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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.

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 …

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 …

Council Corner: Pam Coachman, Ward 5

Here we are, midyear, at the beginning of summer, with some of our favorite holidays coming our way. The City of Bradenton is not taking a vacation; we are continuing to work towards keeping the …

Today, it's popular for people to choose a life of travel over a stagnant existence. But this trend isn't new—it dates back to the 1920s when middle-class Americans, known as Tin Can Tourists, began venturing out on the open road. Here's a look into their adventurous lifestyle.

Sunday Favorites: Pioneer Women of Sarasota

Every great city has a legacy shaped by trailblazing women. This week, we delve into the stories of Sarasota's pioneering women, whose vision and determination built the vibrant city we know today.

Of all the movies ever made in Florida — “Body Heat,” “Cocoon,” and “Spring Breakers,” to name a few — the one with the oddest concept was “The …

On a good day in December 1983, I cooked Vienna sausages and grits on a borrowed kerosene heater that—in my poverty-stricken state—felt like another mouth to feed. Every day, I had to buy …

In the spring of 1890, the U.S. government sent a warship packed with firepower to evict a tyrant whose rule had everyone in town walking on eggshells, terrified of his random outbursts. President Benjamin Harrison told Congress the whole military hullabaloo was totally justified and, frankly, a national necessity. Here's the story.

Let Our People Vote!

The Manatee Supervisor of Elections office is legally required to open the  Manatee County School Board District 5 board position in the 2024 elections as of May 31. The office has not responded …

When my kids were little, they loved visiting the beach. They’d splash around, build sandcastles, and collect seashells. But one afternoon, one of my boys let out a scream that brought me …

In the final part of our series, we explore the utopian society built by freedom seekers and other members of the Maroon community near the Manatee Mineral Spring in present-day East Bradenton. This is the story of Angola.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is an addict. Not to drugs, but to fossil fuels. He’s showing all the signs, but nobody has had the guts to call it what it is. You doubt me? Look at what he did last …

One of the great glories of Florida is the incredible amount of land that we’ve been able to save from development by buying it and turning it into state parks, beaches, and forests. Using such …

Adults aged 60+ lost $3.4 billion to scams last year, according to data released by the FBI’s Internet Crimes Complaint Center. So far this year, cases investigated by the Bradenton Police …

At the May 8, 2024, City Council Meeting, City Engineer Kim Clayback provided insight into ongoing work in one of the City’s oldest areas. Each Ward in our City faces unique challenges, and …

The reclassification of what historians called the Underground Railroad led to a new perspective on the unique emancipation journey for Black Americans in Florida. But navigating this unconventional path wasn't without its hurdles. Here's how it all unfolded.

Someday, somebody will do an in-depth study of Florida’s long and tangled relationship with golf.

Momentum for Manatee County Agriculture

The agricultural momentum in Manatee County is building steam in a way that this area has not seen for decades, between small agricultural communities fighting off development and keeping their …

We are a divided country these days, so much so that certain people have taken to mad mutterings about a “national divorce,” secession or even civil war. But fear not, fellow Americans, …

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