Author Archives: Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria begins audit of community center finances

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has asked the Center of Anna Maria Island for its financial records so the city can begin an audit of center spending. The July 7 request for center records includes bank statements, property and equipment leases, credit card statements, petty cash reimbursements and general ledger records, among other items. According […]

AMIHS distributes Holmes Beach walking tour brochure

Thanks to a group of historically minded volunteers, you can take a walk through Holmes Beach and learn about its history. Members of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society have produced a walking tour of historic sites and landmarks in Holmes Beach’s history, and it hit stores across the island July 6. The new brochure […]

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Privateers’ parade continues longtime island tradition

The exact date of the first Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Fourth of July parade is difficult to track down. According to John “Redbeard” Swager, Privateers president, the first parade was held in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The parade’s original intention, he said, was to keep people on the island for the summer. During […]

Anna Maria fires second engineering firm from pier repairs

Anna Maria commissioners held an emergency meeting July 3 to halt negotiations with Taylor Engineering and begin negotiations with McLaren Engineering for the city pier engineering project. Taylor Engineering’s estimates for the cost to engineer repairs and obtain permits for repairs to the city pier ranged from $475,000 to more than $500,000, Mayor Dan Murphy […]

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Anna Maria commission reviews community center relationship

“I’ve lost faith.” Anna Maria Commissioner Nancy Yetter is recommending the city re-evaluate its financial relationship with the Center of Anna Maria Island. Yetter attended the June 21 center board meeting and reported June 22 to the commission that the board complained of leaks to the press and public, while promising to improve its financial […]

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AM commissioner stands firm against Bert Harris settlements

Nancy Yetter almost always the lone “no” vote against Anna Maria’s Bert Harris settlements, and she’s fine with it. It’s about the message. To date, 84 of 112 Bert Harris claims made against the city of Anna Maria have been settled or are waiting for a final signature, while 28 are in negotiation. So far, […]

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Lightning strikes feet from B&B maintenance worker

Mother Nature delivered a jolt for a wake-up call June 7. Around 10:30 a.m., lightning struck an awning on a guest house operated by the Harrington House Bed & Breakfast Beachfront Inn, the Huth House at 101 67th St., Holmes Beach. Tommy Kilpatrick, head of maintenance at Harrington House, said he was attending a faulty […]