MANATEE COUNTY TIMES

Vol. 20, No. 5,011W - The American Reporter - June 29, 2014

THE MANATEE COUNTY TIMES

Reporting: Florida
2 DEAD, 22 WOUNDED IN FLORIDA NIGHTCLUB RAMPAGE; NO SUSPECTS NAMED

by Joe Shea

BRADENTON, Fla., Sept. 10, 2011 (Updated 11:50am ET, Sept. 20, 2011) -- As most of the nation got ready Saturday to mark the solemn anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, two gunmen armed with with what police think were AK-47 and AR-15 military assault rifles and a pistol opened fire on 150 people just after midnight at a popular nightclub on a busy street in Palmetto, Fla.

Reporting: Florida

COMMISIONERS HIKE TAXES BUT SOME CAN'T QUITE ADMIT IT

by Joe Shea

BRADENTON, Fla., July 29, 2011 -- When is a tax increase not a tax increase? When the value of homes in Manatee County has fallen by billions of dollars and property taxes have already been slashed due to lower assessments, says Commissioner-At-Large Joe McClash, a man who owns more than a hundred rental homes.

Reporting: Florida
A SHORT DAY FOR A LONG DOLLAR AT MANATEE COUNTY COMMISSION

by Joe Shea

BRADENTON, Fla., July 26, 2011 -- One hour and 45 minutes after they began work at Tuesday's meeting of the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, chairman Carol Whitmore - a registered nurse who works for her husband's plastic surgery practice when she's not busy as a commissioner - adjourned the weekly meeting of the commission.

Reporting: Florida
FLORIDA 'LOCALS' FIGHT A FEDERAL STRANGLEHOLD ON FIBER-OPTIC LINES

by Joe Shea

SARASOTA, Fla., April 10, 2011 -- Top officials from two counties blasted the Florida Department of Transportation and its consultants for barring use of fiber optic lines it will install along I-75, urging the FDOT to join the 21st Century to save money and seize opportunities to "piggy-back," or plant parallel fiber for cities, counties and towns along the way. The venue was a meeting of transportation officials with city and county government officials in Sarasota, Fla.

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