Irma arrives, Anna Maria Island spared for most part

Anna Maria Island residents and emergency responders braced for evacuations before Hurricane Irma. And they began Sept. 8. The evacuation became mandatory for people in the A-zone, covering the entire island. Islanders were asked to head to safety on the mainland. Before leaving, residents ran to city halls for sandbags and re-entry passes as some […]

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Anna Maria declares state of emergency

The city of Anna Maria declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Irma during a meeting Sept. 6. The declaration gave the mayor power to impose a curfew, shut down businesses and public areas, suspend or extend deadlines for contracts and documents, prohibit the sale of alcohol, prohibit the sale or transfer of […]

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Bradenton Beach battens down hatches

As Bradenton Beach prepared for Hurricane Irma, Vice Mayor John Chappie noted, “This is not our first rodeo.” Bradenton Beach officials and staff held a special meeting Sept. 6 to approve a declaration of emergency from Mayor Bill Shearon as Hurricane Irma drew closer to the tip of Florida. The declaration suspended normal activities, allowing […]

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Holmes Beach mayor declares state of local emergency

The approach of Hurricane Irma spurred Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson to declare a state of local emergency effective 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9. The move provided emergency management powers in the event Hurricane Irma proves a catastrophic hurricane for Holmes Beach. The city can waive procedures and any formalities related to performing any public works […]

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Anna Maria’s proposed 2017-18 budget by the numbers

The city of Anna Maria will hold the first of two public hearings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, for the proposed 2017-18 fiscal year budget. A final hearing and vote on the budget ordinance will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. The budget is balanced with income […]

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Manatee closes schools on Friday ahead of Irma

Manatee County School District announced there will be no school Sept. 8 in advance of the approaching Hurricane Irma. Superintendent Diana Green made the announcement during an Emergency Operations Center news conference Sept. 6. She said schools would be readied for use as storm shelters. Special needs shelters were organized first, followed by other regular […]

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