Category Archives: 03-07-2012

HBPD ‘officer of year’ loves work, community, kids

Officer Brian L. Copeman loves his job, the community and the students at Anna Maria Elementary School.         His positive attitude was so apparent, he was nominated Feb. 22 by the Holmes Beach Police Department for the Manatee County 100 Club Officer of the Year Award.         Copeman is the department’s Anna Maria Elementary School […]

AM gets sand pile removal order from DEP

Those mounds of excavated pool materials dumped just north of Anna Maria’s Lake LaVista inlet on the north side of the humpback bridge on Bay Boulevard across the humpback bridge must be relocated, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Ana Gibbs of the DEP’s Temple Terrace office said neither the original 1999 Lake […]

More parking headaches approach Anna Maria

Many Anna Maria residents, including Mayor Mike Selby and city commissioners, may have thought the city’s parking problems were solved with the 2010 passage of a Pine Avenue parking plan. That plan, plus the redesigned parking for the boardwalk at the city pier and permission to allow overflow parking on three of six city-owned lots […]

Law enforcement needs rental property database

Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn and Island rental property managers Larry Chatt and Mike Brinson have been busy the past few weeks on a “list of best practices” for future rental contracts. The trio plans to propose that all agents and property owners adopt their terms for seasonal rental contracts. “I’d say right now we have […]

Anna Maria gets bonus pier beach

Before the West Coast Inland Navigation District project to dredge Bimini Bay/Key Royale channel and pipeline spoil to both sides of the Anna Maria city pier shoreline, WCIND executive director Chuck Listowski and Anna Maria public works director George McKay estimated the project would extend the shoreline by 10-30 feet. The amount of spoil — […]

AMICC takes next step toward cell tower goal

Anna Maria Island Community Center board members, at their Feb. 27 meeting, maintained the center’s goal of being approved for a cellular communications tower. Three locations within Anna Maria are vying to be a location for a tower proposal that still has many obstacles to overcome. Board member Randy Langely sought approval last month from […]

BB city pier team eyes more renovation

Discussion on performing new construction work to the Historic Bridge Street Pier is moving quickly toward action. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, facilitator of the city pier team, addressed the Community Redevelopment Agency at its Feb. 29 meeting, saying it needs to proceed with replacing degrading pilings under the pier. “What we will need […]

Gulf Drive Market again fails approval

Bradenton Beach commissioners at their March 1 meeting again heard arguments to allow the Gulf Drive Market to resume operations at Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N. For the third time, the arguments failed. The market was initially approved for a 60-day trial in November 2011 to operate every Sunday through the […]