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Friday, March 27, 2015


Published Friday, March 27, 2015

I live in a great home. I live close to downtown and all of the amenities that Bradenton has to offer. I own my home. It is in an at risk neighborhood. My neighbors that live there are great. I have nothing at all against renters, but if landlords and county officials cannot do a better job of maintaining acceptable standards for investment properties, my neighborhood, like so many in Manatee County, will remain at risk.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


Published Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly supported a constitutional amendment to set aside a third of the net revenue from doc stamp fees for conservation purposes. They did so with the understanding that the primary purpose of the money would be to acquire conservation lands and preserve water sources, the budgetary funding for which had been continually slashed. However, neither the House nor the Senate seem inclined to do much conservation with the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been set aside.

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Published Thursday, March 26, 2015

Florida’s manatees are at a crossroads. Well, actually, the agencies that protect manatees are at a crossroads, and manatees themselves are in the crosshairs.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Published Sunday, March 22, 2015
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On Friday, the Obama administration announced the first major federal regulations on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of extracting oil and gas that has dramatically increased American energy output. While the term has become a political hot potato, many Americans remain unclear in terms of how the process works and the advantages/risks involved.

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Published Sunday, March 22, 2015

On Tuesday, Governor Scott and the cabinet will consider a Recommended Order issued by the Division of Administrative Hearings in the matter of Katie Pierola and Greg Geraldson v. Manatee County and Robinson Farms, Inc., denying increased density near Robinson Preserve. If the cabinet goes against the ALJ's recommendation, it will be a sad day for good government.

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Friday, March 20, 2015


Published Friday, March 20, 2015

The School Board recently passed an item to make rowing an official club. That same week I read a quote: "Make sure everyone in your boat is rowing and not drilling holes when you aren't looking." It reminded me of some of the things I see happening.

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Published Friday, March 20, 2015
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They do so many fun things at Motorworks. I have visited on different nights and observed all kinds of activity: Sunday Beer Brunch and Yappy Hour; Monday Service Industry Night, Tuesday City Esquire Night, open mic jam, cornhole and bocce night, and Yoga in the Beer Garden night (wow). Wednesday is Ladies and Medical and Public Safety worker night (same discount deal), and paint night; Thursday is reserved for $5 flights (beer groupings), poker, and Karaoke night. Weekends are for great live music!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015


Published Thursday, March 19, 2015
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At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee County School District Audit Committee received a long-awaited update from internal audit firm, Shinn & Co. During the report, the committee learned of an email in which one former superintendent – with the knowledge of another – directed staff to throw out a review committee's ranking of bids for tens of millions of dollars in school construction projects. The ensuing “re-ranking” resulted in a politically connected developer moving from number 8 on the list to number 1.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015


Published Sunday, March 15, 2015
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On Wednesday, the Manatee County School District Audit Committee will receive a long-awaited report from Shinn & Associates, the district’s internal audit firm. The report should finally provide answers to questions regarding monies spent (and misspent) from its 2009 COP bond.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015


Published Saturday, March 14, 2015

On March 9, governor (and likely presidential candidate) Scott Walker signed legislation making Wisconsin America's 25th "right to work" state. Anti-union conservatives rejoiced. They were joined by some self-described libertarians. But "right to work" isn't libertarian. In fact, it's the exact opposite of libertarian. It abridges freedom of association and right to contract for both unions and employers.

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Obituaries

Name Date
Thomas Presha June 28, 2015
Ralph Senzamici June 26, 2015
Diane Exten June 27, 2015
Jesse Rumberger June 25, 2015
Larry Hurst June 23, 2015
Robert Johnson June 22, 2015
Ralph Wagner June 22, 2015
Arthur Tennant June 20, 2015
Joseph Perry June 18, 2015
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