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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Traffic flows to and from the mainland last week on the Anna Maria Island Bridge in late September. On Monday, Sept. 29, the Manatee Avenue structure closed to motorists for 45 days and $10.1 million in repairs. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Days of reckoning: Island holds breath as AMI bridge closed by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Island business owners and concerned residents will spend the next few weeks holding their collective breath. Crews for contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto have closed the Anna Maria Island Bridge to normal vehicle traffic for the next 45 days.
MCAT offers driving alternatives for bridge closure
The Manatee County Area Transit will provide Islanders and mainlanders with several alternatives for transportation during the scheduled 45-day closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge that began Sept. 29.
Humpback bridge closed indefinitely by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners at the Sept. 23 budget hearing learned from public works director George McKay that during repairs to the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard, a safety issue came to light. Slabs on the north approach need repairs that might cost the city about $8,200, he said.
Credit crisis could affect Anna Maria budget by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners learned the hard facts of being at the low end of the municipal credit market at their Sept. 23 public hearing, when they unanimously approved a $2.2 million operating budget for 2008-09 budget and a property tax drop from 2.0415 to 1.7882 mills.
Holmes Beach city commissioners unanimously approved a 2008-09 budget of $4.325 million at their Sept. 23 public hearing on the budget, a decline of 12.7 percent from last year’s budget, city treasurer Rick Ashley said.
Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, will join others Oct. 2 in Bradenton to celebrate the second anniversary of the Emergency Contact Information Program and TIFF’s Initiative.