Input sought on reduced bridge openings

The first step of many to reduce bridge openings for the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges is in sight. The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding possible changes to the opening times for bridges to and near Anna Maria Island. According to the Feb. 13 Federal Register, the Coast […]

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Rental management company drops VRO appeal

Chalk up a win for Anna Maria. A challenge to the city’s limit of eight guests in a vacation rental unit has been withdrawn. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said Feb. 10 he was “very pleased” with the withdrawal of the appeal and expects the case will return to the circuit court for a hearing […]

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Anna Maria VRO lobbyist gets to work
Feb14

Anna Maria VRO lobbyist gets to work

What’s up in Tallahassee? Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy reported at a Feb. 7 city meeting that lobbyist Chip Case is at work on behalf of the city in the state capital. Case was hired Jan. 23 on a $5,000 monthly retainer to battle state Senate and House bills that pose threats to the city’s […]

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DOT-HB speed limit reduction creates ruckus
Feb14

DOT-HB speed limit reduction creates ruckus

Going nowhere fast? Some island residents and Holmes Beach commissioners are questioning the need for the recent posting of reduced speed limits on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 in the city. “I actually think it’s causing it to be more dangerous in the first place,” said Anna Maria Island resident Sam Major. “It’s causing it to […]

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AM resident fights senate VRO kill-bill
Feb14

AM resident fights senate VRO kill-bill

Anna Maria resident Amy Tripp is taking matters into her own hands. Tripp has started an online petition against a bill sponsored by state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. SB 188 states, “A local law, ordinance, or regulation may not restrict the use of vacation rentals, prohibit vacation rentals, or regulate the duration or frequency of […]

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County backs WMFR’s ASL request
Feb14

County backs WMFR’s ASL request

After a meeting with the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, a goal of the West Manatee Fire Rescue District is closer to reality. In a meeting Feb. 7, county commissioners requested that county attorney Mitchell Palmer draft legislation to allow WMFR to offer advanced life support services. WMFR Commissioner Randy Cooper addressed the county board […]

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