Owners hope highest court hears treehouse plea

Treehouse owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen are hoping for another day in court — the U.S. Supreme Court. Tran and Hazen built the two-story beachfront treehouse in 2011 at 103 29th St., where they reside and operate four vacation units known as Angelinos Sea Lodge. Their attorney, David M. Levin of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, […]

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DEP orders Cortezian to remove house built over state waters

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection ordered Raymond “Junior” Guthrie Jr. to remove his house on stilts in Sarasota Bay — and, thus far, has assessed $6,500 in fines. Mary E. Yeargan, the agency’s southwest district director, signed a notice of violation, orders for corrective action and administrative penalty assessment Oct. 19, giving Guthrie 21 […]

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Race for 3 AM commission seats remains low-key

Only one candidate in the Anna Maria commission race has been raising and spending campaign money, according to official records filed with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office. Three commission seats are up for election Nov. 7, while four candidates — three incumbents and a challenger — are vying for seats. Candidates Dale Woodland, […]

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Bradenton Beach candidates report finances

Some candidates in the Nov. 7 Bradenton Beach election have been gathering contributions for their campaigns. Mayor Bill Shearon is being challenged for his mayoral seat by Commissioner John Chappie. As of Oct. 24, Chappie received $5,020 in contributions from 13 sources, including five businesses — Anna Maria Island Resorts, Bridgewalk Partners, Drift-In Liquors, Island […]

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Newcomers outspend Holmes Beach incumbents

With less than a week left before the Nov. 7 municipal election, three Holmes Beach commissioners were being outspent by the two candidates challenging for their seats. First-time candidates Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst were running Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in raising and spending money. Kihm raised $4,365 and spent $2,941.50. He led all […]

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