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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

AM commission again reverses moratorium limit

For the second time in the past two weeks, Anna Maria commissioners voted to reverse an earlier decision.     The latest change of heart came at the Feb. 21 work session, when commissioners voted 3-2 to allow those single-family home projects considered “in the pipeline” to proceed to file for a ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Best practices may be best answer to reduce complaints

Anna Maria code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon said she received 42 noise complaints from Nov. 1, 2011, to Dec. 30, 2012. None of the complaints resulted in a citation. Since Jan. 1, Rathvon has neither received a noise complaint, nor has she received any such complaints from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office-Anna ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Bradenton Beach starts over on cell tower ordinance

Following an official Feb. 8 dissolution between Bradenton Beach and the Center for Municipal Solutions regarding the ongoing cellular communications tower saga, the city is working on a new ordinance that will better fit its needs. Negotiations between city attorney Ricinda Perry and CMS’s Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe came to a standstill ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

County officials aim to relieve island tourism stress

Manatee County tourism officials are looking to attract more visitors to the county’s east side to ease the strain of tourism on Anna Maria Island, particularly during the winter-spring tourist season. Speaking at the Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce board meeting Feb. 20, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, who also chairs ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Mayor: Bradenton Beach in ‘good financial shape’

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy said the city remains in good financial shape during his state-of-the-city address at the Feb. 21 city commission meeting. “Taxes were raised this year for the first time in many years out of necessity” he said. “We didn’t want to do it, and we took money ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

All welcome to Islander-Galvano meeting

The Islander newspaper will host a town hall meeting for island residents and officials to meet with state Sen. Bill Galvano, District 26, R-Bradenton, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Galvano is expected to update the island communities on the budget and policy priorities of the 2013 legislative session, which will ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

HBPD nominates officer of year

Holmes Beach Police Department nominated Joshua R. Fleischer as Officer of the Year to the Manatee County Hundred Club.         Each year, the club seeks nominations to recognize efforts in law enforcement.         In nominating Fleischer, Interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson pointed to his exemplary lifesaving effort as a first responder in ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Holmes Beach to continue private appraisals for remodels

In the hope of encouraging one-story home remodels, Holmes Beach commissioners turned away from using values from the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s office, and instead let stand the more flexible “market value” definition that includes private appraisals.     The move turns around the commission’s previous direction to city attorney Patricia Petruff ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Holmes Beach continues fire safety investigation

    Holmes Beach commissioners said they want to see sprinklers required in three-story duplexes on hearing building official Tom O’Brien’s report.     Commission Chair Jean Peelen introduced the topic at the Feb. 21 meeting, asking for an update from O’Brien.     “We know the fire department didn’t inspect them,” she said of ...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Wildlife rehab cares for abused vulture

A turkey vulture is expected to recover from an unusual case of apparent animal abuse, as it rehabilitates at Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center Inc., in Bradenton Beach. Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Ed Straight and his wife Gail have run the organization at their home for 26 years and Straight said, ...


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