Islander of the year: Roser Food Pantry, chair Leckie

Annie Weir, left, of Dogs for the Earth and Art for the Earth, with help from Tiffany, presents a check to Roser Food Pantry volunteers Mary Selby, center, and Pam Leckie.

I came to be acquainted with the Roser Food Pantry in its humble beginnings, while delivering food to a tiny closet in a hallway between the chapel and sanctuary at Roser Memorial Community Church. More recently, I sent someone in …

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Bradenton Beach agrees to settle Holmes Beach lawsuit

The city of Bradenton Beach can start the new year knowing at least one of the two lawsuits the city is engaged in may soon come to an amicable end. “There’s a basic agreement between all parties,” Holmes Beach Carmel …

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Holmes Beach waiting to hear on settlement talks

While the terms of a proposed settlement are uncertain, Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti extended the olive branch to Sandpiper Co-op Resort Inc. and the city of Bradenton Beach in an attempt to settle the ongoing boundary dispute. “I’ve spoken …

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Anna Maria in 2013: peace, balance, harmony

For 2013, Anna Maria commissioners and the mayor want to continue the past two years of workable, compromising commission in good spirit. Mayor SueLynn, who also served as mayor 2002-06, remembers past days of name-calling and hurtful allegations from commissioners …

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BB mayor offers emotional New Year wish

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy shares an emotional New Year wish for the city while presiding over the first commission meeting of 2013. He spent the holidays with his family in Connecticut, the state where the mass shooting occurred. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy recently returned from the holidays visiting family in Connecticut, the state that drew a nation’s mourning over the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 26. At a Jan. 3 city meeting, …

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Holmes Beach officials wish for peace, pedestrian friendliness

Newly elected Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti and city commissioners are pretty much in agreement about their wishes to start 2013. For the new year, they all want peace and harmony to reign over the city’s building issues. “After we …

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AM charter committee explores the ‘extraordinary’

The Anna Maria Charter Review Committee got back to work in the new year with a discussion Jan. 2 of extraordinary situations the city could face in the future. Member Jim Bennington said after all that’s happened in the past …

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BB pier team temporarily suspends multiple meetings

A fisher works his catch at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. The railings have been freshened up with new paint as the city maintains a holding pattern on the pier reconstruction. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Bradenton Beach city pier team doubled its scheduled meetings last fall with expectations high that a reconstruction project was close to getting started. Contract negotiations, stalled by insurance concerns with Sago & Sago Engineering led to the city authorizing …

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Happy new year from AMI’s sandy beaches …

Sisters Julia Mahanna, 6, and Isabella Mahanna, 8, visiting Anna Maria Island from Indianapolis, become mermaids as dad, Chris Mahanna, finishes an interactive sand sculpture on New Year’s Day. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell An unknown artist left a sandy snake …

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HB building official resigns, mayor explores options

Holmes Beach building official John Fernandez, consulting for the city since July, recently severed his contractual ties with the city. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach building official John Fernandez severed contractual ties with the city effective Dec. 26, leaving no one at city hall to sign permits. In a letter to Mayor Carmel Monti dated Dec. 19, Fernandez said he’d fulfilled the intent …

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