Holmes Beach committee tightens permit-parking plan

A plan is taking shape. The Holmes Beach Traffic and Congestion Committee met April 4 at the direction of the city commission to tighten its permit-parking plan. Commissioners asked the committee to provide a map of where the highest number …

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Holmes Beach contracts Waste Pro, expect changes

A Waste Management truck collects trash April 8 from a dumpster in the 5600 block in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Holmes Beach commissioners approved the first reading of a contract with Waste Pro at a special meeting April 8. The 10-year contract would begin May 1, and the change in the solid-waste service provider means new schedules and rules will …

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HBPD officer to receive 2 awards

Honored Holmes Beach police officer Steve Ogline. Islander Courtesy Photo

Holmes Beach has a low crime rate and violent crimes are rare. However, in the line of duty, police officers are taught to expect the unexpected. In March 2014, Holmes Beach Police Officer Steve Ogline responded to a domestic disturbance …

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4 agencies oppose Neal-Perico development

Representatives from ManaSota-88, Sierra Club, Suncoast Waterkeepers and other environmentalists protest Pat Neal’s proposed development on Perico Island in February. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

It’s not looking good for a proposed Perico Island development. Harbor Sound, the proposed development, got a green light from the city of Bradenton and Manatee County more than a year ago. In August 2014, the Southwest Florida Water Management …

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Bradenton Beach police officer recognized

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale congratulates Officer Mike Bazell on his nomination for the 2014 Manatee 100 Club officer-of-the-year award. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Bradenton Beach Police Officer Mike Bazell is a 2014 nominee for the Manatee 100 Club officer-of-the-year award. BBPD Chief Sam Speciale made the nomination based on Bazell’s work in apprehending a suspect in a March 4, 2014, vehicle theft. A …

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Holmes Beach tickets on the uptick

Police activity in Holmes Beach rose during spring break this year — more than quadrupling last year’s alcohol citations and doubling the number of parking violations. “Though the numbers are up, I’m thankful our spring breakers were very well behaved,” …

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Hard numbers lacking, but traffic persists

Traffic backups — such as the one April 7 in Cortez at the 127th block of Cortez Road West — are commonplace in season on and near Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Traffic — is it getting worse? Many who live or work on Anna Maria Island through the pinnacle of tourist season say it is. But data to measure the vehicle count is scarce. Since the fall of 2014, the Holmes …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation encourages motorists to slow down and use caution when approaching work crews on or along roadsides, where exceeding the speed limit can double the fine. The DOT has issued the following alert for Anna Maria …

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Smoke fills Bradenton Beach cottage

West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters respond to a call April 11 of smoke filling a guest cottage at Bungalow Beach Resort, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

Bungalow Beach Resort, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, felt the heat April 11 when a one-bedroom cottage caught fire. Fire trucks from West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 1 in Holmes Beach and Station 4 in Bradenton responded to the …

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‘Yes’ to rental regs earns applause in Anna Maria

Anna Maria city attorney Becky Vose reads from the draft vacation rental ordinance April 9. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

“Preservation.” “Protection.” Those words from Anna Maria city officials and residents helped define the rationale for approving a vacation rental ordinance April 9. People crowded into the chamber at city hall for the final public hearing on the ordinance, although …

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