Some Cortez Bridge options — including rehab — eliminated by DOT

The Florida Department of Transportation is down to three options involving the 61-year-old Cortez Bridge and a final decision will be made in October. The DOT will hold its final public hearing to gather public input at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6110 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Bridge designs will be […]

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County planners, staff deny Aqua, board vote expected Aug. 16

The stage is set for a showdown between developers and the county at an Aug. 16 land-use meeting. Manatee County planners — previously recommending a large-scale, mixed-use project with an undetermined number of high-rises — flipped their position on Aqua By The Bay to denial four days before the expected vote by the county board […]

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Arrest made in Longboat resort homicides

“We will do everything to see justice is done here,” Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said Aug. 10 at a news conference at town hall. Darryl Vaughn Hanna Jr., 29, was arrested for the fatal shooting of two men Aug. 4 in the lobby of a Longboat Key resort at 4711 Gulf of Mexico […]

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Treehouse gets city ‘boot,’ owners stall, look to high court

A letter from Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson giving the treehouse “the boot” was met with yet another step of litigation. But the tree house still stood tall on the beach this week. “It is now your duty to comply with the code enforcement board order of July 30, 2013, requiring complete removal of the […]

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Turtle watch continues free beach talks in August

We’re tallking about sharing the beach habitat with wildlife, especially sea turtles. As sea turtle hatchling season peaks, it becomes more and more important for visitors and residents to understand turtle-friendly practices. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will host informational talks and turtle-friendly lighting workshops at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and […]

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Sea turtle with tracker may have laid 4th nest on AMI

A screenshot from the internet Aug. 8 shows the path in the Gulf of Mexico taken by Eliza Ann, who may have laid a fourth nest on Anna Maria Island. According to Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, a crawl with large tracks was found Aug. 6 on the beach near Maple Avenue in Anna Maria. The tracking map also indicates the more than 300-pound loggerhead may have come ashore that night....

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