Category Archives: 03-28-2012

Come fly with me

Check your flaps, rev the motor, gently pull on the wheel and it’s nothing but blue skies ahead and teal-colored water below. The dream of man to take to the sky existed long before the Wright brothers achieved 12 seconds of flight in 1903. Leonardo Da Vinci dreamed of flight in the late 15th century […]

Anna Maria commission tackles various projects

Anna Maria commissioners were busy at their March 22 meeting, passing a new stormwater ordinance, continuing an ordinance on residential docking and parking, and holding the first hearing of an ordinance establishing environmental zones. Commissioners agreed to postpone and continue the second hearing of an ordinance establishing a special magistrate for code enforcement cases to […]

Fate of Australian pines at stake in BB park

For now, the Australian pine trees at John Chappie Gulfside Park will be trimmed. At the March 21 capital improvement projects/city commission meeting, the future of the trees at the park, four lots on the Gulf of Mexico in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive, was handled in a sensitive manner with possible public input […]

BB committees organize, address pier issues

The Bradenton Beach City Pier Committee will spearhead the proposed project to replace degrading pilings under the Historic Bridge Street Pier, but will have help from other city committees and staff. At the March 21 community redevelopment agency/city commission meeting, the city pier committee, facilitated by Police Chief Sam Speciale, will develop a plan for […]

BridgeTender forced to halt outdoor expansion

The BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, has been issued a stop work order for unpermitted work to expand its outside seating capacity in its bayfront parking area. According to Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert, BridgeTender appropriately applied for an expansion of their outdoor dining area, “but jumped the gun” […]

Easter services set

Palm Sunday and Easter week services will be offered islandwide at churches, including special events during the holy week, beginning with Palm Sunday services and ending Easter Sunday, April 8.     The annual Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island sunrise Easter nondenominational observance will begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Manatee Public […]

HB scrutinizes buildable duplex lots

Twenty lots left?         It was a comment that reverberated at the Feb. 28 work session where a residential moratorium on building was regarded and rejected by the Holmes Beach City Commission.         Commission Chair David Zaccagnino said “a couple of builders” told him only 20 duplex lots — 8,712 square foot lots, the minimum […]

DEP warns two dock owners

Warning letters were issued Feb. 29 by the Florida Departmental of Environment Protection to the owners of 5311 Sunrise Lane for constructing docks within 65 linear feet of each other in Anna Maria Sound without a proper DEP permit.         The letters warn Jason Syrek of AMI Beach Inn LLC and Neil Sivyer of By […]

Mayor brings meals on wheels

Local mayors participate, including Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby, right, serving a client lunch, in the national “Mayors for Meals” day March 21, delivering hot meals to homebound seniors. It is sponsored locally by Meals on Wheels PLUS and the Food Bank of Manatee. Islander Photo: Courtesy Laura Coyle

Roadwatch, March 28-April 4

Anna Maria pipeline work begins The Manatee County Utilities Department is continuing installation of new sewer lines along North Shore Drive in Anna Maria. Motorists are advised to use caution when driving near the construction. The project area is between Cypress Avenue and Palm Avenue, a MCUD press release said, and should not impact traffic […]