From the closure of the Ringling Bros. circus, to Panama Papers, to a “slick” scheme run by a car restoration shop, I’ve covered it all for the Bradenton Herald in Bradenton, Florida.

When people ask what I cover, I say “anything and everything business in Manatee County” – restaurant, tourism, economic development, Port Manatee, the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, real estate and more.

Circulation: 27,000 daily, 39,000 Sunday and 3.9 million page views per month.

 

Feld Entertainment and other economic development incentives:

Post-circus closure spurs reorganization at Feld, which prevents company from submitting employee roster to Manatee County, per incentive deal 

Last curtain call for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Sidebar to above story: Feld Entertainment gave executives $1.5 million in raises in 2015

End of Ringling Bros. circus means end of dozens of local jobs

Taxpayer money, Feld Entertainment save old Palmetto warehouse

Design Concepts enters second economic development agreement

Dixie Southern receives $12,000 for creating 12 jobs

Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation corrects wrong cost-of-living data

 

Port Manatee:

Port Manatee to get first shipment of Colombian coffee since 1993

Port Manatee dedicates reconstructed Berth 9

 

SRQ airport:

Local airport officials generally support idea of privatizing air traffic control

Want to go to Nova Scotia? There’s a flight from SRQ for that

 

Restaurant:

Mermaid Pies and Produce takes place of Connie’s Produce in Cortez

Daiquiri Deck coming to Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach

Downtown Mexican restaurant openings delayed by myriad of factors

 

Tourism:

Record-breaking tourist tax year for Manatee County

Sarasota County enters agreement with Airbnb

 

Real estate:

Carlos Beruff purchases, flips foreclosed Ellenton land

Most of U.S. has decreasing home inventory; Bradenton bucks trend

 

Miscellaneous:

Former Bradenton businessman appears in Panama Papers database

The lifespan of #BoycottBradenton

Slicks Garage, of reality television fame, forcibly opened for repossession of two Cadillacs