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ruthlawler@att.net writes:

As I owned property ON Rodman Reservoir for 14 years and lived there full time for seven years, I am very familiar with the Rodman Reservoir controversy. My property was nearly seven acres in Ocala National Forest, overlooking the Reservoir and bordering the Marjorie Harris Carr Greenway. There are several statements in the article that are totally incorrect. The water is NOT stagnant, as MILLIONS of gallons of water flows through at the dam daily. Manatees most assuredly CAN and do come into Rodman Resevoir through the Buckman Lock. The lock tenders, whom I have personally spoken with several, will OPEN the lock for any manatee that wants through either way, and literally scores of manatees inhabit the Reservoir and enjoy the lush aqautic vegetation. After nearly 60 years of this Reservoir being there, it has become a magnificient wildlife and lush environmental ecosystem. Eagles, Osprey, Red wing Blackbirds, and many, many mammels such as deer, bear, otters and more. I have kayaked the length of Ocklawaha from Silver Springs, up into and through the entire distance of Rodman and well past the dam. I am grateful to Marjorie Harris Carr lobbying successfully to stop the Cross Florida Barge canal, a true boondoggle. Yet the reservoir provides much more benefit than problems. I encourage all to visit the reservoir, and to read the non-positional book "Ditch of Dreams". Most who are against Rodman Reservoir have NEVER seen it or experienced this incredible ecosystem. It would take many decades, if ever, for full restoration to happen and millions of taxpayers dollars. Leave it alone!
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pattybeenutty@gmail.com writes:

Why is the county not adding specific chemicals to the drinking water before it reaches our homes? Is that too hard to do?

tjet62@gmail.com writes:

April is evil.

sandy writes:

To be honest, in 1975 I registered Democrat because my parents were and in the area I grew up you could have a better chance at a civil service job if Democrat. I didn't get one but was hired by a gentleman who besides being a business owner,was a rare Republican in the county legislature (that's what they were called). I never changed my party even though my brother accused me of being too conservative. Until I moved to Manatee County it wasn't an issue but with the county being Republican by majority and most candidates Republican I have continually been shut out of the primary because of a write-in candidate.This year I am determined to have a vote, so I have changed my party affiliation. I am not a die-hard for either party but will vote for who I feel is the most qualified. The write-in loophole needs to be eliminated so the primaries encompass all voters. Vote for Scott Farrington.
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sandy writes:

It was hard to understand the word salad coming out of Satcher's mouth that effectively did not answer the questions directly even after being warned. Vote Farrington for SOE! Get experience back in that office.
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Rlasunto@gmail.com writes:

Finally we hear the real story on the brazen reallocation of tax payers money to the developers. How can we get another 3 people like George? Next to impossible , not only due to developers money, but also to the ignorance of the public Not ony does the lack of Impact fees affect taxpayers but also the switch from the 50 foot protection barrier protecting our water. Raised our FEMA risk level from a 4 to 5. This affected every tax payers flood insurance to probably 10 to 30% Pinnelas county recently made changes to their water protection as well as other protective infrastructure which lowered then from a 2 rating to a 1 rating thus lowering the flood insurance by 40%.
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docksidejd@bellsouth.net writes:

Tal is the best of the best. If you want change in Manatee County and live in District 3, please vote for Tal. He truly cares about our local government and about Manatee County's well being. He is NOT developer driven.
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rayfusco68@gmail.com writes:

This is an interesting alliance. We need to know more about the actual funding of the project. Is Manatee County Public Safety just serving as a referral conduit to Ally? Will Ally receive remuneration for its services from the patient's insurance company or is Manatee County footing the bill for the service? If this is a referral service only, does Manatee County receive a referral payment from Ally?
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rayfusco68@gmail.com writes:

This isn't rocket science folks. The developer Ponzi scheme of underfunding impact fees is starting to collapse. The shell game is over, current homeowners will be paying underfunded impact costs that the developers have avoided through their bought and paid for commissioners.
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Dianna writes:

As one of the 700 there are a lot of important issues on the ballot.  Voters are quite concerned that our votes will not be counted especially considering that one of the sitting commissioners will be the canvasser and clearly we all do not have the same "ideology".  How likely is it that our votes will not count? What exactly happens when they audit a race? Voters are concerned about the future of almost a million dollars in the inexperienced hands of (Satcher) someone with zero experience.  We hope that you will be a guest on the Times podcast soon and give an inside view of the elections office. 
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ruthlawler@att.net writes:

