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Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015

For several years now, the county has been wrestling with broad changes to its property codes. We feel the ordinance that will come before the county on Thursday is not appropriate for countywide use and should be voted down by the commission.

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Monday, March 30, 2015


Published Monday, March 30, 2015

I am compelled to point out the fallacy of our Tallahassee leadership in their rush to destroy Florida’s groundwater and thus our future.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


Published Sunday, March 29, 2015
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This week, school board chair Bob Gause decided to follow board attorney Jim Dye’s advice and not hold a special meeting to answer items in a presentation by internal auditors and staff legal counsel to its audit committee. It’s the first time in recent memory that Gause has taken Dye’s advice, and taxpayers should be grateful.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015


Published Saturday, March 28, 2015

This week, the governor and state cabinet voted unanimously not to adopt an ALJ’s recommended order in regards to the proposed increased density at Robinson Farms. We find this decision disappointing and feel that it is further proof that the governor’s gutting of the Department of Community Affairs is not in the best interest of sensible growth management practices.

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Published Saturday, March 28, 2015

At Tuesday's SWFWMD Surplus lands meeting, there was a good turn out from people who were involved in saving Pine Island from development in the early 2000s. If the public does not intervene, this important ecological area could be sold as surplus property for developers to build on.

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Friday, March 27, 2015


Published Friday, March 27, 2015

Bob Gause, Chairman of the Manatee School Board, has recently been in the news, in connection with questionable bidding of a school district project, which should involve a thorough investigation. But are there other financial issues that need to be examined?

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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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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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