Category Archives: 02-29-2012

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 Selby raised the moratorium issue after learning of a number of multi-bedroom homes recently built […]

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 moratorium at their Feb. 24 meeting on construction of new single-family residences over fears the […]

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 Sunday beginning March 4 through the end of December. Two previous attempts to extend market […]

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 to vote on those willing to serve on the board, which oversees the 95-acre preserve […]

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 residents and visitors alike to plan ahead, be patient and careful, and avoid accidents. HBPD […]

Ball play increases, dog owners consider options

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 pets have been the primary field users for several years, with 30 to 50 dog […]

Man leads police on ‘reckless’ chase

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 which “the defendant willingly endangered lives of motorists and civilians by driving into bike lanes […]

Hostetler arrested for felony burglary

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 the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 21. Hostetler was implicated in a burglary to an […]

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 the clock to finish the project by late spring, the DOT said in its release. […]

Anna Mara pier shoreline renourishment nearly done

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 and pumping it to the city pier. The project began Feb. 9 and the addition […]