Sea turtle volunteer saves struggling swimmer

Save a sea turtle? Awesome. To save another person’s life? Preeminent. Momentous. Priceless. “It’s one of those things, you just do. We didn’t even think about it,” said sea turtle activist John Schimkaitis of himself and another beachgoer on saving … Continue reading → Powered by...

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Boom time: Fourth of July celebrated

Listen for the “boom.” The Fourth of July brings blasts from the cannons in the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade and bursts of fireworks — on the Gulf beaches, along the river, beside the bay and in the … Continue reading → Powered by WPeMatico

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1st responders countywide prepare for the 4th

A first responders’ roundtable will focus on emergency readiness for the Fourth of July weekend — especially preparedness on the water. Manatee County Marine Rescue Chief Joe Westerman, heading up the Coquina and Manatee Public beach lifeguards, sent out invitations … Continue reading → Powered by...

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More Bert Harris claims land in Anna Maria

Another wave of Bert Harris claims has rolled into Anna Maria. Six more claims were delivered to city hall, adding $1,725,000 of claimed property losses. The city now has 51 claims against it totaling $14,369,000. Under Florida’s Bert Harris Jr. … Continue reading → Powered by WPeMatico

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1st responders warn against ‘do-it-yourself’ fireworks

“Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.” That advice comes from the National Fire Protection Association, a worldwide organization known for its fire, electric and other life-safety codes. “We take … Continue reading → Powered by WPeMatico

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Tax ballot language approved, island budget boost nixed

Even in defeat, victory. Barrier island elected officials took a proposal to Manatee County commissioners June 21: Allot the islands more money because of tourism. The commissioners appeared sympathetic, but the plan died at the dais. The county board met … Continue reading → Powered by WPeMatico

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