 party advantage, it seemed grassroots challenger Terri Wonder didn't stand much of a chance. Then Whitmore opened her mouth and all of that changed.

 

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Published Thursday, October 16, 2014

I have been a resident since 1953. I am a business owner, and have raised three children on this beautiful island. Just as I do every election, I have been reading your articles about the County Commissioners in your newspaper. I would like to comment about the District 6 race and make a statement about the outstanding job Carol Whitmore has done for the county, the small businesses, the families and environmental protection she has put in place.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Published Tuesday, October 14, 2014

“Optics” is the new catch phrase in the media. Unintentional visual messages are as important as written or spoken content. “Optics” can easily compromise any intended message. Manatee County promotes itself as a wonderful place to live and vacation. We pride ourselves on pristine beaches, scenic waterways, numerous parks, state-of-the art recreational facilities, great golf courses and planned communities. But what if the optics in Manatee County didn’t support this message?

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Obituaries

Name Date
Daniel Siglin October 21, 2014
Judith Snodgrass October 22, 2014
Veleta Spann October 15, 2014
Josephine Lupoli October 18, 2014
Dimitrios Sokos October 19, 2004
Gary Richelieu October 16, 2004
Aline Funk October 17, 2014
Alice Szakacs October 16, 2014
Deborah Snyder October 20, 2014
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