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County planners, staff deny Aqua, board vote expected Aug. 16

The stage is set for a showdown between developers and the county at an Aug. 16 land-use meeting. Manatee County planners — previously recommending a large-scale, mixed-use project with an undetermined number of high-rises — flipped their position on Aqua By The Bay to denial four days before the expected vote by the county board […]

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Arrest made in Longboat resort homicides

“We will do everything to see justice is done here,” Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said Aug. 10 at a news conference at town hall. Darryl Vaughn Hanna Jr., 29, was arrested for the fatal shooting of two men Aug. 4 in the lobby of a Longboat Key resort at 4711 Gulf of Mexico […]

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Turtle watch continues free beach talks in August

We’re tallking about sharing the beach habitat with wildlife, especially sea turtles. As sea turtle hatchling season peaks, it becomes more and more important for visitors and residents to understand turtle-friendly practices. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will host informational talks and turtle-friendly lighting workshops at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and […]

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Sea turtle with tracker may have laid 4th nest on AMI

A screenshot from the internet Aug. 8 shows the path in the Gulf of Mexico taken by Eliza Ann, who may have laid a fourth nest on Anna Maria Island. According to Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, a crawl with large tracks was found Aug. 6 on the beach near Maple Avenue in Anna Maria. The tracking map also indicates the more than 300-pound loggerhead may have come ashore that night. Since no one saw the nest being laid, Fox said she can’t be certain. Eliza Ann has been wearing a satellite tracking device since it nested June 20 and was tagged by AMITW and the Sea Turtle Conservancy, as part of the 10th annual Tour de Turtles. The tagged turtles compete in a “marathon” to see which turtle swims the farthest during a three-month survey. To track Eliza Ann, visit https://conserveturtles.org/trackingmap/?id=171.

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Sea turtle nests hatching daily on AMI

A record-breaking sea turtle nesting season has led to flotillas of hatchlings emerging daily from nests on Anna Maria Island beaches. As of Aug. 13, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 165 hatched nests with about 11,745 hatchlings making their way to the Gulf of Mexico. With each nest containing about 100 […]

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Former BB mayor, city sue board members

The city of Bradenton Beach has joined forces with a Sarasota legal team representing a former Bradenton Beach official who is alleging Sunshine Law violations by some members of the city’s planning and zoning board and Scenic Waves Partnership Committee. Jack Clarke, former mayor and commissioner, filed suit Aug. 11 in the 12th District Circuit […]

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They’re back! Students fill halls at AME

A little exciting, a little nerve-racking, a lot of work. A line of buses and a caravan of cars poured onto the campus of Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes Beach as the 2017-18 school year got underway Aug. 10. Parents breathed a sigh of relief — though some also shed tears — as K-5 […]