Author Archives: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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‘Lights out’ season

Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, stands May 16 by the recently placed “Lights Out” sign on the public facility building near the south entrance to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Manatee County approved placement of the sign at Coquina Beach, when its previous location on Manatee Avenue, west […]

Bradenton Beach considers WCIND funding request

Bradenton Beach is asking Manatee County to provide funding to regulate the anchorage area adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The city is applying for a $50,000 grant from the West Coast Inland Navigational District for a lift for the police boat at the Historic Bridge Street Pier and $90,000 for derelict boat removal. […]

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Bridge St. biz: going, going… gone!

The building at 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, is demolished May 8 to make room for new retail space and a restaurant. Developer Mike Hynds plans to add residential units in a second phase. Construction is planned for later this year, with a prospective February 2018 opening date. The site is the former location of […]

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CRA approves Bradenton Beach new pier AC, torn on funding

The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency approved a bid for engineering and construction for new air conditioners for the restaurant at the Historic Bridge Street Pier, but questions were raised as to who will pay. In a special meeting April 25, Bradenton Beach public works director Tom Woodard presented a bid recommendation for Southern Cross […]

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Holes on the beach pose danger to walkers, sea turtles

A female snowy plover sits next to her chick April 20 on the beach near 81st Street in Holmes Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers have been watching a mating pair and another male on the beach in that area. The chick pictured is one of three that hatched April 19. Islander Photo: Courtesy 
Pete Gross

Safety do’s and don’ts for nesting season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends people follow these guidelines for sea turtle safety: DO turn off or adjust lighting along the beachfront to prevent nesting sea turtles from becoming disoriented and going toward the glow of light on land, instead of natural light reflecting on the surface of the water. Indoor lights […]