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Births continued a historic slide in all but two states last year, making it clear that a brief post-pandemic uptick in the nation’s birth numbers was all about planned pregnancies that had …

President Joe Biden is set to announce in New Hampshire on Tuesday that 1 million claims have been granted for benefits under the toxic exposure law that Congress approved less …

Questions are being raised concerning Manatee County’s Code Enforcement Division and whether a county commissioner may be inappropriately giving directives to code enforcement officials. …

LWV School Board Notes: 5/14/24

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 the League and notes adherence, or lack …

A Messianic Jewish activist who pretended to be Muslim and said he was concerned about Islamophobia met undercover over the last four weeks with Muslim professors at the …

Johannes Werner: They were on their way to pick watermelons, but they never got to the field. Early Tuesday morning on a state highway near Ocala, a pickup truck sideswept the school-bus type shuttle …

Red Tide Status Update: 5/17/24

Red tide was not observed in samples collected statewide over the past week.  No reports of  fish kills  suspected to be related to red tide were received over the past week. For …

Rahn Vetoes Sunshine Skyway Pride Display

Thanks to Manatee County Commission Chair Mike Rahn, the Sunshine Skyway bridge will not light up its Raibow display during Pride month or its Gun Violence Awareness display. As the Skyway …

McClash Drops Wetland Policy Challenge

TBT publisher and former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash has voluntarily dismissed an administrative challenge to the county's controversial change in wetland protection policies. McClash …

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation ( HB 1645 ) on Wednesday that will erase several instances of the words “climate change” from state statutes and restructure the state’s …

Clague Takes Job with Grimes Galvano

Bill Clague, who recently stepped down as Manatee County Attorney, has joined Grimes Galvano. The firm said in a press release that Clague will focus on transactional, land use, and …

Hundreds Gather on AMI for Save Home Rule Rally

Last Saturday, May 4, Holmes Beach City Field was hot, and it wasn’t just the sun! A Save Florida Home Rule rally ignited the enthusiasm of over 300 citizens who came out to learn the facts …

LWV County Commission Notes: 5/14/24

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, or lack of …

This Week in Local Government: 5/19/24

It will be a very busy week in local government this week. The Palmetto City Commission, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Bradenton City …

On Tuesday, Manatee County Commissioners approved a budget amendment that designated $2,925,000 toward preliminary design services for three proposed county parking garages...

In the latest episode of The Big Picture Manatee, the team unpacks the recent shifts at the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, including Mike Bennett's retirement and James Satcher's …

A survey of more than 1,400 Floridians shows that 68% want the state government to do more to combat climate change and 69% want the federal government to do more to address the issue. However, less …

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an unidentified body found in Miguel Bay. The badly decomposed body was first discovered by a boater on …

The Florida Department of Health in Manatee County has issued a water quality advisory for  Palma Sola South on the east end of the Palma Sola Causeway and the south side of …

Additional Candidates File for County District 1

The race for the Manatee County District 1 seat has officially drawn the most candidates among local 2024 races. While the seat is up for election this year, it currently sits vacant…

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