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Environmental group pushes for Cortez Bridge details

A Cortez Bridge study by the Florida Department of Transportation was a sham, according to ManaSota-88, a nonprofit devoted to public health and environmental issues. “This is wrong on every level,” said Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, ManaSota-88 vice chair and a member of Holmes Beach Planning Commission. “It appears they selected the most environmentally […]

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Cortez Bridge: Battle fatigue or new resolve?

By Jennifer Glenfield Special to The Islander In 1989, it seemed a done deal. The Cortez Bridge would be replaced with a high, fixed-span bridge. Commuters today might note the seemingly done deal proposed by the Florida Department of Transportation never came to fruition. The DOT proposal announced April 23 is the latest development in […]

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Anna Maria rewards boy for saving brother’s life

One family is going home with a unique souvenir from their trip to Anna Maria Island. At the Anna Maria City Commission meeting April 26, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Jones presented Nicholas Costa, 7, with a certificate of recognition for saving his brother’s life. Jones said the Costa family arrived April 22 in […]

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DOT decision: Build a new 65-foot Cortez Bridge

Ignoring public sentiment in its own survey running nearly 3-to-1 in favor of repairing the existing Cortez Bridge, the Florida Department of Transportation is going to build a new high span in its place. The DOT decided to build a fixed, 65-foot-clearance bridge, said L.K. Nandam, District 1 secretary for the DOT, despite vocal public […]

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Iconic surf shop burns, damage up to $250K

Rain, wind and fire hit Anna Maria Island April 15. A fire broke out in the afternoon at the West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach during a squall, causing no injuries but leaving behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. The fire started just after 2:30 p.m., when an electrical incident inside […]

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Iconic surf shop burns, damage up to $250K

Rain, wind and fire hit Anna Maria Island April 15. A fire broke out in the afternoon at the West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach during a squall, causing no injuries but leaving behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. The fire started just after 2:30 p.m., when an electrical incident inside […]

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New line in sand alters little for AMI beachgoers

Careful where you put the blanket on the sand after July 1,  you might be trespassing. HB631 probably doesn’t mean much to many people, but its consequences may. It’s the number of the bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law March 30. The Possession of Real Property Act becomes effective July 1. The law states […]