Author Archives: Bianca Benedí

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Vacasa plans to abide Anna Maria’s business ban

International vacation rental company Vacasa is taking steps to avoid violating Anna Maria’s formula retail ordinance. In December, Island Real Estate sold its vacation rental operations to the Oregon-based vacation rental giant. The sale included handing over the lease to IRE’s Pine Avenue office. However, questions have been raised about whether Vacasa can operate in […]

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ALS implementation delayed on the island

West Manatee Fire Rescue announced Jan. 23 that it could implement advanced life support care by Feb. 1 from Station 3 on Anna Maria Island, but that date has been pushed back to Feb. 20. Two snags delayed WMFR’s implementation, Chief Tom Sousa said. The district is finalizing “some minute details” with the county regarding […]

Vacation rental legislation moves forward in state Senate

Anna Maria Island elected officials have ears in Tallahassee. And they are staying tuned to the ongoing session of the Floriday Legislature. Senate Bill 1400, introduced by Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, and David Simmons, R-Seminole, passed the second of three committees Feb. 8. The bill would place vacation rental regulations with the state, including licensing and […]

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Anna Maria declines wood pilings for pier rebuild

Anna Maria commissioners made a decision on one part of the Anna Maria City Pier rebuild: The pilings won’t be made of wood. The commission voted 4-1 Jan. 29 to direct Ayres Associates to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for two potential materials for the piling construction: Spun-concrete piles or composite piles. Commissioner Dale Woodland voted […]

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Community center — finally — in the black

Months ago, the Center of Anna Maria Island was warned that if it could not stick to a budget, it may not last the year. Board members announced Jan. 31 that since December, for the first time in the fiscal year that began July 1, the center is operating in the black. With participation rates […]

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2 Anna Maria workers fired for unauthorized plank removal

Two Anna Maria public works employees were fired Jan. 25 for removing two planks from the Anna Maria City Pier while on duty Jan. 19. Peter Piir, a 10-year employee of the city, and Taylor Mannhart were dismissed from the public works department by their manager, Dean Jones, for removing planks. Piir, said Jan. 25 […]

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Anna Maria commissioner to step down

One of Anna Maria’s city commissioners is stepping down, leaving four officials to temporarily legislate city affairs. Commissioner Nancy Yetter will step down in February. Yetter said she is closing a sale on her home and moving to Tampa. She expects the Feb. 8 city meeting will be her last, prematurely ending her third two-year […]