Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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Holmes Beach City Hall

Meet your mayoral candidates

HOLMES BEACH – With current Mayor Bob Johnson not running for a third term on the Holmes Beach City Commission, voters will choose either...
canine Anna Maria Elementary School entrance

School safety at AME

HOLMES BEACH – It may be summer, but a new school year approaches and Police Chief Bill Tokajer has a plan to keep Anna...
Jean Peelen

Jean Peelen moves on

HOLMES BEACH – Jean Peelen arrived on Anna Maria Island from the Washington D.C. area 10 years ago. Her sister had died from cancer...
West Manatee Fire Rescue meeting promotion

Fire commission opts for incremental increase

BRADENTON – Fire assessment rates are going up in West Manatee Fire Rescue’s District for the coming fiscal year. The 2 percent increase, which...
Holmes Beach noise

Commissioners to revisit noise ordinance

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners aren’t sure how they’re going to amend the city’s noise ordinance to help residents with ongoing issues, but they all...
Traffic

Traffic snarls at Gulf Drive construction zones

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Along the Holmes Beach/Bradenton Beach border, residents and visitors alike are finding themselves stuck in something reminiscent of winter season...
Coquina Beach

New beach law has little effect on AMI

Updated April 6, 2018 TALLAHASSEE – A new Florida statute has some beachfront property owners around the state jumping at the prospect of keeping the...
Easter sunrise service

Island churches celebrate Easter

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Easter is a busy time for the Island’s churches. With tourism at its peak, they are able to take in...
Holmes Beach Tampa Bay ferry boat

Ferry to Holmes Beach doesn’t float with commissioners

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners have a lot of misgivings about a proposal from Corey Hubbard with Tampa Bay Ferry to offer service to the...
Anna Maria Pier rendering rear

State funds will assist with pier replacement

ANNA MARIA – The $88.7 million budget the Florida Legislature adopted on Sunday, March 11 includes $750,000 in state funds for the estimated $4.5...
Easter sunrise service

Easter sunrise service set at beach

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will sponsor the 54th annual Easter sunrise service at Manatee County Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes...

Recycling woes plague Island city

HOLMES BEACH – Recycling is one way people can feel like they’re doing their part to help save the Earth. Unfortunately, some of the...
West Manatee Fire Rescue Administration Building

WMFR commissioners seek legislative change

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners didn’t get quite what they bargained for when Attorney Jim Dye appeared before them to discuss the...
Bradenton Beach driveway disturbed

Driveway restoration discussed

BRADENTON BEACH – Commissioner Jake Spooner initiated a follow-up discussion on driveway restoration during last week’s City Commission meeting. Portions of several driveways along Avenue...
Anna Maria City Pier

Mayor optimistic about state funds for new pier

Updated Feb. 15, 2018 ANNA MARIA – The city’s request for $750,000 in state funds to help build a new pier has cleared another hurdle. According...