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Sunday, April 5, 2015


Published Sunday, April 5, 2015
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A couple of years back, I read some startling figures on the sustainability of cattle production and the bleak long-term outlook for beef as populations grew, living standards rose and more and more humans were increasing the amount of meat in their diet. It didn’t take much to see that when it came to a world in which everyone adopted the meat-heavy American diet, the math didn’t add up. The amount of land required (not only for the cattle but to grow their feed), along with the vast amount of water involved in the process, simply made it impossible. An excellent new documentary explores the issue.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015


Published Thursday, April 2, 2015
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There has been much talk over the last two weeks regarding monies accrued via last year’s constitutional amendment, which sets aside a portion of doc stamp fees for land acquisition, and whether they should be used to purchase land to protect the Everglades. The debate takes place within a larger, more convoluted story. Let's take a closer look.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015

For several years now, the county has been wrestling with broad changes to its property codes. We feel the ordinance that will come before the county on Thursday is not appropriate for countywide use and should be voted down by the commission.

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Monday, March 30, 2015


Published Monday, March 30, 2015

I am compelled to point out the fallacy of our Tallahassee leadership in their rush to destroy Florida’s groundwater and thus our future.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


Published Sunday, March 29, 2015
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This week, school board chair Bob Gause decided to follow board attorney Jim Dye’s advice and not hold a special meeting to answer items in a presentation by internal auditors and staff legal counsel to its audit committee. It’s the first time in recent memory that Gause has taken Dye’s advice, and taxpayers should be grateful.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015


Published Saturday, March 28, 2015

This week, the governor and state cabinet voted unanimously not to adopt an ALJ’s recommended order in regards to the proposed increased density at Robinson Farms. We find this decision disappointing and feel that it is further proof that the governor’s gutting of the Department of Community Affairs is not in the best interest of sensible growth management practices.

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Published Saturday, March 28, 2015

At Tuesday's SWFWMD Surplus lands meeting, there was a good turn out from people who were involved in saving Pine Island from development in the early 2000s. If the public does not intervene, this important ecological area could be sold as surplus property for developers to build on.

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Friday, March 27, 2015


Published Friday, March 27, 2015

Bob Gause, Chairman of the Manatee School Board, has recently been in the news, in connection with questionable bidding of a school district project, which should involve a thorough investigation. But are there other financial issues that need to be examined?

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Published Friday, March 27, 2015

I live in a great home. I live close to downtown and all of the amenities that Bradenton has to offer. I own my home. It is in an at risk neighborhood. My neighbors that live there are great. I have nothing at all against renters, but if landlords and county officials cannot do a better job of maintaining acceptable standards for investment properties, my neighborhood, like so many in Manatee County, will remain at risk.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


Published Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly supported a constitutional amendment to set aside a third of the net revenue from doc stamp fees for conservation purposes. They did so with the understanding that the primary purpose of the money would be to acquire conservation lands and preserve water sources, the budgetary funding for which had been continually slashed. However, neither the House nor the Senate seem inclined to do much conservation with the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been set aside.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Duward Bunch April 15, 2015
Tom Mobley April 8, 2015
Kay Anderson April 11, 2015
Kristine McGuire April 12, 2015
Donald Gifford April 6, 2015
William Schlacks April 3, 2015
Martha Morris April 3, 2015
Kermit Decker April 3, 2015
Charles Spath, Sr. April 2, 2015
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