Theater is linchpin of Bradenton downtown revival

BRADENTON – Recession-battered merchants here are feeling more confident about the future as ambitious projects, such as the new theater, bring positive attention to the city’s urban core. The multimillion-dollar home for the Manatee Players caps off a string of new developments near downtown Bradenton that many officials and merchants believe can lift the community…

Volusia delays CRA funding changes

Mayors and city representatives from across Volusia County drove to DeLand on Thursday to argue against a sweeping set of changes to Community Redevelopment Areas. Then they didn’t say a word. The County Council — hit with stiff opposition from cities in the days after the major CRA funding changes were floated earlier this month…

HUD In Florida

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from…

Theater fans say goodbye to Bradenton landmark

BRADENTON — It’s hard to imagine Bradenton without the Manatee Players Riverfront Theatre.For 60 years, starting with its inaugural production of the sentimental “I Remember Mama” and ending with its exuberant staging of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the theater has been an essential element of its city’s geographical, social…

City renews CRA for 20 years

PANAMA CITY — An agreement lasting 20 years was struck by city commissioners last week that will prevent the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency from expiring in April of next year. “That would have meant the portion of funds for downtown police would go away,” said William Whitson, CRA director. “That would mean no more grants,…