Turtle watch shocked by EPA halt to nesting

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Sea turtles that have nested on Anna Maria Island beaches for millennia are being targeted as undocumented immigrants. According to new environmental regulations enacted by new officials with the EPA, sea turtles will no longer be allowed on U.S. shores, and a wall will be built to prevent future nesting activity. An Aquatic Defense Boundary […]

DOT funds $7M Holmes Beach-SR 789 project

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by Jennifer Sheppard

The cost: more than $1 million a mile. The length: 5.72 miles. A road improvement project for portions of State Road 789 with construction in 2021-25 is expected to cost $7.09 million. The improvements cover the SR 789 corridor from 27th Street North to the intersection of Palm and Gulf drives, with funding by the […]

Manatee County to consider rezoning Aqua By The Bay

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by Kathy Prucnell

Manatee County commissioners soon will be asked to rezone and consider a general development plan for the Aqua By The Bay, a development formerly proposed as Long Bar Pointe. About one-third of the property, which lies east and south of Cortez, is submerged lands. Long Bar Pointe LLLP and Cargor Partners VIII, guided by developers […]

WMFR dedicates Station 3 to retired chief … and celebrates!

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WMFR pulls out all the stops — its gear and some fire-safety bounce house activities for kids — for the open house that followed the dedication of Station 3 to former Chief Andy Price. Station 3, known as Station 1 during Price’s administration, served as the district’s main office and commission meeting quarters.

Transportation planners announce new island shuttle

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by Bianca Benedí

New curb-to-curb shuttle services are coming to the barrier islands. The second annual Transportation Awareness Day conference was held March 24 at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. At the conference, Manatee County Area Transit planning manager Ryan Suarez announced a new shuttle service will be deployed between […]

Holmes Beach wins 1 Key Royale-Bert Harris case …

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by Kathy Prucnell

The owners of 626 Key Royale failed to prove Holmes Beach burdened the use of their property. So there was no valid claim in this Anna Maria Island test of the Bert Harris Act. Twelfth Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith Jr. entered a final judgment March 23 for the city and against the plaintiffs Leah […]

Bradenton man arrested for DUI

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Pedestrians jumped out of harm’s way as they crossed Bridge Street at about 11:33 p.m. March 10. Ryne M. Johnson, 26, of Bradenton, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and ticketed for failure to use due care toward a pedestrian. Bradenton Beach Police Officers John Tsakiri and Steven Masi estimated Johnson’s […]

Anna Maria Mayor lobbies in Tallahassee

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by Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria is now on Tallahassee’s radar. That’s what Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said March 23 at a city commission meeting, when he gave an update on two bills that could undo the city’s vacation rental regulations. Murphy visited Tallahassee March 19-21, meeting with city lobbyist Chip Case, as well as multiple state elected […]

Bridge Street restaurant, loud music draw noise complaints

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

It appears not all the noise problems in Bradenton Beach originate with fun-loving vacationers in short-term rental homes. Live entertainment at the Freckled Fin Restaurant, 101 Bridge St., has resulted in numerous noise complaints to the city. At a March 16 meeting, the city commission unanimously voted to extend the noise ordinance for St. Patrick’s […]

Public input on Long Bar mitigation plan ends April 3

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by Kathy Prucnell

A plan to turn a natural area into a mitigation bank about 5 miles east of Cortez on Sarasota Bay depends on a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. April 3 is the last day the Corps will take public comment on Long Bar Pointe LLLP’s mitigation plan. The plan is the second […]

Holmes Beach engineer presents master bike, pedestrian plan

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by Jennifer Sheppard

New bicycle paths are coming, a mile at a time. Lynn Burnett, Holmes Beach city engineer, presented a first draft of the Holmes Beach Master Bike/Pedestrian Plan at a March 22 city forum. Mayor Bob Johnson opened the gathering, welcoming Commissioners Carol Soustek and Marvin Grossman, along with parks and beautification committee member Zan Fuller, […]

More Bert Harris settlement offers made in Anna Maria

by Bianca Benedí

The Anna Maria City Commission agreed March 23 to extend seven more Bert Harris settlement offers. Commissioner Nancy Yetter voted against approving the offers. Since Anna Maria’s vacation rental ordinance went into effect April 2016, more than 100 Bert Harris claims have been filed against the city. Of 112 filed claims, 51 have been settled […]

Anna Maria pursues special assessment tax

There’s a new tax coming for Anna Maria vacation homeowners. Commissioners authorized an agreement March 23 to hire a bond counselor to aid the city in instituting a special assessment tax. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has pushed for a special assessment tax based on the number of occupants licensed by the city in short-term […]

Special master hears evidence in Bradenton Beach zoning appeal

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Progress takes time. Special master proceedings have begun for a zoning dispute in Bradenton Beach, but testimony was continued to April 17. In 2016, resident John Metz initiated a lawsuit against Bradenton Beach. Metz complained to Bradenton Beach city officials in March 2016 about a fourplex in the C-2 zone at 308 Gulf Drive S. […]

BACVB co-op ad program: More than dollars for doughnuts

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by Ed Scott

Cooperative advertising is a unique way to put heads in beds. When Anna Maria Island resort businesses bought into a 2016 co-op advertising program in USA Today, people started “calling like crazy,” said Deborah Wing, president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. “We knew it was our piece” that stimulated interest. Working alone, […]

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Football, golf, horseshoes top AMI sports action

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Week 5 of the adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island saw Moss Builders even its record at 3-3 March 23 without having to play a game. Moss received a forfeit victory when Progressive Cabinetry failed to field a full team. Beach House Real Estate remained unbeaten and alone in first […]

Fishing

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Spring fishing action, temps on the rise

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is shaping up again after a quick, passing cold front —hopefully the last cold weather as we greet spring. We’re seeing water temps are on a steady rise and the fishing results, too. Respectable numbers of snook are taking up residence on grass flats awaiting the large bait schools coming […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 03-29-2017

by Jesse Brisson

304 61st St., Unit B, Holmes Beach, a 1,550 sfla 3bed/3½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2016 was sold 02/24/17, Gulf Coast Development and Services LLC to Bale for $1,000,000; list $1,080,000. 412 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,874 sfla / 2,160 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 2011 on a 10,922 sq ft […]

Streetlife

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Island police blotter – 03-29-2017

Anna Maria March 9, 200 block of Chilson Avenue, fraud. A woman reported an unknown person filed a 2016 tax return using her personal information without permission. It was declined by a tax preparer because her employer, Manatee County School District, reported the employee information compromised. March 14, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, lost […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE FOR SALE: TOWNHOUSE sofa (70-by-37-by-40 inches). Sunbrella covered fabric. “Brand new,” 4 months old, not used, with two custom throw pillows, sea green. $1,250. Call 813-600-0705. TWO PLOTS: SKYWAY Gardens, section C, front, for sale. Sell for $2,195, asking $2,000 each, will split transaction fee. Call Donna, 941-465-7699. TWO RED SHAG rugs, 7-by-9-feet […]