Anna Maria: Dial M for Moratorium

“We’re ahead of the curve. We’re ahead of Holmes Beach,” said Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland after city commissioners passed a building moratorium at their Feb. 24 meeting, halting construction and remodeling to add bedrooms. Commissioner SueLynn and Mayor Mike …

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Builder says moratorium may be for wrong reason

Shawn Kaleta of Beach-to-Bay Construction in Holmes Beach wants to set the record straight about his projects in Holmes Beach, and his involvement with 60 N. Shore Drive in Anna Maria. He’s concerned that Anna Maria city commissioners enacted a …

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Gulf Drive Market; third time charm?

For a third time, Bradenton Beach commissioners will hear a request to approve a special event permit for the Gulf Drive Market at the Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N. The request would renew market operations every …

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Annual FISH board election March 5

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board of directors will hold elections for four seats at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 124th St. W., Cortez. The meeting is the board’s annual election for FISH dues-paying members …

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Take heed motorists, employ patience

As tourism numbers break records on Anna Maria Island, so goes the traffic in Holmes Beach, the most central and largest of the three Island municipalities. The Holmes Beach Police Department is hoping to get the word out to motoring …

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Ball play increases, dog owners consider options

Lucy and Polo pace near the outfield gate Feb 21 as a team of young ballplayers practice behind the new signup board at Birdie Tebbetts Field. A sign on the fence prohibits dogs during ball playing activities at the city’s ball field, 62nd Avenue and Flotilla Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

As city commissioners look into a fence to separate the ball field and dog owners exercising their pets, more ball players and pet owners are making use of Birdie Tebbetts Field, 62nd Street and Flotilla Drive. Dog owners and their …

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Man leads police on ‘reckless’ chase

Matthew S. Harrod

At approximately 2:20 p.m., Feb. 18, Holmes Beach police attempted to stop motorcycle rider Matthew S. Harrod, 21, of Bradenton, for not wearing proper eye protection. The attempt to stop Harrod launched what police described as a reckless chase in …

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Hostetler arrested for felony burglary

Miles Hostetler

Sometimes one suspect leads to another. Such was the case for a Holmes Beach resident now facing a felony burglary charge. Miles Hostetler, 19, of 6100 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, was arrested on felony burglary charges at his residence by …

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Roadwatch, March 7-13

The Florida Department of Transportation repair project to the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 continues this week, but lane closures will be limited to 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, a DOT press release said. The contractor is working around …

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Anna Mara pier shoreline renourishment nearly done

Workers from Florida Dock & Dredge were busy on the shoreline north of the Anna Maria City Pier last week, spreading sand dredged and pumped from the West Coast Inland Navigation District Bimini Bay project. The additional sand will extend the shoreline about 10-20 feet into Tampa Bay. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Tampa Bay shoreline on the north and south sides of the Anna Maria City Pier is the beneficiary of a West Coast Inland Navigation District dredging project that is clearing the Bimini Bay channel of excess sand and fill …

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