County wins comp plan challenge from Long Bar developer

The 2nd District Court of Appeal let stand a lower court judgment for Manatee County against Long Bar Pointe developers. County Attorney Mitchell Palmer announced the appellate victory Feb. 24 to the seven-member board of commissioners in an email. In the 2nd DCA appeal, Cargor Partners VIII and Long Bar Pointe LLLP challenged 12th Circuit […]

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Holmes Beach speed limits change — again

What goes down must come up? Despite lowering speed limits at the suggestion of Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer, who was supported by Mayor Bob Johnson and some safety-concerned residents, the Florida Department of Transportation will return the 35-mph limit on Manatee Avenue. But what happens next remains unclear. In a Feb. 22 email […]

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Bradenton Beach finalizes short-term rental ordinance review
Feb28

Bradenton Beach finalizes short-term rental ordinance review

Bradenton Beach has rounded a corner in its efforts to regulate vacation rentals. The planning and zoning board, city commissioners, the mayor and staff met Feb. 21 in a workshop to discuss the board’s recommendations for a transient public-lodging establishment ordinance. For about six months, the board has been discussing a TPLE ordinance, similar to […]

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Sarasota outlines criteria for ferry to Bradenton Beach
Feb28

Sarasota outlines criteria for ferry to Bradenton Beach

Gridlocked traffic in Bradenton Beach and downtown Sarasota could be eased with the launch of a ferry, according to businessman Sherman Baldwin. In a 5-0 vote, Sarasota city commissioners gave conditional approval Feb. 21 for the ferry service to debark from downtown Sarasota on an hourly run to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton […]

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Holmes Beach community forums continue with “Meet the Police”
Feb28

Holmes Beach community forums continue with “Meet the Police”

The second in a series of Holmes Beach community forums March 9 will feature the police department. The forum will give area residents a chance to learn about community policing, including a Q-and-A session. Up for discussion are crime and arrest data, tips on residential security and an overview of the Neighborhood Watch program. Sgt. Mike […]

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Ugly Grouper approved for expansion, entertainment limited
Feb28

Ugly Grouper approved for expansion, entertainment limited

The not-so-sleepy island strikes again. When Philadelphia real estate developer Bob Dwyer agreed to help his friends with a small addition to their restaurant, he thought it would be “a piece of cake.” After months of back-and-forth revisions between the city of Holmes Beach and the Ugly Grouper, and failed “any day” promises for approvals, […]

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