Any given weekday, 88 students cross from one side of State Road 64 to the other, heading to and from school at Manatee Elementary School. On any given day, 38,500 cars travel down that roadway. There is no school zone. Posted signs say cars can travel no faster than 35 mph. Bradenton Police have clocked drivers going as fast as 62 mph in front of the school.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has wrapped a longstanding troubled area of the Ware's Creek flood mitigation project. Some residents remain unhappy with the aftermath, but the Corps is defending the work of its latest contractor under "federal standards."
The city of Bradenton looks to piggyback off of Manatee County's upcoming noise ordinance, much to the displeasure of businesses on Ninth Street West, which will receive no added protections as an entertainment district.
Lindsay Gilman is a Christmas fanatic. As she undergoes treatment for a rare condition at Duke University, faculty and staff at Miller Elementary Schoo, where Gilman is a second-grade teacher, busted out a little bit of Christmas in April to show their love and support.
Fifty-one inmates are now housed at the newly created Alcohol and Drug Recovery Pod at the Manatee County jail where the daily rigor includes a faith-based ministry, intense schedule of recovery meetings and classes in life skills, anger management, employment training and parenting.
Bradenton officials are drawing close to a resolution to get the site of the defunct Minnie L. Rogers Plaza back into city hands from the would-be developer, but aren't yet commiting to pursuing another grocery store for the food-desert area of First Street and 13th Avenue West.