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WTF writes:

The shortsightedness of this board not to add additional monies into affordable rental and ownership says it all. Current affordable housing starts can't keep up with demand much less put a dent into the 30,000 units we are short of affordable hosing. The current board is unrecognizable from the platform many of the "One and Done" club ran on. 40,000 live on poverty in our county. Over 1000 students are homeless and all the BOCC can focus on is pickelball and parks for their gated communities that the developers want to see.
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nellmcphillips@hotmail.com writes:

Yes Buffet was a winner for Manatees but now the Manatee County Commissioners are the anti manatee group losers voting to reduce wetland buffers using the excuse that it reduces regulations. It doesn’t reduce regulations it reduces the protection of our aquatic communities. The BOCC refuses to listen to science in favor of their Building Mafia. This reduction in buffers will leave our manatees scrambling to hold on to their population. So let’s hear it for the BOCC that favors the loss of manatees. Jimmy Buffet is rolling over in his grave.
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EPG2002 writes:

Thanks for this. But as someone who used to be part of the cabal and no longer is, you now have the opportunity to shed light on some of the core issues leading to the rot in Manatee County government. How did you become a candidate for District 7? Did it require the blessing of certain parties? How did that process work? And where did the idea originate to fire Cheri Coryea, a very capable administrator and long-time county employee? What sorts of conversations took place behind the scenes leading to her ouster? You are already on the outs with the parties that control power in this county, so why not be courageous and expose the full truth?
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kmskepton@yahoo.com writes:

Love the polished new look. Excellent publication. Happy to be a subscriber. I like the decision to only allow subscribers to comment. Thanks for keeping us informed.

Charlene writes:

The bankers are the most worthless people in the world. They won't do anything unless it makes a profit and they'll take us all down in a failing effort.

Charlene writes:

Another day, another bit of anti-abortion zealotry when Planned Parenthood DOES NOT PROVIDE abortion services in this county.

Charlene writes:

Maybe if they hadn't spent the year trying to defund the Clerk's office, it might have had a more robust operation. But the internecine politicking by these vile, petty people is just hurting the county. And of course, they clearly broke Sunshine laws again.
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Charlene writes:

How much money did the BOCC waste in putting on this fraud of a search?

ruthlawler@att.net writes:

Glenn Compton will address League of Women Voters Manatee, Natural Resources Committee via zoom on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 PM. Please sign on and hear the facts and insights followed by question and answers. The better informed we are allows us to vote and speak up with knowledge. Questions? Ruth Lawler, co-chair of Natural Resources committee. ruthlawler@att.net
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N_Alice_Newlon writes:

I know the list is long, but Dawn, how could you miss this agenda item: As if that were not enough. Item 10 on the agenda is the misleadingly named, Resolution R-23-145, "Prohibiting County funds to be used for Planned Parenthood or any abortion provider or to provide any abortion services" is scheduled to be heard and voted on by Manatee County Commissioners next Tuesday, September 12th at the 9am meeting. If passed, this could start a witch hunt with the local nonprofits that could cut off county funding for much needed social services. WHAT IT ACTUALLY DOES, is it restricts any nonprofit who receives even $1 of Manatee County funds from collaborating with or utilizing the services of Planned Parenthood or any other abortion provider including comprehensive *** education, contraception and more. Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of women's health services but this government putting the entire nonprofit community that are providing services the county would otherwise need to do at risk.
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misty@planneroncall.com writes:

No words.

Cat L writes:

For most of my adult life, I've been sincerely wishing for women's medicine to get better. But, it's getting worse, and dunning Kruger is running the show.

Cat L writes:

Of course he'd find the most vitriolic person possible, with their own wave of media sensationalism... Because he needs help with his marketing and of course he still thinks this hateful BS is a good strategy. I hate with these awful people are doing to my state.
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Cwright writes:

Bearden, with his “you know” word salad ramblings, really does give Satcher a run for his money in the moron department.

Carolannfelts writes:

Wonderful and well written article, brought back many memories for me as a native Floridian, with ancestors who came all the way from a small island off the coast of Africa called St. Helena, to the Jacksonville area prior to the introduction of the paper industry. As a student of the Watergate era, I also agree that true investigative journalism is a necessity to insure that the public is educated, informed and involved in the policies that affect our planet and sustainable quality of life for all. Thank you.
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Charles writes:

Learn about the initiative to have clean waters in Florida at https://www.floridarighttocleanwater.org/ and sign petitions in order to put the question before the voters on the ballot — then the will of the voters can be determined. Florida Right To Clean Water is the voters opportunity to assure it — only if we get the opportunity to determine this. Sign the petition to get this on the ballot.
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Charles writes:

Couldn't happen if Floridians decide whether they want to protect our waters by signing the petition to amend the state constitution and then voting for it. Get and sign the petition to get this on our ballot at https://www.floridarighttocleanwater.org/ and get others to sign. Look on the map provided on the site for where to sign or drop it off. The League of Women Voters are out at events gathering signatures also. The signed petitions are needed in order to put the question before the voters on the ballot — then the will of the voters can be determined. Florida Right To Clean Water is the voters opportunity to assure it, our state and local government never will — until forced to by having to follow a consttutional right we have the ability to establish. It is up to us to claim this right.
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klmsinc@hotmail.com writes:

To hell with the infrastructure, public safety, environment, or quality of water, or even the protest of residents living in the immediate area, come on BOCC, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

WTF writes:

Finally, a lobby group that spends more money on politicians than our developers. Was not for lack of trying. It's a club, and the normal citizen aren't in it. What you allow....will continue I would encourage everyone to watch Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones | Official Trailer | Netflix Netflix https://youtu.be/it-8MIm29bI?si=ZnYV0RxEbmdGAsgI Got an ill....take a pill...... not the best route to a healthy life Big Pharma killed 500,000 with OxyContin alone and no body went to jail. Follow the money Watch Painkiller | Official Trailer | Netflix https://youtu.be/24-YonhNS0Y?si=-D3bqDxoZYcTUHAW
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barbaraelliott writes:

Thank you Katherine. If I can help please call. Barbara Elliott 941-447-9929 My passion is uncorruptible our local government

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