$7.4M AMI pipeline project to affect island traffic into 2019

Anna Maria Island traffic is expected to tighten along the main artery of Gulf Drive and associated side streets as construction on the $7,427,500 underground waterline replacement project begins in two weeks. Preliminary work began May 29. Actual construction should begin by mid-June, said project spokesperson Trudy Gerena, of the community outreach department with Manatee […]

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DEP: House built on water on state’s land

A house on pilings that appeared in Sarasota Bay within a stone’s throw of Cortez was built on state-owned submerged lands. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced the title determination in a May 31 email to The Islander. The DEP is in a fact-finding stage, trying to set up a meeting with Raymond Guthrie, […]

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Mangrove trimming snarls condo owners’ canopy dispute

The president of a condominium association already embroiled in one dispute with Holmes Beach over a boat canopy sent an email to city hall May 25 alleging “abusive police behavior” toward an employee of a company hired to trim mangroves. “Is your police chief trying to intimidate us?” Graham asked in his email. “I think […]

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Air conditioning a hot topic in Bradenton Beach

As the Florida summer creeps up, air conditioning becomes a concern. And, as any Floridian can attest, air conditioning problems need to be addressed before they worsen. At its June 1 meeting, Bradenton Beach commissioners reached consensus on two issues regarding failing air conditioning units at city-owned buildings. The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency approved […]

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Island attorney’s wife enters pre-trial agreement for office burglary

The burglary case against Flora Webb of Anna Maria will be dismissed if she abides by a 12-month court agreement. Webb, wife of Chuck Webb, a Holmes Beach attorney and former Anna Maria commissioner, agreed May 28 to a pre-trial diversion contract. The contract is offered by the state to first-time offenders in 12th Circuit […]

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Approaching fiscal-year end, center debt soars to $241k

At a board meeting May 30, the Center of Anna Maria Island staff and board members discussed plans to close a gap in revenue versus expenses. The center began its fiscal year July 2016 without debt after paying off the building loan and shoring up the year-end expenses with funding from the BP oil spill. […]

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