Author Archives: islander

BB pier restaurant fails timely payment

Cast-n-Cage restaurant owner Roland Pena is late paying the March rent for his business on the city-owned Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said March 2 that the March rent was unpaid. It remained …

Continue reading

Tagged , | 1 Comment

Pier opening draws diverse crowd to BB

Eileen Suhre of the Pines Trailer Park in Bradenton Beach cherishes her framed photo of the old wooden bridge that became the pier to the right, and the “new” bridge under construction in 1956 to the left. The pavilion at the T-end of the pier was dedicated in 1997 to her late husband, Commissioner Richard P. Suhre for his “loyal public service to the city.”

On Anna Maria Island, having a great place to fish is a good reason to throw a party. Old friends joined together and new friendships were made Feb. 27 as Bradenton Beach officially dedicated the Historic Bridge Street Pier, after …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Anna Maria mayor narrows choice for city attorney

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, left, and Diane Percycoe, city clerk, interview Wade and Becky Vose of Vose Law Firm Feb. 24, candidates for city attorney. The panel included Commissioner Nancy Yetter and retired attorney Jon Crane, not pictured. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

It wasn’t easy, but Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has made his decision. After two days of interviews and help from four panelists, Murphy whittled out a candidate. Becky Vose, of Vose Law Firm in Winter Park, is the mayor’s …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

BB pier tenant asks to put off rent increase

Owner Roland Pena wants Bradenton Beach to wait until November to enact a 3 percent increase the city pier facilities he leases, including the Cast-n-Cage Restaurant. In question is whether the Pena should pay an increase from $5,500 per month …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Safety concerns close north Coquina boat ramp

Bill Kuhn of Norwich, New York, who is vacationing in Sarasota, stands Feb. 25 near the closed Coquina Beach North Boat Ramp. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Manatee County officials closed the Coquina Beach North Boat Ramp Feb. 19 as a safety precaution. The ramp will sit idle until a $1 million renovation project commences in December. And the ramp could stay closed to the public until …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Second elderly abuse case dropped

An Anna Maria home health provider is no longer facing any charges. Assistant State Attorney Lisa Chittaro filed court documents dropping the second of two elderly abuse prosecutions against Jo-An Franklin Feb. 24. The case was set to go to …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cortez fisher, HB resident wins case in U.S. Supreme Court

John Yates looks toward Sarasota Bay from a dock next to a grouper boat in Cortez. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The highest court in the land ruled in favor of Capt. John L. Yates of Holmes Beach. In a Feb. 25 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined a law aimed at corporate fraud should not be applied broadly — and …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Holmes Beach calls for 2nd moratorium

A little over a month into a building moratorium in Holmes Beach, a second halt has been enacted. The administrative moratorium, which became effective immediately, prohibits the issuance of permits on pools closer than 10 feet to a property line. …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Volunteer coordinator spins pet adoption web

Manatee County Animal Services adoption coordinator Samantha Wolfe reviews a new home for Wesley Feb. 17 at the MCAS shelter, 305 25th St. W., Palmetto. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Samantha Wolfe came to Manatee County Animal Services last summer after a nationwide search for a volunteer coordinator. Talk to any animal advocate. She’s a godsend. Filled with enthusiasm, Wolfe is a pet lover and a certified vet assistant. She …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

TNR program sees results, reductions in feral population

A feral cat trapped by Gulf Shore Animal League is taken to the Humane Society of Manatee County Feb. 17 for evaluation after delivering five kittens overnight. Islander Photo: Courtesy GSAL

Wild or feral cats live in dumpsters, alleys and under bushes throughout the United States — the number is estimated to be in the tens of millions. To reduce the outdoor cat population in Manatee County without senseless killing, the …

Continue reading

Tagged , | 2 Comments