Bayfront mega project gets county planners’ nod

Manatee County planning commissioners voted 3-2 April 13 to recommend a large-scale mixed-use development along more than 2 miles of Sarasota Bay shoreline southeast of Cortez and Anna Maria Island. The action moves approval of Aqua By The Bay — 2,894 homes, 78,000 square feet of commercial space, 13- and five-story buildings, a 2-mile lagoon […]

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Cortez Bridge head-on crash injures 3

No life-threatening injuries were reported in an April 12 head-on crash where the ramp meets the east side of Cortez Bridge. West Manatee Fire Rescue Lt. Nate Bergbom said emergency medical services took five people to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton. A family of four from Connecticut in a Nissan Rogue was traveling east over […]

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Turtle Watch hits the beach

“You all are the first responders, the ambassadors,” Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, said April 11 to more than 80 AMITW volunteers. The group was gathered at CrossPointe Fellowship in Holmes Beach for “Turtle Watch Spring Training,” a meeting led by Fox to prepare new volunteers and update […]

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Grassy Point re-opens April 19

Grassy Point Preserve is scheduled for a private, invitation-only opening 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, followed by a public grand opening to which everyone is welcome at 12:30 p.m. The soft-opening will include a ribbon-cutting and welcome by Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson and a tour of the preserve, which located east of the […]

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A Glorious Morning

A crowd gathers at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach on Easter Sunday, April 16, for the annual sunrise service organized by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. Representatives from the island churches are involved in the celebration that takes as the sun rises in the east. Islander Photos: Jack Elka

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Safety do’s and don’ts for nesting season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends people follow these guidelines for sea turtle safety: DO turn off or adjust lighting along the beachfront to prevent nesting sea turtles from becoming disoriented and going toward the glow of light on land, instead of natural light reflecting on the surface of the water. Indoor lights […]

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