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AMI Sun Bradenton Beach Candidates' Forum
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September 22, 2016 11:08 AM PDT
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On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Ward 4 Commission candidates Bill Vincent and John Chappie spent 90 minutes discussion their campaigns and a multitude of city issues, including vacation rental regulations, a proposed moratorium, the mooring field and anchorage, parking garages, the city budget, the police department and code enforcement department and more.
The winner of this race will be decided in the city election that ends Tuesday, Nov. 8.

AMI SUN Anna Maria City Commission Candidates' Forum
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September 21, 2016 07:49 AM PDT
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On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Anna Maria City Commission candidates Brian Seymour, Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter spent 90 minutes sharing their views and positions on vacation rentals, Bert Harris claims, flooding, traffic, parking, The Center and more. Mail voting for this race will begin in early October and the race will conclude on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, when two of the three candidates will earn two-year terms on the commission.
This recording is copyright of Joe Hendricks and the 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.