Bradenton Times News Articles
When I heard the news, my first thought was that surely it had to be bad intel. I got the phone call right after I woke. Hearing the words didn't make me anxious – no acrid pang in my gut, no cottony mouth. In all honesty, it was almost as if I had to will myself to be appropriately astounded. Brian David Braun couldn't be dead, I told myself. He's a force of nature. Hell, he's been half dead so long that surely he would have grown immune to a fully-lethal dose.more»
As Superintendent, I believe the safety and security of students and employees is not a responsibility that can be delayed for the sake of a debate. Every day we do not provide the utmost protection possible, within the available financial resources at our disposal, is a day we are not doing all we can to ensure the safety and security of those entrusted to the school district’s care.
Manatee County Attorney Mitchell Palmer instructed the Board of County Commissioners to not speak of or answer any questions pertaining to Linda Molto's request to "have the county commission petition President Obama to consider making the sea grass and mangroves in Sarasota Bay a Contributing Resource to the Historic Fishing Village of Cortez." Palmer's response: "No Comment, the matter pertains to a Bert Harris Act law suit."
On paper, it looks like an epic battle. A popular governor who, just after being short-listed for his party's presidential ticket decides to leave and run for Senator only to switch parties and come back to face the party outsider who won an all-out war to replace him in a state that's been through five years of economic turmoil. Instead, it's potentially the least exciting Florida Governor's race in the last two decades. Why? For starters neither candidate can tell the truth … ever.more»
If someone in Bradenton wants to change the zoning of their land, it usually takes a public hearing and an approval by the city council. Not if you are Pat Neal. According to Tim Polk, who is in charge of zoning for the city, Neal's Perico Island property was not properly zoned back in the '90s when it was annexed by the city, so he gave it an R-1 zoning versus the approved PDP (Planned Development Project) on the zoning maps. Polk said Neal told him the original zoning was a mistake. The City Council approved his site plan approval without Polk disclosing he administratively changed the zoning from the approved maps.more»
Another election, another open primary stymied by the write-in voter loophole. Once again, it was in a race that came down to the narrowest of margins, and once again thousands of registered voters were kept from the polls by a widely used electoral tactic that obviously subverts the intent of our state constitution. How does this keep happening? Because the elected officials in the Florida Legislature refuse to remove a tool that they or their cronies might someday want to employ.more»
Local voters who decided to forgo the August 26 primary election and just “wait until November,” might be disappointed. Not only were several races decided last month, but the three representatives who make up the vast majority of Manatee County's representation in the state legislature are unopposed, while the fourth faces only nominal opposition. Pay attention folks, this is how democracy dies.more»
How did Beruff, Neal, Benderson and other local developers get so rich? One reason may be Community Development Districts. There are at least 75 CDDs in Manatee County. Most county residents who live in a CDD are aware that they are receiving an extra tax bill every year to pay back the money the developer borrowed to pay for the infrastructure for their subdivision. Do not confuse CDDs with Home Owners’ Associations which are in addition to CDDs.more»
During the seemingly endless debate over what to do in light of the declining resources in its primary indigent healthcare funding source, several members of the county commission have made negative comments about Obamacare and its failure to address the issue as promised. But such attacks betray the reality that it was the Florida Legislature that turned down $51 billion in federal funds that would have put many of those patients onto the Medicaid rolls instead. As the state legislature's next session approaches, maybe it's time to point their frustration at their friends in Tallahassee.more»
You may have heard the term corporate inversion in the news lately, as every few days it seems another gigantic U.S. company is structuring some sort of merger with a foreign one that will allow it to stay in the United States, while escaping much of its corporate tax liability here. Anyway you slice it, the scheme seems like greedy corporations awash in profit, cheating the country who built the system they thrive in out of the very revenue that allows it to maintain such an economic empire.more»