Category Archives: 03-23-2011

‘Fab’ appearance by model on the beach

Fabio Lanzoni, international model and actor, much recognized for a series of romance novel cover photos, visited Anna Maria Island over the past weekend. He attended a fundraiser party at the Gulf Drive Cafe Tiki Hut and dined with five women, top bidders in a Myositis Association at the Beach Bistro March 19. The Islander […]

Village to house Angler’s Lodge

Anna Maria developers Mike and Lizzie Vann Thrasher recently revised their plans at the Anna Maria Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue to include a place for the Angler’s Lodge, village manager Katie Wight said. The lodge, now at 115 N. Bay Blvd., was built around 1914-15, according to Sissy Quinn, president of the Anna […]

Trolley funding safe — for now

The Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce board of directors learned March 16 that the Longboat Key Trolley operated by the Manatee County Area Transit and the Sarasota County Area Transit is in jeopardy of being dropped for lack of use. The fare-free Island Trolley funding, meanwhile, is safe this year and the next two fiscal […]

BB recycling contract approved

Bradenton Beach commissioners recently signed off on a five-year contract for Waste Pro to collect recyclables. The commission unanimously approved the contract during its regular meeting March 17, allowing the Waste Pro service to begin April 7. Later this month, the commission will discuss contracting with a company for solid waste collection. Currently, the city’s […]

Despite life-saving effort, woman found in Gulf dies

A 74-year-old woman died March 15 after going into full cardiac arrest in the Gulf of Mexico just off the shore in Holmes Beach. Before Manatee County and West Manatee Fire Rescue personnel arrived, other beachgoers tended to the woman, who had been found in the Gulf in the 3400 block of Gulf Drive in […]

County to pursue preserve property

Manatee County commissioners authorized the county administrator to enter negotiations that could lead to creation of another northwest Bradenton preserve — a Robinson II. The county commission, which addressed the possible land-acquisition during a meeting March 15, also has an opportunity to acquire environmentally significant properties along the Braden River. The potential property acquisitions were […]

Commission lobbying for renourishment funds

Manatee County commissioners are lobbying state officials to continue Florida’s commitment for renourishment projects. The county board drafted a letter to the legislative delegation urging support for beach renourishment at the state level. Gov. Rick Scott, in his proposed fiscal 2011-12 budget, omitted renourishment funding. Such an omission would not impact this spring’s renourishment of […]

AMI Bridge work starts March 28

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising motorists of an upcoming night maintenance project on State Road 64 at the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The DOT said it would conduct a maintenance project on the AMI Bridge for three nights beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, March 28, until 5 a.m. the following day (March 29). […]