Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Herald government reporter launches blog

Toni Whitt, our new urban affairs reporter, is blogging now in "Off the Agenda." As she writes, this blog is designed to look at the effects of government decisions on neighborhoods, businesses and individuals.

In her most recent posting, Toni notes a genuine success story where residents' voices were heard. She wrote last week about residents in Bayshore Gardens pleading for help with abandoned homes in their neighborhood, where arsonists have set more than a dozen fires in the past 18 months and squatters have trashed the properties.

As she notes in her blog today, the county staff has found some grant money to begin demolishing those houses.

Toni will continue to track the highs and lows of our elected officials here in Manatee County. We definitely know there's plenty to write about.

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