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Tree house owners seek rehearing after loss

Voters won’t be weighing in on grandfathering a beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach if the most recent court decision stays its course. The newest city win came in early May, when the 2nd District Court of Appeal let stand a lower court order prohibiting a city ballot question based on the petitions of Lynn […]

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Cortez Bridge fails — but not falling down

The Florida Department of Transportation is not worried about the May 16 midday malfunction of the Cortez Bridge. For about two hours, the bridge on Cortez Road West/State Road 684 between Anna Maria Island and Cortez shut down, causing traffic to be rerouted and delayed. Built in 1956 and repaired about two years ago, the […]

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Couple charged in Bradenton Beach condo fraud

A former president and treasurer of Gulf Reach Condominium Association in Bradenton Beach have been charged with defrauding the Florida not-for-profit corporation of more than $50,000 over a six-year period. The association address is 1303 Gulf Drive S. Alyson Colosia, 51, and Javier Colosia, 53, who also own a condo in the 1300 block of […]

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‘Lights out’ season

Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, stands May 16 by the recently placed “Lights Out” sign on the public facility building near the south entrance to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Manatee County approved placement of the sign at Coquina Beach, when its previous location on Manatee Avenue, west […]

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Loggerhead sea turtle tracks indicate nest in HB

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Linda Caldwell prepares May 15 to stake off a nest near 29th Street in Holmes Beach after she and her husband, AMITW volunteer Pat Caldwell, discovered tracks made the night before. “The tracks are a really clear example of what loggerhead tracks look like,” AMITW executive […]

FDOT begins islands traffic study

The long-awaited traffic study of the barrier islands is underway and members of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials are hoping it will be the final word on the issue. The Florida Department of Transportation’s study began May 15, according to an announcement from David Gwynn, director of transportation operations in district 1. The […]

Bradenton Beach considers WCIND funding request

Bradenton Beach is asking Manatee County to provide funding to regulate the anchorage area adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The city is applying for a $50,000 grant from the West Coast Inland Navigational District for a lift for the police boat at the Historic Bridge Street Pier and $90,000 for derelict boat removal. […]

Palmetto man sentenced to probation for ‘wet reckless’

A Palmetto man arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Holmes Beach pleaded no contest April 27 to a reduced charge of wet reckless. Twelfth Circuit Judge Charles Sniffin found Andrew Brownewell, 38, guilty of reckless driving and sentenced him to a 12-month probation — requiring him to complete an advanced DUI course […]

Stone crab season wraps up with a bang

Stone crab season is over. Stone crabbers have picked up their traps and the crabs will be left to reproduce and repopulate until Oct. 15, when the season begins again. The harvest of this popular Florida crab ended with a strong finish, with crabbers statewide pulling in nearly 3 million pounds of claw fish worth […]