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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: • SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, May 31,-Thursday, …

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36th anniversary of the Skyway disaster 2016

The view of the Skyway Bridge disaster scene unfolded from the top of the second span looking northwest toward the Summit Venture after it moved back from the bridge. The late Paul Roat, who took photos atop the bridge, seldom spoke of the disaster, preferring to let his camera tell the story.

Skyway disaster, 25 years later… By Paul Roat written in 2005. Twenty-five years ago last Monday, the grim news of the “Skyway Disaster” unfolded just across Tampa Bay from Anna Maria Island: A freighter had struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, …

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$148,500 fine sought for Holmes Beach tree house

Tree house owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen watch May 4 as their Sarasota attorney, David Levin, addresses special magistrate Kelly Fernandez at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A walloping penalty was requested by the city of Holmes Beach against the owners of the beachfront tree house that was built without permits. The attorney for the city, Jim Dye of Dye, Deitrich, Petruff & St. Paul, asked city …

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1st AMI sea turtle nest of 2016 arrives Mother’s Day

AMITW volunteers Bill, left, and Marilyn George, right, stand alongside the first nest of sea turtle season May 8 with their section coordinator, Debbie Basilius, center. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kelly Heazlet

Longtime turtles watchers Bill and Marilyn George, volunteer beach walkers for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring made an exciting find early Sunday morning — Mother’s Day — the first turtle nest of the season. The nest is …

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Holmes Beach resident honored

Ruth Burkhead attends a party to celebrate her 100th birthday this spring with family, friends and a proclamation from the city of Holmes Beach. Islander Courtesy Photo

Holmes Beach resident Ruth Burkhead celebrated a big birthday this year. Burkhead, who has resided on Anna Maria Island since 1987, celebrated her 100th birthday March 20, an occasion recognized by Mayor Bob Johnson and the city of Holmes Beach. …

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AM Bert Harris claims top $7.5M

To yield, or not to yield, that is the question. Attorneys Scott Rudacille and Kevin Hennessey independently filed 25 Bert Harris Jr. claims against the city of Anna Maria in late April. Together the attorneys allege $7,564,000 in loss of …

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Election news: Murphy to seek second term in Anna Maria

Dan Murphy announced May 4 his intentions to seek re-election as mayor in Anna Maria. “I’m not someone who walks away,” Murphy said. “There are several projects around the city I’d like to continue working on and I don’t want …

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Bradenton Beach’s mayor powers outlined, defined

Bradenton Beach resident Jim Hassett speaks May 5 to city commissioners during a discussion on mayoral powers. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

What can the Bradenton Beach mayor accomplish? In a 3-1 vote May 5, the Bradenton Beach City Commission approved the first public reading of an ordinance defining the mayoral powers in the city. Mayor Bill Shearon was the no vote. …

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MCAT sets workshops on transit schedule

All aboard the trolley, but what time? Manatee County Area Transit is gathering feedback from transit riders on how to improve services and possibly change schedules, including the hours of the fare-free island trolley. An announcement said MCAT may change …

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Environmentalists challenge Neal development in 5th DCA

A waste hauler March 30 visits the site of a 3.46-acre development on a 40-acre parcel controlled by Pat Neal of Neal Communities. A four-home private enclave, Harbor Sound, is underway along the shoreline of Perico Island, next to Minto development’s Harbour Isles. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The first appellate brief in the ongoing battle to halt wetlands development on the mangrove-lined Perico Island shores is on the books in the 5th District Court of Appeal. Attorney Ralf Brookes of Cape Coral, representing five environmentally minded groups, …

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