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This Week in Local Government: 11/26/23

It will be a very quiet week in local government with only one local government in session this week. On Tuesday morning, the Bradenton City Council will convene for a special …

The rivalry between GOP presidential candidates Ron DeSantis and Niki Haley is only getting more intense. Over the weekend, DeSantis’ presidential campaign launched a new website …

Unwrap the Gift of Joy at the Annual A Night Before Christmas Event

Toys and trains and some special visitors from the North Pole are some of the ways families can get into the holiday spirit with the joy-filled A Night Before Christmas event, …

Iowa Republicans passing on DeSantis suggestion to hold satellite caucus in FL

Noting how many Iowa residents spend their time in Southwest Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has suggested he’d like the Iowa Republican Party to allow Florida Republicans to vote in Iowa’s …

On Nov. 16, Tiger Bay presented a panel on "Media and Its Influence" at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. Recorded by METV, the program featured Renee James Gilmore, host of Empowering Voices on …

In an ongoing civil lawsuit brought against the Manatee County Government, recent deposition transcripts submitted in the case contain new revelations concerning the handling of public record text messages and the production of these records in response to public record requests.

Manatee County Government Offices Closed November 23 & 24 for Thanksgiving

Manatee County Government offices will be closed Thursday and Friday (November 23 and 24) this week for Thanksgiving. Garbage, yard waste, and recycling in unincorporated …

Boys & Girls Clubs 69th Annual Christmas Tree Lot Opens Friday

This Friday marks the opening of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County’s 69th Annual Christmas Tree Lot. Since 1954, families have been making the Boys & Girls …

Petition Filed Challenging Reduction of Local Wetland Protections

Former Manatee County Commissioner and TBT publisher Joseph McClash has filed a petition with the Division of Administrative Hearings challenging the county …

This Week in Local Government: 11/19/23

It will be a very quiet week for local governments.  The Sarasota/Manatee MPO will convene on Monday. The Manatee County School District is closed to students and staff …

Manatee School Employee Charged with Molesting 3rd Grader

Angel Rodriguez Mercado, a paraprofessional with Manatee County Schools, has been charged with Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a 3rd grade student at Abel Elementary School.

LWV School Board Notes: 11/14/23

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 …

Manatee County Water Conservation Order

The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (SWFWMD) Governing Board has issued a Phase I Water Shortage order to conserve water effective November 21, 2023, until July …

Red Tide Status Update: 11/17/23

Red tide was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. No …

Miller's Ale House Opens at Heritage Harbour

Miller’s Ale House has its first Manatee County location.   The sports-themed casual dining restaurant and bar is now open at 7175 State Road 64 E. in Heritage Harbour. The new …

Lawmakers hear report that says path of Florida’s prison system is ‘unsustainable’

Florida lawmakers were presented Wednesday with a detailed blueprint of what it would cost to modernize its prison system, with financial estimates ranging between $6 billion and nearly $12 billion …

Former Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes might be in hot water. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that it had concluded its investigation into multiple criminal …

Manatee County Names New Director of Property Management

Manatee County Property Management has a new leader. Cary Knight—who has served with Monroe County Government for the past eight years—was unanimously approved by …

During a regular meeting on Tuesday, Manatee County Commissioners voted unanimously to direct development services staff to research options regarding the negative effects of …

The City of Bradenton will be included in the Anna Maria Island consolidation study being conducted as a result of legislation filed in this year's session by Rep. Will …

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