Height ordinance could open up 'Bert Harris' can of worms By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners set to hear the final reading of an ordinance at their Nov. 18 meeting limiting the height of new development along Pine Avenue in the residential-office-retail district might want to first consider the Bert Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Act enacted by the Florida Legislature in 1995.
ManaSota-88, Perry still undecided on Perico settlement By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach resident and environmental activist Joan Perry could be the proverbial "fly in the ointment" for the City of Bradenton and the proposed Arvida-St. Joe Co. 686-unit condominium project on Perico Island.
Anna Maria moves to adopt stormwater fee By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Acting on the heels of their sister Island cities, Anna Maria city commissioners unanimously approved a motion last week to have City Attorney Jim Dye draw up the appropriate resolution authorizing the city to implement a stormwater assessment fee.
'Ye Ol' Holmes Beach business district' holiday open house Dec. 3
Holmes Beach merchants are preparing for the Dec. 3 annual open house offered in the city's business district that includes each year a musical performance of holiday favorites by the Manatee High School chamber orchestra.
Island tourism slowly rebounds from hurricanes By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
After suffering through the cancellations brought by four hurricane strikes in Florida during August and September, Island accommodations and restaurants are gradually reporting a return of reservations and winter visitors.