Cortez Bridge is “structurally deficient,” DOT says

A Florida Department of Transportation engineer’s report on the Cortez Bridge on State Road 684 sounds bleak. The DOT report by Jim Jacobsen presented to Manatee County Commissioners last year says the bridge is “structurally deficient,” with a sufficiency rating …

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Holmes Beach leads cities in resort taxes paid

With monthly Manatee County resort tax collections surpassing $1 million for the first time ever in February, it also was a record month for resort tax collections in Holmes Beach. The resort tax — often called the bed tax and …

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Tourism gains mirror resort tax collections

Tourism to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the entire Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau market area is up 12.3 percent for the first two months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Walter Klages of Research …

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TDC OKs $25K to support ‘old Florida’ conference

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive manager Debbie Meihls, left, Manatee County Tourist Development Council member Ed Chiles, convention executive director Elliott Falcione, and former BACVB executive director Larry White gather at Holmes Beach City Hall following the April 16 TDC meeting. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The message came through to the Manatee County Tourism Development Council from Herb Hiller: Places that pay attention to ‘place’ authenticity will prosper. Apparently marketing of Anna Maria Island as the true “old Florida-style” destination is working. Hiller, who has …

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Holmes Beach commissioner challenges for TDC seat

Two Holmes Beach commissioners are vying for a four-year term on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council.         Commissioner Jean Peelen announced last week she is seeking the advisory board position currently held by fellow Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens, who has …

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CRA votes to approve pier engineer study

The pilings under the T-end of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach show age and water damage at low tide. Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners moved the piling replacement project forward April 18 by voting for an engineering study. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency at its April 18 meeting unanimously approved an engineering study for the Historic Bridge Street Pier piling and decking replacement project. The project calls for replacing 151 pilings, and includes replacing the pier’s aging …

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Night market approved for Bridge Street

Browsing at the weekly Bridge Street Market usually results in a unique find. Opportunities for bargains will expand with three nighttime markets in June, and possibly two more in July. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Bridge Street Merchants Association received approval for a special event permit to conduct a nighttime market on Bridge Street, but not without compromise. The permit request was initially placed into the consent agenda — a list of routine items …

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Earth day

  Children play a game designed to promote recycling at the April 21 Earth Day festivities and grand opening of Dogs and Arts for the Earth, 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The business sponsored a Family Earth Day celebration. Islander …

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Man dies after walking into traffic

A 55-year-old Bradenton man was killed at approximately 9:30 a.m. April 17 while attempting to cross Cortez Road in Cortez. Daniel Dietz Elliot was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tundra hauling a trailer, driven by David Smith, 47, of Bradenton. …

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Take Back Day keeps drugs out of harm’s way

Is your bathroom cabinet teeming with old, unused prescription drugs? For safety and the sake of a healthier environment, pharmaceutical drugs should be disposed of properly, say government researchers and law enforcement. And a local option is to drop them …

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