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As if the housing market slowdown were not enough to challenge local contractors, now Holmes Beach City has stopped issuing all building permits.

The City of Holmes Beach Commissioners decided the building department stop granting “requests for construction, reconstruction, or improvement of buildings or structures within the flood hazard areas” beginning February 12th. All building is halted while compliance is being studied and codes compared with other communities.

FEMA NFIP 50% improvement

Caught in this moratorium is a partly rebuilt 1950’s house. New walls, windows, and roof were constructed last month but work has now stopped. The city is considering that it may even have to be torn down again.

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Cortez Net Working

The Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival returns Saturday and Sunday February 16 & 17 from 10:00 to 18:00.

Spend a day amongst fishing boats, gear, fish houses and commercial fishermen to appreciate a different perspective on life.

Historic Cortez fishing village

Originally known as Hunter’s Point, Cortez is located on the northern edge of Sarasota Bay adjacent to Anna Maria Island and its three cities, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Cortez has one of the few remaining active commercial fishing waterfronts in Florida.

Historic Cortez has long been an important fishing village and the fish so plentiful the adjacent Anna Maria Sound was referred to as ‘The Kitchen’. In the 1850’s, before refrigeration, most of the mullet caught was salted and shipped to Cuba.

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Environment

2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season Review

2007tropical_tracks

Highlights:

  • High water and flooding on Anna Maria Island from TS Barry
  • Lower seasonal activity than predicted
  • Record of 2 Category 5 hurricanes
  • Record number of storms (9) in one month (Sep)
  • No major hurricane landfalls in US
  • 15 storms
  • 6 hurricanes
  • 2 major (Cat3+)