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Red Tide SBA loans

Economic injury loans available

Greg Dawson, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance Field Operations met with a group of Bradenton...

CVB tracks red tide’s influence on tourism

Red tide caused Manatee County to lose 17.5 percent in economic activity in August, according to a report by the Bradenton Area Convention and...

County approves $500,000 more for red tide beach cleanup

BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners unanimously voted on Sept. 11 to take another $500,000 from tourist tax funds and use it to remove dead...

Red tide assistance available for businesses

Loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network are available to businesses whose customers are staying...
Beach umbrella

Tourist tax collections 2018

2018 tourist tax collections compared to 2017                          Anna Maria    Bradenton Beach    Holmes Beach   Manatee County January          ↑ 11%              ↑ 5%       ...

Vacancies open on TDC

Applications are being accepted for three openings on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC). The TDC is comprised of nine members who make recommendations...

New tourism marketing campaign in the works

BRADENTON – A new marketing campaign aims at attracting potential visitors to Anna Maria Island and Manatee County with the cure for what ails...

Tourism continues to rise

PALMETTO – For the seventh straight year, tourism is up on Anna Maria Island and the rest of Manatee County, according to the Bradenton...
Tourism safety

Resident calls on tourism officials to address safety

HOLMES BEACH – Resident Nancy Deal challenged tourism officials on Monday to address pedestrian deaths and other safety issues created by thriving tourism on...
Side yard trash pickup

New rental regulations in effect

BRADENTON BEACH – City staff is now implementing, enforcing and working out the kinks in the city’s new vacation rental regulations and registration program...
Sen. Greg Steube

Vacation rental bills fail again

TALLAHASSEE – For the second year in a row, Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) and Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) failed in their efforts...
Chip Case

Vacation rental bills in peril

TALLAHASSEE – Behind the scenes maneuvering by lobbyist Chip Case, Anna Maria City Attorney Becky Vose and her son, attorney Wade Vose, may have...
Senate Vacation Rental Bill

Vacation rental bill favored by second Senate committee

Watch the meeting here at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. TALLAHASSEE – The vacation rental legislation now known as CS/SB 1400 has been further amended...

Tourism board meets Vacasa

Updated Feb. 13, 2018 BRADENTON – A local vacation rental agent told the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) today that his company has gone...
Vacation Rental bills

Compromise sought on competing rental bills

TALLAHASSEE – An amended version of a vacation rental bill filed by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) passed through its first Senate committee minus the...