Paradise water-taxi on track for Bradenton Beach-Sarasota launch

Capt. Sherman Baldwin, owner of Paradise Boat Tours in Bradenton Beach, has been working for two years on a plan to connect Bradenton Beach and Sarasota via water taxi. Having secured a dock for arrivals and departures near downtown Sarasota — the 10th Street Boat Basin in Centennial Park — Baldwin is planning to launch […]

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Turtle watch anticipates record-breaking nesting season

“This is the calm before the storm,” Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox said May 2. Sea turtle nesting season officially began May 1, so mature females soon will be making their way to Anna Maria Island beaches to deposit their eggs. AMITW is working with code enforcement in […]

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DOT takes comment on Cortez bottleneck

Looking short-term and down the road, the Florida Department of Transportation wants to fix the Cortez Road-119th Street West bottleneck. Cortezians and other concerned residents are expected at a May 9 meeting at the Cortez Road Baptist Church, 4411 100th Street W., Bradenton — held after press time for The Islander. “We’re expecting a crowd,” […]

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County board sends development plans back to planners

A mistake in a staff report has sparked a second round of county hearings for Aqua By The Bay. The Manatee County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 May 4 to return the proposed large-scale, mixed-use development on Sarasota Bay to the planning commission. The planning commission had approved the Aqua project April 13 and now […]

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State drops sex offender case

The 12th Circuit State Attorney Office has dropped a case against a man accused of failing to register as a sex offender. The Holmes Beach Police Department arrested Brian Edward Owens for failing to register in July 2016, when he was living in Holmes Beach. The state decided not to prosecute in January due to […]

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Red tide found at background levels

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida, according to surveys reported May 4. Karenia brevis was observed in background concentrations in Manatee County. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

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