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Friday, May 15, 2015


Published Friday, May 15, 2015

There is a very vocal group of people who would have you believe that Mr. Mills is the cause of all the Manatee School District’s problems. They seem more concerned with regaining influence over personnel decisions and control of the district’s purse strings than anything related to education.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015


Published Thursday, May 14, 2015
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On Tuesday, the Manatee County School Board quickly voted to accelerate Superintendent Rick Mills' retirement effective immediately, while installing Deputy Superintendent of Operations Don Hall to serve in the interim role. What the board does next will be subject of much debate I'm sure, but the best choice for Manatee County students and the taxpayers who support them is already clear.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015


Published Sunday, May 10, 2015
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On Tuesday, the Manatee County Commission received a presentation from a group of county employees who identified themselves as millennials. They voiced a familiar complaint: there's not enough affordable housing for young professionals in Manatee, nor is there enough of the kind of mixed-use property they want to occupy. Commissioners applauded their efforts, though it also seemed clear that they were largely in vain.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015


Published Saturday, May 9, 2015

From video games to movies to even the nightly news, violence seems to be pervasive in our country. Sadly, many people use violence to intimidate, control and hurt others – this is not new, but it seems we are seeing it more and more with fewer consequences. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my father and my faith have taught me that violence is never the answer. It is not how we should handle adversity in our communities, and certainly should never be tolerated in our homes.

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Friday, May 8, 2015


Published Friday, May 8, 2015

In 2009 the Manatee County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance that suspended the collection of school impact fees for two years. Before the end of the suspension period, it was extended two more years. Part of that extension's ordinance states that during the suspension period, “the County, in cooperation with the school board, shall conduct a study of the education facilities impact fee” to assure that the new rates “are based on the most recent and localized data in accordance with” Florida Statutes. No study of school impact fees was done during the suspension period which ended on July 27, 2013.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015


Published Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Buried beneath the hoopla of this year's legislative session were a number of important issues that died on the vine. Among them was an ongoing effort to improve child custody laws, which once again managed only to get tucked into a larger bill on alimony reform. This is unfortunate for a lot of Floridians, most notably our youngest and least represented constituents.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015


Published Sunday, May 3, 2015
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Former Senator Jim Webb is testing the waters for a run at the Democratic nomination in 2016. Considering Hillary Clinton's name recognition, popularity with female Democrats and utter lock on the party's biggest sugar daddies, that seems like a fool's errand of sorts ... until Webb opens his mouth and you start to realize that he's got a well-honed message, likely to affect a broad swath of voters.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015


Published Saturday, May 2, 2015

At the April 21 BOCC meeting, a healthy debate broke out over why and how both the Manatee County Commission and Manatee County School Board failed to act by not addressing the suspension on impact fees that has now expired. This dereliction of duty has cost the county in upwards of $100 million in uncollected fees; Commissioner Vanessa Baugh says, "nonsense."

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Published Saturday, May 2, 2015

As our BOCC prepares its 2015-16 budget for Manatee Memorial Hospital, it must determine if the hospital is meeting equitable, actuarially sound, and sustainable standards.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015


Published Thursday, April 30, 2015
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Over the past two weeks, readers have heard a lot about school impact fees. Like other impact fees, they are intended to help communities ensure that the funds to support growth exist when needed. For six years, Manatee County hasn't been collecting them, though taxpayers will soon be asked to cough up extra money to help build three new schools in the county's fast-growing northeast corridor. This failure demonstrates a lack of comprehensive planning. The fact that it's politically connected developers that have benefited from this failure raises red flags.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Natacha Charles June 24, 2015
Emilie McAlevy June 20, 2015
Emilita Kropf July 3, 2015
Alice Cosby July 5, 2015
Rick Kinyon July 3, 2015
William Sanderson _
Albert Kight July 1, 2015
Thomas Presha June 28, 2015
Ralph Senzamici June 26, 2015
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