Author Archives: Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria agrees to offer 9 Bert Harris settlements

The Anna Maria city commission voted April 6 to approve nine more Bert Harris settlement offers. The offers — if accepted — would grant owners occupancy of between eight and 14 people with the stipulation that all bedrooms are at least 100 square feet. An exception was made for property at 501 S. Bay Blvd. […]

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Anna Maria’s VRO: 1 year later, debate continues

One year later and the controversial Anna Maria vacation rental ordinance could still be in flux. Anna Maria’s VRO went into effect April 1, 2016, after months of debate and controversy. The ordinance came with a registration and license requirement, regular inspections, an eight-person occupancy limit and minimum requirements for the size of a bedroom. […]

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Transportation planners announce new island shuttle

New curb-to-curb shuttle services are coming to the barrier islands. The second annual Transportation Awareness Day conference was held March 24 at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. At the conference, Manatee County Area Transit planning manager Ryan Suarez announced a new shuttle service will be deployed between […]

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Anna Maria Mayor lobbies in Tallahassee

Anna Maria is now on Tallahassee’s radar. That’s what Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said March 23 at a city commission meeting, when he gave an update on two bills that could undo the city’s vacation rental regulations. Murphy visited Tallahassee March 19-21, meeting with city lobbyist Chip Case, as well as multiple state elected […]

More Bert Harris settlement offers made in Anna Maria

The Anna Maria City Commission agreed March 23 to extend seven more Bert Harris settlement offers. Commissioner Nancy Yetter voted against approving the offers. Since Anna Maria’s vacation rental ordinance went into effect April 2016, more than 100 Bert Harris claims have been filed against the city. Of 112 filed claims, 51 have been settled […]

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WMFR plans dedication to retired chief

After 35 years of fire-rescue service, retired Chief Andy Price’s impact on the West Manatee Fire Rescue district is being recognized. Price will be honored at a dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. WMFR will dedicate Station 3 in his name. Station 3 in Holmes Beach once housed the administration office and was the […]

Bert Harris settlement offers continue in Anna Maria

Anna Maria City Commissioners authorized six more settlement offers March 9 for Bert Harris claims filed against the city. Of 112 claims filed, 59 await a response or initial offer. The six recommendations were for four new offers and two counter-offers and Vose recommended occupancy settlements between 10 and 12 for all six properties. The […]

Center board applauds dinner theater, reviews financial losses

The Center of Anna Maria Island’s murder-mystery dinner theater may be the programming highlight of the year, board members agreed at their Feb. 27 meeting. The dinner-theater event was both well attended and successful in raising $32,000. The murder-mystery “Shag Another Day: Convention of Evil-Doers,” written by center volunteer Beth Shaughnessy, attracted 450 guests Feb. […]

Anna Maria settles more Bert Harris claims

After a brief lull in the flurry of claims and settlements under the Bert Harris Jr. Act, Anna Maria city commissioners voted Feb. 23 to approve nine more settlement offers. More than 100 Bert Harris claims have been filed against Anna Maria since its vacation-rental ordinance went into effect in April 2016. Of the 112 […]