Signs irritate dog owners at ball park

Signage at Birdie Tebbetts Field is a pet peeve for dog park proponents. It is one of several concerns expected to be aired at a Holmes Beach city commission work session Jan. 17.

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Dog owners favor sign change at ball park

Steven Ayres, left, runs with his 4-year-old lab and pit bull mixes, Monti and Bocachica. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Proponents of a shared dog park/ballpark use at the city’s Birdie Tebbetts field expect to seek a sign change from the Holmes Beach city commission Jan. 17. With the issue on the work session agenda, they plan to ask for …

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Anna Maria vacation rentals topic of meeting

Anna Maria commissioners at their Jan. 12 work session could begin discussion of vacation rental problems if Commission Chair Chuck Webb approves the agenda. The issue was on the draft agenda compiled by staff and Mayor Mike Selby that was …

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Dolphin Dash sportswear

Anna Maria Elementary School second-grader Andrew Austin is wearing the 2012 Dolphin Dash T-shirt he designed. The school’s annual 5k run and fundraiser takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, with runners departing from the school campus and dashing …

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Normal holiday week, busy Island

The Anna Maria City Pier was a busy location during the period from Christmas to New Year’s Day. The pier is the No. 1 tourist attraction in Manatee County, according to surveys by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Many accommodation owners and managers, retail store and restaurant operators said business during the Christmas holidays was about what they expected: Normal. But “normal” to David Teitelbaum, owner/operator of the Tortuga Inn, Tradewinds and Seaside resorts in Bradenton Beach, means …

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BB still lacks quorum, Ward 3 commissioner

The hope for the new year was a full board of commissioners for the city of Bradenton Beach, but that did not come about at the Jan. 5 city commission meeting. The final seat on the commission has been vacant …

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Water taxi needs key Island stop

leaseholder of the Anna Maria City Pier is still considering a proposal by Capt. Tracey Dell to have a water taxi from downtown Bradenton dock at the city pier as an integral stop on its route to a mix of …

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Boundary dispute complicated by lack of quorum

A lack of action on the part of Bradenton Beach city officials has frustrated Holmes Beach officials over the disputed 27thStreet quitclaim deed granted to Sandpiper Resort in 2008. Who may or may not have access at the northern boundary …

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Birding isn’t just for the birds

Wendell Graham, center, listens intently as John van Zandt, coordinator for the Gulf Circle Christmas Bird Count for the Manatee County Audubon, explains the process for tallying the many birds the volunteers expect to see Dec. 27. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

Before the bird counters had fully assembled in the parking lot, the early volunteers were scanning the sky. “There’s two black vultures. And, there’s a frigate,” exclaimed Carole Brigham and Lee Zerkel. It seems the frigate was a surprise. They …

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FISH looks for volunteers

Planning for the 30th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, which will take place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19, featuring live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, environmental exhibits and, of course, lots of seafood, is under way …

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