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Aqua By The Bay development proposal draws ire

For about two hours April 29, the traffic-calming roundabout at El Conquistador Parkway and 75th Street in unincorporated Manatee County adjacent to a planned large-scale mixed-use development was anything but calm. About100 environmentalists, commercial fishers and neighbors — protesting in advance of a May 4 Manatee County Commission meeting — chanted “No Way, Aqua Bay,” […]

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Holes on the beach pose danger to walkers, sea turtles

A female snowy plover sits next to her chick April 20 on the beach near 81st Street in Holmes Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers have been watching a mating pair and another male on the beach in that area. The chick pictured is one of three that hatched April 19. Islander Photo: Courtesy 
Pete Gross

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Bayfront mega project gets county planners’ nod

Manatee County planning commissioners voted 3-2 April 13 to recommend a large-scale mixed-use development along more than 2 miles of Sarasota Bay shoreline southeast of Cortez and Anna Maria Island. The action moves approval of Aqua By The Bay — 2,894 homes, 78,000 square feet of commercial space, 13- and five-story buildings, a 2-mile lagoon […]

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Key Royale neighbors miffed over derelict boat, fuel spill

On an island surrounded by water, it seems someone would be responsible for regulating and removing derelict or problem boats from the waterways. But in a case of “shooting across the bow,” it’s really not so easy, as Key Royale residents discovered after attempts to get a decaying vessel removed from a privately owned slip […]

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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 […]