First lady’s life work opens door to Hall of Fame

Her name is synonymous with Florida, from time well spent as first lady to her passion for painting landscapes and scenery. Rhea Chiles died in 2015, but her legacy continues to be alive and well in the Sunshine State and, on Anna Maria Island, where she spent much of her senior years. Chiles has been […]

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Science may prevail for Cortez Bridge opponents

The Florida Department of Transportation faces at least four significant challenges before the old Cortez bascule bridge can be removed to make way for a new span despite public opposition. Funding must be earmarked and dedicated to build the new bridge, which will cost roughly $72 million and last at least 75 years, according to […]

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Manatee County fulfills island funding wish list

The island mayors made it look easy. In reality, it took seven months of negotiations. The three mayors presented an unprecedented unified front to gain $1 million from the Manatee County beach concession fund, which made an impression on county commissioners. So much so, the joint request for $1,020,520 from a $1.144 million surplus in […]

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Keeping cool in a crisis

Keeping cool in crisis has rewards Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson, left, applauds surf shop employees Benjamin Webb, Kaitlin Kee and Anna Rehorn at the May 22 Holmes Beach city meeting for their heroic efforts in remaining calm and evacuating customers without further incident from the burning store. West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, inset photo, caught fire during business hours April 15 and sustained more than...

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Fish house challenges DEP over house built in Sarasota Bay

A.P. Bell Fish Co. doubled down on 12th Circuit Court pleadings in May, challenging the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in two cases over a house built on stilts in Sarasota Bay. And in a May 16 response, the DEP fired back, arguing the Cortez fish processing company’s attempt to intervene was based on “unsubstantiated […]

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Community work upped for Bradenton man in DUI

A Bradenton man pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving under the influence in Holmes Beach received a modified sentence April 25 to allow for more community service. Ernesto Vidal, 64, was sentenced in February by Judge Douglas Henderson and with approval from the state attorney in April, the 12th […]

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