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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, …

Don’t you love a good mystery? I sure do. From “Perry Mason” to “Poker Face,” if it’s a whodunnit, I’m hooked. So when I heard about the Mystery of the …

As Publisher of The Bradenton Times, your local news source for critical information about our government, I need to share with you our concerns about our safety when it comes to publishing local …

Sunday Favorites: Battle at Dade

As the sun rose over the Florida wilderness in the winter of 1835, tensions simmered beneath the surface, foretelling a clash that would echo through the annals of American history. The stage was set for the tragic saga of the Dade Massacre, a pivotal event in the tumultuous narrative of the Second Seminole War. But to truly grasp the significance of that fateful day, we must journey back through the years, tracing the intricate web of events that culminated in one of the bloodiest conflicts on Florida soil.

Officially he was “D. Robert Graham,” but nearly everyone called him “Bob.” The former governor and U.S. senator from Miami Lakes died last week at 87. …

Sunday Favorites: The Battle at Dade

As the sun rose over the Florida wilderness in the winter of 1835, tensions simmered beneath the surface, foretelling a clash that would echo through the annals of American history. The stage was set for the tragic saga of the Dade Massacre, a pivotal event in the tumultuous narrative of the Second Seminole War. But to truly grasp the significance of that fateful day, we must journey back through the years, tracing the intricate web of events that culminated in one of the bloodiest conflicts on Florida soil.

Earth Day is coming up next Monday, which will probably elicit a fervent “meh” from a lot of people. These days, Earth Day seems more like a marketing gimmick than a holiday, not unlike …

Sunday Favorites: Where and What was Pine Level?

Back when Manatee County was first formed, it was much larger than it is today. Early settlers in eastern Manatee, many living in the Peace River region were not happy that Manatee Village was identified as the county seat. They wanted a more centralized location, but where could it be?

Every year in the spring, there’s an event called  Hands Across the Sand,  where people gather on Florida’s beaches to show their opposition to offshore oil drilling. This year, …

Dear Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd, I am writing to you about some ideas I had for one of your museums. As you know, Tallahassee is home to more than just the Florida State Capitol …

The Death of the Downtown We Knew and Loved?

When I was a Walker Jr High student, the Bradenton Herald printed the question, “What can be done to improve downtown Bradenton?” Not many readers had answers. One that I recall was …

Sunday Favorites: Pink Perfection

In the vast Atwood Grove in present-day Ellenton, during a chilly winter, something peculiar caught the eye. Among the sea of green, there was a branch unlike the rest. Its fruit looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book with pink spots dotting its usual yellow skin. This was the humble beginning of our beloved pink grapefruit, and it all happened right here in Manatee County.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ authoritarian approach to governing is losing relevance with Floridians, and the tide seems to be turning in Florida. A year ago, we saw bill after bill restricting our …

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