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Florida lawmakers try to move aquatic preserve’s boundary to benefit developer

Hollywood is famous for its ability to spin colorful worlds of wild fantasy. Elves and dwarves fight over jewelry in “The Lord of the Rings”! Drug addicts ride giant worms in …

Sunday Favorites: The Cracker Trail

For 37 years, the annual Cracker Trail journey has united ranchers and cowboys on horseback, celebrating Florida's pivotal role in the introduction and legacy of horses and cattle in North America. This timeless tradition honors the heritage of Florida's settlers and their enduring contributions to the state's vibrant cattle and horse industries.

Trash-talking Florida legislators push a pro-litter bill

Have you ever picked up trash from a beach, a park, or a roadside? I have. And before you ask, no, it was NOT because a judge sentenced me to community service. I think every Floridian should do …

Sunday Favorites: The Antebellum Doll

Have you ever yearned to be a silent observer in critical moments? Imagine being a concealed porcelain doll, lost during a hurricane and remaining concealed for half a century. In that span, the doll witnessed pivotal moments in 19th Century Florida history spanning the Civil War, interactions with Native Americans, and a fugitive encounter.

To beat Florida developers, community activists learn to be persistent

Because my kids love superhero movies, I’ve seen a lot of them. One of my favorites is an animated one, “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse,” which features Spider-people from various …

Welcome back, Gov. DeSantis! Now how about helping Florida’s environment?

Welcome back to Tallahassee! You were just here — briefly — for your State of the State speech, but it feels like a lot longer since we’ve seen you around. Probably, it’s …

Chief's Corner: Melanie Bevan, BPD

On behalf of the Bradenton Police Department, I thank our Bradenton community for the overwhelming support of our 2023 Fill the Truck Toy Drive. Despite windy, rainy weather on donation day, the toys …

In the Florida Keys, a fight over adding more residents to evacuate

Florida’s southernmost city threw a big party for book lovers last week, and I was lucky enough to wangle an invitation. At the Key West Literary Seminar , I heard Judy …

Council Corner: Pam Coachman: Ward 5

Happy New Year! This is the best time to set new goals or update old ones. The coolness in the air makes for a pickup in your pace. Remember, though, to slow down due to not only the lawful speed …

Dry January Will Help You Stop Drinking

For many, drinking alcohol during the holiday season is commonplace. Social drinking is widely accepted. Unfortunately, the holidays are a complex time for many. Dry January provides you time to …

Florida legislators want to cut building permit times, despite safety risk

The other day I was driving north on U.S. 19, which is the most Florida of Florida roads. I say that because it passes by a dinosaur-shaped gas station, the park that employs the Weeki Wachee …

Sunday Favorites: The First DeSoto Pageant

In 1939, a United States Commission, appointed by Congress, officially declared the Manatee River as the landing place of the conquistador Hernando De Soto. But it was the Bradenton Chamber of Commerce that thought to celebrate that designation with a festival and beauty pageant that still exists today. Here's the story behind Bradenton's Heritage Festival.

Here are some suggested New Year’s resolutions for Florida folks

Hey, look at that! We’ve almost made it through another tough year. Take that, 2023! We beat you! You know what comes next: Preparing to do a better job with 2024.

Another Year in the Books

Well, 2023 is about to be in our rearview window.  It's been a turbulent 12 months at every level, from local to state, to national to global; there seems to have been more chaos than should …

Sunday Favorites: From Butcher Shop to Bucking Broncos

In the quiet corners of Manatee County, where the dusty trails of tradition meet the unexpected twists of fate, one man's journey from the cold slabs of a butcher shop to the wide-open ranges unfolds like a captivating tale of untamed potential. Meet Archie Rutledge, the unlikely cowboy whose knack for calming wild horses didn't just change his destiny, it reshaped the very landscape of his life.

Sprawling new developments obliterate the revival of Florida panthers

One of my favorite Christmas tales is Dr. Seuss’ story of the Grinch. I especially like the animated cartoon narrated by Boris Karloff (not the first name that comes to mind when you think …

One of Sarasota's first editors and publisher's was a woman. Rose Wilson founded the Sarasota Times in 1899. Her passion for the first amendment transcended decades and in the 10s and 20s she became an important figure in the women's suffragist movement. Here's her story.

As ocean turns more acidic, Florida officials ignore warning signs

One Christmas when I was a kid my parents gave me a chemistry set. No doubt they hoped it would lead me to a career in science or medicine. But I was a little anarchist, more interested in …

Sunday Favorites: The Florida Georgia Line, Part 2

Last week, we embarked on an exhilarating journey with Ellicott and Minor, Florida's version of Lewis and Clark. Together, we traversed the untamed landscapes of Florida, circumnavigating its coast with a singular purpose: the quest to define boundaries. This week, we will discover more drama surrounding the Florida Georgia line.

Expanding this Florida airstrip development is plane crazy

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane ! It’s a bunch of planes! And a helicopter too! And the noise is making all the horses go bonkers!

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