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Let the Voters Decide!

The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy where citizens have the right and ability to determine who represents them on governing bodies. On May 7, the League sent a letter to Supervisor of …

Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee?

Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge fully embraced “free speech” when he ran for office in 2020. However, when it comes to the speech of the citizens he claims to represent, …

In the first of two public hearings, Manatee County Commissioners moved forward with their plan to significantly underfund infrastructure required by rampant development by collecting far less in …

An Impact Fee Reminder

This Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners will have our first of two public hearings to finalize the future of our impact fees. These fees have been a source of contention with the public as …

Banana Republicans

This week, our useful idiots on the Manatee County Commission backed up the  dump truck and deposited another impressively large pile of manure onto the proverbial lawns of the citizens they are …

According to Florida Department of Education data, the average teaching salary in our state is $51,166.57 annually. That ranks a lowly 48th in the United States. Despite poor pay and a highly …

Death Knell for Democracy?

When the Florida legislature passed SB 540 during last year’s session, sustainable growth advocates cried foul. The non-partisan non-profit Friends of the Everglades said it would …

More BOCC Theater on Israel Proclamation

At Tuesday’s meeting, Manatee County Commissioner Kevin Van Ostenbridge presented a proclamation expressing the county’s unwavering support for the nation of Israel and its actions in the …

Qualified Candidates for School Board Encouraged to Apply in District 5

Manatee County School Board District 5 , which roughly goes from Lockwood Ridge Rd east to the county line and from State Route 64 south to University Parkway, will shortly have a school board …

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Transportation held a public hearing on the DeSoto Bridge Replacement Project. During the hearing, FDOT’s preferred …

Earlier this month, TBT reported a significant development: the Federal Aviation Authority rejected a potentially game-changing deal between the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport Authority and …

Public Camping Law is More Theater than Solution

A new Florida law that Gov. Ron DeSantis touted as a way to prevent Florida from becoming San Francisco looks like another stunt geared more toward the press conference than the actual policy.

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis again showed his true colors, appointing unqualified political hack James Satcher as our Supervisor of Elections instead of the infinitely more qualified alternative, …

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed SB 184 and HB 601 into law on Friday.  The latter prohibits civilian oversight boards (like the one established by the City of Bradenton) from investigating …

In the interim between presidential elections, election fraud rhetoric has given way to the creation of apparatuses that could impede free and fair elections under the Orwellian guise of protecting …

Local Pub & Music Venue Bunny & Pirates Forced to Close

My partner Jeffrey and I originally soft-opened Bunny & Pirates Bazaar in late 2017 as an eclectic coastal store with new, vintage, and repurposed items, beach and fishing gear, snacks, …

Cronyism Rules in Manatee County

Last week, TBT published a follow-up investigation regarding a lucrative human resources consulting contract that was awarded by Manatee County Government to a politically connected individual whose …

Much Ado about an ADU

Last week, TBT ’s Dawn Kitterman reported on the manner in which politically connected developer Carlos Beruff secured a permit to build an “ADU” that was grossly out of compliance …

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Manatee County Commission will vote on acquiring a key piece of environmentally sensitive land that would expand the Emerson Point Preserve to nearly double its size. …

It's Getting Deeper and More Malodorous

Last week, I wrote a column explaining how the county’s expensive, tax-payer-funded PR machine was attempting to mislead the public regarding the county commission’s most recent giveaway …

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