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Thursday, September 25, 2014


Published Thursday, September 25, 2014
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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.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014


Published Sunday, September 21, 2014
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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.

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Published Sunday, September 21, 2014

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.

 

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Friday, September 19, 2014


Published Friday, September 19, 2014

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." 

 

 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014


Published Thursday, September 18, 2014
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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.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


Published Sunday, September 14, 2014
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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.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014


Published Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Local voters who decided to forgo the August 26 primary election and just “wait until November,” might be disappointed. Not only were several races decided last month, but the three representatives who make up the vast majority of Manatee County's representation in the state legislature are unopposed, while the fourth faces only nominal opposition. Pay attention folks, this is how democracy dies.

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Monday, September 8, 2014


Published Monday, September 8, 2014

How did Beruff, Neal, Benderson and other local developers get so rich? One reason may be Community Development Districts. There are at least 75 CDDs in Manatee County. Most county residents who live in a CDD are aware that they are receiving an extra tax bill every year to pay back the money the developer borrowed to pay for the infrastructure for their subdivision. Do not confuse CDDs with Home Owners’ Associations which are in addition to CDDs.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014


Published Sunday, September 7, 2014
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During the seemingly endless debate over what to do in light of the declining resources in its primary indigent healthcare funding source, several members of the county commission have made negative comments about Obamacare and its failure to address the issue as promised. But such attacks betray the reality that it was the Florida Legislature that turned down $51 billion in federal funds that would have put many of those patients onto the Medicaid rolls instead. As the state legislature's next session approaches, maybe it's time to point their frustration at their friends in Tallahassee.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Christopher Bouwkamp October 28, 2014
David Rojas October 24, 2014
Monique Staves October 27, 2014
Patricia Gandley October 28, 2014
John Dean October 26, 2014
Viola Heckendorn October 25, 2014
Dennis Sabo October 25, 2014
Donald Smith October 25, 2014
James Powers October 22, 2004
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