Author Archives: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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Turtle watch shocked by EPA halt to nesting

Sea turtles that have nested on Anna Maria Island beaches for millennia are being targeted as undocumented immigrants. According to new environmental regulations enacted by new officials with the EPA, sea turtles will no longer be allowed on U.S. shores, and a wall will be built to prevent future nesting activity. An Aquatic Defense Boundary […]

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Bridge Street restaurant, loud music draw noise complaints

It appears not all the noise problems in Bradenton Beach originate with fun-loving vacationers in short-term rental homes. Live entertainment at the Freckled Fin Restaurant, 101 Bridge St., has resulted in numerous noise complaints to the city. At a March 16 meeting, the city commission unanimously voted to extend the noise ordinance for St. Patrick’s […]

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Bradenton Beach CRA approves contract to build day dock

Bradenton Beach is making strides to increase boat and foot traffic at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The first in a series of proposed large-scale projects in the historic district, replacement of the damaged floating dock adjacent to the pier, is in final contract negotiations. At its March 1 meeting, the community redevelopment agency unanimously […]

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ManaSota cities fight for home rule in Tallahassee

The 2017 legislative session has begun in Tallahassee and home rule is at risk, according to the ManaSota League of Cities. At their March 9 meeting, MSLC members discussed their approach for the legislative session, which began March 7. The MSLC operates under the Florida League of Cities and comprises nine members, each representing a […]

Bradenton Beach finalizes short-term rental ordinance review

Bradenton Beach has rounded a corner in its efforts to regulate vacation rentals. The planning and zoning board, city commissioners, the mayor and staff met Feb. 21 in a workshop to discuss the board’s recommendations for a transient public-lodging establishment ordinance. For about six months, the board has been discussing a TPLE ordinance, similar to […]

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Sarasota outlines criteria for ferry to Bradenton Beach

Gridlocked traffic in Bradenton Beach and downtown Sarasota could be eased with the launch of a ferry, according to businessman Sherman Baldwin. In a 5-0 vote, Sarasota city commissioners gave conditional approval Feb. 21 for the ferry service to debark from downtown Sarasota on an hourly run to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton […]

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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 […]