Category Archives: 02-23-2011

Bridge bumper

A rear-end collision that resulted in an SUV jumping the curb onto the sidewalk at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday on the Anna Maria Island Bridge caused traffic to back up in all directions for more than 2 1/2 hours. There were no injuries. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy.

Cortez fish

A sea of folks focused on seafood, sunshine, music and crafts at the weekend Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, all wrapped this year around the FISH Preserve, Florida Maritime Museum and the Banyas’ commercial property. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy A handpainted sign welcomes Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival attendees to the main gate, where admission of $2 […]

City plans to replace pier in 2 years

When engineers examined the Historic Bridge Street Pier several years ago, they informed city officials that the structure east of the restaurant must be replaced within five years. The clock has tick-tocked through three years already, Bradenton Beach city commissioners and Mayor Bob Bartelt emphasized last week. The commissioners and mayor, sitting as the city […]

Committee readies for pier celebration

Planning for the May 13-14 Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Celebration is on schedule, with the pier committee now meeting twice monthly until the event. After hearing reports of the planned activities at the committee’s Feb. 14 meeting, committee chair Sissy Quinn said the work required “can be mind-boggling at times, but we are going […]

Beach renourishment to begin

A countdown is under way for Coquina Beach, where a county-directed project to add sand to the shoreline will begin March 1. Manatee County natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker briefed Bradenton Beach commissioners Feb. 17 on the renourishment project. He also reviewed other short-term and long-term plans to deal with the “net loss of sand […]

Islanders ‘howl’ along with Sales’ music

Nashville was where Mike Sales thought he would find his musical groove when he struck out on his own after touring for six years with his cover band, Crashparty. While he didn’t burn up the town with his musical talent, he did cultivate a strong business acumen. But feeling stuck in a rut of night […]

Island wedding festival Feb. 26-27

The fourth annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Island Wedding Festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, and appears headed toward another success if advance reservations are any indication. Organizer Deb Wing of the chamber said last week she had received about 200 advance reservations and expected walk-ins this week to boost that […]

MCSO alleges BB woman exposed breasts at school

A Bradenton Beach woman was arrested Feb. 14 for allegedly exposing her breasts at Bayshore High School in Bradenton. Laura Campanello, 43, faces a second-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct, according to a report from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. If prosecuted and convicted, she could be sentenced to as much as 60 days in […]