County workers, ospreys tussle in Holmes Beach
Apr04

County workers, ospreys tussle in Holmes Beach

Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not always take modern innovations into consideration when planning wildlife habitats. A pair of ospreys was observed in early March, nesting on a post that supports a light fixture that illuminates Manatee County-maintained city tennis courts at 6200 Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach. Vacationers John and Mary Tris, who were staying […]

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Homeowner wins HB-Bert Harris dismissal motion
Apr04

Homeowner wins HB-Bert Harris dismissal motion

Twelfth Circuit Judge Brian Iten threw out the city of Holmes Beach’s attempt to dismiss the Bob and Ellen McCaffrey complaint under the Bert Harris Act. The March 28 hearing ended with Iten taking the motion under advisement but, two days later, he issued his decision. His three-page order denied the city’s dismissal motion and […]

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Venice man gets probation for drugs, DUI
Apr04

Venice man gets probation for drugs, DUI

A Venice man pleaded no contest to drug possession and driving impaired and was sentenced Feb. 23 to probation in connection with a Holmes Beach arrest nearly a year ago. Twelfth Circuit Judge Susan B. Maulucci found Blake Richman, 23, guilty of driving under the influence and, on a drug possession count, withheld adjudication and […]

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Holmes Beach street improvements await DOT approval
Apr04

Holmes Beach street improvements await DOT approval

Bring in the big money. Holmes Beach city commissioners authorized Mayor Bob Johnson at their March 28 meeting to approve a project priority application for improvements on State Road 789 in Holmes Beach. Johnson said the improvements on SR 789/Gulf Drive, along with the recently proposed bicycle and pedestrian plan, “would further accelerate our ability […]

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Bridge Street restaurant owner responds to complaints
Apr04

Bridge Street restaurant owner responds to complaints

Owners of a Bridge Street restaurant warned about noise complaints from neighbors say they were unjustly targeted. Live entertainment at the Freckled Fin Restaurant, 101 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, resulted in nine noise complaints from April 2016 through March 21. Freckled Fin owner Scott Lubore said March 29 other venues with live music on Bridge […]

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State legislation targeting VROs moves forward
Apr04

State legislation targeting VROs moves forward

Anna Maria Island municipalities are fighting to preserve home-rule in the face of advancing vacation rental bills in the Legislature. Senate Bill 188, filed by state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, passed the first subcommittee March 21 and is set to be heard by the community affairs subcommittee April 3, after press time for The Islander. […]

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