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Kristin Swain

Kristin Swain
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Sun staff writer/photographer Kristin Swain covers Holmes Beach. Email
Holmes Beach budget talks begin

Holmes Beach budget talks begin

HOLMES BEACH – The city’s initial budget workshops are completed and city leaders have a budget that they’re prepared to present to residents in...
Skate park design nears completion

Skate park design nears completion

HOLMES BEACH – The preliminary designs are in for the city’s new cement skate park, but funds are still needed to construct the bowl...
Mobility program dropped in favor of ban

Mobility program dropped in favor of ban

HOLMES BEACH – The wait is over for the owners of Mobile Muttley’s, at least in Holmes Beach. Commissioners agreed in a 3-2 informal...
More changes proposed for VRC program

More changes proposed for VRC program

HOLMES BEACH – At their June 27 work session, commissioners continued the discussion on how to amend the city’s vacation rental certificate program ordinance,...

Progress made on park improvements

HOLMES BEACH – City engineer Lynn Burnett gave a presentation on capital improvement projects during the June 27 commission meeting and gave commissioners hope...
Strong man competition, holidays cause traffic concerns

Strong man competition, holidays cause traffic concerns

LONGBOAT KEY – When officials met for the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting June 18, the topic of discussion turned toward traffic...
Board accepts new fire chief contract

Board accepts new fire chief contract

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue’s soon-to-be Chief Ben Rigney’s employment contract is approved and ready to go into effect when current Chief Tom...
Proposed changes for VRC program

Proposed changes for VRC program

HOLMES BEACH – City leaders are considering implementing some changes to the vacation rental certificate program that may cost vacation rental owners a little...
Commissioners approve election changes

Commissioners approve election changes

HOLMES BEACH – City commissioners had a full agenda when they met June 11. The first thing commissioners tackled was the second and final reading...
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Biz tax changes take shape

HOLMES BEACH – Good news may be coming for owners of residential rental properties in the Island’s largest city. Commissioners voted four to one on...
Planning commissioners talk future flooding

Planning commissioners talk future flooding

HOLMES BEACH – The city’s planning commissioners voted unanimously June 5 to find an ordinance amending the existing flood plain ordinance as consistent with...
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Commissioners consider exemption for rental homes

HOLMES BEACH – Vacation rental owners may soon have one less piece of paperwork to worry about filing in one Island city. During a May...
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WMFR 2019-20 assessment rates set

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners held a public hearing May 21 to discuss the 2019-20 residential and commercial assessment rates. No members...
WMFR board considers building construction

WMFR board considers building construction

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners are considering building a new administration building, and they’ve narrowed down potential lots to purchase to two...