AME, HBPD take steps to improve school security

Manatee School District isn’t taking chances in the aftermath of a school shooting Feb. 14 in Florida. Local public schools, including Anna Maria Elementary, have ramped up security to address fears and concerns about school shootings. AME updated its visitor policy, mandating that people visit the front desk as they enter and leave the building, […]

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Queue up: Expect long, longer lines on AMI

A line is a line is a line. Like a line in the sand. Or the long line of cars on Manatee Avenue that stretches to 63rd Street West on the mainland. A line of patrons forms at the order window. People stand three deep at the bars. Shoppers with carts jam the check-out lines […]

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Holmes Beach hopes to ground flying shuttle business

This business is soaring. It can fly over traffic and drop in on waves. But Holmes Beach says don’t take off just yet. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said he’s spoken with Hans Brown, owner-operator of a small light-sport aircraft, who has been shuttling passenger air fares between Kingfish Boat Ramp, 752 Manatee Ave., […]

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Building moratorium concludes in Bradenton Beach

Pencils down, time is up. After more than a year spent tightening vacation rental regulations, the moratorium on building homes containing more than four bedrooms in Bradenton Beach will end March 7. However, due to resident concerns that not enough was done to address problems with short-term rentals in residential districts, the commission directed city […]

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Red tide not detected in Manatee

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in Manatee County for the week ending March 2. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

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Palmetto man gets 60 days for striking BBPD officer

A onetime homeless man who fought with a police officer outside a Bradenton Beach convenience store was sentenced Feb. 28 to 60 days in Manatee County jail. Twelfth Circuit Judge Edward Nicholas found James Wallace, now 30 and listing a Palmetto address, guilty after he pleaded no contest to counts of battering a law enforcement […]

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