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Archive for April, 2013

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Rotten Ralph’s pier restaurant remains open on 30-day reprieve

Rotten Ralph’s restaurant will have until the Bradenton Beach May 18 city commission meeting to pay its debt in a final attempt to remain the leaseholder on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. On April 9, commissioners voted to terminate the restaurant’s lease and concessionaire Dave Russell was served with default papers ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Center behind in funding, Affaire short on sales

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors got some bad news at their April 19 meeting about the upcoming May 18 black-tie gala. An Island Affaire, the center’s biggest fundraiser each year and less than four weeks away, is behind at least $42,000 in ticket sales, according to staff ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

DOT seeks input on Cortez Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the future of the Cortez Bridge that links Bradenton Beach to the mainland. As part of the project development and environment study required before any major bridge project can begin, the DOT will hold a series of public meetings in the ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Mainsail attorney files petition for relief from Holmes Beach

Attorney Robert Lincoln, representing the Mainsail development group, filed a petition of relief April 18 with the city of Holmes Beach. The petition outlines the history of the Mainsail development plans at 5325 Marina Drive, which originally included a restaurant, banquet room, meeting rooms, 40 lodging units and 75 boat slips. The ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Data specialist cautions local tourism officials

In the midst of a glowing report that said tourism to the area is up 7.2 percent for the first two months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, Walter Klages, of Research Data Services, warned the tourism industry that tough times could be coming. “I don’t see a ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Grrrreat cleanup

Second graders in Karen Newhall’s class at Anna Maria Elementary School take part in the Great American Cleanup on the AME campus April 19, including Gianna Norton, Samara Dunn, Laila Singer and Izzy Witcom clean up the AME campus with help from parent Deb Singer. Students and parents collected litter ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Island police blotter – 04-24-2013

Anna Maria         • April 6, 800 block of North Shore Drive, missing person. While assisting Florida Power & Light with a downed line, a man drove up to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy and said he was lost. The man appeared confused. The deputy conducted a driver’s license check ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Obituaries – 04-24-2013

Barbara L. Berry Barbara L. Berry, 81, died April 17. Mrs. Berry and her family lived in the Cortez village 28 years. They owned and operated the Miss Cortez Deep Sea Fishing Fleet. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and Daughters of the King-St. Mary Our Blessed Mother Chapter. ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Fishing – 04-24-2013

Anglers see springtime fishing heat up as temps rise   Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is starting to fall into its normal springtime pattern. With water temps moving into the upper 70s, the variety of species inhabiting the flats are getting motivated to feed on whatever crosses their path. Live shiners are ...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Calendar – 04-24-2013

Wednesday, April 24 8:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, April 25 8:01 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Friday, April 26 9:30 a.m. — National Arbor Day celebration, Keep Manatee Beautiful and the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee plant a Southern red cedar near 77th Street and Marina Drive. Information: 941-795-8272. 10 a.m. — National ...


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