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BB Work meeting 7 14 15
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August 25, 2016 11:00 AM PDT

Audio for 7-14-15 work meeting

BB Work meeting 7 14 15
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August 25, 2016 10:59 AM PDT

Audio for 7-14-15 work meeting

Bradenton Beach Vacation Rental Town Hall Meeting: June 7, 2016
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June 08, 2016 10:25 AM PDT
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On Tuesday, June 7, the five members of the Bradenton Beach City Commission participated in a two-hour town hall-style meeting at Annie Silver Community Center that featured discussion on addressing vacation rental concerns, including a possible citizen-initiated building moratorium. On Thursday, June 16, the city commission will decide whether it wants to pursue a building moratorium or leave that decision to city voters in the November elections.

Bradenton Beach Quality of Life Ordinance town hall meeting 9 /30/15
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October 01, 2015 12:29 PM PDT
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On Wednesday, Sept. 30, Bradenton Beach Mayor Jack Clarke led a town hall meeting that provided city commissioners, city staff and concerned citizens an opportunity to discuss the forthcoming ordinance that will include new regulations that impact the vacation rental industry.
Photo and recording copyright Joe Hendricks 2015.

Bradenton Beach neighborhood meeting 9 24 15
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September 25, 2015 06:01 PM PDT
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On Thursday, Sept. 24, approximately 20 Bradenton Beach residents spent 90 minutes discussing the ongoing citizen-initiated efforts to enact a temporary building moratorium while the commission works on a new quality of life ordinance that will include new vacation rental regulations for large rental homes located in residential neighborhoods. Meeting participants included City Commissioner Janie Robertson, former mayor and current commission candidate Bill Shearon, Planning and Zoning Board members John Metz and Jim Lynch, Scenic Waves Committee co-chair Tjet Martin, realtor and rental agent Lynn Zemmer and residents Pricilla VonAhnen, Joanne Keir, JoAnn Meilner, Jim Hassett, Betsy Sillars LeeAnne Metz and Darlene Tellier-Nelson. The meeting took place at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach. RECORDING AND PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE HENDRICKS - ANNA MARIA ISLAND SUN.

Local Matters 2-29-2012: CORTEZ MATTERS - Part One
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February 29, 2012 01:33 PM PST
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This episode of my Local Matters radio show featured Dr. Mary Fulford Green and her son Ben Green sharing their knowledge and memories of life in Cortez, Florida, the richly historic fishing village that sits near the end of Cortez Road on the western edge of Bradenton.

Settled in the 1880's by North Carolina fishermen, the tale of Cortez is the tale of a small town hanging on to its sense of self despite the encroachment of time, northern transplants, greedy developers, conservation legislation and short-sighted local politicians.

Ben Green is the author of "Finest Kind," the 1985 non-fiction book that beautifully tells the tale of life in Cortez from the 1880s to the 1980s.
"Finest Kind" can be purchased from the Cortez Village Historical Society. Learn more about Cortez and its historical society at: http://cortezvillage.org/default.aspx

On next week's show, airing March 7, we'll continue our look at Cortez with modern day fishing industry professionals Karen Bell, John Banyas and Tom Olyarnyk.

LOCAL MATTERS 3/7/2012: Cortez Matters (Part 2) & Airstreaming with the WBCCI
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March 07, 2012 01:57 PM PST

The March 7 Local Matters show featured Part 2 of my visit to the historic Cortez fishing village, where I spoke with Karen Bell (AP Bell Fish Co. and the Starfish Co.), John Banyas (Cortez Bait and Seafood, N.E. Taylor Boatworks and the Swordfish Grill), Cortez historian and Cortez museum volunteer John Macdonald and Sarasota resident and Cortez commercial fisherman Tom Olyarnyk.

We then hitched up our virtual radio wagon and headed over to Robarts Arena to visit the Florida Suncoast Unit of the Wally Byum Caravan Club International - the folks that travel around in those cool Airstream travel trailers and make an annual pilgrimage to Sarasota for the Airstream rally that takes place at Robarts Arena.