Center flounders, $135K in the red
Jan31

Center flounders, $135K in the red

Everything is not coming up roses for the Center of Anna Maria Island as the calendar shifts to February. The center’s year-to-date net income is in the red to the tune of $135,000, with $235,000 in revenue and $370,000 in expenses since the fiscal year began July 1, 2016. Kristen Lessig, executive director of the […]

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Islanders react to senator’s rollback plan for rental regs
Jan31

Islanders react to senator’s rollback plan for rental regs

“This is the final straw,” Bradenton Beach resident and planning and zoning board member Frank Harrison said Jan. 25. “If you’re tired of the war, lay down your sword and it’s over for you.” Harrison, who has lived in Bradenton Beach for 42 years, was referring to the fight to regulate short-term vacation rentals he […]

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Counterfeit $10 circulates at BB pier
Jan31

Counterfeit $10 circulates at BB pier

Some funny money changed hands in Bradenton Beach. On Jan. 26, Sherman Baldwin, owner of Paradise Boat Tours in Bradenton Beach, reported a counterfeit $10 to the Bradenton Beach Police Department. Baldwin said an employee received a bill that “looked suspicious.” “It looked strange, but felt normal,” Baldwin said Jan. 27. “It also was dated […]

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Waterline Resort tops off 3rd story

The large motel project underway on the canalfront in downtown Holmes Beach should finish in May. According to Marriott.com, the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, 5325 Marina Drive, will feature 37 two-bedroom suites, each with a gourmet kitchen, large living area and balcony. The resort, which is advertised on the Marriott website as a […]

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Holmes Beach arrests 18-year-old for marijuana
Jan31

Holmes Beach arrests 18-year-old for marijuana

An 18-year-old man was arrested for possessing 0.8 grams of marijuana following a Jan. 4 traffic stop. Andre Goolcharan of Bradenton was arrested in the 700 block of Manatee Avenue after police asked him to leave the Manatee Public Beach parking lot at 11:14 p.m. The park closes at 10 p.m. Officer Alan Bores reported […]

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BBPD acquires a new ride
Jan31

BBPD acquires a new ride

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale tests a new Segway SE-3 Patroller Jan. 24 outside the police station on Highland Avenue. The $10,000Segway was funded by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. The district recently added a late-night patrol on Bridge Street on weekends. The Segway will allow a patrol officer quicker response in the […]

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