Should Manatee County Adopt a Charter?

     The League of Women Voters in Manatee County is sponsoring a petition drive to create a Charter Commission. The commission would work to present a county charter (similar to a constitution) that would be submitted to voters. Some 35,000 signatures are needed on the petition. 
     Charters are considered a more flexible form of government that encourages greater public participation. Twenty counties in Florida, including Sarasota and Charlotte, have charters that are meant to promote “home rule” and make it easier for voters to propose ballot initiatives and determine whether county or municipal ordinances prevail in a conflict. 
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Punta Gorda Airport Reports Impressive Growth

     Congratulations are in order for Punta Gorda Airport, which reported an 11% increase in its passenger count over the last year. For a 12-month period ending in May, the airport reported a count of 1,218,411 passengers, beating Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport with a total of 1,173,335. 
     The Punta Gorda Airport recently completed an extensive expansion project and has added new flights from Allegiant Air and Frontier.
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