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Bradenton – Work on Downtown Streetscaping Project Could Begin in Spring

The Bradenton City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, released a request for qualifications on Wednesday that moves a downtown streetscaping project forward. Conversations about upgrading the appearance of the Old Main Street corridor, which also includes 11th and 13th streets west, began last summer. Bradenton Downtown Development Authority board member Mike Carter said…


Stormwater management site expected to be catalyst for Clermont economic development

CLERMONT — City leaders are putting the first building block in place for an economic-development plan expected to generate millions of dollars. Victory Pointe, an estimated $8.6 million stormwater management site combined with an ecological public park and event space, likely will go out for construction bids soon, city staff said. Groundbreaking is expected in…


Is government lobbying government a necessity or a waste of tax dollars?

TALLAHASSEE – Three decades ago, lobbyist Ron Book persuaded a public hospital to pay him to protect its interests in a faraway Capitol, just as private businesses do. “It’s just a necessity to make sure that taxpayers are properly represented,” Book says. “We’re smart enough to understand the system.” Cities, counties, colleges, school districts, sheriffs,…


A promising start in Manatee County urban corridor revitalization

The proposal for the development of 12.4 vacant and overgrown acres along the Tamiami Trail gateway into Bradenton is just what Manatee County commissioners had in mind in adopting Land Development Code amendments targeting the county’s six major urban corridors. The code modifications encourage infill projects and redevelopment along the county’s six major urban corridors,…