Category Archives: 01-18-2012

Ortiz, Kitterman win sixth annual Dolphin Dash

Olivia Ortiz and Canaan Kitterman were crowned overall winners at the Jan. 14 sixth annual AME-PTO Dolphin Dash 5K walk/run. Ortiz won the overall female division while Kitterman claimed the overall men’s division title. The event featured multiple age divisions from 9 and under to runners competing in the 70s age groups. Ortiz won the […]

Mayor proposes special master for code violations

Anna Maria commissioners agreed to have Mayor Mike Selby look into costs associated with hiring a special master to handle code enforcement violations and replace the current code enforcement board. The same idea was presented by former Mayor Fran Barford in 2005, but was rejected by the commission. Selby said each time the code board […]

Anna Maria tasting sunshine, HB invited

Newly elected or appointed officials in Anna Maria will get the city’s annual serving of Florida’s Sunshine Law at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. City attorney Jim Dye will head the annual seminar on Florida’s Sunshine Laws and public records laws for newly elected officials and recently […]

County begins 2015 beach renourishment planning

Flush with $550,000 from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Manatee County natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker said the planning and design phase of the 2015 Islandwide beach renourishment project is under way. The money will “get the ball rolling,” Hunsicker said, for Coastal Design and Engineering to begin surveying Anna Maria Island for “hot […]

A final note on Christmas 2011: Privateers deliver Christmas to family in need

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” The truth of life is that heroes don’t always show up when they are needed, but heroes did arrive in time to lift the spirits of local children for Christmas during a time of tragedy even Fitzgerald would have […]

BB cell tower presentation gets warm reception

Word is spreading — and not necessarily by cell calls — with regards to poor cell phone reception throughout areas of Anna Maria Island. “It’s about quality of life, public safety and necessity,” said Jimmy Eatrides, CEO of Alpha-Omega Communications LLC, during a presentation for a new cellular communications tower for Bradenton Beach at the […]

Ward 3 commission seat back on BB agenda

City attorney Ricinda Perry is expected to present her legal opinion about the controversial nomination of a city-contracted employee for the Ward 3 commission seat to the Bradenton Beach Commission at its 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, meeting. The commission’s attempt to fill the seat, vacant since November when no candidate filed to run in […]

Littlehale pleads not guilty

Ronald Littlehale, 64, of Holmes Beach, pleaded not guilty at his Jan. 10 arraignment in DeSoto County on 13 felony charges of soliciting a child for unlawful sexual conduct. A sting operation by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, together with a central Florida task force on Internet-related crimes, led to Littlehale’s arrest Nov. 9, following […]

Court sets March trial for porn case

A March 19 trial date has been set for a Bradenton Beach man charged with having sex with a 15-year-old, possessing and promoting child pornography and attempted bribery of a witness. Joseph Edmund Chiquet, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, was arrested in 2009 after police learned Chiquet and a teenager had a […]