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Art lives on in the heat of summer

Art lives on in the heat of summer

On the heels of the Fourth of July’s fireworks, Holmes Beach’s art community proved Friday that they could draw a crowd with an out-of-season...
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The suburbs and the millennials

For several years, I wrote about how the millennials were moving into the cities. They didn’t want anything to do with the suburbs and...
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...
Muscle up! Strong men hit the beach

Muscle up! Strong men hit the beach

MANATEE COUNTY – The 2019 Tachi Palace World’s Strongest Man Competition began in downtown Bradenton on Thursday, June 13, shifted to Coquina Beach in...
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...
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Real estate selling for the smartphone generation

If your smartphone has become an extension of one hand and the TV remote an extension of the other, then iBuying may be the...
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What’s in a color

Did you know there is an entire segment of psychology devoted to color? Color can dramatically affect moods according to experts in color psychology, so...