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WMFR to dedicate new station

Retired Fire Marshal Robert “Bob” Kline will be honored at West Manatee Fire Rescue’s new Station 1. In a unanimous vote July 21, commissioners agreed to name the newly built station at 407 67th St. W., Bradenton, in honor of …

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Cortez Bridge alternatives on deck at Aug. 9 DOT meet

A map shows the area the Florida Department of Transportation is studying as it determines the future of the Cortez Bridge. Islander Graphic: Courtesy DOT

A public meeting about the project development and environment study on the future of the Cortez Bridge will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The Florida Department of Transportation …

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Holmes Beach hosts Night Out

National Night Out will take place Tuesday, Aug. 2, at Holmes Beach city field, and in thousands of U.S. and Canadian communities. Islander Courtesy Graphic

Shake an officer’s hand. Hug a neighbor. Meet an organizer. Take a tumble in the dunk tank. A local observance of National Night Out will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in city field, 5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach. The …

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Beachfront living: Shield lights to protect sea turtles

Interior light emanates July 19 from a house on the beach near Elm Street in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Anna Maria Island’s sea turtle habitat is thriving, but sometimes people unwittingly interfere with Mother Nature. Nesting female loggerheads and their hatchlings sometimes become disoriented by ambient light close to the shore. Sea turtles — mostly loggerheads on AMI — …

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Anna Maria offers terms on $6.8M in Bert Harris claims

City attorney Becky Vose, left, details settlement suggestions July 21 to the commission, as the 150-day deadline for some of the claims approaches. City finance director Maggie Martinez is seated with Vose. Islander Photo: Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria city commissioners voted 3-2 to settle 24 Bert Harris Act claims valued at $6,869,000 by offering alternative regulations for the number of allowed guests in a vacation home. The settlement was recommended by city attorney Becky Vose, who …

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Anna Maria begins budget planning with rate increase

City commissioners approved a timeline July 21 to begin work on the city budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Budget work sessions will be 6 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. Public hearings …

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Anna Maria mayor extends deadline to hire clerk

After three of five candidates for the position of city clerk withdrew their applications, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy extended the deadline for applicants to Aug. 1. Rebecca Haynes, Keri Miller and Kathleen Sotero withdrew their applications, leaving Janet “Jamie” …

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School calendar

• 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, parents may call the school at 941-708-5525 for student 2016-17 class placement information. • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, back-to-school night for kindergarten through second-grade. • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday Aug 8, back-to-school night …

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Bradenton Beach approves tax rate hike for 2016-17

Property taxes in Bradenton Beach are going up. With a 4-1 vote July 21, Bradenton Beach commissioners set a tentative 2.3329 millage rate for the 2016-17 fiscal year — $2.33 per $1,000 of property value — effectively raising property taxes …

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Moratorium plan will halt building in Bradenton Beach

Priscilla Van Ahnen, left, speaks with Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jake Spooner and Mayor Bill Shearon July 21 during a commission meeting recess at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

What happens when moratoriums, vacation rentals and large multi-bedroom homes are mixed together in Bradenton Beach? Trouble. City commissioners held the first public reading July 21 of a proposed ordinance on a six-month building moratorium for the Nov. 8 ballot. …

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