DOT decision: Build a new 65-foot Cortez Bridge

Ignoring public sentiment in its own survey running nearly 3-to-1 in favor of repairing the existing Cortez Bridge, the Florida Department of Transportation is going to build a new high span in its place. The DOT decided to build a fixed, 65-foot-clearance bridge, said L.K. Nandam, District 1 secretary for the DOT, despite vocal public opposition. “We’ve got to replace the bridge,” Nandam said. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy was...

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Iconic surf shop burns, damage up to $250K

Rain, wind and fire hit Anna Maria Island April 15. A fire broke out in the afternoon at the West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach during a squall, causing no injuries but leaving behind hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage. The fire started just after 2:30 p.m., when an electrical incident inside the store involving neon lighting sparked a flame. Holmes Beach police arrived almost immediately, followed by at least three...

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New line in sand alters little for AMI beachgoers

Careful where you put the blanket on the sand after July 1,  you might be trespassing. HB631 probably doesn’t mean much to many people, but its consequences may. It’s the number of the bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law March 30. The Possession of Real Property Act becomes effective July 1. The law states […]

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Cha-ching. Spring break brings revenue, albeit traffic woes

On Manatee Public Beach on a sunny high-70s afternoon March 28, the mashup on the sand looked like a soft drink commercial. Parents slathered sunscreen on toddlers while babies slept under umbrellas. A blue University of Kentucky flag served as a sunshade for college kids. Behind the students, two older women in sun hats sat […]

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New water-taxi has Key Royale hub

By Ambrosia Sanderling Islander Reporter Less than two months after a company began pushing for a water taxi for Key Royale in Holmes Beach, operators announced the service is set to begin April 1. Disgruntled residents barely had time to protest and some were caught unaware of the project intended to help Key Royale residents […]

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Bradenton Beach puts teeth into marine ordinance

Bradenton Beach officials are tightening regulations to deal with derelict or abandoned vessels in the anchorage area at the east end of Bridge Street. At a March 15 meeting, the mayor and commissioners unanimously approved the first reading of an updated marine ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance will replace a similar one enacted last March, […]

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