Category Archives: 01-09-2013

Islander of the year: Roser Food Pantry, chair 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 need for help, first to the food pantry and also to All Island Denominations — […]

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 Monti told The Islander. City attorney Ricinda Perry provided commissioners with an update on the […]

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 to the Sandpiper and the mayor of Bradenton Beach, and they’re to vote on it […]

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 and the public. “Thankfully, we have put that behind us,” she said. “What I’m looking […]

BB mayor offers emotional New Year wish

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, an emotional Shaughnessy gave new perspective to a new year’s wish. “We are all raised […]

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 get our hands wrapped around the building issues, and there’s peace and harmony, I hope […]

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 two years, discussing the extraordinary is needed. He was referring to the 2009 recall election […]

BB pier team temporarily suspends multiple meetings

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 a request for proposal to find a new engineering firm for the project. Sago & […]

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 for Jan. 1 beachgoers to admire near the surf at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes […]

HB building official resigns, mayor explores options

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 of the short-term position for which he was hired, and offered to help the city […]