The Bradenton Times
The Bradenton Times is an online newspaper founded and continuously published on the Internet from Bradenton, Florida. It is a web news and community resource site for Bradenton and Manatee County designed to supply broad coverage of information about the community as well as current local, regional, state, and national news. Podcast interviews were introduced in 2021 .
The stated philosophy of The Bradenton Times is to be a community voice by providing news of local, state, and national topics and additionally, by providing readers the opportunity to comment on news articles, submit opinions or Letter to the Editor, create their own news articles, participate in polls, and provide article-related forums directly on the site.
The newspaper was founded by and is published by Joe McClash, a former commissioner for Manatee County (from 1990-2012) and the owner of McClash Rentals, Inc. After serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1975–1979, at the age of twenty-four, he founded McClash Heating And Cooling, continuing that business from 1982–2002.
He founded The Bradenton Times, often abbreviated to TBT, in 2008 to provide a "one-stop" location published for all community information and local news.
Official participation in other community government and affairs by McClash includes chair of Manatee County Port Authority, as well as serving on the Manatee County Civic Center Authority, West Coast Inland Navigation District, Environmental Action Commission, Tourist Development Council, and the Sarasota and Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. He also has participated in many other organizations in the community such as, CEO Roundtable, Tampa Bay National Estuary Program, Manatee Chamber of Commerce Joint Planning Committee, ITS Program, and the Bradenton Yacht Club.