Pier demolition begins, 250 engraved planks removed

It was a clear, blue morning and the Anna Maria City Pier was buzzing with activity. But not the kind you think. Workers were removing planks. The demolition of the pier began June 11 with the removal of some 250 requested planks from the 800-foot-long walkway. Early that day, Frank Agnelli, owner of Agnelli Pools […]

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Anna Maria signs pier demolition contract

Two tries, two contractors and it’s done. The first contractor selected to demolish the Anna Maria City Pier is out. Now Anna Maria will sign with Speeler and Associates for $732,000 to demolish the pier. It’s $47,000 more than the contract authorized May 29 with Sully’s Quality Projects, a Venice-based firm, but those negotiations came […]

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Anna Maria rejects $685K pier demo contract, moves to No. 2 bid

A contract offer to Sully’s Quality Projects went out the window June 4 when commissioners declined to negotiate a down payment requested by the company. The Venice-based firm was the top candidate, according to a ranking system that measured skill, experience, references, location of contractors, work plan and adherence to specifications of the project. The […]

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Environmental group pushes for Cortez Bridge details

A Cortez Bridge study by the Florida Department of Transportation was a sham, according to ManaSota-88, a nonprofit devoted to public health and environmental issues. “This is wrong on every level,” said Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, ManaSota-88 vice chair and a member of Holmes Beach Planning Commission. “It appears they selected the most environmentally […]

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Cortez Bridge: Battle fatigue or new resolve?

By Jennifer Glenfield Special to The Islander In 1989, it seemed a done deal. The Cortez Bridge would be replaced with a high, fixed-span bridge. Commuters today might note the seemingly done deal proposed by the Florida Department of Transportation never came to fruition. The DOT proposal announced April 23 is the latest development in a decades-old debate over the 17.5-foot clearance bascule bridge constructed in 1957. The cyclical...

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Anna Maria rewards boy for saving brother’s life

One family is going home with a unique souvenir from their trip to Anna Maria Island. At the Anna Maria City Commission meeting April 26, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Jones presented Nicholas Costa, 7, with a certificate of recognition for saving his brother’s life. Jones said the Costa family arrived April 22 in Anna Maria from New Hampshire to stay at a vacation rental on South Bay Boulevard. After arriving, Jeff Costa...

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