Public pleas: 
Save pier planks

Benches on the Anna Maria City Pier. A boardwalk in Anna Maria. Wall decor. Emails to the city of Anna Maria contain a plethora of suggestions for re-purposing or salvaging the engraved Anna Maria City Pier planks when the pier is rebuilt. Ayres Associates, the engineering firm hired to rebuild the pier, estimated it will […]

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DOT traffic study pitches innovative solution: driverless vehicle

An update on the Florida Department of Transportation barrier island traffic study went better than the previous discussion, when critics questioned the study and how it was being conducted. DOT project manager Frank Domingo and Tricia Labud, District 1 traffic operations spokeswoman, emphasized solutions in a presentation in October for the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization. […]

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And solutions: Aerial tram, roundabouts and gondolas

The Florida Department of Transportation barrier island traffic study has discarded the possibility of a third bridge to ease vehicle pressure by connecting the mainland with Longboat Key. That’s about the only option the DOT has ruled out in its quest to improve barrier island traffic flow from Anna Maria Island southward to Lido Key. […]

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Hook-and-line litter at Rod & Reel

By Colin Mackenzie, Duxford, Cambridge, United Kingdom My wife and I spent another fantastic two weeks on Anna Maria Island relaxing and taking in the healing warmth from the sun. You really have such a special island that will forever live in our hearts. However, I think the area around the Rod & Reel Pier […]

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Former mayor takes oath, mayor again in Bradenton Beach

John Chappie took the reins Nov. 20 for a fourth term as mayor of Bradenton Beach and spoke about why he’s taken the path from the city to the county and back again. He told The Islander his government service is about “giving back,” giving a voice to community and transparency. Residing in Bradenton Beach […]

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DEP final order: Remove Cortez house

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has issued a final order to Raymond Guthrie Jr. to remove his house on stilts in Sarasota Bay. The Nov. 17 order requires the 1,211 square-foot structure be removed by Dec. 7 and, by Dec. 17, a payment of $6,500 in fines to the state. Guthrie has 30 days […]

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