Author Archives: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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Bradenton Beach cell tower repair completed, new carriers on horizon

Reliable cellphone service may be around the corner. There may soon be new carriers and improved signals for the cell tower in Bradenton Beach. The tower recently was repaired after damage incurred during Hurricane Irma When Irma blew by Sept. 10, 2017, the storm took down a 4-by-12-foot section of paneling, which landed on a […]

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Pool slides prohibited, setbacks restored in Bradenton Beach

Marco! Polo! Efforts to reduce noise problems that emanate from swimming pools at vacation rentals and affect residents in Bradenton Beach have led to some code changes. At a Jan. 23 special meeting, commissioners and the mayor held the final hearing and vote on an ordinance amending the land development code to regulate swimming pool […]

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Cold-stunned sea turtle rescued by youth

It pays to pay attention in school. Max Higgins, 11, of Anna Maria, a fifth-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, applied knowledge learned from educational talks at his school when he discovered a green sea turtle in trouble Jan. 19 in the rocks on the shoreline near the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria. […]

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Anna Maria Island included in national shorebird survey

Winter on Anna Maria Island provides an opportunity to see shorebirds on their winter migration. This time of year also provides state and federal organizations an opportunity to work with local groups to survey migratory shorebirds that may be in decline. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as a partner in the “American oystercatcher […]

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Bradenton Beach city attorney cleared of plagiarism

A complaint in Bradenton Beach about the city attorney made to the state bar could soon cost taxpayers $5,000. During the Jan. 24 city commission meeting, Commissioner Jake Spooner re-opened discussion about fees incurred by city attorney Ricinda Perry to defend herself against an allegation made by former planning and zoning board member John Metz […]

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Bridge Street restaurant, bar get P&Z nod for zoning change

The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board came to a big conclusion for one Bridge Street establishment. Six months after hearing several requests from representatives of the Bridgetender Dockside Bar and Restaurant, the P&Z board voted Jan. 10 to recommend approval of the restaurant’s change to a major development and a comprehensive plan amendment to […]