Center budget needs successful fundraiser

Entertainer Lee Greenwood appears at the 2010 AMICC fundraiser. Islander File Photo

Members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors learned the cancellation of the Anna Maria Oyster Bar golf tournament to benefit the center has put anticipated revenues behind about $60,000. Interim executive director Scott Dell said the …

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Spring break is here, season too

Beachgoers at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will likely be common in March as schools begin spring break. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

From 2000-10, Anna Maria Island was fairly immune from college students on spring break. Deb Meihls, marketing director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Center, said she and her predecessors did not seek the spring break market as the …

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Galvano considers rental statute — repeal or amend?

State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, greets Jack Smulowitz of Anna Maria Island before a town meeting sponsored by The Islander Feb. 27 at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Concerns about House Bill 883 — a state law widely criticized for usurping home rule authority with respect to rentals — dominated a Feb. 28 town hall meeting in Holmes Beach, featuring state Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.         “I’ve come …

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Anna Maria commissioner storms out

        Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck Webb stood up, took the microphone as if to ask a question at the Feb. 28 town hall meeting, and promptly warned other elected officials their attendance amounted to a “potential Sunshine Law violation.” He …

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Holmes Beach to hatch new chicken regulations

A 4-1 vote moves Holmes Beach closer to a community that allows laying hens.         Like the city of Sarasota in 2011 and other urban areas across the country, Holmes Beach commissioners appear poised to join the movement allowing people …

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Neighbor urges Tidemark site plan revocation

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David Forbes stands by the public notice at the Mainsail property at the corner of Gulf and Marina drives. A continued public hearing to revoke the site plan approved in 2001 will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Going into the March 26 continued hearing on the site plan for Tidemark Lodge — now Mainsail AMI LLLP — neighbor Lance Spotts, who has opposed the project since 2001, is pulling a punch.         On behalf of Spotts, attorney …

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Holmes Beach holds off moratorium repeal to achieve goals

A move to lift the Holmes Beach building moratorium before its scheduled June 25 expiration failed to gain the vote of the commissioner who placed it on the Feb. 26 agenda. Commission Chair Jean Peelen explained it was on the …

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Vehicle chase leads to crash, injured officer

Amanda Varner, 24, of Sanford, N.C., was charged with multiple felonies by the Holmes Beach Police Department after a chase ended with Varner crashing into the Bradenton Beach police cruiser driven by Officer Eric Hill. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan McArthur

A Bradenton Beach police officer was in fair condition March 4 after a head-on collision March 2 with a fleeing suspect from North Carolina. Amanda L. Varner, 24, of Sanford, N.C., was charged with multiple felonies by the Holmes Beach …

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Roser celebrating 100 years

The chapel at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, turns 100 years old this spring. It now has new renovated doors salvaged from the John Ringling Towers in Sarasota thanks to a group of church volunteers. Islander Courtesy Photo

Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, continues to celebrate 100 years on the island with a series of events. The calendar includes: • Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys is in concert …

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Tortuga Inn beachfront pergola progresses quickly

The pergola at Tortuga Inn Beach Resort, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, is almost completed after a lengthy permitting process and some public opposition. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Tortuga Inn Beach Resort pergola sparked minor controversy when fi rst proposed in Bradenton  Beach more than a year ago but is progressing on the beachfront, following a lengthy permit process. Some citizens expressed opposition to any development on …

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