Category Archives: 01-19-2011

AME dash draws 253 runners

The Anna Maria Elementary School’s fifth annual Dolphin Dash drew its largest number of runners ever with 253 participating in the Jan. 15 school fundraising event. Race organizer Becky Walter said a large number of students, alumni and teachers participated this year. The youngest student to run in the 5k dash through downtown Holmes Beach […]

Public option parking under discussion

Anna Maria residents should brace for more meetings with Pine Avenue parking as the main topic of discussion. City commissioners at their Jan. 13 meeting appeared ready to move closer to a solution. They informally agreed 3-2 to move forward with a parking plan for Pine Avenue that will include an option for parking in […]

Anna Maria lawsuits awaiting answers

Numerous lawsuits, legal actions and official complaints filed against the City of Anna Maria remain in the courts awaiting rulings. Hearings in one legal case were scheduled for Dec. 21 and Dec. 22. Nally vs. City of Anna Maria A hearing in the William and Barbara Nally lawsuit against Anna Maria was scheduled for 10:30 […]

100-year pier celebration coming together

With four months left until the Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration, celebration committee chair Sissy Quinn had a number of concerns alleviated at the committee’s Jan. 10 meeting. Two concerns were laid to rest when Sandbar Restaurant owner Ed Chiles, organizer of the May 14 inaugural food festival, said he would fund additional law […]

Bling and boosters

The Anna Maria Island Privateers are working to raise at least $40,000 for charitable work in 2011, which is the nonprofit’s 40th year. To reach that goal, AMIP is seeking sponsors for its events, including the thieves markets at Coquina Beach, Snooks Adams Kids Day, the July 4 parade and a Labor Day Pirate Fest. […]

Anchorage plans include yacht club

Boaters are proposing a yacht club to help oversee Bradenton Beach’s anchorage field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Meanwhile, city officials continue to meet with boaters, county officials and U.S. Coast Guard representatives as they prepare for stepped up patrol and governance in the field. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale and Mayor […]

State may change status for species

Florida may remove the “threatened status” for several birds seen on Anna Maria Island. There are 21 birds on Florida’s list of most vulnerable species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission appointed a task force to review information and data and determine whether any species should be removed from the “threatened” classification. In a […]

Road closure planned

The Holmes Beach Police Department announced the closure of a section of Marina Drive from Thursday, Jan. 20, through the weekend. HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson said Marina from 67th Street to 68th Street will be closed, probably until Monday, Jan. 24, while a crew replaces piping under the road surface. Stephenson said the closure would […]

HB man arrested for panty theft

A 62-year-old Holmes Beach man is facing a burglary charge for allegedly stealing underwear from a neighboring home. Law enforcement officers, executing a warrant Jan. 10, searched Ernest A. Kendler’s residence and found two pairs of women’s panties identified as belonging to a 23-year-old neighbor who reported them stolen in November. A lab will analyze […]