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TDC OKs $1.5M to rebuild Anna Maria City Pier

Thanks to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council, Anna Maria is another step closer to paying for a new city pier. In a meeting Dec. 4, TDC members reviewed and approved a $1.5 million plan to send to the county board for ultimate approval, reviewed tourism in the county and discussed the holiday season.       […]

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High court suspends Webb from legal practice

Island attorney Chuck Webb is suspended from practicing law for 60 days for violating ethics rules that govern the legal profession. The Florida Supreme Court entered a consent judgment Nov. 30, accepting the attorney’s plea at the recommendation of 20th Circuit Judge Cheryl Laboda, assigned as the referee in Webb’s case. Charles Houston Webb, a […]

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Anna Maria commissioners, islanders review pier options

In a fact-finding meeting Dec. 4, Anna Maria commissioners gave Ayres Associates direction on the future of the Anna Maria City Pier. Some people made their case for wood decking and pilings, while others wanted to weigh the benefits of concrete construction. Jay Saxena, vice president of Ayres Associates southeast operations, told commissioners Ayres is […]

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Holmes Beach police chief, commissioner question DOT study

A lot of questions were asked. Answers were less plentiful. Nearly 100 people attended a public workshop Dec. 5 on Longboat Key on the barrier island traffic study conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation. “They’ve done a really good job of brainstorming ideas,” said Holmes Beach Commissioner Jim Kihm. “Now they need to decide […]

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Wienermobile drivers choose AMI for pit-stop

Meat the hot-doggers. Elise “Cheddar Cheese” Johnson and Dominic “Dijon Dom” Ricci are two of 12 people who can drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile — with the rare exception of Jay Leno, who took the modified Chevy truck for a spin and a story earlier this year for his TV series on motor vehicles, “Jay […]

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Environmentalists look to future after mitigation proceeding

They’re hoping for the best in a battle over Sarasota Bay. That’s how environmentalists viewed the landscape after a Dec. 5-6 hearing where they challenged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s intent to issue Long Bar Pointe LLLP a mitigation bank permit. If issued, the permit would allow the Carlos Beruff-Lieberman partnership to operate a […]

Lawyer gains time in case of Cortez house built over water

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a final order to Raymond Guthrie Jr. to remove the house he built on stilts in Sarasota Bay just off the commercial fishing docks in Cortez. The Nov. 17 order requires the removal of the 1,211 square-foot structure by Dec. 7 and payment of $6,500 in fines by […]

Red tide at background levels

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in one sample from Manatee County for the week ending Dec. 8. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to