Monday, September 23, 2019

Community News

West Coast Surf Shop fire

Community events planned to help local business

Updated June 13, 2018 When the iconic West Coast Surf Shop suffered damage from an electrical fire April 15, community members began searching for ways...
Anna Maria bridge mudline

New details emerge for high-span bridge

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – There’s been a lot of talk from the Florida Department of Transportation about high-level bridges coming to the Island. The...
Sunshine Depositions

Sunshine lawsuit depositions continue

BRADENTON BEACH – Former Planning and Zoning Board member Patty Shay is now the third Sunshine lawsuit defendant deposed by attorney Robert Watrous. Shay was...
Carjacking Police Department

Alleged carjacker remains in jail

BRADENTON BEACH – Rick Jeffrey Rowland, 43, remained in jail Saturday afternoon after being arrested on felony charges of carjacking and exploitation of an...

Community celebrates the coast

CORTEZ – The Coastal Community Celebration at the Florida Maritime Museum Thursday evening drew more than 100 people to celebrate World Oceans Day (June...
Anna Maria Pier Demolition

Speeler and Associates selected to demolish Anna Maria City Pier

ANNA MARIA – The city now has a firm under contract to demolish the Anna Maria City Pier. On Wednesday, June 6, the Anna Maria...
Bridge Tender Inn fire

Bridge Tender Inn survives electrical fire

BRADENTON BEACH – An electrical fire left the Bridge Tender Inn closed for business Wednesday evening, but the damage was apparently limited to the...

Man arrested on carjacking, battery charges

Updated June 11, 2018 BRADENTON BEACH – A Bradenton Beach man was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with carjacking and battery on a disabled person...
Anna Maria City Pier demolition

Pier demolition team selected, rejected

ANNA MARIA – Sully’s Quality Projects was rejected as the City Pier demolition contractor less than a week after being named the city’s first...
snooks group shot

Snooks would have been proud

ANNA MARIA – It was a great beach day last Saturday with blue skies and gentle breezes, but a group of kids and their...
beach storm damage

County assesses beach storm damage

The beaches of Anna Maria Island are in good shape, despite the recent pounding from Subtropical Storm Alberto and last year’s Hurricane Irma. That’s...
Deposition Reed Mapes

Mapes and Martin deposed in Sunshine lawsuit

BRADENTON BEACH – Sunshine Law lawsuit defendants Reed Mapes and Tjet Martin have been deposed by attorney Robert Watrous. Defendant Patty Shay is scheduled for...
Andrew Helderman

Attacker gets life in prison

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of attempted second-degree murder at a home in Holmes Beach on...
Manatee County concession fund

County commissioners approve concession fund request

MANATEE COUNTY – An influx of monies from the excess concession fund is making its way to the three Island cities and The Center...
Palma Sola Causeway missing bollards

Missing bollards mystery stumps scenic highway management

MANATEE COUNTY – The mystery of the missing bollards on the Manatee Avenue causeway continues to haunt county law enforcement and members of the...