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A Tale of Two SOE Candidates

On Thursday, James Satcher and Scott Farrington participated in a debate organized by the Lakewood Ranch Republican Club. The difference between the Republican candidates for Supervisor of Elections …
by Mitch Maley
Yesterday at 2:18 PM
Manatee County District 3 Republican Candidate April Culbreath poses for a photo outside the county's historic courthouse.

Culbreath's Campaign Highlights Law Enforcement Background, But Omits History of Disciplinary Actions

The race for Manatee County Commission District 3 is heating up. With the primary election in less than 60 days, voters continue to learn about the candidates…
by Dawn Kitterman
Yesterday at 1:38 PM

Brush Fire Burns over 100 Acres at Lake Manatee

A brush fire broke out Thursday at Lake Manatee Park. Over 100 acres burned as firefighters fought the fire for several hours. The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. and …
Staff Report
3 days ago

Video: SOE Candidates Farrington and Satcher Debate at LWRRC

On Thursday, the Lakewood Ranch Republican Club hosted a debate between James Satcher and Scott Farrington, the two candidates for the closed primary that will decide the next Manatee County …
4 days ago
More local news
Red Tide Status Update: 6/21/24
Samples collected statewide over the past week did not show a red tide. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. Additional details …
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Yesterday at 1:46 PM
Algal Bloom May Effect Taste/Odor in Lake Manatee Reservoir
Customers of Manatee County Utilities may notice a temporary and non-harmful change in their water taste or odor. Algae blooms are regular seasonal occurrences in Lake Manatee …
Manatee County Government
3 days ago
Bradenton Police Department to Offer Free Basic Firearms Course
The Bradenton Police Department is offering a free basic firearms course to City of Bradenton residents on June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The class, which includes classroom instruction and …
by Chief Melanie Bevan, BPD
4 days ago
Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison says Florida is a key puzzle piece in the presidential election during a press conference in Tallahassee on June 18, 2024. Photo by Jackie Llanos/Florida Phoenix.
FL Democrats hope to use contests in every legislative race to undo GOP supermajority
Florida Democrats made a plea for relevance on Tuesday in Tallahassee as they hyped the feat of running a candidate in every congressional and legislative race. The party aims to win enough of those …
by Jackie Llanos
4 days ago
The Week in Local Government: 6/23/24
BRADENTON — It will be a relatively quiet week in local government.  The Manatee School Board will meet on Tuesday for a regular school board meeting and on Thursday for a workshop …
by Dawn Kitterman
5 days ago
EarthTalk: Ditching Hard Currency For The Planet?
As the digital transformation of our economy accelerates, it is vital to examine not just the economic ramifications but the environmental impacts associated with both physical and digital …
5 days ago
Opinions
Guest Commentary
Crypto scams are rampant. The industry needs regulation.
A recent bill passed by the House of Representatives claims to regulate the cryptocurrency industry and protect consumers. But the bill is a Trojan horse designed by an industry flush with cash …
by Brian Carss
4 days ago
Guest Commentary
Perico Island Median Landscaping – Existing and Proposed?
The two medians on Perico Island of SR 64 West were originally landscaped with sod and shrubs by the developer of Perico Bay Club.  The developer turned them over to the Homeowners Association, …
by Ingrid McClellan
Friday, June 14
Guest Commentary
Let the Voters Decide!
The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy where citizens have the right and ability to determine who represents them on governing bodies. On May 7, the League sent a letter to Supervisor of …
by LWV Manatee County
Friday, June 14
COMMENTARY
Winning the Tampa to Braidentown race in 1911.
Sunday Favorites: Vintage Velocity
Ever wonder how folks around here beat the summer heat before air-conditioning? They got creative! One exhilarating solution was hitting the open road, letting the breeze cool them down. This led to the thrilling idea of the Great Race between Tampa and Braidentown in 1911. The race was a no-holds-barred competition, open to all cars regardless of class or size. Here's the story.
by Merab Favorite
Today
DeSantis’ veto of Ocklawaha River rehabilitation study marks a first for the issue
Pens can be tricky. Once, I was using one to write notes as fast as possible, trying to keep up with a former Monroe County judge telling me tales of Key West corruption, such as the one about a …
by Craig Pittman
Yesterday at 2:18 PM
Guest Commentary
How to Prioritize Growth
You can't say your focus is on infrastructure if you won't ensure we have the funds to actually provide that infrastructure. Otherwise, it's just a sound bite for a campaign mailer with no intention …
by George Kruse, Manatee County Commissioner
4 days ago
Obituaries
Mary Dobosz
May 26, 1936 - June 18, 2024 Bradenton, Florida - Mary Ann Dobosz (nee Degen), 88, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away on June 18, 2024. She was born on May 26, 1936, in Oak Park, Illinois. …
2 hours ago
Esther Holcomb
Esther Elvalene Holcomb, 82, passed away June 19, 2024. Esther was born September 7, 1941 to the late Ras Fletcher and Minnie Lee (Harris) Haire in Clermont, Florida. She relocated to Bradenton from …
3 hours ago
Andrew Stoll, III
Andrew Joseph Stoll, III, 81, of Parrish, FL passed away June 3, 2024. He was born October 28, 1942 to Marion (Walker) and Andrew Joseph Stoll, Jr. in Toledo, OH, where he was raised with his …
3 hours ago
This week's reader poll
TBT Podcasts
Tal Siddique is a candidate for Manatee County Commission District 3. He joins TBT 's Mitch Maley and Dawn Kitterman to discuss why he is running for the office and his positions on key issues …
5 days ago
This week, Mitch & Dawn discuss the SOE's ruling on the District 5 School Board Race and update listeners on the status of candidates in Manatee County Commission and School Board Races as we …
Wednesday, June 12
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Sports & recreation

Pirates’ Triolo Proving Value in Utility Role

Wherever his name appears in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup, Jared Triolo is fine with his manager’s decision. With the Pirates just finishing up a three-game road trip in Denver with the …
by Don Laible
Tuesday, June 18

Gag grouper recreational harvest closes in Atlantic state waters on June 15

The recreational harvest of gag grouper in state waters of the Atlantic Ocean, including all state waters off Monroe County, closes at 12:01 a.m. on June 15, consistent with the …
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tuesday, June 11

Baseball, Blowing Bubbles and Big League Chew

Even after inventing Big League Chew Gum decades ago, Rob Nelson doesn’t go a day without enjoying a pouch of the shredded treat. Just when I thought I’d met the most interesting …
by Don Laible
Tuesday, June 11
Arts & Entertainment

City of Bradenton and Pirates Organization to Team up for 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

The City of Bradenton is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders for what we hope will become an Independence Day staple: the Bradenton Baseball Mayor’s …

City of Bradenton
Yesterday at 2:18 PM

Urbanite Announces Season 11 Schedule

On the heels of a remarkably successful tenth season, Urbanite Theatre in downtown Sarasota announced its upcoming season. The black box theater's eleventh season will include its …
Staff Report
4 days ago

Weekend Sounds: June 21-23

It's another weekend, and you know what that means. If you guessed another great lineup of local, talented musicians in Manatee, Sarasota, and surrounding counties, you would be …
Staff Report
4 days ago
Community Spotlight

