Author Archives: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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AM resident fights senate VRO kill-bill

Anna Maria resident Amy Tripp is taking matters into her own hands. Tripp has started an online petition against a bill sponsored by state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. SB 188 states, “A local law, ordinance, or regulation may not restrict the use of vacation rentals, prohibit vacation rentals, or regulate the duration or frequency of […]

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Bradenton Beach accepts $1 marina offer to dock police boat

Just about any boater would call it a good deal. Bradenton Beach commissioners have agreed to Bradenton Beach Marina’s $1-per-year lease offer for dock space for the Bradenton Beach Police Department patrol boat. At its Feb. 2 meeting, the commission voted 4-1 to approve the agreement. Commissioner Ralph Cole cast the dissenting vote. In a […]

Medical marijuana dispensaries banned in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach commissioners were given the opportunity to reconsider a proposed ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in the city before a final reading, hearing and vote. However, city officials stayed their course and unanimously approved the ban. A supermajority of voters chose “yes” to constitutional Amendment No. 2 on Election Day, Nov. 8, legalizing the […]

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Local leaders discuss island living, island water taxi

Concerns regarding a diminishing residential population and increasing tourism have driven some islanders to find ways to keep residents on Anna Maria Island and attract new ones. Locals also have been researching and implementing alternative transportation, including water taxis, to get increasing numbers of people to and from the island without adding to existing traffic […]

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Counterfeit $10 circulates at BB pier

Some funny money changed hands in Bradenton Beach. On Jan. 26, Sherman Baldwin, owner of Paradise Boat Tours in Bradenton Beach, reported a counterfeit $10 to the Bradenton Beach Police Department. Baldwin said an employee received a bill that “looked suspicious.” “It looked strange, but felt normal,” Baldwin said Jan. 27. “It also was dated […]

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Bradenton Beach P&Z strategizes rental regulation approach

The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board is recommending a dual approach to regulate vacation rentals. For several months, the board has been meeting to discuss recommendations for a transient public lodging establishment ordinance, similar to existing vacation rental ordinances in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. Additionally, the board is dissecting the comprehensive plan and […]

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Sarasota senator defends vacation rental rollback bill

Regulations curtailing the effects of short-term rentals on long-term residents are at risk. Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, filed a bill Dec. 16, 2016, that would prevent local governments from enacting new regulations specific to vacation rentals and would roll back vacation rental ordinances adopted after 2011. Steube’s proposed bill — SB188 — states, “A local […]

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League takes up fight against senator’s vacation rental repeal

As the state gears up for the 2017 legislative session in Tallahassee, the ManaSota League of Cities is preparing its stance on short-term rental regulations. Its position is clear — give short-term rental rights back to residents in barrier island cities. At its Jan. 12 meeting, board members discussed the MSLC’s approach for the legislative […]