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To some, news is a four-letter word they don’t want to hear. However, it is this news that keeps our country great and allows our democracy to be the envy of the world. Yes, it is …

Sunday Favorites: The Day the Enslaved Challenged the System

It was the early 1800s and states were beginning to question the legality of owners coercing their enslaved workers to commit crimes. When a Florida man was instructed to shoot mules that had wandered onto his master's property, he challenged his prison sentence, embarking on a historic fight for justice.

Chief's Corner: 9/5/23

Our hearts are with our fellow Floridians who were impacted by Hurricane Idalia last week and are thankful that the storm was not a direct hit on our area. Still, there was some damage in the …

How one Florida city beat its stigma as a stinky town

This weekend my wife and I helped our older son pack up and move to Jacksonville. He’s starting a new job, occupying a new apartment, and driving a new (used) car.

Council Corner: Josh Cramer: Ward 4

Once again, our City was spared catastrophic property damage and death from a hurricane. I'm not going to mince words here. We were very lucky, and hurricane season isn’t nearly over yet. …

Sunday Favorites: One Scoop or Two?

This summer has been one of the hottest on record. Just imagine enduring this relentless heat without modern conveniences like air conditioning, ice, or even, ice cream! In 1914, folks in Manatee County got their first taste of frosty relief thanks to a visionary couple hailing from Vermont who cooled the community with a delicious, icy treat.

From the Editor's Desk

Hurricane Idalia has strengthened into a formidable storm. We are sending our Midweek Update early this week, in order to be able to share resources with our readers that may be of use during …

Sunday Favorites: High Seas Havoc

Amid Prohibition, Sarasota and Manatee locals hopped on bootlegging boats, sailing into the open sea at sunset to party beyond the law all night long. The 'Blue Lantern' one such vessel, daringly invited residents to embrace seaside revelry by displaying a beckoning blue light.

Florida county’s swampy politics lead to bad decision on wetlands

Have you ever made your way through a marsh? Tromped through a swamp? Waded in a wetland? I have. It was soooo icky! And wet! Ewwww! I mean, I’ve seen some real prize-winners for …

Sunday Favorites: From Pasture to Present

The cattle at Urfer Family Park in Sarasota could hold the area's oldest ancestral link to the past. The grazing bovines on the park property were purchased by Sarasota County in 2002. Originally part of the Wilson Family Ranch, they were initially an ornamental nod to the park's ranching history. However, it was later discovered that their roots go back a lot further than that.

Amid Record Heat, Florida Agencies Give EPA Climate Change Rules a Cold Shoulder

Ooooooo-wee, have you noticed how hot it’s been this summer? Feels-like temperatures are up around 115 degrees, even a heat index of 120 in Pensacola in June. Repeated “excessive heat …

Council Corner: Marianne Barnebey, Ward 2

Do you have a dog or cat as a companion? They can add so much joy to our lives. Growing up I was surrounded by dogs. As newlyweds, my husband and I got a kitten several years before we had children …

Chief's Corner: Melanie Bevan, BPD

Bradenton students return to the classroom on Thursday, August 10! BPD will conduct high-visibility traffic enforcement operations before and after school during the first several days of classes. …

Farewell, Sweet Neighbor

“Hey, neighbor!” That’s how Johnette Isham greeted me ever since I moved right across the street from her in downtown Bradenton in 2017. It didn’t matter if it was at my gig, the …

Council Corner: Ward One, Jayne Kocher

Record temperatures are still reminding us to take it easy during outdoor activities and especially to stay hydrated. While the temperatures may say otherwise, summer is winding down on the …

Welcome to the All New Bradenton Times!

The Bradenton Times is in the process of rebuilding our website and email editions. We are very excited to create a better user experience for our readers. We ask that you be patient as we iron out the wrinkles over the coming weeks.

DeSantis Lays Off Staff as Support Dwindles

BRADENTON — As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign continues to lose steam, 38 staff positions have recently been eliminated. That figure represents over one-third of the …

Council Corner: Pam Coachman, Ward 5

Here we are passing the midsummer time with the re-opening of school just around the corner. Hot days living in the Sunshine State are the norm, and we must stay vigilant and protect ourselves from …

Council Corner: Lisa Gonzalez Moore, Ward 4

'Tis the season ... for the municipal budget process. Since April, city staff department heads have been planning their department budgets to present to the city council. At the May …

Sunday Favorites: Handsome John

The first known black person to ever set foot in North America was Juan Garrido, a Spanish Conquistador who worked alongside Juan Ponce de Leon. He was commonly known as ""Handsome John"" because of …

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