Category Archives: 03-12-2014

Police target spring-breakers breaking alcohol laws

Anna Maria Island is a natural destination during spring break, with its azure waters and warm weather. While local businesses welcome visitors taking advantage of their time off school, law enforcement doesn’t want spring-breakers breaking ordinances, especially one that prohibits alcohol on the beach. “This time of year, we always increase our beach patrol officers […]

Juvenile causes 23 crashes in island-town chase

A 16-year-old Desoto County student led law enforcement officers on a wild and destructive ride March 4. The spree resulted in a three-hour closure of the Cortez Bridge and gridlock on the southern half of Anna Maria Island. The trail of destruction began around 10 a.m. when a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to […]

AM commission approves A-frame sign moratorium

Business owners in Anna Maria who have A-frame signs outside their premises now have 30 days to breathe easier and make their case. They have a month to find solutions to keep the signs, which had been declared blight by the city and illegal under a new ordinance that passed its final reading Feb. 25. […]

BB commission stops short on more power for mayor

Is Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon captain of a sinking ship? That was the analogy given by Vice Mayor Janie Robertson during a March 6 city commission meeting centered around a discussion on how much power the charter allows for the mayor. In late February, city attorney Ricinda Perry launched a discussion on setting policies […]

Abundant beaches, Coquina on track, end is near

To borrow a phrase from Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way,” the end is near for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach renourishment project on Anna Maria Island. Workers for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock reached their first finale March 5 at 13th Street South in Bradenton Beach of two Anna Maria Island projects. According […]

Bradenton Beach man faces multiple felony charges

A 23-year-old Bradenton Beach man faces three felony charges following a March 27 traffic stop in Bradenton. According to the probable cause affidavit, William Johnson was observed by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy traveling westbound in the 4300 block of Cortez Road West. Johnson passed the deputy traveling 55 mph in a 45-mph zone, […]

Obituaries – 03-12-2014

Marcia B. Bouton Marcia B. Bouton, 95, of Holmes Beach, died March 1. There will be no service. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd St Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at Mrs. Bouton is survived by a son, two daughters, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.   […]

Fishing – 03-12-2014

Spring into action to cash in on early spring fishing pattern   Spring has arrived early and fishing around Anna Maria Island improves as the water temperature rises. As the days get longer and the cold fronts fade away, you can expect fishing to get even better. Snook, trout and redfish are swarming the grass […]

Calendar – 03-12-2014

Wednesday, March 12 2 p.m. — The Friends of the Island Library presents mystery author H. Terrell Griffin, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 7:38 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, March 13 1 p.m. — St. Bernard St. Bernard Council of Catholic Women “Wearing of the Green” card and game […]