Author Archives: Bianca Benedí

Center looks to donors for revenue boost

The Center of Anna Maria Island still lags in revenue four months into its fiscal year. However, board members hope donors will respond to improved participation rates with financial contributions. Board members met Nov. 15 to review the center’s financial status and receive updates on operations. An audit will be ready for delivery by the […]

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WMFR recommends PulsePoint apps

West Manatee Fire Rescue is asking people to download the PulsePoint app and accompanying PulsePoint AED app. Designed to help people find the closest automated-external defibrillator, the PulsePoint AED app also shows the location of people in need of help and can alert users who’ve marked themselves as CPR-trained when an emergency is registered nearby. […]

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Chamber, Anna Maria, MCSO probe Bayfest security options

The Bayfest matter has been resolved, sort of. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said he will inquire with city attorney Becky Vose about whether a permit allowing drinking on Pine Avenue also gives permit-holders exclusive rights to sell alcohol for an event. At a meeting with representatives from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce […]

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Anna Maria commissioners plan for new year

After voters elected to keep the Anna Maria City Commission intact, commissioners voted Nov. 16 to keep most of their commission assignments and responsibilities intact. Commissioners unanimously voted for Doug Copeland to continue to serve as chair. Commissioner Nancy Yetter passed the vice-chair baton to Commissioner Carol Carter, who received the most votes out of […]

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Veteran recognized in Bradenton Beach

In Bradenton Beach, one military veteran’s daughter took the extra step to celebrate her father’s service. On the evening of Nov. 10, Debbie Bacon had staff from the Bradenton company Flamingos at Large decorate John Bacon’s front yard with U.S. flags and a sign identifying him as a World War II Navy veteran. When he […]

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Developer settles Anna Maria lawsuit for $1 million

Shawn Kaleta and the city of Anna Maria have reached a $1 million settlement. The parties signed off on an agreement and Florida Municipal Insurance Trust delivered a $1 million check Nov. 10 to Kaleta’s law firm, Najmy Thompson PA. “We are pleased with the settlement, not mainly for its dollar amount,” wrote Louis Najmy, […]

AM commissioner raises concerns about event security

Not everyone is pleased with the impact Bayfest has on local businesses. At a city commission meeting Oct. 26, Anna Maria Commissioner Brian Seymour raised concerns about instructions to private security officers and how the annual Bayfest event impacts businesses on Pine Avenue. Bayfest, presented by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, took place […]

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Anna Maria considers alternatives, cost for pier planks

Anna Maria will look for an alternative use for the 1,000 pier planks on the 800-foot walkway at the Anna Maria City Pier, but it’s possible the planks won’t be repurposed. At a city commission meeting Nov. 9, Mayor Dan Murphy asked commissioners if they wanted him to get cost estimates for alternatives to preserve […]

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Anna Maria voters re-elect 3 to commission

The polls are closed and the votes are tallied in Anna Maria. Carol Carter, Doug Copeland and Dale Woodland retained their seats on the city commission. Newcomer Laurie Jo Higgins lost her bid for a spot behind the dais. Carter, whose campaign activities outpaced other candidates, received 332 votes — the most of the four […]