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American Idol finalist helps bring hope to Haiti

American Idol finalist helps bring hope to Haiti

Bradenton, FL - Hope Outreach International is hosting a Celebration of Hope Christmas Banquet to benefit a medical clinic in Haiti on Saturday, Dec. 11 in Bradenton. The event will feature a performance by Sarasota singer Syesha Mercado, known for being a third place finalist from season seven of American Idol, and will take place at The Renaissance on 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Gov.-elect short on specifics on how to create jobs

Bradenton, Florida -- Governor-elect Rick Scott continued his  jobs tour of the state Thursday with a stop in Bradenton at the Tropicana Plant.

Although Scott says creating jobs is his number one priority, he was short on specifics on how he will do that. Scott also didn't have any specific  ideas on how he will deal with a $3 billion budget shortfall when he takes over in January.

The governor-elect has said the state must be more efficient and run like a business., and he is sure by examining every state agency, he will be able to find waste and cut the budget.

However at this point, he has no idea where that waste is. Scott also said besides jobs, education is a major priority and the state has to do a better job of educating students.

Gov.-Elect Scott in Bay area pushing for 7 changes to create jobs

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Governor-Elect Rick Scott is making two stops in the Tampa Bay area today. He'll be pushing for more school vouchers and other changes in an effort to bring jobs to Florida.

Rick Scott is set to be sworn in as Florida's governor next month. He's spending his time before that big day on a ten-city tour to talk about jobs.

Thursday morning, he'll be in Bradenton and then St. Petersburg.

The Republican governor-elect spoke to a crowd at a business that overhauls airplanes in Jacksonville on Wednesday.

At 8:45 Thursday morning, he'll visit the massive packaging facility for Tropicana in Bradenton.

Scott's staff says he'll be meeting with leaders in two key sectors of Florida's economy: agriculture and distribution.

Eight stolen A/C units in five days

Eight stolen A/C units in five days

Manatee County, Florida -- The residents at the Royal Palm Terrace Apartments have had their A/C units stolen over the past few days.

The unknown suspects have stolen eight units from this complex in the past five days. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating and say the last theft happened between 5:30-7:30 last night.  

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Bradenton Southeast loses late to South Fort Myers

Bradenton Southeast loses late to South Fort Myers

Fort Myers, FL-- South Fort Myers scored a touchdown late in the 4th quarter, to beat Bradenton Southeast, 28-21.

The Wolfpack's Dallas Crawford threw a pair of early touchdown passes to give them the lead.

But Southeast rallied, behind quarterback Dyron Speight, to tie the game at 21-all in the 4th quarter.

South Fort Myers then scored late, to pull out the win, 28-21, and remain undefeated on the season.

 

Flavors of Tampa Bay: The Sandbar on Anna Maria Island

Flavors of Tampa Bay: The Sandbar on Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island, Florida - Beautiful sunsets, great food and a relaxing beach atmosphere, The Sandbar offers this and so much more. Owned by Ed Chiles, the son of the late Governor Lawton Chiles of Florida, this restaurant has been serving up fresh seafood since 1979.

This is what old Florida used to be like, just sit back and enjoy a million dollar view from the Sandbar's deck. Most tables are on the deck while some are right on the beach, but they all have a view of the Gulf of Mexico.

The food is classic beach dining with an emphasis on fresh seafood. There is plenty to choose from.

The Sandbar Seafood and Spirits

www.groupersandwich.com

Business Hours: 11:30AM-10:00PM
Early Bird Special (Inside Dining Only) 4:00PM-5:30PM

100 Spring Avenue
Anna Maria, FL
Phone  (941) 778-0444

Dinner Review: Taste of Tokyo

Dinner Review: Taste of Tokyo

Having received conflicting information about the food and service at Taste of Tokyo, Bradenton, I was pleased to have had the rare opportunity to visit this restaurant twice, both for dinner and lunch, sitting in each of the dining areas.  Both experiences were exceptional.

The Food:  Ordering the identical meal for both lunch and dinner, a friend and I shared a feast that included Miso Soup ($3.25/$3.95 Plain/Udon), the Terra Ceia Rolls ($7.95), Spider Rolls ($8.95), Tofu Tempura ($5.95) and a Green Tea ($1.95/$2.95 hot/iced) beverage.  The total averaged $18 per person (w/ tax).