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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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Anna Maria opens RFPs for city pier repair

Anna Maria is moving forward with plans to restore its 105-year-old city pier on Tampa Bay at the east end of Pine Avenue. Three engineering firms responded to the city of Anna Maria’s request for proposals to engineer repairs to the Anna Maria City Pier. At the bid opening Feb. 14, Mayor Dan Murphy announced […]

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Holmes Beach declines settlement offer for 306 Clark-Bert Harris suit

The city of Holmes Beach just says no. Commissioners rejected a proposed settlement of a 12th Circuit Bert Harris lawsuit at a Feb. 14 shade meeting. Citing ongoing litigation, attorney Jay Daigneault said the commissioners turned down the proposal from the property owner, 306 Clark LLC, managed by Keith Carter, Emma Stringer and Claire Daley […]

4 new Bert Harris claims hit Holmes Beach

The claims keep rolling in. Four new Bert Harris claims were filed Feb. 14 against the city of Holmes Beach, adding to an existing 19 claims. Attorneys for property owners allege two city vacation rental ordinances — one limiting occupancy to two persons per bedroom or six persons, whichever is greater, and another ordinance requiring […]

Bradenton man pleads no contest to drug charges

A 45-year-old Bradenton man arrested in Bradenton Beach with illegal drugs pleaded no contest to drug charges and 12th Circuit Judge Deno Economou granted him three years without jail to prove himself. The judge sentenced Robert F. Jones, 45, Jan. 31 to 36 months drug probation on three felony counts of possessing controlled substances and […]

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WMFR approves chaplain program, contract to sell admin building

West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners Feb. 16 authorized a contract with a real estate agent, a chaplain program and reviewed annual reports. The commission unanimously approved a motion to hire real estate agent J. Daniel Douglass to sell the administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The commission agreed the building is too large for […]

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Drug deaths, arrests spill onto Anna Maria Island

Some of Manatee County’s drug problems have traveled west to Cortez and Anna Maria Island. What drugs, where and how does law enforcement handle them? Local law enforcement say illicit drugs, most often marijuana, are found during traffic stops, on the beach and in taverns and bars. Arrests are made, but sometimes not before drugs […]

Drug ODs rise

About two years ago, a heroin epidemic hit Manatee County hard. And the sheriff’s office began tracking overdoses. The epidemic crosses over all races and socio-economic lines, according to MCSO public information director Dave Bristow. Most ODs were heroin-related in 2016, but cocaine, pills and a combination of drugs, also are to blame. “I see […]

Bradenton man arrested for projector theft

A 20-year-old Bradenton man already in jail in connection with a Longboat Key theft was arrested for the Jan. 28 theft of an outdoor projector in Anna Maria. Richard Parker was served with a warrant Feb. 14 for stealing a projector near the driveway of a residence in the 100 block of Willow. The outside […]