Author Archives: Terry O’Connor

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New commission seated in Holmes Beach

A new Holmes Beach City Commission was sworn into office Nov. 20 by city clerk Stacey Johnston at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The city government now includes re-elected Commissioners Carol Soustek, left, and Pat Morton, Chair Judy Titsworth, Mayor Bob Johnson and new Commissioners Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst. Titsworth was re-elected to chair and Morton was voted in as vice chair during the organizational meeting. Islander Photo: Terry O’Connor

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Military veterans honored, islanders pay respects

Dawn welcomed an appropriately somber, gray day Nov. 10 at Holmes Beach City Hall. Nearly 100 people attended a 35-minute morning Veterans Salute in observance of Veterans Day at Memorial Park, 5801 Marina Drive. The salute, presented by The Islander and the city of Holmes Beach, was highlighted by a flag presentation featuring five military […]

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Anna Maria Island Bridge to bear Florida motif

In deciding to replace the drawbridge constructed in 1957 on Manatee Avenue, the Florida Department of Transportation wanted to make sure the structure appears to belong in the Sunshine State. To ensure the new fixed span with 65 feet of vertical clearance sports the right look, the DOT formed an Anna Maria Island Bridge aesthetics […]

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Newcomer tops all vote-getters in Holmes Beach race

Holmes Beach voters elected two new commissioners in the Nov. 7 municipal election. They also returned two of three incumbents to office. Polling was at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, and by mail-in balloting. First-time candidates Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst swept into the commission with Kihm collecting the most votes of all […]

The voters in the island cities have spoken

All three cities reported the results of the municipal elections Nov. 7 with an average 37.75 percent voter turnout, including vote-by-mail and poll results. In Anna Maria it’s status quo. But Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach are facing leadership changes. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and, unexpectedly for candidates and pundits, the Manatee County […]

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Holmes Beach clerks maintain calm during city crises

Hundreds of Holmes Beach residents streamed into city hall during the hours leading up to Hurricane Irma’s island introduction. Irma was expected to pass over Holmes Beach as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of more than 75 mph and a destructive storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico. Most residents wanted city-supplied sandbags […]

Holmes Beach election arrives Nov. 7

First-time Holmes Beach commission candidates Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in raising and spending money, according to campaign expense reports filed before the Nov. 7 municipal election. Kihm raised $4,415 and had spent $3,538.52 by the filing deadline. He led all candidates in fundraising and spending. Hurst raised $1,715.74 […]

Waterline pushes back launch, predicts December opening

At least four projected opening dates have come and gone this year for the $29 million Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club in Holmes Beach. Yet no customers have crossed the threshold, as opening day has been repeatedly postponed by construction delays. General manager Sandy Zinck says her staff has held together despite the uncertainty […]

Holmes Beach work site investigated by code enforcement

Work has resumed at a Holmes Beach site where a teardown and construction were interrupted by a city stop-work order to investigate permit compliance and alleged dune destruction A faded stop-work order issued July 7 by James McGuinness, Holmes Beach building official, remained taped to a front window Nov. 2 even as three painters from […]