A veteran of the utilities industry, Ian Harding had a burning desire to own a business.
However, what to do as a new career and when to begin was another story.
It might take a simple smile to address complex issues such as economic growth, diversifying the tax base and distributing the budget in a county starving for new revenues.
Joe Pickett, who heads up the Braden Area Sports Commission, says he expects lacrosse to be the areaâ€™s fastest-growing sport, with the area becoming a 'hub' for the sport within the next five years.
Sales, prices and new listings all are up in Lakewood Ranch and the Bradenton/Sarasota area, but are there enough homes to go around?
Today's Stories: Area schools on high alert after threats; $1 million project to filter polluted runoff; MTO reveals new mural; Error delays impact fee update
A bold couple seeks success with a new entry in an old industry: Florida amusement and recreation. It's a good thing they aren't afraid of heights.
Manatee Technical Institute's new East County campus, with 210,000 square feet, opens Jan. 7. The school will celebrate the official grand opening Valentine's Day.