Category Archives: 02-15-2012

Bimini Bay dredging project starts up

A West Coast Inland Navigation District project to dredge the Bimini Bay channel near Galati Marine in Anna Maria began Feb. 9, said WCIND director Chuck Listowski. “We are administering a dredge contract on behalf of Manatee County and the city of Anna Maria for the Bimini Bay-Key Royale entrance channel,” Listowski said. The project […]

Will Cortez museum audit challenge cooperative spirit?

Admissions that “bad blood” has existed in the past between the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Cortez Village Historical Society and the Cortez Florida Maritime Museum and Nature Preserve were brought forth at the Feb. 6 FISH board meeting. Whether the three entities will rally behind one another or whether a September audit requiring more […]

Audit of Cortez museum discloses concerns

A September 2010 discovery of more than $6,000 in a Florida Maritime Museum cashbox, in Cortez, led Manatee County clerk of circuit court and comptroller R.B. “Chips” Shore to order an internal audit of museum fundraising activities since 2008. The cash was discovered following the departure of the museum’s former manager, Roger Allen. Two nonprofit […]

Cortez fishing festival, FISH celebrate 30th year

There’s something fishy in Cortez. That’s the theme of this year’s annual Commercial Fishing Festival that will play host to an estimated 25,000 people who are ready to descend on the historic village of Cortez. The festival will offer visitors two unique days of fun and family entertainment as the 30th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing […]

Residents claim city tree removal ‘blatant destruction’

Park Avenue residents Betty Yanger and Nancy Yetter addressed Anna Maria commissioners at their Feb. 9 meeting, expressing outrage over the removal of Australian pines at the Park Avenue beach access before taking public input. Yetter claimed she heard the city agreed to remove the pines because the builder of a new home at the […]

Church wants Anna Maria cell tower, too

Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sent a letter to Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby last week stating its desire to be considered as a site for a future cell tower in Anna Maria. The letter follows a similar request from the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, […]

Pro-am game at Tebbetts field to ‘give back’

Young, mostly 8-year-old female softball players are challenging professional baseball players and some college players to bring gloves and bats 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, to the first Pros vs. Girls Charity Softball Game at Birdie Tebbetts Field, 62nd Street and Flotilla Drive, Holmes Beach.         The event features a softball game between the Manatee […]

2nd beach resort warned by DEP

Following up on two stop work orders by the city of Holmes Beach at the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, 105 39th St., the Florida Department of Environment Protection Feb. 8 issued a warning of unauthorized construction seaward of the coastal construction control line.     Resort improvements, including outdoor huts, a hot tub, gazebo structures […]

HB lodge seeks ‘after-the-fact’ exemption for tree hut

Referring to a tree hut on the beach as “minor activity” in a Feb. 10 letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an attorney for Richard Hazen, owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., asks for an after-the-fact permit exemption for the tree house Hazen built without permits last year.     In December, […]

HB-BB stalemate, Sandpiper resolution possible

A resolution to the ongoing border dispute between Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach over the 27th Street right of way that stretches from Gulf Drive to the bay appears stalled between the two cities, and next may be explored directly with the Sandpiper Resort.     At a Feb. 7 Holmes Beach city commission meeting, city […]