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Archive for January, 2012

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Island Screwballs…

If you unscrew a screwball anywhere in the United States, blindfold him, turn him around twice and turn him loose, he’ll wind up in Anna Maria.

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Cafe reapplies for market permit

The Gulf Drive Market, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, backed up traffic to Holmes Beach, south to Longboat Key and at the Cortez Bridge-Gulf Drive intersection Jan. 29 — which was to be its final day of operation. Traffic and safety issues were primary concerns expressed by those citizens opposed ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

19 new charges filed against Littlehale

Ronald Littlehale, 64, of Holmes Beach, was charged Jan. 26 by the Holmes Beach Police Department with 19 counts of possession of child pornography. These are in addition to 13 counts against Littlehale related to unlawful solicitation of minors and transmission of pornography pending in Desoto County. Littlehale was arrested Nov. 9 ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Few spoil Anna Maria for many, agents say

Anna Maria is tackling the problem of rowdy renters at rental properties before it worsens, basing a need for regulations on recent incidents in the city. Taking a cue from Holmes Beach, where the issue arose about six months ago, Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn and vacation rental agents Larry Chatt and ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Bradenton Beach homeowner wins variance hearing

Variance requests to city ordinances are not uncommon, but getting to the point at a quasi-judicial hearing before a special master is rare in Bradenton Beach. At a Jan. 17 hearing at Bradenton Beach city hall chambers, 107 Gulf Drive, William Wisneski, owner of a duplex at 2516 Ave. B, won ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Jury finds Bradenton Beach man guilty

A Manatee County jury Jan. 25 found a Bradenton Beach man guilty of the 2010 stabbing of another local man following two and half hours of deliberation.         Bradenton Beach Police Detective Leonard Diaz said Jacob Stephen Gennell, 21, was convicted of aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing, and of ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Doritos Super Bowl ad contest has Island hook

There is potentially $1 million on the line, future guaranteed work and the prestige of having worked on what may be the funniest commercial aired during Super Bowl XLVI. No pressure there. While most Americans will entrench themselves in front of the television to watch the epic rematch between the New England ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Holmes Beach opposes tax repeal

The Holmes Beach city commission Jan. 17 unanimously approved a resolution opposing pending Florida legislation that seeks a repeal of the local business tax receipt law.         The proposed legislation, if passed, will eliminate Holmes Beach’s authority to tax local businesses.         Citing $80,000 in city business tax collections the past two ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

DEP grants tree hut extension

Richard Hazen, owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., is running out of time to justify keeping a two-story tree hut he built without permits last year.         The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resource Management, Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems, advised the owner by letter ...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Island roadwatch, Feb. 1-8

Drainage improvements will continue in the area of 60th Street and Marina Drive this week in Holmes Beach, and motorists are advised to drive with caution when construction equipment is present. A spokesperson for contractor Woodruff & Sons of Bradenton said the drainage project would continue until late March and proceed ...


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