Island churches forgotten in insurance debacle By Billy Malfese. Islander Reporter
With all the recent focus of the wind insurance debate being on residential homes, a new problem has arisen for the churches on the Island. Churches are not classified as habitable establishments and are not included in the state-run insurance pool regardless of whether the property is within 1,000 feet of the Gulf or not.
Handley code violation matter referred to city commission By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Call it the never-ending story ....
The Bradenton Beach Code Enforcement Board has deferred a decision of fines to the city commission on property owned by Patrick Handley at 2417 Gulf Drive. City code enforcement board officers found the property to be in violation of a number of city codes regarding landscaping and general upkeep of the property, findings borne out by the city's code enforcement board.
Post-Memorial Day trash pre-July 4 headache? By Billy Malfese. Islander Reporter
Memorial Day weekend brought "tons of folks" to the Island's beaches, not to mention tons of trash, too. From past experience, when Monday holidays occur, the garbage that accumulates at the beach accesses in Holmes Beach tends to get out of hand, according to Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat Morton.
Memorial Day: Madness, crowds, traffic By Billy Malfese. Islander Reporter
The Island cities and beaches were crammed with countless people looking to relax over Memorial Day weekend. The Manatee Public Beach was by far the most packed, as cars were lined up to park on the grassy berms along Manatee Avenue.