Cole regains Bradenton Beach commission seat in 3-1 vote

Ralph Cole, who previously served as a Bradenton Beach commissioner, addresses the mayor and commissioners prior to being voted the fifth commissioner Dec. 6 during a special meeting at city hall. The vote was 3-1, with newly elected Commissioner Randy White casting the dissenting vote. The seat opened when then-Commissioner John Chappie resigned to run for mayor in November. Cole, who lost his seat to White in the Nov. 7 election,...

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Anna Maria loses FEMA discount, fires building official

Missteps in reporting to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the Anna Maria building official got him fired. A unanimous vote of no confidence from Anna Maria commissioners Nov. 30 resulted in the termination of building official Jimmy Strickland’s employment with the city. In August, another misstep was overlooked and Strickland gained a vote of […]

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President voted out of AMI chamber

After an almost decade-long stint at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, the president has been dismissed. Deb Wing, who served in various positions, including four years as vice president prior to two years in the top position, was handed a termination letter Dec. 1 by the chamber board president, Eric Cairns. Wing said […]

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Bradenton Beach P&Z member applies for commission seat

Will it be a card draw? Or musical chairs? A seat on the Bradenton Beach dais is up for appointment and a new applicant has applied while another contender has withdrawn. As of the Dec. 1 application deadline, planning and zoning board vice chair Jim Lynch had applied for the open city commission seat, while […]

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AMI-mainland bridge openings reduced by Coast Guard

Some people say they don’t mind waiting on the bridge for boats to pass. But if you’re among the people who loathe waiting for the drawbridge, some relief has arrived. The U.S. Coast Guard has reduced the number of bridge openings from three times to twice an hour at the Anna Maria Island and Cortez […]

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Bell ringing: A family affair on AMI

Dave Greene and daughter Gigi, a third-grade student at Anna Maria Elementary, ring the bell Nov. 28 for the Salvation Army holiday kettle drive at the island Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

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