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Correspondent Joe Hendricks covers Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Email
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Rental-inspired LDC amendments proposed

BRADENTON BEACH – The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board has completed the second phase of its efforts to regulate vacation rentals. After previously crafting...
vacation rental

Committee rules favorably on vacation rental bill

TALLAHASSEE – The vacation rental bill filed by Florida Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) cleared its first obstacle Tuesday afternoon when the Florida Senate’s Regulated...
Coast Guard bridge timing

What it takes to change a bridge timing

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Michael Lieberum, Chief of Bridge Operations for the United States Coast Guard’s Seventh District, explained last week how the bridge...
Anna Maria pier proposal

Pier proposals lack cost estimates

ANNA MARIA – Mayor Dan Murphy opened the three proposals received from firms interested in rehabilitating the Anna Maria City Pier, only to discover...
Robin Mayer, Anna Maria city planner

Anna Maria hires new city planner

ANNA MARIA – Anna Maria’s new city planner is Robin Mayer. The city commission unanimously approved the hiring recommendation made by Mayor Dan Murphy at...
Sign of the Mermaid

Mermaid showing no signs of slowing down

ANNA MARIA – Ed Spring wants folks to know that it’s business as usual at his Sign of the Mermaid restaurant, even though the...
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...
Bradenton Beach anchorage

Amended anchorage ordinance proposed

BRADENTON BEACH – City officials are working on an ordinance that would provide for greater enforcement of the navigable waters and unmanaged anchorage south...
Bryce Higgins and Laurie Higgins

Citizens’ efforts assist with arrest

ANNA MARIA – The computer skills of an Island teen and information circulated by some Island moms contributed to the arrest of 20-year-old Richard...
Steve Masi

Police officer Steve Masi praised

BRADENTON BEACH – During last week’s Bradenton Beach Commission meeting, Mayor Bill Shearon asked Deputy Clerk Marie Montoya to read aloud an e-mail that...
Twister at Sunshine Skyway

Twister hits skyway bridge

TAMPA BAY – Sunday morning, Jeannie Bystrom, Ally Titsworth, Matt Dwyer and Ben Stasurak left Holmes Beach by boat, planning on spending the day...