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WMFR approves budget, assessment rate

BRADENTON – West Manatee Fire Rescue (WMFR) has an approved budget and an approved assessment rate increase for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Commissioners met at...
2019-20 budget jumps first hurdle

2019-20 budget jumps first hurdle

HOLMES BEACH – City leaders are one step closer to having an approved budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Commissioners voted unanimously...
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Holmes Beach adds monthly rentals to VRC

HOLMES BEACH – City commissioners may have dropped the business tax receipt requirement for residential rental homes and units, but they’re considering reclaiming some...
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Luxury ain’t what it used to be

Did you ever feel sorry for the really wealthy real estate owners? Well, we’re at a point in time when there might be just...
Bert Harris cases go back to court

Bert Harris cases go back to court

BRADENTON – Six Bert Harris cases against the city of Holmes Beach are awaiting a ruling on the city’s motion for judgment on the...
Commissioners reject salary increase

Commissioners reject salary increase

HOLMES BEACH – With Commissioner Pat Morton absent, a motion to give city commissioners a $250 per month stipend raise failed on a tie. At...
City leaders consider stormwater fee increases

City leaders consider stormwater fee increases

HOLMES BEACH – With costs for stormwater improvements throughout the city ongoing and increasing, City Engineer Lynn Burnett proposed to commissioners that they consider...
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The fun and not-so-fun of selling a home

Last week we talked about the fun and not-so-much fun of buying a home. This week we’ll talk a little about selling your home,...
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Four qualify in Holmes Beach

HOLMES BEACH – Qualifying week is officially over, and four candidates are posed to fight it out in the polls Nov. 5 to see...
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Holmes Beach holds off on emergency declaration

HOLMES BEACH – With Hurricane Dorian’s path uncertain, Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth is holding off on declaring an emergency in her city. Titsworth said...
WMFR celebrates life with Phoenix Awards

WMFR celebrates life with Phoenix Awards

BRADENTON – Aug. 20 was a celebration of life at West Manatee Fire Rescue’s board meeting as district leaders handed out three sets of...
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The challenges of inheriting a house

No one wants to see a loved one pass away, but it’s inevitable that we all will have that experience and along with the...
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Help spot severe storms with SKYWARN

HOLMES BEACH – The National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay office is looking for some volunteers to help make their forecasts and severe weather warnings...
Paid parking may be coming to county boat ramps

Paid parking may be coming to county boat ramps

MANATEE COUNTY – A user fee is being proposed for boaters using any of the Manatee County managed boat ramps. There are 10 county-managed boat...
Anna Maria Elementary open for learning

Anna Maria Elementary open for learning

HOLMES BEACH – The new school year got off to a relatively calm start Monday morning with a break in the rainy weather and...