AM chooses longevity for pier

“Our ancestors gave us a pier that lasted a hundred years. I think we should do the same for the next generation.” So said Commissioner Doug Copeland Oct. 17 regarding which path to pursue in rebuilding the landmark Anna Maria City Pier. And so they did. The Anna Maria City Commission voted unanimously Oct. 17 […]

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Bradenton Beach accolades wind up in another brouhaha

It is customary in Bradenton Beach for the city commission to award volunteers certificates of appreciation for their service when they leave a board or committee. Apparently, timing is everything. At an Oct. 19 city commission meeting, an agenda item to award certificates to nine former members of city boards was amended to only include […]

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4 Anna Maria candidates seek to fill 3 commission seats

In Anna Maria, incumbent Commissioners Carol Carter, Doug Copeland and Dale Woodland are running for re-election, while newcomer Laurie Jo Higgins is campaigning for one of three available seats in the Nov. 7 election. The top three Anna Maria vote-getters from 1,129 registered voters will gain two-year terms. Anna Maria’s polling place, precinct 301, is […]

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5 Holmes Beach candidates vie for 4 seats, 1 goes home

In the game of musical chairs, there’s one less seat than there are fannies to fill them. It’s the same with the Holmes Beach election for city commissioner. Five people, including first-time candidates Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst, and three incumbents whose two-year terms expire in November, Commissioners Pat Morton and Carol Soustek and Marvin […]

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Bradenton Beach candidates vie for commission, mayor seats

The vote-by-mail ballots have gone out, and Nov. 7 is Election Day in Bradenton Beach. Voters can opt to re-elect Mayor Bill Shearon or put Commissioner John Chappie in the mayor’s seat. Additionally, voters in the city will decide who will represent Ward 3 on the city commission — incumbent Ralph Cole or political newcomer […]

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Turtle watch closes in on record-breaking season

And the cycle continues. Another record-breaking season for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will wrap-up Oct. 31. More sea turtle nests — 488 loggerhead nests and five green sea turtle nests — were laid as of Oct. 19 on Anna Maria Island beaches than any previous year on record. With AMITW’s help, […]

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