Author Archives: Bianca Benedí

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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 […]

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Anna Maria opens RFPs for city pier repair

Anna Maria is moving forward with plans to restore its 105-year-old city pier on Tampa Bay at the east end of Pine Avenue. Three engineering firms responded to the city of Anna Maria’s request for proposals to engineer repairs to the Anna Maria City Pier. At the bid opening Feb. 14, Mayor Dan Murphy announced […]

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WMFR approves chaplain program, contract to sell admin building

West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners Feb. 16 authorized a contract with a real estate agent, a chaplain program and reviewed annual reports. The commission unanimously approved a motion to hire real estate agent J. Daniel Douglass to sell the administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The commission agreed the building is too large for […]

Anna Maria VRO lobbyist gets to work

What’s up in Tallahassee? Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy reported at a Feb. 7 city meeting that lobbyist Chip Case is at work on behalf of the city in the state capital. Case was hired Jan. 23 on a $5,000 monthly retainer to battle state Senate and House bills that pose threats to the city’s […]

County backs WMFR’s ASL request

After a meeting with the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, a goal of the West Manatee Fire Rescue District is closer to reality. In a meeting Feb. 7, county commissioners requested that county attorney Mitchell Palmer draft legislation to allow WMFR to offer advanced life support services. WMFR Commissioner Randy Cooper addressed the county board […]

3 resign from center after-school program

Three employees at the Center of Anna Maria Island — all working in the Beyond The Classroom program either full or part time — have resigned. Children enrolled in the BTC after-school program will remain at Anna Maria Elementary for BTC until March 10, when the center should hopes to have its staffing problem resolved, […]