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BRADENTON – Things pick up a bit this week in local governments as the Manatee County Commission returns from summer recess on Tuesday. The county commission will meet on Tuesday and Thursday …

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Are oil companies actually taking steps to cut emissions overall or are their claims mostly just "greenwashing"?–J.B.S., Waukesha, WI It’s no secret that …

Fiscal Responsibility

Budget time is upon us and now is the time to call upon city leaders for fiscal responsibility. Florida TaxWatch is a forty-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute …

Manatee County Capital Spending: Budget vs. Reality

A recent column appearing in one of the local newspapers reported that Manatee County was contemplating a five-year capital spending budget of $1.2 billion. WOW! According to the Popular Report …

While Holmes Beach commissioners seek to ban multi-level parking structures, apparently Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge seems to believe a three-story parking garage built at the …

A Few Words About Recycling

As Mayor of Bradenton, I really appreciate the comments and concern from our residents about our recycling program. I have spoken to many residents since our new program started, and I genuinely try …

BRADENTON – Earlier this month, Governor Ron DeSantis endorsed three candidates for the Manatee School Board. The endorsements followed the governor’s political campaign releasing the …

Sunday Favorites: 'Florida Man' was Always a Thing: Part 2

Last week, we started to explore some of the weirdest and wildest stories I've come across in 11 years of researching historical happenings in the Tampa Bay Area. This week, the list continues with …

BRADENTON – On Tuesday, the Manatee County Commission will return from summer recess. The agenda includes a vote on an ordinance that would allow county employees with a concealed weapons …

Race Analysis: School Board District 4

The Manatee County School Board District 4 race is one of three on this year’s ballot. However, because it is the only one that features just two candidates, it is certain to be decided on …

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