Anna Maria rejects $685K pier demo contract, moves to No. 2 bid

A contract offer to Sully’s Quality Projects went out the window June 4 when commissioners declined to negotiate a down payment requested by the company. The Venice-based firm was the top candidate, according to a ranking system that measured skill, experience, references, location of contractors, work plan and adherence to specifications of the project. The […]

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2nd trial ends in life sentence for 2014 Holmes Beach stabbing

Life means life. Andrew Helderman, 28, was sentenced to life in prison May 31 after his second Manatee County trial for a 2014 stabbing in Holmes Beach. The four-man, two-woman jury deliberated just under two hours and found Helderman guilty on one count of first-degree attempted murder with a weapon. Two days of courtroom proceedings […]

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Fireworks blamed for Key Royale house fire

Fireworks may have been the cause of a house fire June 1 that left Chris and Kellie Galati’s home blackened and smoky at the end of Hampshire Lane. At about 6:20 p.m. June 1, neighbors reported a loud noise — similar to fireworks, according to a report by Holmes Beach Police Officer Joel Pierce — […]

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AMI sea turtle nesting surge follows tropical storm

Surprise. Tropical Storm Alberto arrived ahead of hurricane season, which began June 1. It brought plenty of wind and rain to Anna Maria Island over the three-day Memorial Day holiday. And a flotilla of female sea turtles. According to Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird monitoring executive director, there often is an […]

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HEY ALBERTO, SURF’S UP

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Bradenton Beach officials warm up to fall election

Bradenton Beach has two commission seats on the November municipal ballot and at least one incumbent is ready to jump into the race. Commissioner Marilyn Maro confirmed May 24 she will run for a two-year term. She was appointed to her current term in 2016. “I’d like to see us keep moving forward and keep […]

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