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Anna Maria sends out Bert Harris offer

Anna Maria city commissioners approved another offer on a Bert Harris claim Aug. 10. By the recommendation of city attorney Becky Vose, commissioners agreed 4-1 to offer the Phyllis C. Grey Family Trust a maximum occupancy of six or 10 people for 507 Spring Ave. According to the terms of the agreement, the property can […]

State charges butterfly advocate with fraud

Formal charges of unlawful practices related to a charity were filed Aug. 10 against butterfly park organizer Nancy Ambrose in the 12th Circuit Court. The charges allege failing to register and unauthorized solicitations on behalf of a local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. Registration is required by the Florida Agricultural and Consumer Services. […]

Noise, threats, complaints erupt in Holmes Beach

A Holmes Beach resident wants to quiet his neighbors and be heard on the matter. In an Aug. 9 letter, Richard Motzer asks the mayor and commissioners several questions: “Is it quiet around your house? Are you able to go out and sit on your deck, patio or balcony and enjoy a cup of coffee, […]

Waterline resort work remains, opening delayed

The Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is still pulling it together for opening day, which is delayed from the planned soft opening in August. Holmes Beach building official James McGuinness told Brian Check, managing partner of Mainsail Lodging and Development of Tampa, in an Aug. 11 email that time was running out. “Much work […]

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Woodland lays out platform for re-election campaign

Anna Maria City Commissioner Dale Woodland says he doesn’t have an agenda — he just wants to promote civil discussion. “When I started, one of the things I promised myself was I would be civil, respectful and honest,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about to me.” Woodland has served as commissioner for 14 years. […]

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Hooking a shark, catching a crowd

An unidentified man catches a 4-foot shark off the Anna Maria City Pier the evening of Aug 10. A crowd of nearly 100 people watched as he pulled the shark to shore and then released the back into the bay. Islander Photo: Jack Elka