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Recent Real Estate Data Shows Signs of Local Market Shift

Could Manatee County’s real estate market be edging toward a more balanced market? In its January market statistics report, the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee …
by Dawn Kitterman
Today

Developers and their puppets have ensured that growth will not pay for itself

This week, Manatee County’s propaganda department lauded its developer-funded lackeys for “proposing an impact fee increase.” Let’s take a closer look at what actually …
by Mitch Maley
Yesterday at 11:37 AM

Despite FL’s scorching heat, lawmakers want to eliminate local heat protection rules

A measure that will ban local governments from passing heat-protection ordinances inspired strong emotions from the public Thursday, but lawmakers approved the bill backed by big business interests.
by Mitch Perry, Florida Phoenix
3 days ago
Manatee County Commissioner George Kruse.

County Commission Takes Long-Delayed Action on Impact Fees

At Tuesday's Manatee County Commission meeting, board members finally took up the long-delayed issue of impact fees, which the county has long been undercollecting from developers.
Staff Report
4 days ago
More local news
City of Bradenton Seeks Public Input
The City of Bradenton is inviting residents and members of the public to provide input on the city’s vision and redevelopment into the future! The City of Bradenton …
by Dawn Kitterman
Today
GOP backs voting by mail, yet turns to courts to restrict it in battleground states
Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year.
by Zachary Roth, Florida Phoenix
3 days ago
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"Blockbuster" Hurricane Season?
While the Atlantic hurricane season does not officially start until June 1, there are already "serious and growing concerns" about the impending season, AccuWeather Chief …
Staff Report
3 days ago
G.D. Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary Teacher Aide Hydalmy Ortiz
Third Employee Arrested in Elementary School False Imprisonment Case
On Thursday, the Bradenton Police Department announced the arrest of a third employee of G.D. Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary for the false imprisonment of a seven-year-old, …
Staff Report
3 days ago
Legislature OK's blanket social media ban for kids under 16; DeSantis wants parental control
Florida’s Republican-led Senate passed a sweeping bill Thursday in Tallahassee that would ban all kids under 16 from using social media – even with a parent’s …
by Erina Anwar
4 days ago
Death of beloved young manatee highlights ongoing threats, risks
While she was being rehabilitated at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for nearly two years, Asha won everyone’s heart.  She was endearingly friendly with other …
by Ben Crosbie
4 days ago
Opinions
opinion
100 Days Until Hurricane Season
The 2024 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan confirms what we already know: Southwest Florida is deficient in hurricane shelters, and it is projected to remain deficient until at least 2029.  The …
by Glenn Compton
3 days ago
EarthTalk: Philanthro-Activism?
Philanthro-activism, which combines philanthropy (donating money) and activism, could be an important part of solving the climate crisis. In 2020, less than two percent of philanthropic capital was …
5 days ago
opinion
Our Fiscal Conservatives are at it Again
This week, Manatee County Commissioners moved forward with a painfully vague plan to spend tens of millions of dollars developing a “Veterans Memorial Park” in a remote area of north …
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, February 17
COMMENTARY
Sunday Favorites: A Family Legacy
In the heart of Bradenton, one family's remarkable journey transcends adversity, illuminating a path of resilience and empowerment for Black citizens amidst systemic barriers. Through their unwavering courage and determination, they not only challenged oppressive norms but forged a lasting legacy of hope and progress within the community.
by Merab Favorite
Today
The Supreme Court recently struck down the EPA’s definition of waters of the United States, or WOTUS, the term for what waters and wetlands the federal government had authority to regulate under the Clean Water Act.
Court ruling stops Florida’s sloppy wetlands permitting, saves panthers
Florida has inspired a lot of great writing, from Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” to Carl Hiaasen’s “Squeeze Me.” It’s not just novels, …
by Craig Pittman, Florida Phoenix
4 days ago
Sunday Favorites: Women Trailblazers who Shaped the Community
In the heart of Tampa Bay, there's a special breed of heroes often overlooked. These are the women who, with determination in their hearts and resilience in their steps, turned dreams into reality, and paved the way for generations to come. Join us on a journey to uncover the tales of these unsung heroines, whose courage and ingenuity shaped the vibrant tapestry of our community.
by Merab Favorite
Sunday, February 18
Obituaries
William John Batdorff
William John Batdorff (Batman) age 73 of Bradenton, Florida passed away on February 18, 2024. Bill was born in Caledonia, MI to John and Sara Batdorff on March 13, 1950. He worked as a die …
4 days ago
Wayne Freeman
Wayne Edward Freeman peacefully passed away on February 17, 2024, in Palmetto, Florida, at the age of 70. Born in Dayton, KY, Wayne spent his entire life as a resident of Campbell County, leaving his …
4 days ago
William McGuinnes
William McGuinnes, a retired police officer and resident of Bradenton, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on February 8th, 2024, at the age of sixty at his home. Wiliam is survived by his wife, …
4 days ago
TBT Podcasts
TBT Editor Mitch Maley is joined by county government reporter Dawn Kitterman to discuss the governor's impending appointment of a Manatee County Supervisor of Elections, the vaguely presented and …
5 days ago
Former Manatee County Administrator Cheri Coryea joins TBT 's Mitch Maley and Dawn Kitterman to discuss the recent arrest of her successor, Scott Hopes, on multiple felony charges related to his time …
Wednesday, February 14
COMMENTS FROM OUR READERS
Obituaries
Kevin McKeever
Beloved Father & Grandfather, Native Islander, 63 Kevin S. McKeever, 63, of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Sunrise Terrace, passed away on February 16, 2024 surrounded by his family. He was born and …
4 days ago
Jamie Moseley
Jamie Moseley passed away on February 19, 2024. He is survived by his loving family and friends.
4 days ago
Donna Nelson
On February 5, 2024, Donna Nelson of Sarasota, Florida, passed away at peace in her sleep. Donna was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 20, 1946, to Dr. Michael F. Wiecek and Victoria M. …
4 days ago
Bill Pierce
Bill Pierce of Bradenton, Florida passed away peacefully on February 19, 2024. He was 82 years old and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew and loved him. Born in …
4 days ago
Dorothy Strouse
Dorothy Jean Strouse, 83, passed away on February 5, 2024, in Bradenton, Florida. She was born on December 22, 1940, in Lambertville, Michigan, and lived most of her life in the Toledo, Ohio area. …
4 days ago
Local Events and More...
Calendar of events
Sports & recreation

