Bradenton Beach pier reopens: Fish, dine, stroll over water

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and his service dog, Reese, watch as former Mayor John Shaughnessy cuts the ceremonial yellow tape Jan. 23 to reopen the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Islander Photo: Ed Scott.

There was a mix of nostalgia and hope in the blustery air swirling around Bradenton Beach Jan. 23 as a city known for its nightlife celebrated at 10 o’clock in the morning. When former Mayor John Shaughnessy left elected office …

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AM mayor halts dredge project

Earth-moving equipment and sand are stored at Anna Maria’s pier park. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy on Jan. 23 ordered a halt to dredging of the Lake LaVista canals. Murphy said he spoke with officials of the West Coast Inland Navigation District who advised him he had authority to halt the …

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Brockman to retire from island chamber

Mary Ann Brockman at work. Islander File Photo

Sometimes, the big news at a meeting comes at the end. That was the case at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board meeting Jan. 21, when chair Larry Chatt announced that chamber president Mary Ann Brockman plans to …

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Verizon calling: BB cell communications coming soon

Can you hear me now? Bradenton Beach may soon get the call. Kevin Barile, of Florida Tower Partners told commissioners that Verizon equipment would soon be installed on the city’s cell tower. Speaking at the Jan. 22 commission meeting, Barile …

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Court denies protection for park

Tjet Martin testifies before 12th Judicial Circuit Judge John F. Lakin in support of the injunction she filed to halt the city-ordered destruction of a city park for parking. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

After longtime community activist Tjet Martin testified and the court made its decision Jan. 22, Joni Mitchell’s lyrics — “they’ve paved paradise and put up a parking lot” — played in some people’s minds. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John F. …

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Contractor fraud case continued to March

The trial of contractor Chris Arnold for failing to install new curbs in Holmes Beach and fulfill his contract is now set for March. On the docket for a January trial, 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Deno G. Economou moved it …

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Election office tasked with certifying Bradenton Beach recall signatures

A spokesman for the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office said Jan. 23 that it has almost completed certifying the 119 petition signatures submitted by a political committee formed to recall Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon. The committee was formed …

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New traffic signal: Stop, Go!

  A traffic signalization arm is erected at Marina and Gulf drives Jan. 23. The project is being managed by Manatee County and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation’s Local Agency Program. The county approved MSB Services’ bid of …

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Welcome

  Florida native Tal Reeve is a graduate of Manatee Community College with an associate degree in film and television. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served eight years as a military journalist. He has been …

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Conservation crusade, mangrove cutting protested

Members of environmental groups ManaSota-88, Sarasota Sierra Club and Suncoast WaterKeeper protest mangrove trimming Jan. 16 at the Palma Sola Bay Club, 3410 77th St. W., Bradenton. Islander Courtesy Photos: Terri Wonder

Mangrove trees in Manatee County have an advocate. Many advocates. “In Manatee County we’ve got all this land we could be preserving and protecting, but our local officials have their heads in the sand,” said environmental activist Terri Wonder. Wonder, …

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