Category Archives: 03-27-2013

Lakewood Ranch resort tax collections rival Anna Maria Island

Just four months into the fiscal year, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeing a 13.1 percent rise in resort tax collections for 2012-13 from unincorporated Manatee County — primarily the Lakewood Ranch area — compared with the same period last year. Comparing the past 36 months of resort tax collections with tourism […]

New challenges face 2013 sea turtle nesting season

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteers are just catching their breath after a record 2012 sea turtle nesting season. According to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, while this year’s season doesn’t begin until May 1, AMITW volunteers gathered March 18 at Holmes Beach City Hall to learn of this year’s challenges. Fox […]

BB commissioner calls for safety action at S curve

At a March 19 Bradenton Beach department head meeting, Commissioner Jan Vosburgh called for action on the city’s long-time safety concerns at the S curve on Gulf Drive near 12th Street South. Vosburgh said she is working with the Florida Department of Transportation to attain a caution light at the blind spot in the middle […]

‘Cash cow’ needs more than words, BIEO agrees

Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen is tired of seeing the virtues of Anna Maria Island and its beaches displayed in just about every advertisement and website about the Bradenton area. She’s not really tired of the advertisements, they’re great for tourism, she said. She’s just tired of the island serving as the “cash cow for […]

Holmes Beach to review use of city field

Holmes Beach commissioners at their March 21 work session agreed with a suggestion by Mayor Carmel Monti to take a look at how city property is rented. He said he thought the city field might be “over-used” by nonprofit organizations and he questioned how much of the profits go to nonprofits. Some nonprofits might be […]

BB police chief: Morris death investigation winding down

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said March 19 that the investigation into the 2009 death of Sheena Morris, 22, is “winding down.” Speciale said the assisting Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, as well as BBPD Lt. Lenard Diaz are in the process of completing the FDLE SMART panel recommendations issued in September 2012. […]

Attempt to elude police lands Bradenton man in jail

A 28-year-old Bradenton man faces a felony attempting to elude law enforcement charge after trying to escape a March 16 traffic stop on a motorcycle. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach police officer initiated a traffic stop on Joel Freed while he was riding a motorcycle in the 2900 block of Avenue […]

Police seek information on armed robbery

Police are seeking information on an armed robbery suspect described as a male about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 250 pounds. A 30-year-old Holmes Beach man was walking home March 18 in the 11300 block of Cortez Road West, in Bradenton, at 11:40 p.m. when a vehicle passed him by. The vehicle […]

Island roadwatch

A Florida Department of Transportation press release said maintenance work on the Anna Maria Island Bridge on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue will begin the first week of April. A majority of the repair work will take place below the road service at the water level and below the water surface. Some nighttime lane closures with […]

Ex-Islander denies cooking wife, sentenced to 15-years-to-life

A Lomita chef who killed his wife and boiled her body in his restaurant’s kitchen was sentenced March 22 to spend 15 years to life in prison, moments after he declared “I didn’t cook my wife” and that nobody misses her more than him. David Viens, 49, convicted of second-degree murder in September for killing […]