Anna Maria Island and Cortez spared

The U.S. flag displayed at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill was damaged by Hurricane Irma but the shack and the boats moored at its marina did well considering the high winds and even higher gusts experienced Sept. 10-11. Islander Photo: Michael Stahr

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Irma arrives, Anna Maria Island spared for most part

Anna Maria Island residents and emergency responders braced for evacuations before Hurricane Irma. And they began Sept. 8. The evacuation became mandatory for people in the A-zone, covering the entire island. Islanders were asked to head to safety on the mainland. Before leaving, residents ran to city halls for sandbags and re-entry passes as some […]

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DOT: Final public hearing on Cortez Bridge ‘intense’

To the Florida Department of Transportation, it’s financial project No. 430204-1-22-01. No sentiment involved in deciding the future of Cortez Bridge. Just engineering another bridge. “We’ve got it down to two final options,” remarked one DOT employee as he was setting up displays for the final public hearing Aug. 31 before the decision on the […]

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Holy waterspout!

Tjet Martin captures a waterspout on the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 24 with her camera from the deck at the home she shares with Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon in the 300 block of Gulf Drive. She said the first one was pretty scary looking, and then a second one formed close to the first. […]

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Cortez hopes to sway DOT: Spare village, repair bridge

Battle lines are drawn as decision time for the Cortez Bridge draws near. The Florida Department of Transportation has announced it is leaning toward the largest replacement option for the bridge. The DOT emphasized it has not yet decided to build a $72 million, 65-foot vertical-clearance fixed bridge, but it is the favored option. The […]

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Some Cortez Bridge options — including rehab — eliminated by DOT

The Florida Department of Transportation is down to three options involving the 61-year-old Cortez Bridge and a final decision will be made in October. The DOT will hold its final public hearing to gather public input at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6110 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Bridge designs will be […]

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