Visitor dies from Gulf Drive crash

Tragedy struck in Holmes Beach. An 80-year-old Canadian woman died after she and her husband were struck on their way to the beach by an SUV Jan. 24 in the 5600 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Marion Timmins died at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where EMS had transported the couple. Her husband, […]

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Anna Maria commissioner to step down

One of Anna Maria’s city commissioners is stepping down, leaving four officials to temporarily legislate city affairs. Commissioner Nancy Yetter will step down in February. Yetter said she is closing a sale on her home and moving to Tampa. She expects the Feb. 8 city meeting will be her last, prematurely ending her third two-year […]

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Pool slides prohibited, setbacks restored in Bradenton Beach

Marco! Polo! Efforts to reduce noise problems that emanate from swimming pools at vacation rentals and affect residents in Bradenton Beach have led to some code changes. At a Jan. 23 special meeting, commissioners and the mayor held the final hearing and vote on an ordinance amending the land development code to regulate swimming pool […]

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SAM disbands, but legacy remains

The David and Goliath story of Save Anna Maria Inc. appears in its last chapter. The engine that drove the nonprofit to battle against the Florida Department of Transportation plans for a megabridge to replace the Anna Maria Island Bridge on  Manatee Avenue in court — and win — is out of steam. Incorporated Sept. […]

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Holmes Beach presses for treehouse demolition

It’s time to knock it down. The nearly five-year legal battle waged between the city of Holmes Beach and the owners of an illegal beachfront treehouse is entering its final stages. Or so the city hopes. The city issued a code enforcement notice Jan. 18 directing the treehouse owners to apply for a demolition permit. […]

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Cold-stunned sea turtle rescued by youth

It pays to pay attention in school. Max Higgins, 11, of Anna Maria, a fifth-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, applied knowledge learned from educational talks at his school when he discovered a green sea turtle in trouble Jan. 19 in the rocks on the shoreline near the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria. […]

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