DOT decision: Build a new 65-foot Cortez Bridge

Ignoring public sentiment in its own survey running nearly 3-to-1 in favor of repairing the existing Cortez Bridge, the Florida Department of Transportation is going to build a new high span in its place. The DOT decided to build a fixed, 65-foot-clearance bridge, said L.K. Nandam, District 1 secretary for the DOT, despite vocal public opposition. “We’ve got to replace the bridge,” Nandam said. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy was...

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Surf shop owners vow to regroup, recoup after fire

Inside the West Coast Surf Shop, it smells acrid and smoky. The floor is black. There is melted plastic and glass on the floor. Insulation hangs from ceilings and sunlight shines through a hole in the front wall. The shop caught fire the afternoon of April 15 during business hours. The building suffered damage and the merchandise was destroyed, including the surfboards, which were damaged beyond repair. Jim and Ronee Brady, owners of...

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Parrish man sentenced to life for island hairstylist’s death

An 84-year-old Parrish man was sentenced to life in prison for killing a former Anna Maria Island hairstylist. Judge Brian Iten meted out the life sentence for Eugene Matthews April 19, as well as two 30-year prison sentences for two attempted murders, each with a 25-year minimum, to run concurrently. A jury convicted Matthews Feb. 23 of second-degree murder for Rebecca Rawson’s death and attempted second-degree murder counts...

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Newly filed lawsuits seek to muzzle Holmes Beach ‘stalkers’

Shawn Kaleta and Jennifer Kaleta filed two lawsuits to stop their neighbors from stalking and recover damages for losses to two rental homes. The co-owners and their companies allege Richard and Marjorie Motzer called Holmes Beach police more than 60 times for unfounded noise complaints at two vacation rental properties. The complaints and petitions for temporary injunctions ask a 12th circuit judge to “immediately restrain defendants...

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Streetlife – 04-25-2018

Anna Maria No reports. Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Bradenton Beach April 9, 500 block of Gulf Drive South, domestic battery/strangulation. An argument between a couple led a 28-year-old man to allegedly squeeze a woman’s neck and impede her airflow. In response, the woman picked up a screwdriver and the man let her go. The man then allegedly struck the woman with a frozen beer mug. April 14, 1603 Gulf...

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Island real estate transactions – 04-25-2018

805 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,049 sfla / 4,305 sfur 2bed/2bath/4car Gulffront home built in 1993 on a 38,274 sq ft lot was sold 03/28/17, AMI North Shore Properties LLC to Doyle for $2,795,000; list $2,795,000. 628 Key Royale Drive, Anna Maria, a  4,041 sfla / 5,843 sfur 4bed/5 1/2 bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2012 on 15,820 sq ft lot was sold 04/03/18, Gauld to Maleeny for $1,400,000. 242 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a...

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