Newcomer tops all vote-getters in Holmes Beach race

Holmes Beach voters elected two new commissioners in the Nov. 7 municipal election. They also returned two of three incumbents to office. Polling was at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, and by mail-in balloting. First-time candidates Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst swept into the commission with Kihm collecting the most votes of all […]

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Bradenton Beach voters switch mayor’s seat, approve amendments

Voters in Bradenton Beach have cast their ballots, heading back to the future in the mayor’s race. The city also is taking a few steps forward. Commissioner John Chappie will switch chairs on the dias to the mayor’s seat. He defeated Mayor Bill Shearon with 232 votes to Shearon’s 155 to win the mayor’s post. […]

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Anna Maria voters re-elect 3 to commission

The polls are closed and the votes are tallied in Anna Maria. Carol Carter, Doug Copeland and Dale Woodland retained their seats on the city commission. Newcomer Laurie Jo Higgins lost her bid for a spot behind the dais. Carter, whose campaign activities outpaced other candidates, received 332 votes — the most of the four […]

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The voters in the island cities have spoken

All three cities reported in on the results of their municipal elections Nov. 7 with an average 37.75 voter turnout, including vote-by-mail and poll results. In Anna Maria its status quo. But Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach are facing leadership changes. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and, unexpectedly for candidates and pundits, the Manatee […]

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Holmes Beach clerks maintain calm during city crises

Hundreds of Holmes Beach residents streamed into city hall during the hours leading up to Hurricane Irma’s island introduction. Irma was expected to pass over Holmes Beach as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of more than 75 mph and a destructive storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico. Most residents wanted city-supplied sandbags […]

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AMITW’s loggerhead wins marathon race, Tour de Turtles

It may not have been the fastest race in history, but Anna Maria Island won the marathon with loggerhead Eliza Ann. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring and the Sea Turtle Conservancy placed a tracking device on a sea turtle June 19 after it nested at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, then released […]

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