+County considers new tax
Manatee County officials are considering an ordinance calling for the public to vote for a sales tax hike to fund indigent health care.
+Benderson expands former Circuit City
A national retailer new to the area will occupy the 35,000-square-foot building once it's finished.
+'A storybook ending'
Longboat lovebirds Vicki and Henry are together again at their new home — in Lakeland.
+2013 It's Read Everywhere
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