Travel site lists Cortez among top villages

Cortez has been ranked among the top coastal villages in North America by SmarterTravel.com. Pictured is part of the working fleet on the waterfront.

The website SmarterTravel.com, in a travel feature, listed Cortez Village as one of its “Most Unforgettable Villages in North America.” In its comments about Cortez, the website says the fishing village in Manatee County “comes with a side of historical …

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BB-FDLE death investigation nears finish line

The death investigation of Sheena Morris, 22, who died New Year’s Day 2009 in a Bradenton Beach motel room, is close to a conclusion. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said Aug. 15 that rumors the case was closed were …

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Anna Maria requires compliance on address displays

Tape measure? Check. Address numbers? Check. Anna Maria residents and business owners better make sure they have a proper address sign posted on their structure by Sept. 30. Otherwise, they could be facing a code citation and potentially an appearance …

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November election qualifying kicks off this week and next

Anna Maria citizens who want to run for a seat on the city commission in November, have until noon Friday, Aug. 30, to submit qualifying papers. The qualifying period for three of the five two-year seats on the commission that …

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Anna Maria discusses toll, paid parking

Maria commissioners unanimously agreed Aug. 15 that some form of paid parking must be established to control the number of day visitors driving into the city. What they could not agree on was how to implement a plan that exempts …

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Islandwide resort tax increase correlates to tourism hike

Anna Maria Island resort development tax collections for June were up 7.8 percent from the same month last year, a good indication that tourism to the area increased almost 4 percent for the month. That’s because for 25 of the …

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Bradenton Beach passes first reading of cell tower lease

Negotiating politics is rarely a straight path and more often a long and winding road, but Bradenton Beach officials, at their Aug. 15 city meeting, turned another corner in what has been a long haul to improve cellphone service. City …

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HB takes groundbreaking step toward domestic partner registry

Holmes Beach commissioners agreed at an Aug. 13 city meeting to move forward with the creation of a domestic partnership registry for city residents. The program is making a successful run around the state and recent adoption by the Manasota …

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Holmes Beach-Mainsail mediation on unstable ground

Much like the vacant property that sits near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives, the grounds for mediation between Holmes Beach and the Mainsail development team is riddled with obstacles. Mediation on the proposed development that includes a lodge, …

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HB chief warns motorists: ‘zero tolerance’ in school zone

Holmes Beach Police Department Sgt. Mike Pilato, left, record clerk T-Rex Ogle and patrol officer Brian Copeman, behind the sign on Marina Drive, check settings on an electronic traffic aid that alerts drivers on the road of their speed. A sign displays the speed limit. Pilato said the device would be deployed at Anna Maria Elementary School at 4700 Gulf Drive during the first week of school. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer reminded islanders that Anna Maria Elementary School students are back in classrooms and speeding through the school zone at 4700 Gulf Drive will net “zero tolerance.” Tokajer also announced that the department will participate …

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