Anna Maria rehires fired public works employees

Two men fired from the Anna Maria Public Works Department in January were hired back Feb. 22 following the revelation that other city employees also took memorabilia, engraved planks and memorial benches, from the city pier. Peter Piir and Taylor Mannhart, who were fired Jan. 25 for removing two planks from the Anna Maria City […]

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Alternate site eyed for osprey nest in Holmes Beach

“I’m just trying to make everybody happy,” Liza Click, Manatee County grounds division property management supervisor said Feb. 20 regarding deterrents for birds building their nest too close for comfort for some tennis players in Holmes Beach. The tennis courts on 62nd Street at Flotilla Drive are owned by the city and maintained by Manatee […]

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High-rise living in Bradenton Beach atop cell tower

Ospreys prefer to nest in high places. Sometimes their choice for a nesting location includes man-made structures, which can be a problem. Nesting usually begins in December and lasts through February, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. In Holmes Beach an osprey that has been trying to nest on a light pole […]

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Offshore drilling opponents go on the record

Suncoast Waterkeeper and Manatee Fish & Game Association object to the Trump administration’s push to expand oil and gas leases to all U.S. coastal waters, including the Gulf of Mexico. Strong in their conviction, they invited public officials and the community to a Feb. 20 hearing to become part of the federal record. About 30 […]

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Holmes Beach files lawsuit to force treehouse removal

It’s back to court for Holmes Beach and the couple who own the beachfront treehouse. To force removal of the treehouse, the city of Holmes Beach filed a new lawsuit Feb. 22 in 12th Circuit Court against owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen. “We’re looking for an order that puts the court’s authority behind our […]

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Real Estate – 02-28-2018

241 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,110 sfla / 2,290 sfur 4bed/2½bath canalfront home built in 1971 on a 11,100 sq ft lot was sold 01/30/18, Gonzalez to Willow Avenue LLC for $800,000; list $885,000. 209 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,957 sfla / 2,832 sfur 4bed/3bath pool home built in 1963 on a 10.080 […]

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