Author Archives: Kathy Prucnell

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Rental management company drops VRO appeal

Chalk up a win for Anna Maria. A challenge to the city’s limit of eight guests in a vacation rental unit has been withdrawn. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said Feb. 10 he was “very pleased” with the withdrawal of the appeal and expects the case will return to the circuit court for a hearing […]

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HB approves ‘no-change’ offers to Harris claimants

Holmes Beach commissioners unanimously voted Jan. 31 to stand behind the city ordinances attacked by three Bert Harris claimants. City attorney Patty Petruff presented three letters addressed to claimants meant to comply with the Bert J. Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act. Two letters offer no settlement and no change from a Sept. 8, […]

Holmes Beach set to discuss Bert Harris offers

Holmes Beach commissioners were expected to discuss “offer” letters to three Bert Harris claimants at a 3 p.m. Jan. 31 meeting, held after Islander press time. The city response is required within 150 days by the Bert J. Harris Private Property Rights Protection Act after a property owner submits a claim alleging a government action […]

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Holmes Boulevard owner slaps Harris suit on Holmes Beach

A home can be an investment — a nest egg for retirement. Robert and Ellen McCaffrey, who’ve lived in Holmes Beach since 1993, hope to realize theirs at 7003 Holmes Blvd. The McCaffreys, represented by attorney Fred Moore of Blalock Walters, P.A., of Bradenton, filed Jan. 20 a two-count complaint in 12th Circuit Court, alleging […]

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Holmes Beach DUI arrests up, other crime stats stay same

More motorists were arrested for drunken driving in Holmes Beach as law enforcement held the line against crime in 2016 on the 7-mile Anna Maria Island. Police departments in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for the city of Anna Maria provide 24/7 dispatch and patrols for an island residential […]

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Holmes Beach defends tree house order to 2nd DCA

The tree house is back in the courthouse. Owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen are waging another challenge in the 2nd District Court of Appeal, this time seeking to overturn an August 2016 circuit court order that halted their attempt to grandfather the tree house by putting it to a citywide vote. Tran-Hazen feel they […]

FISH signs on for Long Bar Pointe fight, mitigation appeal

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage recently voted 14-1 to oppose a second attempt from Long Bar Pointe LLLP to operate a 260-acre wetland mitigation bank on Sarasota Bay along a 2-mile stretch of pristine shoreline southeast of Cortez. Next to the submerged mitigation site of mostly mangroves and seagrasses, the same developers are planning […]

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FISH plans, readies 35th commercial fishing festival

The Cortez festival that began in 1983 with hundreds of attendees will celebrate its 35th year with an expected two-day attendance of 20,000. The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival will be held Feb. 18-19 in the same location as recent fests — the area surrounding the 119th Street fishing docks. Since the early 1990s, the festival […]