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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Manatee, Anna Maria Island dodge Fay
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, all hurricane warnings are discontinued.
County nixes renourishment of some Anna Maria beaches by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners voted last week to proceed with a “long-range beach erosion-control plan” for renourishing Anna Maria Island beaches, but very little of the sand will land on city of Anna Maria shores.
The Florida Department of Transportation said contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto will close one lane of traffic on the Anna Maria Island Bridge between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, as part of its $9.2 million rehabilitation of the bridge.
Owners hope lucky seven for Tidemark Marina Resort by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
This month marks the seventh anniversary of the Holmes Beach City Commission’s controversial approval of the Tidemark Marina Resort at the site of the former Pete Reynard’s restaurant adjacent to Wachovia Bank. Yet, the start of vertical construction has not yet begun.
When original Tidemark developer Nick Easterling first obtained site-plan approval from the city commission in August 2001, following a number of contentious and stormy public meetings, he then said he expected to begin construction within six months and units would sell for about $250,000.