Bradenton Times News Articles
Manatee County is clearly a GOP stronghold. Registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats by more than 22,000. But voters who routinely check "R" right down the ballot without giving it much more thought should take a closer look. In Manatee, the actual performance of county commissioners can more easily be divided among those who are in favor of well-planned, smart growth and responsible use of natural resources, and those who consistently favor developers seeking to build at all costs and phosphate mining interests who want to exploit our environment for financial gain. When it comes to those key issues, the D and the R often tell us very little.more»
Here is an example of why New Orleans is so susceptible to the destruction from Hurricanes. Man has destroyed the wetlands and estuaries that protect the land. Here also is a reason to stop the development of "Long Bar Pointe". In the 1700's New Orleans used to be 165 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and the devastation that hurricanes create. Now, New Orleans is only 25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Don't allow this to happen to Sarasota Bay.more»
Over the past few weeks, there has been much debate over efforts to provide maximum security in Manatee County elementary schools within the resources available. The dialog has been mired down in the politics of a dysfunctional school board, along with the other political lines that such a subject inherently crosses. However, I think the real question this fiasco has raised is whether security and policing in our schools should be a function of our educational system in the first place, when law enforcement seems much better equipped to make such decisions.more»
On Sunday in New York City, the largest demonstration ever to protest inaction regarding climate change took place. The People’s Climate March saw just over 311,00 people gather to protest governmental inaction on the crisis. It’s hard to tell what kind of impact it will have, but as the father of a 10-year old, I’m hopeful that the efforts will help to at least focus the attention of America on the great challenge of our time.more»
When I heard the news, my first thought was that surely it had to be bad intel. I got the phone call right after I woke. Hearing the words didn't make me anxious – no acrid pang in my gut, no cottony mouth. In all honesty, it was almost as if I had to will myself to be appropriately astounded. Brian David Braun couldn't be dead, I told myself. He's a force of nature. Hell, he's been half dead so long that surely he would have grown immune to a fully-lethal dose.more»
As Superintendent, I believe the safety and security of students and employees is not a responsibility that can be delayed for the sake of a debate. Every day we do not provide the utmost protection possible, within the available financial resources at our disposal, is a day we are not doing all we can to ensure the safety and security of those entrusted to the school district’s care.
Manatee County Attorney Mitchell Palmer instructed the Board of County Commissioners to not speak of or answer any questions pertaining to Linda Molto's request to "have the county commission petition President Obama to consider making the sea grass and mangroves in Sarasota Bay a Contributing Resource to the Historic Fishing Village of Cortez." Palmer's response: "No Comment, the matter pertains to a Bert Harris Act law suit."
On paper, it looks like an epic battle. A popular governor who, just after being short-listed for his party's presidential ticket decides to leave and run for Senator only to switch parties and come back to face the party outsider who won an all-out war to replace him in a state that's been through five years of economic turmoil. Instead, it's potentially the least exciting Florida Governor's race in the last two decades. Why? For starters neither candidate can tell the truth … ever.more»
If someone in Bradenton wants to change the zoning of their land, it usually takes a public hearing and an approval by the city council. Not if you are Pat Neal. According to Tim Polk, who is in charge of zoning for the city, Neal's Perico Island property was not properly zoned back in the '90s when it was annexed by the city, so he gave it an R-1 zoning versus the approved PDP (Planned Development Project) on the zoning maps. Polk said Neal told him the original zoning was a mistake. The City Council approved his site plan approval without Polk disclosing he administratively changed the zoning from the approved maps.more»
Another election, another open primary stymied by the write-in voter loophole. Once again, it was in a race that came down to the narrowest of margins, and once again thousands of registered voters were kept from the polls by a widely used electoral tactic that obviously subverts the intent of our state constitution. How does this keep happening? Because the elected officials in the Florida Legislature refuse to remove a tool that they or their cronies might someday want to employ.more»