County approves Aqua development, opposition ponders suit

To sue or not to sue over Aqua by the Bay. It’s up for debate among opponents after Manatee County commissioners gave the green light to the large-scale development along the longest stretch of pristine mangrove-lined shoreline on Sarasota Bay. A new general development plan and 191-acre rezoning request proffered by developers Carlos Beruff, Larry […]

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Time for a mammogram? Do it for AME

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, in this case it also can benefit programs for Anna Maria Elementary as well as help fight cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and screening mammograms have proven to be one valuable tool in the fight against the disease. Bowes Imaging Center, 6207 […]

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HBPD puts on National Night Out, gives out 100 bikes

More than 1,000 people attended the second annual Holmes Beach National Night Out. There were fun games, water slides, food — more than 1,000 hot dogs served — and prizes Oct. 3 at the Holmes Beach Police Department event. “We just want to get the kids out from behind the computers to have some fun,” […]

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Developer v. Anna Maria heads to jury trial

Talks to settle developer Shawn Kaleta’s federal lawsuit — now alleging $7.9 million-$12.3 million against the city of Anna Maria — appear to be in infancy as a jury trial knocks at the door. Senior Judge James Whittemore ordered an eight-person jury trial to start in the November term at an Oct. 6 pretrial conference […]

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Sea turtle season crawling to a close

There’s a season on Anna Maria Island’s beaches that recurs every year. It has for millennia. It is sea turtle nesting season. Mid-way into October this year, Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, is saying, “This is just the icing on the cake of a wonderful season.” The 2017 […]

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Cortez stone crabbers buoyed for post-storm bounty

Mullet or pigs feet? Before stone crab claws hit local markets and restaurants, the popular crustacean will have its pick of delicacies, according to John Banyas, who was preparing Oct. 4 for the seven-month harvest season. Florida crabbers can bait and place their traps in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay for the Oct. […]

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