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 …

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‘Busiest ever’ tourist season winds down

With the parking lot at the Manatee Public Beach full, overflow parking is found along Manatee Avenue near Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

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 …

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BB pier restaurant behind on lease payments

Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach is in financial trouble after city commissioners learned the business owes the city $50,000 in back rent. Islander Photo: Mark Young

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Snowy plover nest signals beginning of shorebird nesting

A snowy plover nesting pair laid three eggs March 25 on the beach in Anna Maria — to signal the beginning of the shorebird nesting season. Locals are hopeful to see the birds have a more successful year than the previous year, when two tropical storms and a king tide decimated nests on the island.

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 & …

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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 …

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Sports – 04-10-2013

The male winners of the annual Jimmie McSwain tennis tournament at the Anna Maria Island Community Center celebrate with their trophies. Islander Photo: Courtesy Andy Little

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 …

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