AM’s planned legal action against vacation rentals fuels heat

Not everyone is pleased in paradise, particularly with a decision made by Anna Maria city commissioners to proceed with a legal challenge that would determine whether the city’s hotel/motel ordinance applies to vacation rentals. While the voice vote Aug. 22 …

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Mainsail Lodge, Holmes Beach put down swords

Special Magistrate Steven Seibert reminds both sides at the onset of the second round of mediation between Holmes Beach city officials and the Mainsail Lodge development team Sept. 4 by that the process is about finding common ground. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Not every obstacle has been cleared for Mainsail Lodge to break ground on a proposed hotel, restaurant and marina at the property near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives, but a major hurdle was crossed Sept. 4 with the …

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Islanders ride surfin’ safari to Cocoa Beach benefit

Former islander Georgio Gomez takes on a wave near the pier.

The 28th annual National Kidney Foundation Rich Salick Pro/AM Surf Festival presented by Ron Jon Surf Shop and NKF of Florida was held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Cocoa Beach in memory of the late Rich Salick. The competition was co-founded …

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Nov. 5 races set in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach

Two new political candidates will join two incumbents in the Nov. 5 election campaign for one of the three seats on the Anna Maria City Commission.     An early look at the candidates:     • Carol Carter: Carter lives on …

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As sea turtles hatch, count inches AMITW closer to record

Green sea turtle hatchlings from the last known nest to hatch during a record 2012 season head to the Gulf of Mexico in December. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring is two nests shy of last year’s record season. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring is two nests shy of tying its 2012 record of 362 nests. Volunteers in Section 3 have confirmed an unverified nest near the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. An unverified nest, or …

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Bradenton Beach passes 1st reading of 2013-14 budget

It was a mere formality for Bradenton Beach commissioners at the first reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. With no one present from the public, the process moved along quickly with commissioners passing resolutions to …

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BB pier renovation behind schedule, restaurant bidding closes

Visitors last year to the Historic Bridge Street Pier enjoy the sights and sounds of Sarasota Bay. Now half the pier, including the once-popular waterfront restaurant, is closed and will remain so as a planned renovation project falls behind schedule. Islander File Photo: Mark Young

Renovation for the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier was due to be completed by the end of August, but the project is months behind schedule. At a Sept. 5 city pier team meeting, Police Chief Sam Speciale, who facilitates …

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Honey bees, beekeepers feel squeeze of development

Lynn Osborn, left, inspects a bee hive with other members of the Suncoast Beekeepers Association during an April workday in the association’s apiary.

Beekeeper Lynn Osborn remembers a time when honey bees were as abundant and healthy in this part of the Sunshine State as the sun’s rays. “I used to open hives up and when I would lift the inner corner, the …

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HBPD officer arrests alleged sleeping car thief

alleged car thief was arrested Sept. 5 at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, after illegally parking the stolen vehicle and then falling asleep in the backseat. Matthew Rodgers, 24, of Bradenton, faces a charge of felony …

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Manatee-Sarasota hosting 2017 world rowing championships

The International Federation of Rowing announced Sept. 1 that Manatee and Sarasota counties will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The announcement was made at this year’s world championships in South Korea. The vote of the governing body of the …

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