Category Archives: 03-20-2013

Anna Maria now considering FAR, LAR

Anna Maria commissioners passed the first reading of an ordinance designed to limit the size of homes in the future. The ordinance, which still has some revisions to come, will limit the living area of a residence in the hope it will alleviate future problems with over-sized rental houses, some that can accommodate more people […]

Island traffic meets spring break, road work, tall boats

With traffic already heavy on Anna Maria Island for tourist season, spring break the week of March 10-16 brought more vehicles to the island, especially with fairly decent weather, said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale. Additionally, Manatee County is creating a nature preserve along Manatee Avenue near Perico Bay. Trucks are being loaded with […]

Spring break by the day on Anna Maria Island

Spring has sprung on Anna Maria Island as evidenced by the crowds gathering on the beach to enjoy the best the island has to offer of sun and sea. Manatee County public schools and many Florida universities were on spring break March 11-15. A look at Anna Maria Island spring break, day by day, March […]

BB to submit five BP funding projects

No one is sure how much money be awarded in the 2010 BP Deep Horizon oil spill litigation, but municipalities are already lining up to spend it. It’s been estimated that Manatee County’s share of a yet-to-be-determined settlement could be $4 million-$19 million. States have a choice in how to disperse the money, and Florida […]

Holmes Beach man sentenced to 8 years on porn charges

Former Holmes Beach resident Ronald Littlehale pleaded no contest and has been sentenced to eight years in the Florida Department of Corrections. Littlehale was charged with numerous counts of unlawful solicitation of minors and transmission of pornography after his November 2011 arrest at his Holmes Beach residence. Littlehale, 64, resided on the 7600 block Gulf […]

Holmes Beach clucks it up, hens OK’d

Got chickens? If not, Holmes Beach residents can have them now. Commissioners approved March 12 the final reading amending the city’s ordinance that prohibits farm animals in residential zones. The change allows up to four chickens per household. Commission Chair Jean Peelen opened the floor to public comment, but there no objections to the amendment […]

HB mayor ‘hires’ outside contractor, fires one staff member

Some members of the public whispered that the city of Holmes Beach violated its city charter by hiring a city manager, which is contradictory to the charter mandate. Island papers reported Mary Buonagura — previously a volunteer, said to be assessing employees and writing job descriptions for workers at city hall — was hired to […]

Bradenton man arrested on felony drug charges

A 19-year-old Bradenton man was arrested March 11 on felony drug charges after allegedly admitting he was on his way to sell a friend cocaine and marijuana. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach police officer initiated a traffic stop at 4600 Gulf Drive. As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed Matthew […]