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Joe Hendricks
Correspondent Joe Hendricks covers Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Email
Darcie Duncan

Duncan named Manatee Chamber chair

MANATEE COUNTY – Duncan Real Estate owner Darcie Duncan is the new chair of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. The honor was bestowed on the...
Vacation Rental bills

Compromise sought on competing rental bills

TALLAHASSEE – An amended version of a vacation rental bill filed by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) passed through its first Senate committee minus the...
Happiest city

City sitting out ‘happiest town’ vote

ANNA MARIA – The city of Anna Maria will not be assisting in any "get out the vote" efforts regarding Anna Maria being named...
AM Pier Firing

Plank removal leads to firings

ANNA MARIA – A family’s concerns about an engraved pier plank and a friend’s efforts to help cost two Anna Maria Public Works Department...
BB Cottage Elevation

Cottage elevated in Bradenton Beach

BRADENTON BEACH – Chris Miller recently had his 1952 ground-level cottage elevated. Miller’s 452-square-foot cottage is located on a half lot at 1201 B Gulf Drive S....
Anna Maria Top 10

Anna Maria makes Coastal Living’s Top 10

ANNA MARIA – The city of Anna Maria has been named one of Coastal Living Magazine’s Top 10 America’s Happiest Seaside Towns for 2018,...
WMFR logo

Firefighters recognized for outstanding service

BRADENTON – Jeff Philips is the West Manatee Fire Rescue's Firefighter of the Year, Richard Losek is Officer of the Year and William “Buddy”...
Anna Maria Pier urgency

Pier urgency questioned

ANNA MARIA – City resident Richard Bristow suggests that city officials are showing a lack of urgency in reopening the pier. He makes his case...
Anna Maria Pier

Pier questions answered

ANNA MARIA – The city's engineering firm has formally responded to questions posed by community members about replacing the Anna Maria City Pier. Holmes Beach...
Andrea Spring gingerbread house

Spring returns to her winning ways

MANATEE COUNTY – After a three-year absence, Andrea Spring returned to competitive baking last week and claimed four blue ribbons and a red ribbon...
Nancy Ambrose

Ambrose enters pre-trial diversion

HOLMES BEACH – Nancy Ambrose has entered into a pre-trial diversion contract which she must successfully complete for two third-degree felony charges to be dismissed...
Grand Tree Anna Maria

Local tree regulations under attack

Updated Jan. 13, 2018 ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Florida Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) has filed a bill that seeks to prevent local governments from regulating...
Hunters Point Development Plans

Hunters Point development approved

CORTEZ – Developer Marshall Gobuty has the green light to proceed with Hunters Point Resort and Marina. Manatee County commissioners voted 6-0 on Thursday in...
Shark dragging

Shark dragging defendants plead not guilty

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Robert “Bo” Benac, Spencer Heintz and Michael Wenzel pled not guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to all charges stemming from a...

Free Smurfs movie at City Pier Park

ANNA MARIA – The Smurfs are coming to City Pier Park in Anna Maria. As part of Anna Maria city officials' continued efforts to better...