Bars, movie theaters, more to reopen Friday

UPDATED JUNE 3 at 3:45 p.m. ORLANDO - Gov. Ron DeSantis today announced phase two of his “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” plan to reopen bars and entertainment venues in 64 of Florida’s counties beginning Friday, June 5. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are not initially included...
Anna Maria City Pier opening June 19

Anna Maria City Pier set to open June 19

ANNA MARIA – The soft opening of the new Anna Maria City Pier is scheduled for Friday, June 19. Mayor Dan Murphy proposed the soft...
Short-term vacation rentals reopen for holiday weekend

Short-term vacation rentals reopen for holiday weekend

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Anna Maria Island’s short-term vacation rentals were allowed to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend, with some restrictions. On Thursday...

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Commissioners consider parking concession for residents

HOLMES BEACH – While city leaders await the delivery and installation of new posts and signs for street side, right of way and beach...
Commission and mayoral seats up for grabs

Commission and mayoral seats up for grabs

HOLMES BEACH – If you’ve ever pictured yourself on the dais at Holmes Beach City Hall, your chance is coming up to qualify as...


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Closures and cancellations

Area events are canceled through June 9. The Island Branch Library is closed. Tingley Memorial Library is closed. All classes at area parks and recreation areas are...


Reel Time: Fly casting fundamentals

Teaching fly casting has taught me some valuable lessons. Chief among them is the fact that it’s most often easier to learn from scratch...
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Nesting News

Turtle nests laid: 74 (Record: 544 in 2019) False crawls: 75 Nests hatched: 0 Hatchlings hatched: 0 (Record: 35,788 in 2018) Nest disorientations: 0

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It’s June – do you know what that means?

Here we are again - the official beginning of hurricane season. But as every Floridian knows, hurricane season is a moving target, as are...
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Does anyone have a clue what’s going on?

Just like the coronavirus predictions about numbers of infections and deaths have been off the mark, so too are the predictions about the future...
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TDC recommends opening vacation rentals

MANATEE COUNTY – The Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) took the first step on Monday to reopen vacation rentals countywide, including on Anna...
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When the real estate market sneezes, it infects everyone

The last thing anyone wants these days is for someone next to you in line at the market, the bank or in our slowly-opening...


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Enough is enough

My name is Jan Labriola and I own Harry’s Grill with my husband, Mark Labriola. We bought Harry’s six years ago without having any...

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