Environmental group pushes for Cortez Bridge details

A Cortez Bridge study by the Florida Department of Transportation was a sham, according to ManaSota-88, a nonprofit devoted to public health and environmental issues. “This is wrong on every level,” said Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, ManaSota-88 vice chair and a member of Holmes Beach Planning Commission. “It appears they selected the most environmentally […]

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Bridge battles won, war lost

By Jennifer Glenfield Special to The Islander Motorists lined up on the Cortez Bridge in the early 1990s waiting for boats to pass through the open drawbridge were likely handed a flyer urging them to save Anna Maria Island. “You’ve Found Paradise,” one of the flyers read at the top, in green print. And, at […]

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Anna Maria opts for do-over on pier demolition bids

The price to demo the Anna Maria City Pier came in high. Too high. Anna Maria officials elected May 18 to reissue a request for proposals for demolition of the pier. During an emergency meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy asked commissioners to reject the submitted bids for the demolition contract and reissue a request for proposals, […]

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Barrier island traffic study solutions: paid parking, wayfinder

The 5,071 parking spaces on Anna Maria Island fill up fast during holidays and prime beach days. More than 1,000 more parking spaces are needed to address the imbalance, according to a recent consultant’s report. Instituting paid parking and installing a wayfinder system could help solve the problem, according to a 72-page analysis and recommendations […]

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Cooler temps set sea turtles off to slow start

Timing is everything. Loggerheads have begun their nesting cycle on Anna Maria Island, but they appear to be off to a slow start. The first sea turtle nest of the season, which runs May-October, was documented May 12 on Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. As of May 21, 17 nests and 38 false crawls were […]

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Palmetto man charged with assault for police threat

An aggravated assault charge was filed against a Palmetto man who threatened police with survivalist-style weapons in December 2017 in Anna Maria. Douglas Schofield, 45, was charged May 7 by the State Attorney of the 12th Judicial Circuit. He was served with the court paper a week later. Schofield was shot in the stomach Dec. […]

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