Category Archives: 04-10-2013

AM commission approves draft LAR ordinance

After nearly two months of discussion on how new homes in Anna Maria should be constructed, commissioners at their April 4 meeting agreed to move forward with an ordinance that uses the living area ratio to the lot size as the basis for a new ordinance on construction of houses in  the city. The proposed […]

‘Busiest ever’ tourist season winds down

The past three months have been the busiest tourist season they’ve ever seen say a number of island business people. The numbers of visitors and accommodation occupancy figures are likely to set records, several in the industry say. The visitors and seasonal residents are gradually leaving as April 15 approaches, said Rita Kollar of Gulf-Bay […]

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 […]

County plans property tax relief via added sales tax

The Manatee County Commission was scheduled to discuss a referendum on community tax issues during its April 9 meeting. At stake is a referendum proposed by county administrator Ed Hunzeker will ask the electorate to consider a half-cent sales tax to generate $23 million to pay for local, indigent health care. Manatee County now pays […]

Mainsail returns to address HB commission

“Regardless of all the recent cooperation, here we are,” wrote Mainsail Lodging and Development president Joe Collier March 28 to Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff. The city commission had voted 3-2 at its March 26 meeting to revoke the original site plan for Tidemark Lodging that Mainsail obtained with the purchase of the vacant […]

Cortez man arrested for aggravated assault

A 66-year-old Cortez man was arrested March 30 after brandishing a 30/30 hunting rifle in a threatening manner at Corky’s Live Bait & Tackle, 10103 Cortez Road W. According to the probable cause affidavit, Colin Campbell of 11900 Cortez Road W. sat in the business parking lot for several hours, at some points revving his […]

Road watch

The Florida Department of Transportation is conducting a bridge maintenance project on the Anna Maria Island Bridge/State Road 64 from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. weeknights and the work will continue through the summer. Most of the work will take place under the bridge, a DOT press release said. A flagging operation will be in place for […]

Snowy plover nest signals beginning of shorebird nesting

There is but a handful of nesting snowy plover pairs in Manatee County, and the first pair laid their eggs in late March to mark the beginning of the shorebird nesting season. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Glenn Wiseman, the nesting is about three weeks later than last year’s […]

Sad signs

Kathy Caserta found this dead loggerhead turtle April 5 where it had washed up on the 31st beach street in Holmes Beach. Suzi Fox, of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, responded to examine the turtle and said it was an adult loggerhead, likely a female, and the algae and barnacles are a sign it had […]

Sports – 04-10-2013

Spring sports season gears up, champions named   The Anna Maria Island Community Center last week announced its spring sports offerings for youth and adults. The youth basketball league for players ages 5-17 will get started in mid-April with games played in the gym Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and some games will be […]