I called the Govenors office this week objecting to him signing HB 87 into law. As I was fortunate to own a cabin on 7 acres in Ocala National Forest for 14 years, living there full time for 7 years, I was fortunate to learn quite a bit about black bears. They are beautiful animals that deserve to be left alone. It is not a bear problem, but a human problem. Bears sense of smell is 7 times greater than a dog's! If ANY garbage, food, barbeque smells or pet food are left out by humans, bears WILL come to investigate. There is ample natural food for bears in the forest, yet they will investigate those potential food smells. They will typically run from humans, though. I fear if this bill goes into effect, many bears will end up dead, or worse wounded, by idiots who want bragging rights to the kill. Ruth Lawler
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klmsinc@hotmail.com writes:

What a phenominominal opportunity for anyone headed in that direction. WOW! I'm 70 and thinking about applying! By the way to CareerEdge, thank you for providing this opportunity to Manatee and Sarasota County
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David Daniels writes:

DeSantis vetoed $90 million from art programs. Quoting from the Herald Tribune: It is the first time that no money will be allocated for arts and culture programs by the state. Banning books, eliminating theater, closing artistic programs for kids, cutting classical music and opera...this is the Florida of the extreme right, where kids grow up to be just as close minded as their fox-news watching parents. Uninformed, non-critical thinking voters believe the garbage campaign mailers they get in the mail. Uninformed non-critical thinking voters are easily scared by conspiracy theory claims of indoctrination, and they fall for Orwellian descriptions such as when Bridget Ziegler, in the name of "protecting children," pushes policies that discriminate, bully, and harm LGBT students to the point of contemplating suicide. And when KVO votes to eliminate protection for priceless wetlands in the name of protection of property rights. DeSantis and the far right want a dumber, non-cultural, uninformed electorate because those are the voters that keep them in power, pre-empting local control from Tallahassee.
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WTF writes:

Mike always on the money on your analyses ..haha They have zero interest in listening to you at the dais. You make to much sense. Crooks with ego’s

WTF writes:

This is deserving of a lawsuit. SOE is way out of bounds on this decision Sounds like Satcher is practicing law without a license. He needs his ass handed to him in court before we give him the boot in November Worst choice by DeSantis ever!
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WTF writes:

It’s a great idea long overdue. School District has been sitting on those 5 acres for 20 years. A school will never be built there. Collaboration with a great proven developer like One Stop is a home run. The district has many more properties that they should be doing this to. In addition any new school should have additional land set aside for workforce housing in that area and partner up with private development to achieve reasonable housing for it’s employees that otherwise could not afford to live in that area. So, lets truly live, work and play in our area. https://www.mysuncoast.com/2024/06/14/manatee-county-school-district-looking-into-workforce-housing/?outputType=amp
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Dianna writes:

Other than George Kruse, why would Manatee County government want to foster any coordinated communication with the public? The county has done everything within their power to reduce public knowledge by no longer holding presentations, by no longer offering information on who works there, the power structure, and by limiting public comment. When you turn off the ability of the public to comment on social media you vastly reduce the public's ability to tell those in charge how they really feel about the job the commissioners and county government and its staff are doing. Most written public comments submitted to the agenda, especially if citizens question anything, are buried inside hundreds of pages of revised documentation added to the agenda and not placed on the link where public comment should be placed. Of course, all those late items are added without background information and submitted after the window for public comment has closed. Is this done on purpose? ABSOLUTELY
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Dianna writes:

Thank you, Commissioner Kruse, for bringing T2T to Bradenton! We also appreciate the T2T foundation for sticking with this project even after commissioners sent e-mails and texts to the public stating this was a "homeless camp" and "homeless shelter". Every citizen should watch the meetings leading up to and including the final T2T vote on October 10, 2023. With the exception of Commissioner Kruse, the behavior by the other 6 commissioners and their treatment towards the T2T Foundation was disgusting.
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Dianna writes:

Residents regularly sit in traffic now on Manatee Avenue  as travel and turn lanes are blocked off so that water trucks can manually water the medians, something we have never had to do before our "brought to you by Manatee County Commissioners" medians.  This is especially frustrating as we have always have Florida friendly low maintenance medians and have never experienced backups due to landscaping.
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Cat L writes:

Mad respect. Love. :)

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