Category Archives: 04-03-2013

TripAdvisor: AMI 4th best U.S. island destination

Anna Maria Island is the No. 4 best island vacation destination in the United States in’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards. Voting for the awards is done by visitors to the website and from reviews on TripAdvisor. The first three islands in the voting are San Juan Island in Washington state, Kauai in Hawaii and […]

Ex-mayor’s daughter killed in hit-and-run

Elizabeth Tristam Barford, the daughter of former Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, was killed in a Tampa vehicle crash March 24. The Tampa Police Department said a Ford F-150 pickup truck struck a Jeep Cherokee on West Waters Avenue, which forced the Jeep across the median, where it struck a Volkswagen Passat driven by Barford. […]

BB pier restaurant behind on lease payments

Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier is about $50,000 behind in rental payments to the city. The debt was revealed at the March 21 city commission meeting. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the restaurant is a “number of months” behind in rent payments and that the lease agreement between the […]

Center board learns funding, donations critical

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors held its monthly meeting, while awaiting the April 1 arrival of new executive director Dawn Stiles. Acting executive director Scott Dell delivered the financial report and said income was down $35,000 through February. However, he quickly explained that revenues from Island Affaire had been entered for […]

Divided HB commission deflates Mainsail proposal

In a contentious four-hour city commission meeting March 26, Holmes Beach commissioners voted 3-2 to revoke the site plan for the Mainsail development. Mayor Carmel Monti indicated progress had been made during two weeks of meetings between city staff and the Mainsail development team. The team was instructed to submit an improved site plan from […]

HB chief locked out, dismissed — fired

The Islander learned over the Easter holiday, while Holmes Beach city offices were closed, Mayor Carmel Monti ordered the lock changed on the police chief’s office March 29, essentially barring interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson, a 26-year veteran of the city police force, from work. The mayor further ordered city attorney Patti Petruff on March […]

HB mayor names new chief, interim chief resigns, dismissed by mayor

Most residents of Holmes Beach at the March 28 special meeting to appoint the city’s new police chief left unhappy. Outrage over the hastily organized meeting and the leak that Mayor Carmel Monti would be recommending Longboat Key Police Lt. Bill Tokajer over Holmes Beach Interim Chief Dale Stephenson was apparent. In the ensuing days, […]

Road watch

A maintenance project on the Cortez Bridge/State Road 684 will take place 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday, April 8, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said. A flagging operation will be in place for lane closures. The release also said a project on the Anna Maria Island Bridge/State Road 64 will take place this week, […]

Island real estate transactions – 04-03-2013

2803 Avenue E, Holmes Beach, a 2,700 sfla / 3,900 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car pool home built in 2013 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/08/13, Seaside Breeze LLC to Golf for $1,800,000; list $1,950,000. 626 Hampshire Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,517 sfla / 3,174 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1973 on a 95×105 lot […]

Calendar – 04-03-2013

Wednesday, April 3 7:49 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, April 4 7:50 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Friday, April 5 7:17 a.m. — Official sunrise time.   Saturday, April 6 8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf […]