Category Archives: 03-21-2012

How Conga for a Cause Came to Be

News article courtesy of Mike Sales There I was, playing a show at the beach on Anna Maria Island, watching everyone have a good time with the sunset, music and good company, when I said it, “Pardon me Mayor, but I’m having a little trouble getting into Wikipedia and they’ll never call me to perform […]

Wakeskating movie premieres at Seafood Shack

Integrity and Mutiny Wakeskates, a team of new action sport enthusiasts who combine wake and skate boarding, present “Ride Among Us,” a movie premiere, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Seafood Shack Restaurant, 4110 127th St., Cortez.         The full-feature film directed by Mitchell Cobb showcases two Island locals, Andrew Fortenberry and Nick Taylor, […]

Anna Maria commission votes 3-2, halts moratorium

Contractors and builders in Anna Maria can now have their building permit applications reviewed and approved as city commissioners voted 3-2 at their March 15 meeting to lift the administrative moratorium in place since Feb. 23. The decision came after Commissioners Dale Woodland, Jo Ann Mattick and John Quam said they believe stricter code enforcement […]

March Madness grips Island

Anna Maria Island had its own version of March Madness last week as many area students were on spring break and headed by car, van and SUV to the Island for some fun in the sun. Families with younger kids out of school also flocked to AMI to visit the beaches and other family members. […]

Huts at Katie Pierola to be removed

Seven small tiki huts at Bradenton Beach’s Katie Pierola Park, 2200 Gulf Drive N., will be removed by the city due to safety concerns. At the March 15 city commission meeting, public works director Tom Woodard showed photos of the deteriorating huts. Woodard said he was directed by the previous administration to remove the huts, […]

December fatality called ‘tragic accident’

Kathleen Benison of Cortez has been cited with failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk for the Dec. 8 death of Antoinette Pruss, 65, of Sarasota, in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North. Benison was driving when she collided with Pruss, who was in the crosswalk near the Gulf […]

Trolley shelters await final approval

Shelter is one of the three basic needs of humans — and a want for trolley riders. Four of Bradenton Beach’s free trolley stops now offer shelter from the elements for those people awaiting a ride on the Manatee County transit trolley system. It was announced during a January capital improvement projects/city commission meeting that […]

‘Best Practices’ list compiled for rental agents

Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn, working with Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate Inc. and Mike Brinson of AMI Accommodations Inc., has completed the list of “best practices” she hopes will be adopted by all rental agents and vacation property owners in Anna Maria and throughout the Island. The list includes what Chatt first termed as […]

Racing, marketing, Anna Maria Island inspire artist

Engines are revving for emerging contemporary abstract painter Bob Brown — who once drag-raced professionally and later brought Fortune 500 sponsors to NASCAR, Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.         Born in New York City, raised in East Lansing, Mich., with stints in Houston, and Charlotte, N.C., and art school in San Francisco and Boca […]

Jitney shuttle service will start soon

Saul Perlmutter, a noted American scientist who gained fame and accolades for his work in studying the universe once said, “The one achievement everyone can look forward to is getting the perfect parking spot.” For the person who has an understanding of unlimited space, parking issues, especially for drivers visiting and living on Anna Maria […]