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Correspondent Joe Hendricks covers Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Email
Anna Maria Pier rendering rear

State funds will assist with pier replacement

ANNA MARIA – The $88.7 million budget the Florida Legislature adopted on Sunday, March 11 includes $750,000 in state funds for the estimated $4.5...

School tax election underway

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Island voters will help determine whether the Manatee County School District is the beneficiary of a one-mill property tax increase. The...
Pier Rendering

Kebony decking selected for new pier

ANNA MARIA – Commissioners decided on the look and feel of the decking for the new Anna Maria City Pier today. On Tuesday, City Commissioners...
Sen. Greg Steube

Vacation rental bills fail again

TALLAHASSEE – For the second year in a row, Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) and Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) failed in their efforts...
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...
Chip Case

Vacation rental bills in peril

TALLAHASSEE – Behind the scenes maneuvering by lobbyist Chip Case, Anna Maria City Attorney Becky Vose and her son, attorney Wade Vose, may have...
AM pier firings

Pier plank firings reversed

ANNA MARIA – Peter Piir and Taylor Mannhart are once again working for the city of Anna Maria. They returned to work on Friday, Feb....
Commissioner Amy Tripp

Tripp joins Anna Maria commission

ANNA MARIA - Amy Tripp has been appointed to fill the City Commission seat recently vacated by Nancy Yetter. The commission appointment occurred at the...
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...
AMI Pier Pilings

Commission chooses concrete pier pilings

Updated Feb. 15, 2018 ANNA MARIA – The new Anna Maria City Pier will be built with concrete pilings. In March, the Anna Maria City Commission...
Anna Maria City Pier

Mayor optimistic about state funds for new pier

Updated Feb. 15, 2018 ANNA MARIA – The city’s request for $750,000 in state funds to help build a new pier has cleared another hurdle. According...
Senate Vacation Rental Bill

Vacation rental bill favored by second Senate committee

Watch the meeting here at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. TALLAHASSEE – The vacation rental legislation now known as CS/SB 1400 has been further amended...
Driveway restoration concerns

Commission concerned about driveway damage, restoration

BRADENTON BEACH – A Feb. 8 commission discussion on bike and pedestrian improvements produced a parallel conversation about who might pay to restore driveways...

Quinn helping raise funds for pier

ANNA MARIA – Resident Sissy Quinn is trying to raise $100,000 or more to help build a new city pier. Quinn has set up a...