Category Archives: 02-06-2013

AME readers bond with therapy dogs

“Dogs make everyone feel good,” said Anna Maria Island Elementary School media specialist Lynne McDonough.         And for the past four years on Monday mornings in AME’s media center, the school’s partnership with Therapy Dogs Inc. — including poodles, golden Labrador retrievers, mixed-breeds and others — has resulted in happy students and teachers.         “I […]

AM halts homebuilding, lower height limit planned

The past week was a roller coaster ride for Anna Maria commissioners and residents. Some longtime residents said it’s just the city getting back to its wild and crazy past. On Jan. 24, commissioners approved a motion to enforce a minimum of 30-day stay for vacation homes, among other limits. Following an uproar from those […]

City hall overflows as AM commission reverses rental limits

Anna Maria commissioners were quick to put their gears in reverse Jan. 29, rescinding their Jan. 24 action to enforce 30-day minimum residential rentals. The 3-1 vote at the emergency meeting called by Commission Chair John Quam allows vacation rental homes to operate as before Jan. 24. Commissioner Nancy Yetter, who voted for the Jan. […]

AM commissioner pleased with shakeup

Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck Webb, who shook things up with a Jan. 24 motion that was approved to enforce 30-day minimum vacation rentals in the city’s residential zone, said he’s pleased the city is working toward solutions, even though commissioners rescinded his motion Jan. 29. Immediately after his motion was rescinded, both Webb and Commissioner […]

Corps takes blames for Bradenton Beach dock delay

Aaron Burr was a Revolutionary War hero and served as vice president under Thomas Jefferson, but perhaps one of his most famous quotes set an early tone for how the government would operate well into the future. “Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow,” he said. Perhaps Burr never realized he may […]

BB floating dock clears final hurdle — maybe

Email communications between the city of Bradenton Beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicate one of the final hurdles that have delayed the city’s floating dock repairs may have been cleared. The dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier shut down early in June 2012 due to damaged dock sections caused by […]

Center mortgage down, challenge met, donations decline

Acting Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Scott Dell told the board of directors that after 2012 revenues and expenses, the center’s $4.5 million mortgage was down to $1.5 million. On the negative side, Dell said donations and revenue fell by $53,000 in 2012. However, he said, $30,000 of revenue was used to pay […]

Holmes Beach puts halt on private appraisals for remodels

Looking to eliminate private appraisals that regulate rehabs from the city’s land development code, Holmes Beach commissioners directed their city attorney to begin drafting a new ordinance based on Manatee County property appraiser’s values.     Private appraisals are part of the city’s land development code that implements the Florida building code and Federal Emergency Management […]

Chicken roost coming soon to Holmes Beach

A loud “cluck, cluck, cluck” echoed in the chambers Jan. 31 after Holmes Beach commissioners heard resident Ryan Duncan’s proposal to allow egg-laying hens.         He asked that the city consider an ordinance — such as one already enacted by the city of Sarasota, and those being considered by the city of Palmetto and Manatee […]

Shoplifting arrest leads to drug charges against HB man

A 42-year-old Holmes Beach man faces multiple felony drug charges after being arrested for shoplifting at Kmart, 7350 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. According to the probable cause affidavit, Michael Fitzpatrick, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, was observed by a loss prevention officer at the store’s jewelry counter taking off his watch and replacing it with […]