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Duane Henderson: Joe McClash’s quest to squash Aqua by the Bay

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In Bradenton, Florida, the Aqua by the Bay neighborhood is up for approval, with the potential to transform the forgotten Western part of Manatee County. The neighborhood — a Medallion Home project by Carlos Beruff — incorporates the concepts smart-growth Floridians like to see: environmental preservation, a mixed-use design and revitalization in the form of new jobs and tax dollars for an area that has continued to struggle since the recession.

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Crane accident victim’s widow blames tire companies for blowout causing crash

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The wife of a local man killed in a crash earlier this year is suing two tire companies she says are responsible for the blowout which caused a construction crane to lose control. John Wells was operating the 1980 construction crane May 26, 2016, around 1 p.m. on I-75 southbound in Manatee County when the crane’s front tire thread came undone. The crane veered right, went off the road into an embankment, then crossed the entrance ramp before crashing into…

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Senate candidate Carlos Beruff brags about how he profited during Great Recession

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Many Floridians had it rough during the Great Recession of 2008; either losing jobs, facing cutbacks or otherwise struggling to stay above water financially. Manatee County homebuilder Carlos Beruff was not one of them. Beruff, now a candidate for U.S. Senate, boasted at a recent event that his company “actually profited” from the “huge” recession that devastated Florida’s middle class. Speaking to the Republican Federated Women of The Villages in March, Beruff talked about how he weathered the storm, one…

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Tornadoes kill 2 in Manatee County, damage homes in Sarasota

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Florida officials say two adults have been killed and four children have been injured after two tornadoes swept through central Florida. Manatee County EMS officials tell WFLA-TV that several people were injured as severe weather pushed through Duette and Siesta Key in Sarasota and Manatee counties early Sunday morning. Sarasota County officials report damage to multiple homes near Siesta Key. At least one home was destroyed and a woman had to be pulled from the wreckage by first responders. Other…

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Race to replace Nancy Detert heats up, 3 years out

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More than three years out, the race to take over for Venice Republican Sen. Nancy Detert is heating up. Republican Nora Patterson jumped into the Senate District 28 race Monday, making her the second candidate in the race after former District 74 Rep. Doug Holder filed in January 2013. Patterson is a former member of the Sarasota county and city commissions and has also served city’s mayor. Patterson’s long political career and name recognition undoubtedly gives her good footing in…

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Feld Entertainment announces major relocation to Manatee County in 2015

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Feld Entertainment, a global leader in live family entertainment, is moving its Illinois-based Motor Sports Division to Manatee County in 2015. Feld, which had its global headquarters in Ellenton since 2013, is best known for producing live shows such as Disney On Ice and Disney Live!, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Monster Jam, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz, AMSOIL Arenacross and Marvel Universe LIVE! The move is expected add as many as 200 new jobs over five years, in…

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Rick Scott announces Feld Entertainment will expand in Manatee County

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Gov. Rick Scott today continued a string of jobs announcements, reporting today that Feld Entertainment, which moved its international headquarters from  Vienna, Va., to Ellenton, Fla.,  in 2013, will continue to expand its workforce in Florida by relocating the corporation’s Motor Sports division to Manatee County. The live-show production company will shift some 200 jobs and a $2.975 million capital investment to the southern Tampa Bay area. Feld vice president of finance and strategic planning Casey Rodgers said Florida’s active economic development…

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