Category Archives: 03-19-2014

Welcome to Anna Maria Ireland

Welcome to Anna Maria Ireland and the 16th annual Sean Murphy-Beach Bistro-Eat Here Parade. Photos by Karen Riley-Love and Bonner Joy Cora the elephant and her partner Bill. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy Enjoying the March 16 Beach Bistro-Eat Here St. Patrick’s Parade in Holmes Beach are Mikey Bowes, Kylie Huffman and Luke Bowes. Islander Photo: […]

HBPD thwarts murder attempt

A man was arrested March 14 after he allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times after learning she had an intimate relationship with their roommate, according to the Holmes Beach Police Department. Andrew Helderman, 23, of the 300 block of Clark Drive, faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after […]

Anna Maria punches paid-parking plan into forward gear

After nearly three decades of discussing paid parking in Anna Maria’s rights of way, the idea may at last be moving toward a conclusion. At their March 13 work session, commissioners informally agreed 4-1 to proceed with the idea of placing payment kiosks for some parking spaces in the rights of way. The paid parking […]

Beach renourishment reaches final stretch at Coquina Beach

It seems like it’s been a long time coming. But the two-part renourishment of Anna Maria Island beaches that began Dec. 20 at 79th Street in Holmes Beach is now in its final phase at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Renourishment contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. completed its U.S. Army Corps of Engineers […]

AMI braces for spring break

Time was on Anna Maria Island when spring break wasn’t given much thought by law enforcement. Spring break thus far this year on the island is mostly composed of crowds of local high school students given a week off from their studies, said Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer. Marketing officials with the Bradenton Area […]

Bradenton Beach on pace to overspend budget by $400,000

It may be a familiar problem to some people, not having enough money for everyday needs. Almost six months into the 2013-14 fiscal year budget, reviewed and approved in 2013 under the former administration, Bradenton Beach now faces a $400,000 shortfall. This year’s budget was approved at more than $2.5 million, but projected spending is […]

Trial date set in real estate-renter fraud case

A trial date has been set for the former Anna Maria Island vacation real estate agent who allegedly pocketed rental deposits and double-booked vacation homes without providing adequate refunds. Michael Carleton, 61, of Bradenton, was charged in November 2013 with unlicensed real estate activity, a third-degree felony. He posted a $1,500 bond and was released […]

Holmes Beach charter review covers mayor vacancy

Should the city retain its weak-mayor form of government and add a city manager? The devil may be in the details of the government’s charter. If attention to detail were ever in question with the Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee, all concerns can be put to rest. The committee resumed its work March 12, reviewing […]

January resort tax tops $1M

Once upon a time, a million dollars was a lot of money. In 1990, the year Manatee County first instituted a resort development tax on rentals of six months or less, $1.4 million was collected. The resort tax was set at 3 percent. The revenue that first year was considered a remarkable sum by then-Bradenton […]

Fire district delays search for chief

The search for a successor to West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price was supposed to begin in February, but district commissioners weren’t sure where to start. Price is retiring in May 2015 and the WMFR board of elected commissioners gathered March 6 in a work session to decide if they would begin the hiring […]