Category Archives: 03-06-2013

Center budget needs successful fundraiser

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 tournament was expected to raise $66,000 for the center. “The expenses are under control. It’s […]

Spring break is here, season too

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 area is considered a family destination. “We’re not for the spring break crowd,” Meihls said. […]

Galvano considers rental statute — repeal or amend?

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 to the conclusion that the status quo is not working,” Galvano said of HB 883. […]

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 then left the meeting, mumbling comments to Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland as he exited. […]

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 to raise chickens for eggs.         Commission Chair Jean Peelen and Commissioners Marvin Grossman, Judy […]

Neighbor urges Tidemark site plan revocation

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 Stephen W. Thompson wrote to the city Feb. 25, demanding the abandoned project be revoked […]

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 agenda “only to get things rolling. “I think it is so critical to get our […]

Vehicle chase leads to crash, injured officer

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 Police Department. HBPD responded to the Island Shopping Center, 5400 Marina Drive, at approximately 3:45 […]

Roser celebrating 100 years

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 at the church, with a reception following the show at Relish Cafe & Marketplace, 503 […]

Tortuga Inn beachfront pergola progresses quickly

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 the beach side of the Gulf of Mexico, but permits were granted and Tortuga owner […]