Dolphin Dash 5K winners announced
Jan17

Dolphin Dash 5K winners announced

Race organizers announced the names and times of the winners in the sanctioned 5K Dolphin Dash Jan. 14. The race began at Anna Maria Elementary in Holmes Beach and meandered through neighborhoods on city streets. More than 100 runners participated in the annual AME-Parent Teacher Organization fundraiser, with proceeds going to the PTO. Parent organizer […]

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Former Anna Maria Commissioner Mattick died Jan. 10
Jan17

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Mattick died Jan. 10

The U.S. flag at Anna Maria City Pier Park was lowered to half mast to honor former Commissioner JoAnn Mattick. It was a fitting sight, the flag waving over the bayfront and the pier — so near and dear to Mattick. Laura JoAnn Mattick, 81, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 10. She served as Anna […]

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League takes up fight against senator’s vacation rental repeal
Jan17

League takes up fight against senator’s vacation rental repeal

As the state gears up for the 2017 legislative session in Tallahassee, the ManaSota League of Cities is preparing its stance on short-term rental regulations. Its position is clear — give short-term rental rights back to residents in barrier island cities. At its Jan. 12 meeting, board members discussed the MSLC’s approach for the legislative […]

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… while Anna Maria plans its own fight against legislator’s VRO threat
Jan17

… while Anna Maria plans its own fight against legislator’s VRO threat

Island officials learned in recent weeks their focus on limiting vacation rentals could be unraveled. In Anna Maria, the gloves are going on. A bill introduced by state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, could undo vacation rental regulations Anna Maria enacted in recent years, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy told city commissioners Jan. 12. Murphy said […]

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Gull’s-eye view of Dolphin Dash start
Jan17
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Public weighs in on Bradenton Beach short-term rental plan

Public comment during the Jan. 10 Bradenton Beach commission’s workshop on a transient public lodging establishment ordinance began with comments from planning and zoning board member Reed Mapes. Mapes said it is important for the commission to read the comp plan. He said the city is required by the state to limit density due to […]

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