Monday, August 27, 2012

Bradenton welcomes RNC guests from Tampa

Surfers gather on Holmes Beach, near White Avenue, to take advantage of waves churned up by Tropical Storm Isaac. WADE TATANGELO/Bradenton Herald.

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The Republican National Convention has taken over Tampa.

And much of St. Petersburg.

It's a big mess of traffic jams and maybe even mayhem courtesy of those pesky anarchists.

But south of that big bridge called the Skyway, which spans Tampa Bay, it's business as usual in the Bradenton area.

(OK, Isaac might have made things a little wet and wacky, but it's quite sane here compared to life north of the Skyway this week.)

So, let me offer some suggestions for visitors to Manatee County.

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