Lightning strikes feet from B&B maintenance worker

Mother Nature delivered a jolt for a wake-up call June 7. Around 10:30 a.m., lightning struck an awning on a guest house operated by the Harrington House Bed & Breakfast Beachfront Inn, the Huth House at 101 67th St., Holmes Beach. Tommy Kilpatrick, head of maintenance at Harrington House, said he was attending a faulty […]

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USPS promises to deliver new Holmes Beach postal office

Holmes Beach residents and businesses face an uncertain future regarding services at the longtime post office on Gulf Drive. The present contract postal unit is closing June 30 and a successor has not been named. U.S. Postal Service communications program specialist Enola Rice said June 8 bids are still being accepted. “We are currently reviewing […]

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Thunderstorms — and just a little high water — hit island

Hurricane season began June 1 and, almost like clockwork, the rains came. The first seven days in June soaked the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport reporting station with 4.8 inches of rain, surpassing the 1.05-inch average rainfall for the week, according to Weather Underground. For May, the website reported 5.03 inches of rain, doubling the 2.21-inch average […]

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Built in Holmes Beach without permits, rooftop Tiki hut to be dismantled

A Tiki hut atop a home in Holmes Beach will soon be history, the owner promises. She’s not happy about it. But Holmes Beach building department officials are insisting on the Tiki hut’s removal from the home at 516 Bayview Drive. Acting upon a complaint from a neighbor worried the Tiki bar could cause damages […]

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Lakeland man dies after Gulf rescue in Anna Maria

A Lakeland man died a day after he was found unconscious in the Gulf of Mexico in Anna Maria. Joseph S. Teston, 25, of Lakeland, died at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton following a rescue by bystanders and medical personnel. Manatee County Marine Rescue and others assisted at the scene at about 3:15 p.m. June […]

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County commission to hold charter workshop

Manatee County is holding a workshop to discuss the pros and cons of becoming a charter county. Like a charter city or school, a charter county is guided by a document that would confer powers, duties or privileges on the county. Twenty of the 67 counties in Florida are charter counties. The Florida Constitution states […]

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