Anna Maria signs pier demolition contract

Two tries, two contractors and it’s done. The first contractor selected to demolish the Anna Maria City Pier is out. Now Anna Maria will sign with Speeler and Associates for $732,000 to demolish the pier. It’s $47,000 more than the contract authorized May 29 with Sully’s Quality Projects, a Venice-based firm, but those negotiations came […]

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3 future island roundabouts touted in traffic study

There’s no way around it. Roundabouts will be island traffic features for years to come, according to a top state transportation official and island officials. Bradenton Beach Mayor John Chappie said roundabouts are irreplaceable traffic safety features at the June 4 meeting in Holmes Beach of the Island Transportation Planning Organization. Chappie’s comments came after […]

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FISH hooks, lands big boost from FWC for preserve

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage received another much-needed injection of funding at its June 4 meeting. Coming off a sub-par Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival fundraiser, FISH board members said they hoped to fill in the revenue shortfall by other means. And so they did. FISH raised $30,000 through participation in the Giving Challenge in […]

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Coquina carjacker arrested after crashing Corvette on LBK

A man identified as a Manatee County transient was arrested June 6 after carjacking and crashing a Corvette. Just before noon, police say Rick Rowland, 43, accosted a disabled a 56-year-old Parrish man, took his car keys and stole his 1998 Chevrolet Corvette from a Coquina Beach parking lot in Bradenton Beach. Rowland then recklessly […]

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Qualifying time arrives

Qualifying for municipal elections, which takes place Nov. 6, will be in June — noon June 18 to noon June 22 in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. Anna Maria’s qualification will begin at noon June 11 and end at noon June 22. Voter registration remains open for the state’s primary, which will be Tuesday, Aug. […]

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Candidate qualifying opens for Anna Maria election

Three Anna Maria offices are up for election Nov. 6 — two commission seats and the mayoral post. Qualifying began June 11, as The Islander went to press. Mayor Dan Murphy said May 10 he would seek a third consecutive two-year term. Murphy was first elected mayor in 2014, when he defeated incumbent Mayor SueLynn […]

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