Category Archives: 04-16-2014

On the high wire! On Holmes Beach field! The flying Wallendas!

  Rick Wallenda rides the high-wire bicycle, Hailey Warren, 10, is on his shoulders. Also performing up top, Blake Wallenda. Hailey performed gracefully on the rope, as did the elegant Nicolette Fornasari. On the ground in the “bull fight,” were Hailey’s parents, Doady and Tosca Fornasari. For the two-day April 11-12 CityFest host, the Anna […]

Anna Maria commissioners: Time for paid parking (discussion)

Paid parking has been discussed by Anna Maria commissioners for a decade, if not longer. Some things don’t seem to change. At their April 10 work session, commissioners agreed it’s time to move forward with paid parking — followed by an agreement to hold more discussion. “We’ve been talking about this since last July and […]

DOT hosts Cortez Bridge meeting to address project questions

Bridges are hot-button topics for bridge-dependent folks on Anna Maria Island. The Florida Department of Transportation plans a public information meeting on the upcoming $4 million repair project of the Cortez Bridge 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. A DOT press release said the meeting is […]

Easter Sunday arrives with sunrise service

Easter Sunday will arrive April 20, with a celebration on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will take place at 6:30 a.m. at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive. The annual service draws more than 1,000 people to the beach. […]

Citizen asks Holmes Beach to improve Birdie Tebbetts Field

Holmes Beach resident and Manatee West Hurricanes Baseball team manager Andy Procter has big plans for the future of the city’s baseball field. However, without funding, he has learned, the plans may not come to fruition. Last October, Procter proposed improvements to Birdie Tebbetts Field and his plans were viewed favorably by the Holmes Beach […]

Neal Preserve opens at last on Perico Island

If there is such a thing as being preserve-rich, Manatee County may be headed in that direction. The Neal Preserve on Perico Island on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue West — about 200 yards east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge, across from the Harbour Isle development — held a grand opening April 9, nearly nine […]

Bradenton Beach jewelers lose $6k in diamond deal

A Longboat Key maintenance man has been charged with stealing an $85,000 diamond ring and selling the stone to a Bradenton Beach jeweler. Michael Artman, 51, Bradenton, is in the Manatee County jail facing charges of burglary, theft after trust and dealing-in/possessing stolen property after the diamond showed up in New York City. Longboat Key […]

Boater rescued by marine units

A boater was rescued March 29 after his sailboat capsized due to rough conditions south of Longboat Key Pass. Around 3:20 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard at Station Cortez received a report of a person in the water and an overturned vessel in the Gulf of Mexico around the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico […]

State Attorney determined to take Chiquet to trial in 2014

It’s been almost five years since Joseph Edmund Chiquet was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old girl. This week, for the second time since his arrest, the Bradenton Beach man has been placed into a state mental institution, deemed incompetent to stand trial. Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca said […]

Stabbing suspect faces additional charges

A man arrested after allegedly stabbing a woman multiple times March 15 in the Holmes Beach apartment they shared with another man now faces additional charges after the victim reported finding a homemade weapon in the apartment. Andrew Helderman, 23, 300 block of Clark Drive, now faces new charges of making or discharging a destructive […]