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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 …

Piney Point Deep Well Injection Spill

According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Notice of Pollution : On 3/21/24, operations staff at the Manatee County Piney Point injection well pretreatment facility became aware …

Floodwaters are indeed treacherous, and their murky depths harbor more than just debris and silt. While the immediate risks of drowning and physical injury are apparent, the invisible hazards lurking …

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 …

EarthTalk: Eco-Friendly Guitars

Most guitars out there today are crafted out of some form of spruce, mahogany, maple or cedar. But increased demand and widespread mechanized logging around the world has decimated populations of …

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. …

EarthTalk: Cruise Industry

Cruise ships are a big part of the marine shipping sector that is responsible for close to three percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. No doubt, as much as these big boats might recycle or use …

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 …

The Probability and Effects of Sea-Level Rise

Sarasota County is in the process of studying the impacts of sea-level rise and is planning to produce a flooding vulnerability assessment for the county. ManaSota-88 recommends the following be …

EarthTalk: New Denialism

For years, human-induced climate change has been a controversial topic, despite heaps of scientific evidence proving its existence. In the past, climate change deniers have used the rhetoric of …

This week, Manatee County’s propaganda department lauded its developer-funded lackeys for “proposing an impact fee increase.” Let’s take a closer look at what actually …

100 Days Until Hurricane Season

The 2024 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan confirms what we already know: Southwest Florida is deficient in hurricane shelters, and it is projected to remain deficient until at least 2029.  The …

EarthTalk: Philanthro-Activism?

Philanthro-activism, which combines philanthropy (donating money) and activism, could be an important part of solving the climate crisis. In 2020, less than two percent of philanthropic capital was …

Our Fiscal Conservatives are at it Again

This week, Manatee County Commissioners moved forward with a painfully vague plan to spend tens of millions of dollars developing a “Veterans Memorial Park” in a remote area of north …

Debarment & Corporate Crime

Our county governments should not do business with criminals. Corporate crime costs all of us money through higher taxes and prices. Corporate crime insults community ethics.  The  Manatee …

Biosphere 2 project began in 1984, led by John Allen who called it “The Human Experiment.” The project sent eight explorers, or “biospherians,” to live in a sealed ecosystem …

This plot line could have come from one of Charles Dickens’ novels about upper-class depravity: “Miserly governors refuse to provide gruel for poverty-stricken ragamuffins.”

The Demise of Mangroves

The recent removal of mangroves to build a seawall clearly demonstrates serious flaws in Florida’s Mangrove Protection Act.   The Florida Department of Environmental Protection …

Last week, in a fine piece of investigative journalism, TBT ’s Dawn Kitterman detailed blatant favoritism by high-ranking county officials towards a developer who has sponsored the entire …

Solid-state batteries have emerged as a promising technological advancement that could potentially revolutionize the EV industry. As concerns about climate change intensify, there is a growing need …

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