Category Archives: 01-30-2013

Commission rejects earlier motion to halt vacation rentals

Anna Maria commissioners meeting in a special session Jan. 29, voted 3-1 to rescind a motion the commission passed Jan. 24 that halted all vacation rentals of less than 30 days in the Residential 1 zone. R-1 encompasses all residential properties with the exception of the residential-office-retail land use. After hearing of the imminent complications […]

AMITW release two rehabbed sea turtles

Two sea turtles injured during this past nesting season were returned to the water Jan. 23 with helping hands from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox and volunteer Skip Coyne. “Marsha,” a juvenile female Kemp’s ridley turtle and a young adult loggerhead male named “Stu” were released into the […]

Anna Maria halts short-term vacation rentals

At the Anna Maria city commission’s Jan. 24 meeting, the vote was 4-1 on a motion by Commissioner Chuck Webb to prohibit rentals of less than 30 days in the city’s residential district. Webb claimed the city’s comprehensive plan prohibits rentals of less than 30 days in the Residential-1 district. The vote was the commission’s […]

Free park enhancements offered to Anna Maria

Commissioner Gene Aubry was approached by a “constituent” who requested anonymity and wanted to look at one of several plans drawn by Aubry for a park on the city’s six lots on Pine Avenue. That constituent picked out one plan and, according to Aubry, who recounted his meeting at a Jan. 24 commission meeting, said, […]

‘Best ever’ tourism expected in February, March

Visitors planning a winter vacation on Anna Maria Island who have not made a reservation may have face difficulties  come February. That’s because many owners, managers and agents in the tourist-rental market say they are full from mid-February to the end of March. Mark Davis of Harrington House Bed & Breakfast, 5626 Gulf Drive, Holmes […]

BB cell tower feud cools down

Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry announced Jan. 17 that a contract between the city and the Center for Municipal Solutions was being negotiated to provide CMS co-founder Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe to continue serving the city in the review cell tower applications. It was a signal that at least one aspect of an ongoing feud […]

DOT to preview Cortez Bridge review at festival

The Florida Department of Transportation made initial inquiries in September to Cortez residents expressing its desire to begin discussions about the future of the Cortez Bridge. The DOT sent letters to some members of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage about the possibility of scheduling public meetings in the historic fishing village, but there’s been […]

Girl Scouts to Holmes Beach: Bring back outdoor concerts

Girl Scout Troup 316 engaged in the political process in Holmes Beach Jan. 22, as scouts shared their concerns about the cancelation of Concerts in the Park.         They gave the city petitions signed by more than 100 people seeking to bring back the outdoor festivals at the city field.         “We all disagree with […]

Holmes Beach meets on $510K DOT funding

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti and building inspector David Greene met with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization and others Jan. 22 to sort out a $510,302 Florida Department of Transportation project.         The meeting took place at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.         DOT communications director Debbie Tower said the details of the […]

Holmes Beach adopts LAR in duplex zone

        With a sliding scale that will allow slightly more living space for future homes on small lots, a living-area-to-lot size ordinance limiting homes to .34 living area was passed into law for the Residential-2 zone in Holmes Beach.         Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance Jan. 22 after a public hearing, including comments from city […]