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Well, We Got Our Answer on Impact Fees

I’ve been asking for months and months … and months, how long the county could possibly manage to continue making excuses as to why it is only collecting roughly 40 percent of what its …

EarthTalk: Large-scale Solar

We may not have any time to waste in our effort to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. Getting the United States to a place where our electricity needs can be met by renewables is going to take …

Get Ready for a Wild Year

Less than one year from now, Americans will head to the polls to vote for President of the United States. Never before in modern history has the biggest race in American politics been in such disarray at …

Groundwater Pollution Regulations Needed

Phosphogypsum is a major hazardous by-product of fertilizer production. Phosphogypsum is dumped at various locations throughout Florida in hazardous waste phosphogypsum (gyp) piles, these gyp piles …

Under One Roof Project Should Benefit from an RFP

The quick progress being made on the county's family emergency shelter project called "Under one Roof" is exciting. Unfortunately, this speed seems to be leading the county to overlook an essential …

Kitchens have traditionally had one of the worst environmental footprints in the home. However, technological advancements have brought more eco-friendly materials and tools for greener kitchens. …

Another Loss for Affordable Housing Advocates

This week, the Bradenton City Council voted 3-1 to allow developers to erect taller residential buildings, ostensibly to encourage the development of more affordable housing. However, they also …

Less Water Oversight = Less Resource Protection

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is recommending minimum flows for Horse Creek and Charlie Creek. Horse Creek and Charlie Creek are in portions of DeSoto, Hardee, and Polk …

School lunches should be free

During the pandemic, the government embarked on a beautiful experiment: expanding public programs to stave off poverty. One critical component was ensuring that public school students had  free …

If You Think This Water Bill Increase is Bad ...

Most Manatee County residents aren't happy about a 9.75% increase (over two years) in their water and sewage utility rates that is owed to a combination of increased demand caused by development …

EarthTalk: More Food, Less Land?

It’s no secret that Earth is facing a daunting challenge: With human numbers expected to swell to 10 billion by 2060 and the amount of arable land shrinking at a rate of about 23 hectares per …

EarthTalk: Mental Health & Pollution

Mental health and the environment are two issues often in the spotlight, though not often associated together. But some researchers have begun to find links between increases in polluted air, water …

New College Land Deal: Politics or Public Interest?

Last week, TBT reported on the Manatee County Commission’s plan to gift nine acres of bayfront property to New College of Florida after having promised it to USF, whose campus is adjacent to …

Ozone Standards Delayed

The new ozone standards are intended to protect public health, and secondarily to protect property and the environment. As a result of the delay, Florida will have a serious and permanent gap in …

Bogus 'edutainment' may be coming to a classroom near you

If you’re a parent or student in Florida this fall, watch out: “edutainment” could be coming to your school. What’s “edutainment”? It’s what …

In truth, there are no easy answers in this conflict

These are not good days for democracy. Or decency. Hamas, a group of Islamist militants/resistance fighters/terrorists (pick your appellation) won a majority in the Palestinian Parliament and …

EarthTalk: Anti-Fracking?

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a method of extracting natural gas. It was invented in the 1940s, but gained popularity in the past two decades, particularly in the U.S. This is because …

County's HR Outsourcing Reeks of Improprieties

In the latest dispatch of things that don't pass the smell test in Manatee County, I'd like to draw your attention to your county commissioners’ efforts to outsource HR to one of their buddies. …

Florida’s Enforcement Crisis

Florida Today recently reported  on the under-punishment of pollution in Florida. It pointed to findings  reported by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) …

Charlotte Harbor Marina Proposal

ManaSota-88 has requested a public hearing for the purpose of providing an opportunity for the public to comment on a proposed marina by Sunseeker Florida, Inc. Sunseeker Florida seeks authorization …

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