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Vacation rental bills looming large

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Legislature is getting closer to potentially taking away local governments’ ability to regulate short-term vacation rentals and vacation rental advertising. And...
Parking tram discussions continue

Parking tram discussions continue

BRADENTON BEACH – City officials and business owners in and around the Bridge Street business district agree that a parking shuttle program is a...
WMFR commissioners review 2019 results

WMFR commissioners review 2019 results

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue’s February commission meeting started out on a happy note as two of their own were promoted, a new...
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Florida’s in the tax driver’s seat

It's almost tax time again so why not talk again about Florida’s advantageous tax position and the influx of new residents. I like to...
High enterococcus levels in Bradenton Beach waters cause for concern

High enterococcus levels cause for concern

BRADENTON BEACH – “Extremely high" pollution levels have been discovered at the Bradenton Beach bayfront, according to Suncoast Waterkeeper Executive Director Andy Mele and...
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What does a mortgage broker do?

I’ve talked many times in this space about getting a mortgage for a home and how it is one of the most stressful aspects...
Water line broken during undergrounding work

Water line broken during undergrounding work

BRADENTON BEACH – The Wilco construction crew doing the boring for burying the Bridge Street utility lines accidentally broke a water line Saturday afternoon...
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Real estate winter

It's winter in southwest Florida and although we talk a lot about beach, road and Publix congestion, we really do love visitors to the...
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Is Anna Maria Island still Old Florida?

There’s no doubt how much Anna Maria Island has changed over the past 25 years since I found the Island. One might say it’s...
A sailor’s life cut short

A sailor’s life cut short

BRADENTON BEACH – The liveaboard boating community in Bradenton Beach lost a friend and fellow sailor with the recent passing of 59-year-old Octavio Utrera. Utrera...
Reef project helps filter local waters

Reef project helps filter local waters

BRADENTON BEACH – A windy, cloudy afternoon didn’t stop the father-son team of David and David Wolff from coming out to the dock behind...
Pines plague parking project

Pines plague parking project

BRADENTON BEACH – Controversy over Australian pine trees in the Coquina Beach parking lot may slow down or stop the second phase of a...
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The Grinch that stole your real estate deal

If you’re in a home negotiation, whether you’re the buyer or seller you better watch out for the home inspection grinch. To the buyer,...
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Today’s challenge for buyers

There’s a big predicament out there all over the country for home buyers, especially first-time buyers. There’s nothing to buy and, apparently, it’s my...
WMFR celebrates promotions, awards

WMFR celebrates promotions, awards

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue’s commissioners and staff had a lot to celebrate during the board’s Nov. 19 meeting with two new firefighters...