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What Would You Improve in Bradenton in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Bradenton, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Bradenton to make it an even better place to live?

Would you find ways to tackle crime? How could we put an end to animal cruelty? Do you hope to find ways to end homelessness?

What is on your Bradenton wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Mark December 31, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Funny you should say "Would you find ways to tackle crime?". That was almost exactly what I thought upon reading the title of this article. Crime rates under the current sheriff are completely out of control. Murders in Manatee County are the highest in years, and crimes unheard of in our town just a few years ago are commonplace now. To improve this situation we need a real leader in charge, but as they did with the President they did with our sheriff as well and elected a failure, so we may have to continue suffering until the next election. In the meanwhile upstanding, law-abiding citizens should arm themselves and get a concealed weapon licence if they want to have any sense of security on the violent streets of Manatee County.
Hank Rogers January 01, 2013 at 06:43 PM
First, I'd remove the red light cameras. They're a public safety farce! They are all about increasing revenue for the county/city with the byproduct of increased rear-end collisions. http://www.stpetecameras.org/home/rlc-studies Then I'd have the sheriff and city police focus their efforts on VIOLENT CRIME. They currently waste too many of their resources on non-violent drug users and prostitutes. These are LOW PRIORITY compared to VIOLENT CRIME! We have way too many unsolved 2012 homicides in Manatee County.
Mark January 02, 2013 at 01:25 AM
You're spot-on about the red light cameras Hank. They are evidence of our lack of leadership in Manatee County. That experiment has been tried elsewhere and the statistics are only a Google search away. Either our leaders can't figure out how to use Google, or they think we are too stupid to and passed those laws thinking the sheep they lead would approve. (Or maybe its both!)

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