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Joe Hendricks

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Correspondent Joe Hendricks covers Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Email
Music festival will benefit Wildlife Inc.

Music festival to benefit Wildlife Inc.

The Drift In’s Rock & Blues Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2 will also serve as a fundraiser for Wildlife Inc. Education and Rehabilitation, the...
Vacation rental advertising ordinance adopted

Vacation rental advertising ordinance adopted

ANNA MARIA – The city of Anna Maria has a new ordinance on misleading advertising as part of its ongoing enforcement of vacation rental...
Construction begins on pier buildings

Construction begins on pier buildings

ANNA MARIA – The construction of the new Anna Maria City Pier bait shop began this week with Mason Martin Builders erecting the first...
White PVC railings discussed for Bridge Street Pier

White PVC railings discussed for Bridge Street Pier

BRADENTON BEACH – The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is exploring the possibility of replacing the unpainted Bridge Street Pier railings with white plastic...
Cortez Road roundabout proposed

Cortez Road roundabout proposed

BRADENTON BEACH – Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans to build a roundabout at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive will remain on hold until...
Post office parking agreement reached

Post office parking agreement reached

BRADENTON BEACH – After-hours and weekend parking will soon be allowed in the post office parking lot. The general parking allowance will not take effect...
Floating dock temporarily closed

Floating dock temporarily closed

BRADENTON BEACH – The new floating day dock was closed on Friday, Oct. 4, and will remain closed until repairs are made to the...
Pier repairs resume

Pier repairs resume

ANNA MARIA – The i+iconSoutheast construction crane has returned to the Anna Maria City Pier construction site and repairs to the accident-damaged pier resumed...
Short joins Anna Maria City Commission

Short joins Anna Maria City Commission

ANNA MARIA – Mark Short has been appointed to fill the Anna Maria City Commission seat formerly held by Brian Seymour, who resigned in...
Policy prevents CBD use by city employees

Policy prevents CBD use by city employees

BRADENTON BEACH – Made from hemp plants, CBD (cannabidiol) oils, creams and other products are legal in Florida, but Bradenton Beach’s drug-free workplace ordinance...
New Anna Maria noise ordinance in effect

New Anna Maria noise ordinance in effect

ANNA MARIA – The city has a newly-amended noise ordinance that now subjects violators to a $35 fine instead of a verbal warning for...
Commission seeks consistent parking restrictions

Commission seeks consistent parking restrictions

BRADENTON BEACH – Parking with any tires on the pavement or parking within 15 feet of a stop sign will soon subject drivers to...
City Pier repairs temporarily delayed

City Pier repairs temporarily delayed

ANNA MARIA – A damaged boom line on i+iconSoutheast’s barge-mounted crane has delayed the repairs to the new Anna Maria City Pier. The repairs are...
Drift In food cart has city’s support

Drift In food cart has city’s support

BRADENTON BEACH – City commissioners support Drift In owner Joe Cuervo’s desire to add a late-night hot dog cart to his business operations. Cuervo and...
Benac accepts plea deal in shark dragging case

Benac accepts plea deal in shark dragging case

Updated Sept. 18, 2019 | TAMPA – Robert “Bo” Benac, 30, of Sarasota, agreed to a plea deal this afternoon while appearing before Judge...