DOT: Final public hearing on Cortez Bridge ‘intense’

To the Florida Department of Transportation, it’s financial project No. 430204-1-22-01. No sentiment involved in deciding the future of Cortez Bridge. Just engineering another bridge. “We’ve got it down to two final options,” remarked one DOT employee as he was setting up displays for the final public hearing Aug. 31 before the decision on the […]

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Peak daily traffic pressures island roadways

Anna Maria Island traffic peaks six hours a day, every day, regardless of season. That’s one of the findings made by Florida Department of Transportation consultants working on the second phase of the $675,000 District 1 Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study. Findings included confirmation peak barrier island traffic generally lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 […]

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Sea turtle hatchlings undaunted by heavy rains

Recent rainfall may have put a damper on human activities, but sea turtle hatchlings on Anna Maria Island are still coming out strong. As of Sept. 3, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 298 hatched nests, 103 remaining to hatch and 86 that are not expected to hatch, as compared to 224 […]

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Anna Maria votes to retain building official — with caveats

A public records request in Anna Maria revealed building official Jimmy Strickland failed to collect required documents before issuing a building permit in December 2016. However, Anna Maria city commissioners voted Aug. 30 in an emergency commission meeting to give Strickland a vote of confidence, allowing him to remain on the job. The vote included […]

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Holmes Beach election proceeds to ballot, 4 for 3 seats

There will be a ballot in Holmes Beach for three seats on the city commission, and four people are in the running. Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen announced on the eve of qualifying that she will not run for a fourth consecutive two-year term in office. Instead, she’s thrown her support to Jim Kihm, a […]

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BB voters have choices for Ward 3 commission seat, mayor

Bradenton’s Beach’s qualifying period for the Nov. 7 municipal election ended Sept. 1 and the races are on for mayor and commission. Vice Mayor/Ward 4 Commissioner John Chappie is challenging Mayor Bill Shearon for his seat. Two commission seats are up for re-election, but there only is a contest in Ward 3. Ward 3 Commissioner […]

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