Pedestrian run over in hit-and-run on Gulf Drive

Why aren’t pedestrians safe on Anna Maria Island? Why aren’t there better crime deterrents? Or more lights and security cameras on the streets and bridges? These questions come from a visitor with a crushed leg, foot and back after a vehicle ran him over and sped away from the scene in Bradenton Beach. David Hargrove […]

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DOT delays March plans for AMI Bridge

It’s as if the powers that be don’t know it’s high season. The Florida Department of Transportation announced March 8 it would perform maintenance work on the Anna Maria Island Bridge March 18-22. The bridge links Holmes Beach to Perico Island and the mainland on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue. The DOT said the 9 p.m.-5 […]

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Anna Maria selects Kebony pier decking, reviews T-end layout

Another step is concreted for the future Anna Maria City Pier. After weighing their options, Anna Maria commissioners directed Ayres Associates, the firm hired to engineer and carry out rebuilding the Anna Maria City Pier, to use Kebony as the decking material. Touted as a sustainable alternative to hardwood, Kebony is created with pine and […]

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Islanders, tourists, merchants restless for BB dock solution

Islanders are getting restless, not to mention the visitors and tourists. Count among them the business owners waiting to capitalize on increased traffic. A new floating dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier — a replacement for a damaged dock — was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017, but […]

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Holmes Beach is served 14th — and counting — Bert Harris suit

Fourteen lawsuits and counting. The city of Holmes Beach, insured by the Florida League of Cities’ Florida Municipal Insurance Trust, is fielding its 14th lawsuit under the Bert J. Harris Private Property Rights Protection Act. Mayor Bob Johnson was served March 6 with the suit, which alleges the city’s two-person-per-bedroom occupancy rules enacted in 2015-16 […]

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Police arrest Holmes Beach man for DUI, mischief

Perhaps a man had too much time on his hands. Douglas Cate, 55, of Holmes Beach, was arrested at 7:55 p.m. Feb. 23 for driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a DUI test and, two days later, for altering an alcohol- measurement device while at the Holmes Beach police station. Cate’s run-in […]

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