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Vice President and Senior Planner of Kimley-Horn Kelley Klepper presents a Comprehensive Plan presentation before commissioners.

BOCC Receives Work Session Presentations on Comp Plan and Healthcare

On Tuesday, Manatee County Commissioners convened for a two-part work session addressing two topics. The morning portion of the meeting was dedicated to an update presentation on …
by Dawn Kitterman
2 days ago

Inlets at Riverdale Files Lawsuit Against Beruff

The Inlets at Riverdale Master Association (a boating HOA encompassing The Inlets, Harbour Walk, and The Reserve off of SR 64 in east Manatee County) has taken legal action against Carlos Beruff's …
Staff Report
2 days ago

The number of births continues to fall, despite abortion bans

Births continued a historic slide in all but two states last year, making it clear that a brief post-pandemic uptick in the nation’s birth numbers was all about planned pregnancies that had …
by Tim Henderson
2 days ago
A picture of a burn pit in Camp Holland near Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan taken on January 23, 2010.

Biden to announce 1 million claims granted for VA benefits under toxic exposure law

President Joe Biden is set to announce in New Hampshire on Tuesday that 1 million claims have been granted for benefits under the toxic exposure law that Congress approved less …
by Jennifer Shutt
2 days ago
More local news
This Week in Local Government: 5/26/24
BRADENTON —  It will be a fairly slow week in local government. On Monday, all local government sites will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.  Tuesday …
by Dawn Kitterman
Yesterday at 12:00 AM
Six Constitutional Amendment Referendums on This Year's Ballot
Six potential state constitutional amendments will be decided on November's ballot. Two were proposed by citizen initiatives, while four are being brought forward by the state legislature …
Staff Report
2 days ago
Several Memorial Day Events to Take Place this Weekend
Manatee County government has announced the following Memorial Day observances taking place throughout the region over the course of the holiday weekend.
Staff Report
2 days ago
Code Enforcement Controversy: KVO Accused of Improper Directives
Questions are being raised concerning Manatee County’s Code Enforcement Division and whether a county commissioner may be inappropriately giving directives to code enforcement officials. …
by Dawn Kitterman
5 days ago
LWV School Board Notes: 5/14/24
The League of Women Voters of Manatee County Education Issues Committee observes the Manatee County School Board meetings for items of interest to citizens and the League and notes adherence, or lack …
by LWV Manatee County
5 days ago
Anthony Damon Wray, 46, of Melbourne, Fla., is seen in this photograph Wednesday, May 15, 2024, outside a coffee shop in Gainesville near the University of Florida campus. Photo by Lee Ann Anderson/Fresh Take Florida.
Undercover Messianic Jewish activist sought to entrap Muslim professors at UF
A Messianic Jewish activist who pretended to be Muslim and said he was concerned about Islamophobia met undercover over the last four weeks with Muslim professors at the …
by Vivienne Serret
5 days ago
EarthTalk: The Next Frontier In Renewable Energy?
In our ongoing quest for sustainable energy solutions, innovative technologies are necessary to complement renewable sources like solar and wind power. One such potential breakthrough revolves around …
Yesterday at 12:00 AM
Death Knell for Democracy?
When the Florida legislature passed SB 540 during last year’s session, sustainable growth advocates cried foul. The non-partisan non-profit Friends of the Everglades said it would …
by Mitch Maley
5 days ago
EarthTalk: Endangered Maple Syrup
Maple syrup, that staple of the American breakfast table, is not only a cherished product across North America, but also plays a significant role in the economies of Quebec and Vermont. This industry …
Wednesday, May 15
The Florida Wildlife Corridor via the Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation Facebook page. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson says the state has bought too much land for the corridor and should sell some of it.
Ag Commissioner Wilton Simpson wants to sell off lots of Florida preserve land
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 …
by Craig Pittman
Thursday, May 16
Chief's Corner: Melanie Bevan, BPD
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 …
Thursday, May 16
Council Corner: Ward 4: Lisa Gonzalez Moore
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 …
Thursday, May 16
Jeremy Clark
Jeremy Lee Clark passed away May 12, 2024, in Bradenton, Florida, at the age of 43. Jeremy was born June 23, 1980, in Bradenton, Florida. He is preceded by his father, Robin Clark and sister, …
10 hours ago
Dorothea Holmes
Dorothea (Dolly) A. Holmes of Bradenton, FL passed away peacefully at home on December 13, 2023 at the age of 98. Dorothea was born May 22, 1925 in Boston, MA to Cornelius and Mary (McGrath) Duffy. …
10 hours ago
Richard Myers
Richard E. Myers, 83, of Bradenton, Florida was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away to be with the Lord on May 12, 2024. Richard was born in January of 1941 in Crawfordsville, Indiana to the …
10 hours ago
TBT Podcasts
This week, Mitch and Dawn discuss the latest numbers in the presidential polls, Manatee County's latest code enforcement scandal, the withdrawn challenge over Manatee County's wetland policy, and …
Yesterday at 1:07 PM
This week, Mitch and Dawn discuss Biden's poor polling numbers, the Manatee County Commission's Israel/Gaza theater, the "baby at the dais" controversy, and more.
Wednesday, May 15
Local Events and More...
Calendar of events
Sports & recreation

