Bradenton Times News Articles
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Published Sunday, August 25, 2013
Some taxpayers were angry to learn that the county only charged developers half of what it seemingly could have for the applications for a future use map change and countywide text amendment related to the Long Bar Pointe development on Sarasota Bay. The reduced fee, which still should have come before the county commission for a vote, was probably a fair price considering the work that was performed, which of course, represents the real problem.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Published Thursday, August 22, 2013
As classes resumed this week, the Manatee County School District had plenty to celebrate. But none of it garnered as much attention as the fallout at Manatee High, where complaints of sexual abuse and a failure to report the allegations to the state, have led to six arrests including the school district's attorney and several assistant principals. The release of a criminal investigation report on the matter depicts a grim culture in which turning a blind eye seemed to be the status quo at the top, while doing the right thing within the ranks could be a risky proposition. more»
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A recent request for a future use map change at Long Bar Pointe, passed by the County Commission at a recent Land Use meeting, along with a request from the same applicant for a text change amendment which failed, have raised more questions than answers as to the legality of the process and who actually makes some of the budget decisions in Manatee County.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Published Monday, August 19, 2013
The Tiger Bay Club of Manatee Bay is an august group of people that gather to learn more about local issues. It includes the movers and shakers of the community as well as people that are interested in the topics proposed. The September 5th meeting scheduled is about Long Bar Pointe. There are three presenters: Carlos Beruff, John Henslick, and Jane Von Hahmann. Now, let’s look at the dynamics of our speakers.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Published Sunday, August 18, 2013
Tomorrow marks the start of the 2013/14 school year. After years of disappointment courtesy of our local school board and administration, there is finally plenty to be excited about. The district's finances are still a mess, though a solid and viable plan to restore the fund balance and build reserves is finally in place. There's a new, highly-talented top tier and a focus on data-driven strategic planning that had been completely absent. Most of all, the district has begun experiencing a profound change in culture and the feeling that something very special is quickly spreading through the ranks. more»
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Published Thursday, August 15, 2013
When nearly a thousand people showed up at the Bradenton Area Convention Center last week, where the Manatee County Commission was deciding whether or not to profoundly change the way we do waterfront development, there were an impressive amount of experts at the podium during citizen comments. But the area's National Estuary Program, SBEP, wasn't among them and their absence from the process did not go unnoticed. more»
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Published Sunday, August 11, 2013
Democrats spent the majority of Bush II up on a soap box complaining about things like the Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay, water boarding and Blackwater. Private armies, the rise of the police state and bringing the likes of W. and Cheney up on war crimes were standard liberal rhetoric. But now that they've got the White House and half of Congress, the party of the people are much less suspicious of executive power. A recent house vote on reining in the NSA is only the latest example. more»
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Published Thursday, August 8, 2013
Seeing some 700 citizens show up to a county commission meeting to oppose a major revision to coastal development was nothing short of inspiring, even if the manner in which the meeting was managed left much to be desired. Opponents of the proposed expansion of Longbar Pointe can take solace in the fact that the most egregious elements were defeated – for now. Let's take a look at what exactly happened and what it all means. more»
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Published Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The problem with zoning modification hearings is politics, where a handful of politicians modify rules approved by the entire electorate. Tuesday’s hearing on the "Long Bar" project has a predictable outcome. We make a big mistake focusing on that project. more»
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Published Sunday, August 4, 2013
To say that developers have a lot of influence over the Manatee County Commission would be a gross understatement. To say that Carlos Beruff is the most politically-influential developer in Manatee County would be a tough claim to argue against. But when Beruff's latest project comes before the Manatee County Commission on Tuesday, it will be up against organized resistance, the scope of which we have rarely seen. The board should tread lightly.