Category Archives: 04-11-2012

Island Easter arrives, appears golden

If you showed up on Anna Maria Island Saturday, April 7, looking for a room for one or two nights, you might have had difficulty finding an accommodation. In fact, a number of business and accommodation owners said this Easter weekend was the best they have ever observed in terms of vehicles, people and spending. […]

CityFest unfolds at Holmes Beach City Hall, field, marina

A two-day lineup of music, food, arts, crafts and more is in store April 13-14 at Island CityFest Holmes Beach Founder’s Day Celebration, which again is sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. Special recognition of city founders will kick off CityFest at a reception and dedication hosted by Mayor Rich Bohnenberger begins […]

AM awaits DEP report on excess beach

Investigators from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are still working on finalizing the consequences for Anna Maria after determining the city had violated the terms of its Bimini Bay-Key Royale Canal dredging permit. That permit, an extension of the city’s permit to dredge the Lake LaVista inlet, allowed the city to pump sand from […]

Additional funds may save T-end of BB pier

The Bradenton Beach City Pier Team officially shifted focus from routine pier matters to the proposed reconstruction and piling replacement project at its monthly meeting at city hall. “This is the initial meeting of what we will call the 2012 city of Bradenton Beach pier reconstruction project meeting,” said Police Chief Sam Speciale, who facilitates […]

Rental cottage, pool company face code board

Barefoot Bungalows and Agnelli Pools & Construction will come before the city’s code enforcement board at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, for building code violations in the city’s R-2 zone. The hearings will be held in the city hall chambers, 5701 Marina Drive. Barefoot Bungalows LLC, listed in county property records as owner of 5608 […]

Rental focus updates on April 10 HB agenda

Recommendations from Holmes Beach commissioners heading up various rental focus groups may be discussed at their Tuesday, April 10, work session.         The work session is held immediately following the regular commission meeting that begins at 7 p.m.         Prior to Tuesday’s discussion, Commissioners Jean Peelen and Pat Morton released their respective group’s recommendations.         […]

Below-average hurricane season forecast

There’s good news in the weather forecast this summer for Anna Maria Island and Florida’s coastal areas. Scientists at Colorado State University have just released their annual predictions for the number of tropical storms that will form in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico this summer and are expecting a below average hurricane season […]

Easter weekend emergencies

 Law enforcement and emergency rescue personnel gather at Cortez Beach April 6 in Bradenton Beach following a report of a missing 6-year-old girl. According to Manatee Marine Rescue Capt. Joe Westermann, the girl’s mother and grandmother had just been rescued from a riptide by bystanders when the family noticed the girl was missing. Fearing she […]

Shooting suspect pursued across Island

According to the Bradenton Beach Police Department, a 22-year-old Bradenton man attempted to use the Island as an escape route following a Bradenton shooting in the early morning hours of April 9. Jose Serrano allegedly shot another man in the 3100 block of West First Street, in Bradenton. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact […]

Roadwatch, April 11-18

The Manatee County Utilities Department has equipment and supplies on North Shore Drive and adjoining streets in Anna Maria for the installation of new sewer lines in the city. An MCUD press release said the work is not expected to impact traffic in the project area, which is between Cypress Avenue and Palm Avenue on […]