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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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DOT funds $7M Holmes Beach-SR 789 project

The cost: more than $1 million a mile. The length: 5.72 miles. A road improvement project for portions of State Road 789 with construction in 2021-25 is expected to cost $7.09 million. The improvements cover the SR 789 corridor from 27th Street North to the intersection of Palm and Gulf drives, with funding by the […]

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Manatee County to consider rezoning Aqua By The Bay

Manatee County commissioners soon will be asked to rezone and consider a general development plan for the Aqua By The Bay, a development formerly proposed as Long Bar Pointe. About one-third of the property, which lies east and south of Cortez, is submerged lands. Long Bar Pointe LLLP and Cargor Partners VIII, guided by developers […]

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WMFR dedicates Station 3 to retired chief … and celebrates!

WMFR pulls out all the stops — its gear and some fire-safety bounce house activities for kids — for the open house that followed the dedication of Station 3 to former Chief Andy Price. Station 3, known as Station 1 during Price’s administration, served as the district’s main office and commission meeting quarters.

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Transportation planners announce new island shuttle

New curb-to-curb shuttle services are coming to the barrier islands. The second annual Transportation Awareness Day conference was held March 24 at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. At the conference, Manatee County Area Transit planning manager Ryan Suarez announced a new shuttle service will be deployed between […]

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Bradenton man arrested for DUI

Pedestrians jumped out of harm’s way as they crossed Bridge Street at about 11:33 p.m. March 10. Ryne M. Johnson, 26, of Bradenton, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and ticketed for failure to use due care toward a pedestrian. Bradenton Beach Police Officers John Tsakiri and Steven Masi estimated Johnson’s […]

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Anna Maria Mayor lobbies in Tallahassee

Anna Maria is now on Tallahassee’s radar. That’s what Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said March 23 at a city commission meeting, when he gave an update on two bills that could undo the city’s vacation rental regulations. Murphy visited Tallahassee March 19-21, meeting with city lobbyist Chip Case, as well as multiple state elected […]

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Bridge Street restaurant, loud music draw noise complaints

It appears not all the noise problems in Bradenton Beach originate with fun-loving vacationers in short-term rental homes. Live entertainment at the Freckled Fin Restaurant, 101 Bridge St., has resulted in numerous noise complaints to the city. At a March 16 meeting, the city commission unanimously voted to extend the noise ordinance for St. Patrick’s […]