AM commission may reconsider ban on building projects

Cathy and Bill Adams of Plant City attend the Feb. 14 Anna Maria Commission meeting to implore commissioners to lift the ban on building permits. Commissioners will again discuss the issue at a Feb. 21 meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Facing complaints from a number of Anna Maria property owners and local builders that a hold on building permits is causing financial harm and confusion among homebuyers, city commissioners on Feb. 14 agreed to revisit the freeze put in place …

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Attorney adds to record public records request

Attorney Rich Rumrell of Rumrell Law, Rumrell, Bate & McCleod, P.A., St. Augustine, who represents unidentified Anna Maria property owners, has made another public records request of the city. Mayor SueLynn said the records request of Feb. 1 would take …

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BB hangs up on cell tower planner

The strained relationship between Bradenton Beach and the Center for Municipal Solutions came to an end Feb. 8 with notification the city will repeal its cellular communications tower ordinance. CMS’s Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe and the city have been feuding for …

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Peelen may appeal lawsuit ruling

Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen may appeal a recent ruling by the12th Judicial Circuit Court that keeps alive a libel suit filed against her by business owner John F. Agnelli Jr. Judge Diana Moreland denied Peelen’s motion to dismiss Agnelli’s …

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Shore resignation accepted, FISH elections April 1

In one of the quickest actions of the Feb. 3 Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage meeting in Cortez, the resignation of Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. “Chips” Shore from the FISH board of directors was unanimously approved. Shore …

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Holmes Beach proclaims Pam Leckie Day

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti presents a community service award to resident and Islander of the Year Pam Leckie for her tireless work at the Island Library and at the Roser Food Pantry during a Feb. 12 commission meeting. The …

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Holmes Beach interim police chief serves up 1-year plan

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What could a new Holmes Beach police chief accomplish in a year?     That’s what Mayor Carmel Monti has asked some candidates for the city’s top law enforcement spot.     In December, the newly elected mayor announced he would conduct …

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Treehouse owner seeks DEP permit, city waiver

The Angelinos Sea Lodge beachfront treehouse — built without permits almost two years ago at 103 29th St. in Holmes Beach — is now under review by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

There’s a new wrinkle in the ongoing saga of the Angelinos Sea Lodge unpermitted, two-story beachfront treehouse.     Built in 2011 in the beachfront backyard of the lodge that includes a home and four vacation rental units at 103 29th …

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HOW puts kayaks to work in vow to help vets

Chris LeGore of Holmes Beach has his kayak and gear ready to go as he and other members of Heroes on the Water plan to take to paddle Saturday, Feb. 23, with wounded veterans on a tour of inshore waters and nature preserves. LeGore is assistant coordinator of the Bradenton/Sarasota chapter of Heroes on the Water. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Holmes Beach resident Chris LeGore is the assistant coordinator for the Bradenton/Sarasota chapter of Heroes on the Water and is one of the four founders of the area chapter. Locally and nationally, HOW helps veterans overcome their physical or emotional …

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Island roadwatch

The Florida Department of Transportation has announced it will conduct a routine maintenance project at the Longboat Pass Bridge, spanning the Intracoastal Waterway at Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key, 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 21. A …

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