Pirates’ Davis No Stranger to Manatee County

It’s no stretch to say that Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Henry Davis knows his way around Manatee County better than most of his teammates. With spring training camp opening on February 14 at …
by Don Laible
3 days ago

The Biofile: Andrew McCutchen

Five-time All-Star and former Major League Baseball MVP Andrew McCutchen was the Pittsburg Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2005. He is back in Bradenton for another spring training at LECOM …
by Scoop Malinowski
Tuesday, February 20

Beat Writers are the Backbone of Baseball Storytelling

As the doors swung open at Pirate City in Bradenton this week on the first day of spring training, it was no surprise that the writers who cover the club were among the first to arrive. Beat writers, …
by Don Laible
Friday, February 16
Arts & Entertainment

Local Artist Unveils First Solo Art Exhibition at Palmetto Library

Local Manatee County artist Honey Silvas recently unveiled her first solo art exhibition at the Palmetto Library. The "Elevate" exhibit showcases a collection of five breathtaking …

Staff Report
4 days ago

Interview: Godsmack Drummer Shannon Larkin

After 20-plus years as the drummer in Godsmack, one would think drummer Shannon Larkin had seen it all – and undoubtedly, he has seen a lot. But he said when the group wrapped up rehearsals for …
by Alan Sculley
4 days ago

