Category Archives: 01-25-2012

Bradenton Beach celebrates Florida Arbor Day

Arbor Day will be 140 years old when it is celebrated nationally April 27, but communities across the country celebrate the day at different times of the year. Jan. 20 was Florida Arbor Day and Anna Maria Island communities celebrated by planting trees in various areas of each city. In Bradenton Beach, the ceremony took […]

Gatehouse gets BB Ward 3 seat

The Bradenton Beach commission is now a full, five-member board, following a 3-1 vote to appoint Richard Gatehouse as the Ward 3 commissioner at the Jan. 19 city commission meeting. Gatehouse’s nomination stalled at the Jan. 12 commission meeting when legal concerns arose over whether or not Gatehouse could be both a commissioner and the […]

City hears bark, bark, bark of dog owners

He claimed he was a lawyer from Illinois, and he had come to practice baseball with his son. He told some 30 people with animals at the field to leave. And they left. Holmes Beach resident and dog park user Forrest Longworth Jr. and other dog park proponents told Holmes Beach commissioners this tale and […]

Center board talks cell tower, finances, ‘Affaire’

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board agreed at its Jan. 16 meeting it is ready to move forward on a cell tower for the center. Board members voted to execute a contract, with a so-far-undisclosed developer, and hope to gain city approval this week. Board treasurer Randy Langley, who told the Anna Maria City […]

HB fisher serves jail time, appeals conviction

John L. Yates, 60, a Holmes Beach commercial fisherman working out of Cortez, was released from jail Jan. 4. Yates served 30 days following a federal jury trial, judgment and sentencing on charges that he destroyed fish in an effort to obstruct an investigation into what the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration claimed were under-sized red […]

BSM agrees to sponsor HB concert — after the fact

The first in what is planned as monthly festivals at the Holmes Beach city field will likely be sponsored by a Bradenton Beach merchants group after all. As of press time, the Jan. 27 event is pending a state liquor license and contract for an off-duty police officer at the event, according to the city […]

Island roadwatch, Jan. 25-Feb. 1

A Florida Department of Transportation restriction on over-size vehicles using the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 remains. DOT officials expect the ban to last for several months. Due to construction on the bridge, the contractor reduced the width of the travel lanes from 12 feet to 10 feet, resulting in the restriction, the DOT said. […]

Landmark Island ‘anvil’ to close May 1

The Sterling Anvil jewelry store at 5508 Marina Drive in Holmes Beach is probably the Island’s oldest jewelry store, having opened its doors in 1971. It’s also quite likely that during the past 40 years, owners Mary Norman and Roxanne Reid have met just about everyone who lives in Holmes Beach. But the doors of […]

Island police blotter – 01-25-2012

Anna Maria • Jan. 10, 400 block of Pine Avenue, information. A complainant asked deputies to evict a person from a duplex. The woman residing at the unit claimed she was there at the invitation of the property owner. • Jan. 16, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, information. Three men were ordered to stop door-to-door […]