Anna Maria commission reviews community center relationship

“I’ve lost faith.” Anna Maria Commissioner Nancy Yetter is recommending the city re-evaluate its financial relationship with the Center of Anna Maria Island. Yetter attended the June 21 center board meeting and reported June 22 to the commission that the board complained of leaks to the press and public, while promising to improve its financial […]

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Center board loses 5 members, delves into budget crisis

After a rocky week at the Center of Anna Maria Island, five board members resigned, leaving the board at nine members. Former vice chair/interim chair Patty McBean, Frank Agnelli, Margie Shard, Ed Chiles and Sam Pakbaz had resigned by June 21, some citing concerns for how the board is run. On June 12, based on […]

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2nd swimmer in 3 weeks dies in Gulf of Mexico

by Sandy Ambrogi and Kathy Prucnell For the second time in less than three weeks, a visitor to Anna Maria Island has died in the Gulf of Mexico. At 7:03 p.m. Sunday, June 25, Holmes Beach police and Manatee County Marine Rescue responded to a 911 call about a swimmer who went missing in the […]

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Eliza Ann nests; then tagged, released at Coquina Beach

“Now, that’s a loggerhead! That’s a sea turtle!” Dan Evans, technology and research specialist for the Sea Turtle Conservancy exclaimed June 19 about Eliza Ann, a more than 300-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was tagged and released June 20 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring partnered with […]

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DOT, county agree to realign 119th Street in Cortez

By Kathy Prucnell and Terry O’Connor One of four options in May is now the choice of the Florida Department of Transportation to solve the 119th Street bottleneck on State Road 684/Cortez Road. DOT District 1 director David Gwynn told the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization board June 19 the state and county are working together […]

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Seffner man gets house arrest, probation for theft

The criminal history of a Seffner man factored into a five-year sentence for a theft at Coquina Beach. Joshua Vega, 29, entered a plea June 8 to stealing a beachgoer’s keys and a cooler and 12th Circuit Judge Susan Maulucci sentenced him to two years of community control followed by three years of drug offender […]

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