County commission declares state of emergency

Manatee County commissioners Aug. 28 declared a local state of emergency and urged people to monitor Tropical Storm Erika. Commissioners took the local action after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a statewide state of emergency for Aug. 31. The actions …

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SOME MUNICIPAL ELECTION RACES ON, SOME NOT

In Anna Maria, 4 vie for 3 commission seats By Tal Reeve Islander Reporter       Anna Maria’s election qualifying period ended at noon Aug. 28 with one challenger for the three seats held by incumbent commissioners. During the two-week qualifying …

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Anna Maria candidate’s residency questioned

Allegations of providing false information against Anna Maria city commissioner candidate John Damato were delivered Aug. 28 to Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. The packet — containing deed information, Manatee County maps and copies of Damato’s candidacy material …

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Crowd gathers for sea turtle nest exam, excavation

More than 50 people gather Aug. 21 on Coquina Beach near lifeguard tower No. 1 as George Finn, a volunteer with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, begins a nest excavation. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

More than 50 people put their feet in the sand at Coquina Beach Aug. 21 to watch the nest of celebrity sea turtle Amie being excavated. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring invited the public via social media …

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Anna Maria finishes 1st round of final talks on moratorium

Thirty-five days. Three meetings. Eleven topics. It took slightly more than a month but, at an Aug. 27 Anna Maria meeting, commissioners made it through the first round of discussions on 11 topics concerning the July 19 building moratorium. The …

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Momentum builds for moratorium in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach residents are trying to “stay ahead of the game.” And the game appears to be limiting vacation homes. Following the Aug. 20 city commission meeting, some longtime Bradenton Beach residents who urged the city to consider a six-month …

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Holmes Beach tags new pool rule for moratorium

Holmes Beach commissioners enacted a six-month moratorium Aug. 27, banning the construction of pools in front yards. Chair Judy Titsworth called a special meeting following the Aug. 27 commission workshop session to address the matter. The discussion centered on a …

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DEP proposes settlement with Holmes Beach seagrape trimmer

An aerial photo details the area where seagrape trees were illegally trimmed in April by a property owner who now has agreed to remedy the cutting with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Islander Photo: Courtesy DEP

The property owner responsible for excessive seagrape trimming in Holmes Beach aims to make amends. In April, Jose Vivero of Tampa hired a landscaper to cut a 30-by-50-foot section of 20-foot-tall seagrape trees on private and city property near the …

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Vacation rental license planning continues in Holmes Beach

A vacation rental registry was back on the agenda at the Aug. 25 workshop in Holmes Beach. Commissioners are discussing items to be included on a certificate application and the creation of a property database. Human resources specialist Mary Buonagura …

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Man arrested for assault, rape after beach visit

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Peter Fossett, 36, of Bradenton, Aug. 24. He is accused of kidnapping, sexual battery and aggravated assault on Aug. 21. Fossett and his girlfriend allegedly drove to the beach Aug. 21, parked their car …

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