Category Archives: 01-16-2013

30-year veteran of WMFR says goodbye

After 30 years of service, Mary Stephens is saying goodbye to West Manatee Fire Rescue. Stephens, who began her fire career as the secretary for the all-volunteer firefighters in the Anna Maria Fire Department, has seen local fire service transition to a professional department and a merger that formed WMFR in 2000. “There have been […]

Dolphin Dash winners

  The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Dolphin Dash 5k run gets its start Jan. 12 at the school, 4700 Gulf Drive. AME first-grader Juliet Greene finishes strong in the Dolphin Dash 1-mile walk/run. Two races on the streets of Holmes Beach started and finished Jan. 12 at Anna Maria Elementary School. Runner […]

Anna Maria stop work order halts ‘improvement’ project

Remodeling of an L-shaped duplex at 300 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, by Beach to Bay Construction was halted Jan. 8 by building official Bob Welch after he found several issues with the construction project. Mayor SueLynn said the site plan also was reviewed by Rik Bass of Bass & Associates professional appraisers. She said […]

BB Scenic Waves stalled

The Bradenton Beach Scenic Waves Partnership Committee is scheduled to hold its annual election of officers in March, but nominations at a Jan. 7 meeting at city hall stalled due to a lack of commitment to serve. The committee, the first line of authority for any improvements along Gulf Drive, has struggled to hold an […]

Musil Buehler’s accused murderer set for first hearing

The trial of William J. Cumber is expected to be scheduled by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court at a Jan. 16 case management hearing. Cumber is accused of the second-degree murder of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-Buehler. Musil-Buehler had lived with Cumber in the 200 block of Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria when she was […]

Holmes Beach, KMB to observe Arbor Day

    Holmes Beach will observe Florida Arbor Day at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the trolley stop at 77th Street and Marina Drive.     At the ceremony, community leaders will dedicate a green buttonwood tree, which is expected to grow to 35 feet tall. The species was recommended Jan. 2 by the parks and […]

County to assist HB building department

Lacking staff in the Holmes Beach building department — particularly someone qualified to sign permits — the city has turned to Manatee County for assistance. Interim building inspector Tom O’Brien applied Jan. 2 for a Florida provisional building code administrator’s certificate that will allow him as a licensed architect to sign off on building permits […]

Holmes Beach enacts R-2 building moratorium

Holmes Beach city commissioners — who have debated, studied and set the foundation for a building moratorium in the Residential-2 district for the past year — some even before they took office, made it official Jan. 8. The moratorium is retroactive to Dec. 25, 2012. A motion by Commissioner Pat Morton, seconded by Commissioner Judy […]

DEP: Treehouse owner can apply for construction permit

The owners of Angelinos Sea Lodge — previously ordered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to remove or modify the property’s beachfront treehouse — will now be allowed to apply for a permit for the structure they began seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line more than a year ago.     “I’m not going […]

Island road watch

The Florida Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin maintenance Jan. 13 and continue weekdays 8 p.m.-5 a.m. on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, Cortez Bridge and Longboat Pass Bridge, a DOT press release said. The project involves stripping and replacing pavement markers and requires some lane closures. Lane widths may be restricted during the […]