Come fly with me

Adventure challenge With Islander Reporter Mark Young

Check your flaps, rev the motor, gently pull on the wheel and it’s nothing but blue skies ahead and teal-colored water below. The dream of man to take to the sky existed long before the Wright brothers achieved 12 seconds …

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Anna Maria commission tackles various projects

Anna Maria commissioners were busy at their March 22 meeting, passing a new stormwater ordinance, continuing an ordinance on residential docking and parking, and holding the first hearing of an ordinance establishing environmental zones. Commissioners agreed to postpone and continue …

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Fate of Australian pines at stake in BB park

For now, the Australian pine trees at John Chappie Gulfside Park will be trimmed. At the March 21 capital improvement projects/city commission meeting, the future of the trees at the park, four lots on the Gulf of Mexico in the …

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BB committees organize, address pier issues

Fishers, visitors and others enjoy the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. An option to remove the T-end of the pier, possibly short-term, is being considered by the city. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Bradenton Beach City Pier Committee will spearhead the proposed project to replace degrading pilings under the Historic Bridge Street Pier, but will have help from other city committees and staff. At the March 21 community redevelopment agency/city commission meeting, …

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BridgeTender forced to halt outdoor expansion

The BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, started to build a service area in its bayfront parking area, but that work has been halted by the city. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, has been issued a stop work order for unpermitted work to expand its outside seating capacity in its bayfront parking area. According to Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert, …

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Easter services set

Palm Sunday and Easter week services will be offered islandwide at churches, including special events during the holy week, beginning with Palm Sunday services and ending Easter Sunday, April 8.     The annual Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island sunrise …

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HB scrutinizes buildable duplex lots

Twenty lots left?         It was a comment that reverberated at the Feb. 28 work session where a residential moratorium on building was regarded and rejected by the Holmes Beach City Commission.         Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said “a couple …

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DEP warns two dock owners

Two docks at 5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach, line the bayfront after last year’s construction and permitting by the city. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has visited the site, measured and found improper spacing between the docks, and is investigating. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Warning letters were issued Feb. 29 by the Florida Departmental of Environment Protection to the owners of 5311 Sunrise Lane for constructing docks within 65 linear feet of each other in Anna Maria Sound without a proper DEP permit.         …

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Mayor brings meals on wheels

Local mayors participate, including Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby, right, serving a client lunch, in the national “Mayors for Meals” day March 21, delivering hot meals to homebound seniors. It is sponsored locally by Meals on Wheels PLUS and the …

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Roadwatch, March 28-April 4

Manatee County Utilities Department crews are preparing trenches for pipeline installation along Anna Maria’s North Shore Drive and nearby side streets, and positioning equipment on the rights of way for further portions of the project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria pipeline work begins The Manatee County Utilities Department is continuing installation of new sewer lines along North Shore Drive in Anna Maria. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving near the construction. The project area is between …

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