Combat Vet Finds Solace Through Art

Zeke Crozier lives in Bradenton, but not too many years ago, he was in a helicopter in Afghanistan on his second combat tour. It crashed, and his life changed forever. Zeke suffered a traumatic …
by Eddie Robinette
Thursday, June 13
ICYM - In Case You Missed It
Recent research increasingly suggests a correlation between exposure to various forms of pollution and an increase in criminal behavior. This relationship is multifaceted, influenced by a complex …
Wednesday, June 12
opinion
Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge fully embraced “free speech” when he ran for office in 2020. However, when it comes to the speech of the citizens he claims to represent, …
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, June 8
Commentary
In the first of two public hearings, Manatee County Commissioners moved forward with their plan to significantly underfund infrastructure required by rampant development by collecting far less in …
by Mitch Maley
Thursday, June 6
The district-switching County Commissioner, Kevin Van Ostenbridge, continues to pursue his ill-conceived parking garage plan by searching for funding through a public-private partnership. The county …
by Terry Schaefer
Thursday, June 6
Global warming has already had profound impacts on Africa, which is already grappling with many environmental and socio-economic challenges. The most dramatic effects observed so far include …
Wednesday, June 5
Interesting News

New Data from Carter’s Shows that Moms are Having a 'Hot Mom Summer'

(BPT) - As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, expecting mothers are desperate for a way to beat the heat while awaiting their little one's arrival. In fact, according to a recent survey …

3 days ago

Why allergies are on the rise

Northwell Health partnered with Stacker to examine the increasing rate of allergies using data from the National Health Interview Survey.
Colleen Kilday, Data Work By Emma Rubin
3 days ago

Military sexual trauma is shockingly common—Here's how it affects mental health

Charlie Health discusses the toll military sexual trauma takes on veteran mental health and provides information on mental health resources for survivors.
Kayla Levy
3 days ago
Florida report

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Bob Delaney - Undercover Film "Hiding in Plain Sight" Working Undercover in New Jersey as a State Trooper

Emmy Award winning director, Nick Nanton, interviews Bob Delaney. Former undercover New Jersey state trooper and NBA referee. Bob Delaney talks with Nick Nanton about his incredible careers in two vastly different fields, from infiltrating the Mafia in the 1970s to becoming one of the NBA's most respected referees. In this episode, Bob opens up about his experience with post-traumatic stress and his passion for helping others overcome it.

State News
Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Though the new version of the form to apply for federal financial student aid has had its fair share of highly publicized hiccups, U.S. Under …
Shauneen Miranda (via Florida Phoenix)
7 hours ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times People who visit the Freedom Monument Sculpture Park in Montgomery, Alabama, will not only face the brutality of slavery and the hardship it caused. They will …
Ralph Chapoco (via Florida Phoenix)
Yesterday at 7:00 AM
Quality Journalism for Critical Times Less than two months after students protesting the Israel-Gaza war at Florida State University were arrested and had the sprinklers turned on them, university …
Jay Waagmeester (via Florida Phoenix)
3 days ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times A group of female Democratic lawmakers spoke up for reproductive rights on Friday in Tampa, just days before the second anniversary of the U.S. Supreme …
Mitch Perry (via Florida Phoenix)
3 days ago
Bonus web content
How technology can help you find and keep track of items while you travel
Technology is reshaping how people are reunited with lost items. Tile offers insights on how people can leverage tech to keep track of valued possessions.
Ali Hickerson
3 days ago
Consumer survey on EVs reveals perception vs. reality
CarGurus polled car shoppers to check in on how they really feel about electric vehicles.
David Undercoffler
3 days ago
2 in 5 U.S. Adults Over 50 Report Feeling Lonely: How Adult Children Can Help Their Parents Live Independently and Feel Less Isolated
(BPT) - As baby boomers transition into their golden years, the demand for senior care technology that connects parents and children is skyrocketing. Now, more than ever, many seniors desire to …
3 days ago
Start in the attic to keep your home and energy budget cool
(BPT) - Is your home ready for what may be another historically warm summer season? According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2023 was the planet’s warmest …
3 days ago
5 Things a Patient Wants People to Know about NF1-PN
(BPT) - Thirty-eight-year-old Antwan has been living with neurofibromatosis type 1 with plexiform neurofibromas (NF1-PN) his whole life. This diagnosis led to more than 25 hospitalizations and 18 …
3 days ago