Treehouse owners reject demo, demand repayment

The city of Holmes Beach is adamant. It is demanding the illegal treehouse on the beach be removed. The owners are just as adamant in defying the order. The embattled owners of the treehouse received a demand from city code enforcement Jan. 18 directing them to apply for a demolition permit by Feb. 9. They […]

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DEP sues to remove house built in Sarasota Bay

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection filed a two-count complaint Feb. 6 asking a judge to order Raymond Guthrie Jr. to take down the house he built in 2017 in Sarasota Bay near Cortez. The 1,211 square-foot house stands on stilts about 350 feet from the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks. In the first count, […]

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Anna Maria declines wood pilings for pier rebuild

Anna Maria commissioners made a decision on one part of the Anna Maria City Pier rebuild: The pilings won’t be made of wood. The commission voted 4-1 Jan. 29 to direct Ayres Associates to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for two potential materials for the piling construction: Spun-concrete piles or composite piles. Commissioner Dale Woodland voted […]

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Visitor dies from Gulf Drive crash

Tragedy struck in Holmes Beach. An 80-year-old Canadian woman died after she and her husband were struck on their way to the beach by an SUV Jan. 24 in the 5600 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Marion Timmins died at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where EMS had transported the couple. Her husband, […]

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Holmes Beach presses for treehouse demolition

It’s time to knock it down. The nearly five-year legal battle waged between the city of Holmes Beach and the owners of an illegal beachfront treehouse is entering its final stages. Or so the city hopes. The city issued a code enforcement notice Jan. 18 directing the treehouse owners to apply for a demolition permit. […]

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County approves ‘green’ mixed development in Cortez

Environmentally friendly tiny homes seem to have won favor in Cortez as well as approval from the county board. The developers apparently found the right mix of energy-efficient tiny homes, vacation rentals, resort living, waterfront access and favor among the community. Even the name harkens back to the origins of Cortez, an area marked on […]

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