‘Christmas Miracle’ 
on 65th Street

Christmas dreams do come true. Lauren Richardson was celebrating her two-year wedding anniversary Dec. 21 near the 65th street access on the beach in Holmes Beach with her husband Nick and members of her family when she lost her engagement ring in the sand. A lifelong visitor to Anna Maria Island, Lauren and her husband […]

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Ho, ho, ho! Holiday ho ho hoax

Coming soon: Golden arches at Holmes Beach gateway? Three prank signs touting “McDonald’s Coming Soon” posted Dec. 20 at a former bank site weren’t funny to Holmes Beach city officials. The three signs posted at the intersection of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue caused a flurry of phone calls to city hall. “The phone […]

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New plaza plans in 2018

AMI Plaza owner Mike Hynds has been trying for months to sell his shuttered restaurant business, but has had no takers. Hynds said Dec. 23 he has a few interested parties, including the former Bradenton Beach music venue, the Freckled Fin, but in the event that doesn’t come to fruition, he says he’ll open a […]

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State senator’s bill could remove local landscape decisions

Balancing property rights for local and state governments can be a delicate dance. Senate Bill 574, filed by state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would remove city and county governments’ authority to regulate “the trimming, removal, or harvesting of trees and timber on private property.” Manatee County Commissioner Steve Jonsson, who represents District 3, including Anna […]

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Bradenton Beach, homeowner, county sewer easement suit continued to 2018

Conflict resolution procedures for a case filed against Bradenton Beach and developer Shawn Kaleta by Manatee County for development over a sewer line are one step closer to resolution. The county filed suit in August against the city, Kaleta and two of his companies over a sewer line which runs between 11th Street South and […]

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2 campers arrested at Grassy Point

Two campers were arrested Dec. 13 at Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach police arrested Courtney Philbrick, 21, of Port Charlotte, and Patrick Fisher, 18, listed as homeless in court records, in the city-owned nature preserve at 3017 Ave. C. Fisher was arrested for felony possession of marijuana and illegal camping. Philbrick was […]

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