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Saturday, May 2, 2015


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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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In 2000-2001, a sales tax committee was formed while Dr. Nolan was superintendent. In 2002, a 15-year half-cent local sales tax was passed by the good hard working people of Manatee County. This sales tax was for the purpose of funding new construction and needed maintenance on older buildings. At that time, it was estimated that approximately $200 million would fund these new schools and repairs.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Published Tuesday, April 28, 2015

On Monday, Manatee County School District Superintendent Rick Mills announced his intent to retire from the position this July. Regardless of the reasons given, there seems little doubt that Mills' decision was a preemptive measure.

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Monday, April 27, 2015


Published Monday, April 27, 2015

By now it is clear that this school board is dysfunctional and lacks the organization and leadership to get anything accomplished. I am constantly receiving calls from county commissioners, parents, teachers, retirees, business leaders – all of whom are outraged. Our meetings have not been productive and have shown steady deterioration in following the law, allowing personal attacks, and in not paying attention to our fundamental focus – the education and safety of children.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015


Published Sunday, April 26, 2015
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The Manatee County School District has released the results of an investigation into suspended investigator Troy Pumphrey and allegations that he falsified his employment application. The investigation report shines a light on the mysterious circumstances of Pumphrey's suspension and, perhaps more importantly, reveals even more troubling news about the school district and its policies.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015


Published Saturday, April 25, 2015

Global warming and climate change are just the wrong words, and I think that has caused most of the disagreement. Global warming and climate change have been happening for all eternity and always will (see the Law of Uniformitarianism), with or without mankind’s footprint. The climate really changed when the tectonic plates moved. The climate really changes when we have serious volcanic activity or if we get hit by a meteor. Now that's climate change, scientifically speaking.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


Published Thursday, April 23, 2015
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This week marks my 5th anniversary with The Bradenton Times. The last five years have been among the most exciting and rewarding in my professional career, and I'd like to take the opportunity to reflect on that experience in this week’s column.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015


Published Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Since 2009, developers have pocketed somewhere around $30 million in would-be school impact fees on the homes they've built in Manatee County. Now, taxpayers are being told they are going to be asked to further tax themselves in order to pay for new schools that will be needed to facilitate all of those homes. That sounds like taxpayer subsidized growth, a concept Manatee County residents are quite familiar with. The explanations being given on how this situation crept up on our leadership, seem quite inadequate.

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Friday, April 17, 2015


Published Friday, April 17, 2015

I first came to Anna Maria Island more than 50 years ago with my family on vacation. I came every year until 30 years ago when I moved here to raise my family. I have seen a lot of change – some good, some not. Today, I'm most concerned about the lack of balance we've maintained in the push to draw more and more tourists every year.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Richard Shore, III July 29, 2015
Lisa Casper July 30, 2015
Nancy Rowe July 25, 2015
Irene Brothers July 24, 2015
Allene O'Brien June 23, 2015
Dorothy Hill July 28 2015
David Maberry July 24, 2015
Juanita Floyd June 26, 2015
Elizabeth Bennett July 22, 2015
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