Category Archives: 03-02-2011

Island courtship: Brides, grooms swoon over AMI

Businesses married to the wedding industry courted hundreds of brides and grooms and their entourages during the two-day Island Wedding Festival. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce this year expanded the festival from a Sunday afternoon to a weekend event, with executive administrative assistant Deb Wing coordinating the event. The goal was to provide […]

Wedding toast

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce two-day wedding festival was toasted with a mock reception and ceremony Sunday by a large crowd of festival goers just before sunset on the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant. Islander Photo:Dara Caudill /

Tortuga awards wedding contest prize

The winners of an Island resort Seashells Wedding Bells Win-A-Wedding Contest are Beverly Slimer and Jared Lussier of Tampa. The couple attended the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce’s Island Wedding Festival Feb. 26-27, and received their prize basket during a poolside party at Tortuga Inn in Bradenton Beach Feb. 26. The prize, offered by […]

Mediation ordered for Nally v. Anna Maria

Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky recently ordered all parties in the William and Barbara Nally v. Anna Maria lawsuit to attend a mediation hearing to determine if the suit can be settled without a trial. Dubensky issued his order Feb. 16 and gave the parties — the Nallys, the city and Pine Avenue Restoration LLC […]

Mayors question bridge study need

Island mayors shared no enthusiasm for the Florida Department of Transportation’s announcement that it plans a $1.5 million project development and environmental study to determine a replacement for the Cortez Bridge. “It’s a total waste of taxpayer money,” said Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt, whose city would be most affected by any new bridge construction. […]

New cafe operator surpassing old

Although Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore was opposed to the county commission’s decision in May 2010 to award the lease for the concession at the county-run Manatee Public Beach to a new operator, she’s changed her tune. After viewing the revenue figures and rent payments for the first five months of operation by United Park […]

Chiles challenges Center to burn the mortgage

The Anna Maria Island Community Center has reconvened its capital campaign committee — consisting of Ed Chiles and Trudy and Stewart Moon — and tasked it with paying off the center’s mortgage in five years. Center executive director Pierrette Kelly said the mortgage would cost $1.3 million to pay off now. “Paying off the mortgage […]

Cortez fest nets 27,000 folks

Organizers of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival are still calculating dollars and cents, but the two-day event held Feb. 19-20 drew about 27,000 people. “All in all, it went beyond our wildest expectations,” said one of the festival organizers, Jane von Hahmann, a former county commissioner and a Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage officer. The […]

Holmes Beach requests survey of Bimini Bay

Holmes Beach superintendent of public works Joe Duennes has requested that Manatee County Commissioners add the channel of Bimini Bay in Holmes Beach that connects to Bimini Bay in Anna Maria to a list of pre-dredge survey sites to be conducted by the West Coast Inland Navigation District. In correspondence to the commission, Duennes said […]