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Monday, July 30th, 2012

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Empty nest found on cell tower, faux bird OK’d

There’s another home in Holmes Beach that can be called an “empty nest.” An investigation into the Holmes Beach cell tower by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission found no evidence of fledglings, eggs or any birds inhabiting an osprey nest. FWC spokesperson Gary Morse and pilot/officer Mike Wood flew over ...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Empty nest found on cell tower, faux bird OK’d

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission representatives on a flyover of the Holmes Beach cell tower the past week determined the nest to be empty, with no evidence of fledgling birds or eggs. Islander Photo: Courtesy FWC

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Anna Maria eyes law enforcement expenses

Anna Maria commissioners at a budget session July 17 opted to have the mayor negotiate with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office to find any cost cuts. City treasurer Diane Percycoe presented the MCSO’s proposed $698,735 contract for law enforcement services for 2012-13. The $698,735 is an 8.5 percent increase from the ...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

BB backs off hour-reduction for building official

One of the few proposed savings in the Bradenton Beach 2012-13 budget was to scale back the billable hours for building official Steve Gilbert. Commissioner Ric Gatehouse made the proposal as he looked to reduce the city’s $104,000 deficit. Gatehouse said the hiring of city planner Alan Garrett should reduce Gilbert’s workload, ...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

BB commissioners clash over budget

Bradenton Beach commissioners, seeking to overcome a $104,000 budget deficit in 2012-13, clashed July 16 at city hall during a second round of budget talks. Commissioner Jan Vosburgh questioned in an email the process, expressing disappointment at across-the-board increases in department budgets. Vosburgh, who has been attending city meetings via live video ...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Historic Bridge Street Pier budget approved

Bradenton Beach commissioners unanimously approved a proposed $34,300 budget for the Historic Bridge Street Pier, which does not include community redevelopment agency funding for the upcoming reconstruction project. The bulk of the pier budget approved July 17 consists of $9,000 for utilities. Public Works director Tom Woodard requested an additional $5,385 to ...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

BB commissioners approve police budget

Bradenton Beach commissioners July 16 approved more than $960,000 to fund the police department for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. Commissioners kicked off Week Two of budget talks at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., making minor adjustments to the police budget. Commissioner Ed Straight asked Speciale if he ...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Street sweeping to pick up in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach commissioners July 17 addressed two new issues — street sweeping and emergency electricity — with public works director Tom Woodard. During initial budget talks that started July 9, Woodard said sweeping costs went up dramatically when he lost his storage yard to the parking lot next to public works. ...

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

HB commissioners preview budget

With local property tax revenues declining, Holmes Beach treasurer Rick Ashley is expected to propose a reduced city budget July 24. “They’re no big changes,” said Ashley, who met last week individually with commissioners to preview the budget. One reason for the reduced budget — $800,000-$900,000 less than last year — is ...


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