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Council Corner: Lisa Gonzalez Moore: Ward 4

A few things on my mind today ... Earlier this month, I joined the Legislative Committee of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce at its Legislative Lobby Days. Chamber staff was able to procure …

Be thankful for Florida whistleblowers like Ron Magill

This is the time of year I always feel compelled to remind everyone that the first Thanksgiving took place in Florida . It happened about 50 years before the Pilgrims showed up. The attendees …

Chief's Corner: Melanie Bevan, BPD

The Bradenton Police Department Fill The Truck toy drive returns Saturday, Dec. 16. from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at BPD, 100 10th St. W. Officers and staff will collect new, unwrapped gifts for children …

Sunday Favorites: The Florida Georgia Line

Today, the Florida-Georgia line stands as a clearly defined boundary, universally acknowledged by the masses. However, a look at its historical roots reveals a turbulent past, shrouded in intriguing events that have shaped its significance. Join us this week as we unravel the captivating history behind the state line.

When people talk about the great love stories of history, they often mention such figures as Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (not in a can), and Johnny and June Carter …

Video: Understanding Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked choice voting (RCV), also known as instant runoff voting, allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. How it works, the advantages and issues involved, and the current status in …

Sunday Favorites: History of Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Recently, I revisited my old childhood stomping grounds at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. It was exactly how I remembered it and just as captivating as an adult as it was when I was a child. This week, I thought I'd look at the park's interesting history and historical significance - it's the only place in the U.S. where you can still feed flamingos.

Deserving Our Gratitude More Than One Day A Year

Veterans Day comes and goes each year, but that one day should remind us of the need to honor our nation’s veterans every day on the calendar. We hear about the national debt on a daily basis …

Mayor's Corner: Gene Brown

Thanksgiving is coming up, and there are so many things to be thankful for, personally and professionally.We can all express gratitude for things in our life. Family, health, our beautiful Bradenton …

Council Corner: Josh Cramer: Ward 3

Overall, we are pretty fortunate to live in a free society. We can speak our mind—hopefully within reason, but not always—because of freedoms guaranteed to us by the First Amendment.

Jeff Bezos, welcome back to a very different Florida from the one you left

Dear Mr. Bezos, Congratulations! After three decades in gloomy Seattle, you’re finally — as the elaborately coiffed Wayne Cochran used to sing — going back to Miami. …

Sunday Favorites: From Fields to Forests

During the 1880s, the Panhandle region became a prominent lumber hub for the eastern United States. This transformation opened doors for Black laborers, offering them alternatives to farming.

Council Corner: Ward 2: Marianne Barnebey

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of October! I hope everyone has enjoyed our fall in Florida with slightly lower temps and humidity. Our leaves may not be changing colors like they do up …

Florida fails to ask for federal funds to help poor people buy solar panels

Did you hear the circus is back? The Ellenton-based impresarios at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey have returned to the road with a retooled Greatest Show on Earth. They’re bringing …

Sunday Favorites: Gouls, Ghosts and Florida Man, Part 2

There are some weird and wild stories about paranormal activity on the Gulf Coast, check out this weeks creepy tales of the strange and unusual.

I was up in the Florida Panhandle to visit family last week, so I made sure to drive through Santa Rosa County a time or two. I can always tell when I am in Santa Rosa County because it’s …

LWV Manatee Salutes BOCC Decision on Veteran Housing Project

The League of Women Voters of Manatee County would like to express appreciation to the Manatee Board of County Commissioners for approving the project with Tunnels to Towers and U.S.VETS on October …

Council Corner: Ward 1: Jayne Kocher

As the calendar turns to late October, a palpable change is in the air. The unrelenting heat and humidity that has gripped us has begun to ease off. Mornings greet us with a gentle, refreshing breeze …

Sunday Favorites: Ghouls, Ghosts and Florida Man

There are some weird and wild stories about paranormal activity on the Gulf Coast, check out this weeks creepy tales of the strange and unusual.

Preserving ‘Heart of the Everglades’ sparks fuss over access by Florida airboat operators

Have you ever ridden on an airboat? I have, several times. I think it’s one of those quintessential Florida experiences, like acquiring your first machete, confronting your first flying …

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