Author Archives: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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Relief surges in Bradenton Beach following Irma’s passage

“This is the first time I’ve ever evacuated for a storm,” Paul Paradis, a homeowner in Bradenton Beach and third generation Floridian, said Sept. 11 following Hurricane Irma’s glancing blow to Anna Maria Island the night before. Paradis owns a cottage across Gulf Drive from Cortez Beach. “This time was scary,” Paradis said. “I was […]

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Bradenton Beach battens down hatches

As Bradenton Beach prepared for Hurricane Irma, Vice Mayor John Chappie noted, “This is not our first rodeo.” Bradenton Beach officials and staff held a special meeting Sept. 6 to approve a declaration of emergency from Mayor Bill Shearon as Hurricane Irma drew closer to the tip of Florida. The declaration suspended normal activities, allowing […]

Charter initiatives hit city roadblock

It appears Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach has hit another roadblock in its quest to get three citizen’s initiatives on the November municipal ballot. The grassroots group has until Sept. 8 to finalize the requirements for the initiatives to appear on the ballot. Member Reed Mapes says the city is holding up the process. The […]

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Bradenton Beach approves citizen ballot initiatives

The petitions have been signed, sealed and delivered, with just enough time to get three Bradenton Beach citizen’s initiatives on the November ballot. The grassroots group Concerned Neighbors of Bradenton Beach prepared three ballot initiatives and collected petition signatures from more than 100 Bradenton Beach voters — fulfilling the requirement for signatures from at least […]