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TDC members consider Mote funding request

TDC members consider Mote funding request

MANATEE COUNTY – Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s leadership is hoping for some funds from the Manatee County Tourist Development Council but TDC members...
Local first responders offer Hurricane Dorian assistance

Local first responders offer Hurricane Dorian assistance

ORLANDO – Anna Maria Island didn’t feel the effects of Hurricane Dorian, but Manatee County’s first responders didn’t take it easy as the storm...
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The fun and not-so-fun of selling a home

Last week we talked about the fun and not-so-much fun of buying a home. This week we’ll talk a little about selling your home,...

Dorian continues to steer clear of AMI

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Manatee County remains clear of Hurricane Dorian's "cone of uncertainty" today, with lighter-than-normal Labor Day beach crowds, in part due...
County officials declare state of emergency

Dorian prompts local state of emergency

Updated Aug. 30, 2019 at 1:15 p.m. | BRADENTON - The Manatee County Commission declared a local state of emergency this morning as Hurricane...
Paid parking may be coming to county boat ramps

Paid parking may be coming to county boat ramps

MANATEE COUNTY – A user fee is being proposed for boaters using any of the Manatee County managed boat ramps. There are 10 county-managed boat...
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Calming waters

It’s the end of July, and most of the country is hot, really hot. But if you live near the water as we do,...
Force main replacement comes to Bradenton Beach

Force main replacement comes to Bradenton Beach

BRADENTON BEACH – Manatee County’s force main sewer pipe replacement project is going to soon impact residents and business owners south of the Cortez...
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The suburbs and the millennials

For several years, I wrote about how the millennials were moving into the cities. They didn’t want anything to do with the suburbs and...
Shark dragging trial moved to September

Shark dragging trial moved to September

Updated July 23, 2019 - TAMPA – Robert “Bo” Benac is now scheduled to stand trial on Monday, Sept. 16 for his alleged role...
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Are you as smart as a private equity firm?

The phrase, “follow the money,” goes back to the Watergate era as a method to shed light on corrupt activities by looking at money...
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Tourist tax collections 2019

Here's a look at tourist tax collections in Anna Maria Island's three cities. Numbers reflect the approximate change from the same month in the...
County submits Coquina Beach tree replacement plan

County submits Coquina Beach tree replacement plan

BRADENTON BEACH – Manatee County has provided the city with a landscape plan that shows where 103 new trees will be planted at Coquina...
Algae causes fish kill in Manatee River

Algae causes fish kill in Manatee River

BRADENTON - Blue-green algae persists in Robinson and Perico Preserves, and has caused its first fish kill. “Blue-green algae and brown algae have become pervasive...
Anna Maria appreciates county, state pier support

Anna Maria appreciates county, state pier support

ANNA MARIA – City officials are grateful for the continued support the city’s receiving from the county and the state for the construction of...