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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, March. 8, 2006
A rose by any other name
The model home at the Villa Rosa subdivision in Anna Maria is just about ready and is included in the upcoming 2006 Parade of Homes on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Villa not so rosy: Partner sues partners By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Those visions of million-dollar luxury homes at the Villa Rosa subdivision on South Bay Drive in Anna Maria - along with building permit fees and ad valorem taxes for the city treasury - may have to be put on hold for the near future, perhaps even longer, until a current legal challenge is resolved.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners approved yet another property purchase near the city's public works complex on Church Avenue last week. This home, owned by Gerald R. Baker at 304 Church Ave., will be purchased by the city for $305,000, with some of the funds hopefully coming from a state historical grant. Commissioners agreed last month to acquire another home on Church Avenue for $395,000. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Island real estate market could be crawling By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island real estate market has hit the skids, according to some local real estate sales agents, while others say it's just in a period of "adjustment."
Crown Castle International is asking the Holmes Beach City Commission for a special exception to add another array (cell phone dish) to the existing cellular communication tower at 5910 Marina Drive.
A public hearing on the request will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 at city hall.
Holmes Beach canal issue reaches boiling point By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Tempers flared at the Feb. 28 Holmes Beach City Commission when a number of residents from the T-end canal section of the city threatened legal action if the commission passed a proposed revision to the ordinance governing dock usage in the canals.
Construction cranes moved onto the Tidemark hotel/condomnium/marina property in Holmes Beach last week as work crews prepare to install pilings for the marina portion of the project. Developer Nick Easterling said he hoped to begin the foundation pilings by May. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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