Cortez hopes to sway DOT: Spare village, repair bridge

Battle lines are drawn as decision time for the Cortez Bridge draws near. The Florida Department of Transportation has announced it is leaning toward the largest replacement option for the bridge. The DOT emphasized it has not yet decided to build a $72 million, 65-foot vertical-clearance fixed bridge, but it is the favored option. The […]

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Owners win HB-Bert Harris skirmishes

Homeowners Bob and Ellen McCaffrey posted a win Aug. 7 as the first of many ongoing Bert Harris cases in the city of Holmes Beach made its way to court. Corporate owners of 106 75th St., Swackhamer Investments VI, BMeehan Investments VI and KMeehan Investments VI, registered a similar win. In both cases, the property […]

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Bradenton Beach ‘sunshine’ suit embroils city

Bradenton Beach officials were aiming for an expeditious process in their discussion Aug. 17 for a lawsuit filed by former commissioner and Mayor Jack Clarke against members of two city boards. Attorney Bill Watrous and paralegal Michael Barfield attended an Aug. 17 commission meeting to address concerns on behalf of Clarke. The city of Bradenton […]

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Bradenton Beach incumbents, Anna Maria’s Carter, Woodland seek re-election

Carol Carter is asking voters to keep her behind the dais this November. Carter has declared she is seeking a third two-year term on the Anna Maria City Commission. Her seat is up for re-election Nov. 7, along with seats held by Commissioners Dale Woodland and Doug Copeland. has three seats coming available in the […]

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Westbay pushes Holmes Beach to remove boat canopies

The board of the Westbay Point & Moorings III condominium association is renewing its call for Holmes Beach to order the removal of two boat canopies used to shelter police and fire rescue boats. A letter dated Aug. 10 and sent to commissioners and Mayor Bob Johnson cites a 1978 ordinance prohibiting canopies as the […]

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Aqua development in fluid motion as county continues hearing

The plans are flowing in and out of the county like the ebb and flow of the tide. It’s creating a moving target for anyone trying to follow Aqua by the Bay as the developer pushes for approvals. Amid a multitude of concerns about Aqua by the Bay — a large-scale proposed development on Sarasota […]

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