CELEBRATE BRADENTON ESSAYS
'What will Bradenton be like in 10 years?'
EDITOR'S NOTE: In honor of the Bradenton Herald's second annual Celebrate Bradenton festivities, we asked area students to answer the question "What will Bradenton be like in 10 years?" On Sunday, we began publishing a selection of those entries. The winning essays will be announced Thursday night at Get Down Downtown, and we'll publish those Friday.
Visualize 'A Better' Manatee
HONK! HONK! C'mon, move it! Oh, no. Bumper to bumper traffic, there are going to be many cantankerous people today. This is S.R. 70 at five o'clock in Bradenton now. Imagine the congestion in 10 years.
A solution to this quandry is to have more Manatee County Area Transits (MCAT's) with expanded routes. We should even make it so the MCAT vans are for people with and without disabilities. That way the MCAT's become more convenient for their customers. The more convenient the MCAT's become, the more likely more people will use them.
For all of you who like to think green, how about this: Instead of 20 cars on the road, those 20 people could be seated on a MCAT comfortably, not stressed, and filled with elation, creating the pollution of only one car. With less people on the roads, the faster people can get to their destination.
The MCAT's should also run on an alternate fuel such a hybrid or even electricity, to lower pollution levels, also. Now isn't that something to smile and ride a bus at? No more excuses. We know what we are devoid in, our vision is no longer garbled. So get off the couch and do something about it. Let's put on some working gloves and make a difference in our community, all of us. Now if you are with me stand up and make a change for the better. That's what Bradenton of Manatee County is all about, making a change for the better whether it's for a city or for the world.
Ariyonna Thomas, 13
Manatee School for the Arts
A future in space
No one ever thought they’d be sitting in the floating restaurant here in the center of Bradenton. It seems like just yesterday when people were walking down the street seeing normal cars, and normal people doing normal jobs. Back then, ten years ago, no one ever knew that Bradenton would become a bubble city, and would detach itself from the rest of Florida. No one ever thought that this small Floridian city, which no one had ever even heard of, could just decide to be its own independent state, and to fly off into space and become a colony. Now, it just seems like a normal thing though.
Walking down Super-Manatee Avenue (well, it would not exactly be walking, more of a floating, or rocket-booting) just seems normal to catch sight of the hundreds and hundreds of flying cars, and the numerous amounts of lanes that flying transportation has provided Manatee County. That’s not the only thing that has changed, though.
In the last ten years people no longer have to worry about the Tuesday/Friday trash days. Bradenton, specifically, has technology that involves people just placing their wastes in a box that disintegrates it and lets it out into space. All simple jobs are now run by robots. Car-washing is done by Artificial Intelligence, teaching is done by computers, students must attend school four times a week for four hours and thirty minutes a day, where they are just hooked up to computers and fed information, and have a one-hour session of physical education.
Bradenton is, of course, as expected, run by James Lewis and his council of robots. Bradenton has become a strange place in the last ten years, but maybe it is for the better.
James Lewis, 15
Life atop the water
While traveling through the "sunshine state" of Florida, you will pass many palm trees and sandy beaches where you will find the old relaxing and the young running around soaking up the sunlight. Bradenton, named after Dr. Joseph Braden, is one of the cities that are located within Florida's borders. Although Bradenton at the current time has land, cars, and houses, within the next 10 years, Bradenton may look unrecognizable to the people who once called it their hometown.
During the next 10 years the world will begin transforming as it usually does; many areas of the world will become hotter, while other parts will become colder, wetter, and denser, etc. Bradenton, however, will be completely underwater, and it will take a huge effort for each and every one of its occupants to help make sure the houses, boats, shops, and restaurants will stay afloat. When you pass by the "welcome to Bradenton" sign, you will not see swaying palm trees and sandy beaches, you will see dolphins jumping and houses floating.
Although Bradenton will have a different appearance, this city will still have the same home warming feeling as it did before the water took over. The citizens will find new ways and inventions to carry on the games and activities they did before the water and everything will eventually be back to normal.
Morgan Johnson, 10th grade
I look to my left. I see a herd of deer. The buck’s coat shimmers in the sunlight and is brown as the fall leaves. I turn on my fuel-efficient car and zoom down the street. I look out my window, and I see nature at its greatest time of year. Hares are shedding their coat into a beautiful pearl white. Deer are mating, so in a couple of months I will be able to see new fawns.
All of this was made possible because of a law that was passed in 2008 by the mayor of Bradenton. The law passed made all pollution illegal. The mayor of Bradenton made everyone with a car have a sticker that noted they were driving a car that did not pollute the air. So anyone caught driving a car without a special sticker would be sent to jail.
As I drive down the street I see everyone’s car has a sticker on the back labeled "F.E." which stands for "Fuel Efficient." Without this law rabbits' coats would be gray and black from the smoke pollution. The newborn fawns would be killed shortly after birth because of the chemicals in the water that they drank.
As I drive down the street I see two deer battling for their mate. I look up in the sky, I see hawks flying as if there was no limit. Then I see a hawk that has a white head and a bigger wingspan. Wait, that is not a hawk. That is an eagle! The eagle’s beauty catches anyone’s eye as they fly by. I get out of my car in the parking lot. I see ivy on the buildings, and I think to myself that Bradenton in ten years will be truly the Garden of Eden.
Alexander Stoffel, 11
Decade of change
In ten years Bradenton will experience a change that becomes the beginning of the change for Manatee County’s step towards being the next Miami. Sarasota is already on its way to being the next Palm Beach in Florida, with its potential. At this point Bradenton is the ugly duckling; however, it will grow into the next swan on its flight path of Ritz. In other terms, 10 years can become the milestone for Bradenton’s transformation from an oyster shell to a pearl.
In a decade, rising prices in Sarasota will slow down its potential to become larger, and developers will delve into Bradenton, developing it into the next Miami. Donald Trump will begin ablueprint of what will be trillion dollar buildings ready with million dollar condos for sale. The rising value of the Euro will bring a massive amount of Europeans waiting to blow their money on American-prized goods and homes. The Flock of Europeans will also increase the amount of Ritz, with the importation of more classy European goods.
The mixture of high gas prices and Europeans will lead to Vespa scooters and small European cars such as Fiats. The growth of Bradenton will land Bradenton in classy magazines such as the Dupont Registry. A decade will only mark the beginning of Bradenton’s major transform- ation.
Colin Reid, 10th grade
Saint Stephen's Episcopal School