Commissioners push to buy in Bert Harris claim
Dec06

Commissioners push to buy in Bert Harris claim

Anna Maria commissioners voted Nov. 30 to emphasize an offer to purchase property that is the subject of a Bert Harris claim. A claim filed May 23 by John Lynch alleges the undeveloped lot lost $340,000 in value after occupancy restrictions prevented him from developing the property into a four-bedroom rental home with a 12-person […]

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Anna Maria mayor rekindles negotiations on city pier lease
Dec06

Anna Maria mayor rekindles negotiations on city pier lease

Anna Mayor Dan Murphy announced at a Nov. 30 city commission meeting that he will pursue solutions for funding needed repairs to the Historic Anna Maria City Pier with the leaseholder, Mario Schoenfelder. “He is more than willing to reopen our discussions and fact-finding and to let the past be the past and see what […]

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Protester aims to join — or halt — Christmas parade
Dec06

Protester aims to join — or halt — Christmas parade

The Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Christmas Parade has a challenger. Former Privateers member Rick Maddox has filed a petition with the city of Anna Maria against the special event permit issued to the Privateers for the Dec. 10 parade. The parade is permitted in the three island cities, but apparently only Anna Maria has a […]

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Vacant BB Ward 2 seat victim of city division
Dec06

Vacant BB Ward 2 seat victim of city division

Nothing is guaranteed in government, right? So when Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ed Straight decided to roll the dice and make a bid for a fourth term in office — hoping the electorate would eliminate term limits in the primary election in September — Straight soon found himself limited to the three terms he had served. […]

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Community center receives 2016 audit
Dec06

Community center receives 2016 audit

Despite a relatively positive audit, the Center of Anna Maria Island reported an increasing difference between the budgeted and actual income for this fiscal year at a board meeting Nov. 28, with actual income failing to meet expectations. During the meeting, center board members reviewed an audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. […]

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Center celebrates Lester family fun day
Dec06
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