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New prices for 2014 at The South Florida Museum

New prices for 2014 at The South Florida Museum

Bradenton, Fl. - As you plan ahead for activities for your family in the new year, The South Florida Museum has made some changes to its pricing. 

On the first Saturday of most months, you can explore the Museum in a whole new way on Family Night! Get into the museum for half price after 4:00 p.m.

On Film Friday, the cost is $3 for museum members and $5 for the general public. You can go to the museum on most Fridays at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy movies!

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Lakewood Ranch construction, home sales up

Lakewood Ranch, Florida -- If you have any doubt of the real estate market's health, visit Lakewood Ranch where construction and home sales are up and there's no sign of it slowing down anytime soon.

"We are about a third developed of 31,000 acres. So, we've got a little land left," says Jimmy Stewart, vice-president of sales for Lakewood Ranch Communities.

Stewart says there are 8,500 homes on Lakewood Ranch with permitting for more than 23,000 homes.

2014 Mardi Gras Night

Lithia, FL -- It's an adult night out, Mardi Gras style! 

Raizing Cain....Raizing Hope: Benefit Concert and Dinner, honoring FishHawk Teachers Fighting Cancer - Jane Farkas, Jackie Waluzak & Debbie Crawford. Tickets are $25 each, all proceeds go to the them!

There will be silent auctions, great food, cash barm, draw down and much more fun!

The event will be held Saturday, January 18th 6:00pm - 10:00pm at the Palmetto Club

Purhcase tickets at What's in store (Sweetybay Plaza Fishhawk Blvd.)

Former Bucs, Florida State player dies in hotel

BRADENTON, Florida (AP) - Former NFL and Florida State offensive tackle Todd Williams has been found dead in a Tampa Bay area hotel.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies responded to the Sarasota Suites late Monday morning, just hours before Williams' alma mater won a national championship.

The 35-year-old Bradenton native had reportedly complained to his mother of feeling sick on Friday. When she went to the hotel to check on him Monday, she found him unresponsive.

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Cattle Industry expands in East Manatee County

East Manatee, Florida -- It may seem as if the housing industry is bulldozing agricultural land in East Manatee County, the truth is, as developments continue to grow so is the cattle industry.

The Florida Cattleman Association says drought out west and a higher demand for beef means the cattle business is moving on up in Florida and in Manatee County making it one of the top beef producing counties in Florida.

Seventy-two-year-old Cully Rowell has been a cattle rancher all his life.

Bay area farmers prepare for freezing temps


Bradenton, Florida -- Parts of the Bay area could see temperatures around 30 degrees in coming days, temperatures that can cause devastation for many farmers.

Strawberries decorate the fields in East Bradenton, and that's why crews will be working around the clock to make sure they are safe.

Farmer Tom O'Brien knows mother nature can be unpredictable.

"It worries the heck out of us," says O'Brien, with O'Brien Family Farms.

First Watch hires new VP as growth continues

Bradenton, Florida- First Watch, the popular breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant based out of Bradenton has hired a new executive vice president as they continue to expand their brand.

Long-time Starbucks executive Joe Genovese has been named the vice president of franchise development, and will take the lead of the restaurant's "aggressive" growth strategy efforts.