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Florida’s Republican-led Senate passed a sweeping bill Thursday in Tallahassee that would ban all kids under 16 from using social media – even with a parent’s …

While she was being rehabilitated at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for nearly two years, Asha won everyone’s heart.  She was endearingly friendly with other …

This Week in Local Government: 2/25/24

There are a handful of local government meetings on the calendar this week. On Monday, the Manatee School Board will be in session for a workshop meeting, and on Tuesday the …

Hopes Pleads "Not Guilty"

Scott Hopes, a former Manatee County administrator charged with three third-degree felonies, has entered a plea of “not guilty.” Public records filed with the Clerk of …

Two Manatee County residents have submitted applications to Governor Ron DeSantis to be appointed as Supervisor of Elections when Mike Bennett retires on March 1: Bennett's Chief of …

Has Your Polling Location Changed?

Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett recently announced several polling location changes. Voters affected by these changes will receive a new voter information …

We’re now two-thirds of the way through the 2024 Florida legislative session, and, as the saying goes, the writing is on the wall on some pieces of legislation that likely won’t pass.

Feds erred in transferring wetlands permitting to FL agency, U.S. judge rules

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has overruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s relinquishment to the state of Florida the authority to regulate development in protected wetlands, …

LWV School Board Notes: 2/13/24

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 to the League and notes adherence, or …

County Reinvents Public Communications Division

A review of public records shows how the Manatee County Government’s communications division has changed in recent years and just how much the division has grown. TBT   …

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to an alternatives public workshop for the SR 789 (Longboat Key) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study from North Shore Road …

This Week in Local Government: 2/18/24

It will be a quiet week in local government with the Bradenton City Council convening for a meeting on Wednesday and the Manatee County Commission in session Thursday.

Four BPD Officers Promoted

The Bradenton Police Department recently promoted four officers to the rank of Sergeant. Sergeant Kristie Affolter joined the Bradenton Police Department in 2017 and has served her …

LWV County Commission Meeting Notes: 2/13/24

The League of Women Voters of Manatee County Government Committee observes Manatee County Commission meetings for items of interest to citizens and the League and notes adherence, …

Manatee County to Install School Zone Speed Cameras

At Tuesday's meeting, the Manatee County Commission unanimously approved the installation of school zone speed cameras throughout the county. Immediately after, the board approved an agreement …

When a government official is elected to a seat of public service or appointed to public office, the privilege comes with the foremost responsibility of upholding the public’s trust.

No Charges in Baugh/Rahn Sunshine Allegations

The State Attorney's Office will not pursue charges against Manatee County Commission Chair Mike Rahn and former commissioner Vanessa Baugh. The two were alleged to have violated …

At Tuesday's Manatee County Commission meeting, board members were given a presentation on a planned park in northwest Manatee County, the cost of which surprised at least one …

Driving without a license in Florida could result in jail time

Motorists pulled over and found not to have valid driver’s licenses would face mandatory jail time if arrested three times for that offense, according to a proposal moving its way through the …

On Tuesday, conservation, public health, and environmental justice organizations notified the Environmental Protection Agency of their intent to sue  the agency for …

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