TS Emily drenches Anna Maria Island

Tropical Storm Emily soaked Anna Maria Island as it made landfall at 10:45 a.m. July 31. Traffic slowed as drivers navigated pooled water and windblown palm fronds and other vegetation littering roads. Fortunately, said Holmes Beach police Chief Bill Tokajer, drivers exercised common sense and no cars were stranded, even as some side roads were […]

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Outrage, investigation continue in ‘shark drag’ abuse case

“It’s cruelty to animals. These guys are bad guys.” Capt. Warren Girle, a professional fishing guide and operator of Bradenton Beach Fishing Charters, summed up the outrage in the recreational fishing world about the shark dragging video that went viral the week of July 24. Girle also condemned their abuse to the ecosystem — saying […]

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Sea turtle disorientations, code concerns rise in Holmes Beach

In a culture filled with the glow of artificial light, it’s hard to believe a light bulb could lead to harm. However, Anna Maria Island beaches are a nesting habitat for protected sea turtles, which spend most of their lives in the water and are sensitive to light sources that don’t appear especially bright to […]

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Anna Maria reviews community center’s finances

“The center deserves a second chance,” John Chambers said July 27. However, he warned, if they don’t stick to the annual budget released earlier in July, “they’re just not going to be here next year.” “If they do what they did last year, they won’t make it,” said Chambers, a retired CPA and financial consultant. […]

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Holmes Beach-financed survey favors 63rd St. boat canopies

The boat canopies protecting two official vessels docked at the 63rd street boat ramp in Holmes Beach are on city property, according to a riparian rights survey provided July 22 to Holmes Beach. What are riparian rights? Riparian rights in Florida govern land bordering navigable waters. They are rights of ingress, egress, boating, bathing and […]

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Holmes Beach scrambles to answer Bert Harris claims

Roughly one-third of the 53 Bert Harris letters have yet to be sent by the city of Holmes Beach to homeowners claiming damages. City attorney Patricia Petruff blames herself for the delay and said she wants all letters sent before the claims become lawsuits in the courts. She estimates some of the city’s Bert Harris […]

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