Cha-ching. Spring break brings revenue, albeit traffic woes

On Manatee Public Beach on a sunny high-70s afternoon March 28, the mashup on the sand looked like a soft drink commercial. Parents slathered sunscreen on toddlers while babies slept under umbrellas. A blue University of Kentucky flag served as a sunshade for college kids. Behind the students, two older women in sun hats sat […]

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Boater found in bay near Bridge St. pier dies

Despite rescue attempts, a 52-year-old man died March 31 after he was found unconscious near the shore in Sarasota Bay south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Brandon Nieuwkoop, who lived on a cabin cruiser among the community of 30-40 anchored boaters — including four who fought to save his life — […]

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Service on the sand

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Rescheduled road work in Bradenton Beach to begin April 9

Construction will resume April 9 on the $7.4 million Manatee County Force Main 5 pipe replacement project on Gulf Drive. Next on the schedule is 10th Street North at Gulf Drive — the area of Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki in Bradenton Beach. It will close to motorists after work resumes and is expected to […]

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Holmes Beach survey urged on replacing beach pier

Not so fast. Holmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Titsworth said March 1 she’s heard of no requests to replace the Manatee Public Beach pier. Resident Beverly Neville refuted Titsworth’s claim at the March 27 meeting as she pleaded for commissioners to involve the public in determining whether to rebuild the structure. “Tonight, I am asking […]

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