Pirates Fans Listen When Wehner Speaks

John Wehner can talk Pittsburgh Pirates with the best of them. Over the past twenty MLB seasons, particularly in Western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and West Virginia, Pirates’ fans …
by Don Laible
2 days ago

Korda's LPGA Domination Continues in New Jersey

With grace and fighting spirit, Nelly Korda's historic golfing dominance is burning up the LPGA golf circuit in 2024. On Sunday, the 25-year-old from Bradenton won the Mizuho Americas Open at Liberty …
by Scoop Malinowski
2 days ago

Korda's Five Tournament Win Streak Ends In NJ

Nelly Korda's attempt to make LPGA history by winning her sixth consecutive LPGA event this year fell short at Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, NJ, at the $3,000,000 Cognizant Founders Cup …
by Scoop Malinowski
Tuesday, May 14
Arts & Entertainment
photo by Matthew Berinato

Interview: Kane Brown

Kane Brown spent much of his 2022 touring year outside of the United States to promote his latest album, “Different Man.” But since then, fans on these shores have been getting their turn …

by Alan Sculley
Thursday, May 16

Weekend Sounds: May 17-19

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
Thursday, May 16

Weekend Sounds: May 10-12

BRADENTON — 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
Thursday, May 9

Interview: Todd Rundgren

In the annals of popular music, you’d be hard-pressed to find an artist as eclectic and prolific as Todd Rundgren. To call him creatively restless is like calling The Beatles a quaint pop band.
by Dave Gil de Rubio
Wednesday, May 8
ICYM - In Case You Missed It
At Tuesday’s meeting, Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge presented a proclamation expressing the county’s unwavering support for the nation of Israel and its actions in the …
by Mitch Maley
Tuesday, May 14
Guest Commentary
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive, gaseous element that results from the breakdown of radium. Indoor radon air pollution is the number-one environmental pollution hazard in the state. …
by Glenn Compton
Wednesday, May 8
Guest Commentary
Manatee County School Board District 5 , which roughly goes from Lockwood Ridge Rd east to the county line and from State Route 64 south to University Parkway, will shortly have a school board …
by League of Women Voters of Manatee County
Wednesday, May 8
Cement is a component of concrete, mortar and other materials. It has many uses as a binding product—roads, sidewalks and patios would be very different without it. Cement production does have …
Wednesday, May 8
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Transportation held a public hearing on the DeSoto Bridge Replacement Project. During the hearing, FDOT’s preferred …
by Mitch Maley
Saturday, May 4
Interesting News

Which cities offer Asian Americans the best opportunities to financially thrive?

MoneyGeek ranks nearly 200 U.S. cities based on population, educational attainment, income and homeownership to determine the best and worst cities for Asian Americans to prosper.

Anja Solum
Yesterday at 3:00 PM

Home-schooled kids face unique college challenges − here are 3 ways they can be overcome

The Conversation looks at the growing trend of home-schooling and offers ways to better prepare those students for college.
Kenneth V. Anthony for The Conversation, Mark E. Wildmon for The Conversation
Yesterday at 2:30 PM

Make the most of summer with these on-the-go snacking tips

(BPT) - Summer is a great time of year — full of new activities, outings, road trips and all kinds of adventures. As your family gears up for a season full of fun, one of the top items on your …
Yesterday at 2:01 PM
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 Florida Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody wants the state agency in charge of investigating violations of the Florida Civil Rights Act to inspect …
Jackie Llanos (via Florida Phoenix)
11 hours ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — A group of advocates and progressive Democratic lawmakers called on the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday to end its contract …
Shauneen Miranda (via Florida Phoenix)
11 hours ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on a call with reporters Wednesday strongly criticized a farm bill draft written by U.S. House Republicans, …
Jane Norman (via Florida Phoenix)
12 hours ago
Quality Journalism for Critical Times Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott said Wednesday that an immigration bill being brought back to the Senate floor by Democratic Majority Leader Chuck …
Mitch Perry (via Florida Phoenix)
Yesterday at 3:40 PM
Bonus web content
Are homeowners using their home equity to pay for home improvements? Do they even know they can?
Rocket Loans reports on the financing options homeowners have available to them for home improvements.
Kevin Graham
Yesterday at 2:00 PM
States that most often prescribe opioids to Medicaid patients
Ophelia explored how U.S. prescription opioid dispense rates in 2021 varied by state using Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data.
Martha Sandoval, Data Work By Elena Cox
Yesterday at 1:30 PM
VC investment in Latin America outpaces these US tech hubs
Revelo charted venture capital investments in Latin America compared to six rising U.S. technology hubs, using data from LAVCA and NVCA.
Colleen Kilday, Data Work By Paxtyn Merten
Yesterday at 1:00 PM
Carmakers are making more hybrid vehicles than ever. Here's who is dominating the market.
The General examined data collected from the Environmental Protection Agency to see which car manufacturers produced the most hybrid vehicles in 2023.
Andrew Jose, Data Work By Elena Cox
Yesterday at 12:30 PM
The National Park Service just got $700 million in federal funds. Here are some climate change projects under way.
The National Park Service is funding millions of dollars worth of climate change projects across the country. Stacker breaks down how this money will be used.
Sheeka Sanahori
Yesterday at 12:00 PM