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Get in the game

By Jack Clarke Can you name your city commissioners? Have you made the effort to speak in person to any of them? Many of your elected...
AMI Candidate Qualifying

Candidate qualifying takes place in June

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Are you considering running for a city commission seat? If so, the qualifying periods for city commission and mayoral candidates on...
Bradenton Beach boats tagged

Abandoned boats tagged for removal

BRADENTON BEACH – Police have tagged four abandoned boats as part of the increased enforcement efforts taking place in the unmanaged anchorage near the...
Sunshine defendants

Judge denies witness sequestration in Sunshine suit

BRADENTON – 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lon Arend has rejected defendant John Metz’s request to sequester non-party witnesses in a Sunshine Law lawsuit. “I don’t...
Bradenton Beach Cortez Bridge

City officials blast bridge decision

BRADENTON BEACH – City commissioners oppose the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) recent decision to replace the Cortez Bridge drawbridge with a 65-foot-tall, fixed-span...
Bradenton Beach Parking Garage

Commissioners discuss parking garages, more

BRADENTON BEACH – City Commissioners want to prohibit parking garages citywide, but they don't feel amending the city charter is the way to do it. In...
Side yard trash pickup

New rental regulations in effect

BRADENTON BEACH – City staff is now implementing, enforcing and working out the kinks in the city’s new vacation rental regulations and registration program...
Anna Maria Island traffic

Traffic woes plague Island drivers

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Everyone who’s driven on the Island during winter season months knows that a little extra time and a lot of...
Moratorium expiring

Building moratorium will expire soon

BRADENTON BEACH – Despite an appeal from a city commissioner, Bradenton Beach’s voter-initiated building moratorium will expire on Wednesday, March 7. On behalf of some...
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...
Bradenton Beach undergound utilities

CRA discussing underground utility lines

BRADENTON BEACH – The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is ramping up its conversations on putting utility lines along Bridge Street underground. CRA chair Ralph...
John Metz

Metz defense challenges Sunshine Law

BRADENTON BEACH – Lawsuit defendant John Metz and his attorney, Thomas Shults, claim the Florida Sunshine Law is unconstitutional. “Mr. Metz feels the entire Sunshine...
ferry service permit

Commission conditionally approves water ferry service

BRADENTON BEACH - The Sarasota City Commission has unanimously approved a conditional city-issued water taxi permit that will allow Sherman Baldwin and Tevatan LLC...