Cortez crabbers prepare, move traps to water

Kyle McWhorter, left, and Trek Hackney load crab traps Oct. 5 — the first day stone crabbers could sink their traps — at a work yard on 119th Street West in Cortez. The harvest begins Oct. 15. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It won’t be long before fresh stone crab claws are back on restaurant menus as Oct. 5 signaled the first day for fishers to sink their crab traps. And it was a busy day. “It gets more competitive every year,” …

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Veterans Day plans, 2 markets, pirate fest top BB agenda

Bridge Street Merchants vice president Adam Jenkins told Bradenton Beach commissioners Oct. 4 that he would like to see the city do more to honor veterans. Jenkins, of Edgewater Real Estate, 104 Bridge St., said BSM is working on a …

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Plaintiffs offer arbitration in parking lot suit

Resident Jo Ann Meilner offered Bradenton Beach commissioners an unexpected deal at an Oct. 4 meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Meilner is one of three plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit filed against the city in …

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Busy bees

Holmes Beach Police Department officers barricaded a section in the 2900 block of Avenue E Sept. 29, after a large number of bees were discovered swarming in a nearby tree. According to a HBPD report, a beekeeper was contacted to …

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Former Timesaver clerk not guilty of lottery theft

A former cashier at the Timesaver store in Holmes Beach was found not guilty of theft or embezzlement following a bench trial Oct. 1 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Jeanna Mehrhoff, 29, of 7504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, was …

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FISH moves closer to $250,000 grant, preserve plan

Preserving habitat for these fiddler crabs and other species is one reason for the establishment of the FISH 95-acre preserve. FISH is moving closer to creating a conservation easement that could help secure a $250,000 grant to expedite work in the preserve. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage acting preserve chair Karen Bell presented Oct. 1 to the board her 95-acre preserve management plan, a requirement of the board’s goal to secure a $250,000 Southwest Florida Water Management District grant. FISH has been …

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Holmes Beach city attorney responds to citizen inquiries

Holmes Beach City attorney Patricia Petruff has responded to a lengthy email inquiry, mostly concerning building regulations, from Judy Holmes Titsworth with a lengthy memorandum of her own.     In her memo dated Sept. 25 and at that evening’s commission …

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HB building department issues policies, manages workload

    While working to keep up with a burgeoning load of inspections — short a building inspector — public works director Joe Duennes issued two memos last week to commissioners and the mayor.     One signaled an Oct. 1 elevator …

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Holmes Beach planner to determine building study cost

Holmes Beach commissioners directed city planner Bill Brisson to select from a prepared list and examine three recent construction projects to estimate the cost of a more extensive building-practices study.     At their Sept. 25 meeting, commissioners grappled on Residential-2 …

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12 years waiting — HB to open nature preserve

Holmes Beach invites the public to the grand opening Oct. 18 of Grassy Point Preserve, 34-acres of upland, wetland and mangrove hammocks marked by signs and a fence at its Avenue E entrance. Islander Aerial Photo: Jack Elka Inset: “No propellers.”

Grassy Point Preserve, an area of natural uplands, wetlands and mangrove hammocks fronting Sarasota Bay near the Anna Maria Island Bridge, will have a long-awaited opening at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich …

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