Fate of Anna Maria pier restaurant looms after Irma’s wrath

Hurricane Irma spared the island. The Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria and the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach were nearly unscathed. But Irma didn’t spare the Anna Maria City Pier. Now the City Pier Restaurant is likely to be shut down for a year or more while the city undertakes repairs. […]

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FEMA brings post-Irma direction, aid to islanders

Six Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives came Sept. 23 to the Island Library. Each of the reps hosted a person seated across from them at their table, going over what Hurricane Irma wrought at their homes. Some of the FEMA clients were checking on the status of their applications for assistance. Some people were being […]

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Anna Maria declares city pier ‘totally destroyed’

The damage to the Anna Maria City Pier is far worse than originally anticipated. It may be closed more than a year. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has declared the pier “totally destroyed” per the terms of the lease agreement with Mario Schoenfelder after an initial assessment conducted by Ayres Associates, a Tampa-based engineering firm. […]

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Irma damage to Holmes Beach estimated at $50,000

Hurricane Irma was easy on the Holmes Beach government pocketbook. But some hard lessons were learned about preparation, communication and sandbag demand. Treasurer Lori Hill estimated Hurricane Irma will cost Holmes Beach $50,000 in preparation and cleanup costs. She cautioned the estimates are preliminary. A rapid damage assessment from Kenneth Blaser, risk control consultant for […]

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Aqua by the Bay hearing continued

Manatee County commissioners will hear and possibly act Oct. 3 on a proposal for a large-scale development of Aqua by the Bay. High-rise condo buildings and a 2-mile-long lagoon adjacent to Sarasota Bay are part of the developers’ proposal for 2,894 residential units and 78,000 square feet of commercial space on 529 acres southeast of […]

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Holmes Beach looks to triple Night Out crowd

Free munchies and drinks, a bicycle giveaway, bounce house, water slides and a dunk tank are all part of the fun for the second-annual Holmes Beach National Night Out. Best of all, it’s all free. A surprisingly large crowd of some 500 people showed up for the first Holmes Beach National Night Out in August […]

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