Bradenton Blues Festival has been Permanently Canceled

After more than a decade of sold out events, the Bradenton Blues Festival has been permanently canceled by Realize Bradenton, the non-profit founded in 2010 to implement the City of …
Staff Report
Friday, February 16

Weekend Sounds: February 16-18

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
Friday, February 16
ICYM - In Case You Missed It
opinion
Our county governments should not do business with criminals. Corporate crime costs all of us money through higher taxes and prices. Corporate crime insults community ethics.  The  Manatee …
by Glenn Compton
Friday, February 16
Biosphere 2 project began in 1984, led by John Allen who called it “The Human Experiment.” The project sent eight explorers, or “biospherians,” to live in a sealed ecosystem …
Thursday, February 15
OPINION
This plot line could have come from one of Charles Dickens’ novels about upper-class depravity: “Miserly governors refuse to provide gruel for poverty-stricken ragamuffins.”
by Jim Hightower
Thursday, February 15
opinion
The recent removal of mangroves to build a seawall clearly demonstrates serious flaws in Florida’s Mangrove Protection Act.   The Florida Department of Environmental Protection …
by Glenn Compton
Sunday, February 11
opinion
Last week, in a fine piece of investigative journalism, TBT ’s Dawn Kitterman detailed blatant favoritism by high-ranking county officials towards a developer who has sponsored the entire …
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, February 10
Interesting News

Making the moral of the story stick − a media psychologist explains the research behind ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Arthur’ and other children’s TV

To adult viewers, educational media content for children, such as “Sesame Street” or “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” may seem rather simplistic. The pacing is slow, key themes are often repeated and the visual aspects tend to be plain.…

Drew Cingel, University of California, Davis; Allyson Snyder, University of California, Davis; Jane Shawcroft, University of California, Davis, and Samantha Vigil, University of California, Davis, The Conversation
3 days ago

How Medicare Advantage addresses the social drivers of health

(BPT) - As a health care navigator at UnitedHealthcare, John wears many hats. Some days are spent helping members locate physicians in their area or better understanding their benefits, while others …
3 days ago

Travel nurses: What they do and how to become one

Study.com researched ways people can prepare for a career in travel nursing, including skills beyond that of a typical RN.
Jill Jaracz, Data Work By Paxtyn Merten
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 COLUMBIA — Former President Donald Trump won an expected blowout victory over former S.C. governor Nikki Haley Saturday in the South Carolina Republican …
Abraham Kenmore and Jessica Holdman (via Florida Phoenix)
8 hours ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Quandarius “Chanel” Johnson twirled a gold-colored crown that glinted with light streaming in from a nearby window. It’s a symbol …
Nada Hassanein (via Florida Phoenix)
Today
Quality Journalism for Critical Times In emotional court testimony last week, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis recounted the racist vandalism and repeated threats of violence that …
Jay Bookman (via Florida Phoenix)
Yesterday at 7:00 AM
Quality Journalism for Critical Times Former President Donald Trump called on Alabama lawmakers Friday to “find an immediate solution” to remedy a state Supreme Court ruling that threatened …
Jacob Fischler (via Florida Phoenix)
3 days ago
Bonus web content
These 10 states have issued the most speeding tickets
Insurify turned to its database of more than 97 million quotes from partner companies to determine which states had the speediest drivers.
Cassie Sheets
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6 Tips to Maintain Your Skin's Health
(Family Features) As the body's largest organ, your skin protects you from bacteria, viruses and other environmental hazards, including pollution, ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and more.
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The US airlines most likely to leave on time in the last year
Airalo used data from the Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Consumer Protection to compile a list of the most on-time national airlines.
Olivia Zhao
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The US airlines most likely to leave on time in the last year
Airalo used data from the Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Consumer Protection to compile a list of the most on-time national airlines.
Olivia Zhao
3 days ago
5 ways to help improve your child's well-being
(BPT) - Does it seem like your kids are busier and more stressed than ever? With an average school day of seven hours and two hours of homework on top of that, a jam-packed schedule of …
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