Category Archives: 03-14-2012

Partygoers get boot from HB rental

One group of 18 college students on spring break last week in a vacation home in Holmes Beach learned that partygoers who break city codes are not welcome. Larry Chatt, the rental property manager for Island Real Estate and a driving force behind getting Anna Maria Island’s rental agents and owners to share and enforce […]

Former AM commissioner says: Go green

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry lent his architectural skills to the city March 8, offering a rendering to commissioners of a park, nature trail, open space and parking at the city-owned land at the east end of Pine Avenue. Aubry had volunteered for the task Feb. 23 after commissioners had difficulty agreeing as to […]

AM moratorium faces problem: What’s the problem?

Anna Maria commissioners at the March 8 first reading of an ordinance establishing a moratorium on review and issuance of new building permits, couldn’t decide whether to proceed or drop the matter. The moratorium resolution enacted Feb. 23 was for “zoning in progress,” said city attorney Jim Dye. It allowed the city to halt further […]

Bait-and-switch vacation scam arrives on AMI

There are reasons vacationers might want to book a vacation to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the Manatee County area through a chamber of commerce member, as a Canadian couple learned. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said John and Holly Gazy of Toronto showed up at the chamber office […]

It was a hot time at the market

There are still parts of the world where there is a desire to attack a Kentucky Fried Chicken because it is assumed Colonel Sanders is a high-ranking U.S. military official. While that line of thinking is flawed, the chicken hot wings presented by six local cooks and chefs were not. Approximately 100 people donated $5 […]

Absconded sex offender returns to county

Douglas E. Mullaney, 40, of Holmes Beach, was extradited from Oregon to Manatee County last week and is currently in the county jail on $25,000 bond, said Detective Brian Hall of the Holmes Beach Police Department. Mullaney, a convicted sex offender, left his Key Royale address about two months ago without notifying authorities of any […]

Resort tax collections up again

If resort tax collections are any barometer for tourism to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the Bradenton area, expect the number of visitors this winter season to be well ahead of last year’s count. Resort tax collection amounts — the 5 percent charged by Manatee County on all accommodation rentals of six months or […]

Academy drill stresses firefighting safety

        “Ladders 129, 141, Engine 111, Cedar Hammock 231, Bradenton 32, structure fire, multi-unit residential with entrapment at 10350 Cortez, Box 12011, 1858 hours,” the emergency communications dispatcher called out over Manatee County public safety department radios at 6:58 p.m. March 6.         The dispatcher was calling the ladder and engine trucks and personnel — […]

Sports – 03-14-2012

Local volleyball standout signs with SCF   Former Islander and Anna Maria Elementary School alumna Abi Van Ostenbridge recently signed a letter of intent to attend State College of Florida and play volleyball. Abi, daughter of Susan and Scott Van Ostenbridge of the iconic Island family, played high school volleyball at Bradenton Christian and Bradenton […]

Threatened plover arrives on AMI shore

A threatened Cuban snowy plover set up a nest March 6 on the shore in Anna Maria. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, it’s the earliest sign of a snowy plover nest here, and while they typically nest farther north, a few nesting pairs have been known to find their way […]