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Turtle watch shocked by EPA halt to nesting

Sea turtles that have nested on Anna Maria Island beaches for millennia are being targeted as undocumented immigrants. According to new environmental regulations enacted by new officials with the EPA, sea turtles will no longer be allowed on U.S. shores, and a wall will be built to prevent future nesting activity. An Aquatic Defense Boundary […]

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Goliath sculpture

A new sculpture delivered March 16 for the Ugly Grouper restaurant, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is made up of Harley-Davidson brake rotors, license plates and various other metal pieces and parts, was designed especially for the restaurant by Dominique Martinez of Rustic Steel Creations in Tampa.

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State: Groin not needed at Manatee Public Beach

Never say never. Citing a lack of erosion, the state will not issue a permit for the replacement of a pier-like groin once prominent at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. But never say never, Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, told county commissioners March 9. The original […]

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County wins comp plan challenge from Long Bar developer

The 2nd District Court of Appeal let stand a lower court judgment for Manatee County against Long Bar Pointe developers. County Attorney Mitchell Palmer announced the appellate victory Feb. 24 to the seven-member board of commissioners in an email. In the 2nd DCA appeal, Cargor Partners VIII and Long Bar Pointe LLLP challenged 12th Circuit […]

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Holmes Beach speed backlash, limits restored

The process is the problem. Less than a month after the Florida Department of Transportation installed lower speed-limit signs on Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, the speed limit is reverting to 35 mph. Commissioners approved a resolution Feb. 16 asking the DOT to reinstate the 35-mph speed limit effective Feb. 24 on State Road 64 […]

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Rental management company drops VRO appeal

Chalk up a win for Anna Maria. A challenge to the city’s limit of eight guests in a vacation rental unit has been withdrawn. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said Feb. 10 he was “very pleased” with the withdrawal of the appeal and expects the case will return to the circuit court for a hearing […]

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BBPD acquires a new ride

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale tests a new Segway SE-3 Patroller Jan. 24 outside the police station on Highland Avenue. The $10,000Segway was funded by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The district recently added a late-night patrol on Bridge Street on weekends. The Segway will allow a patrol officer quicker response in the […]