Category Archives: 04-17-2013

Public comment sought for AM park proposal

Anna Maria commissioners asked for more public input on a proposed park, consisting of live oak trees, a grass lawn and 15 parking spaces at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard North. Commissioner Gene Aubry presented his plan, noting that resident Rex Hagen, who previously had asked to remain anonymous, will pay for […]

Hope remains to keep Rotten Ralph’s at BB pier

Despite a 4-1 vote April 4 by Bradenton Beach commissioners to terminate the lease of Rotten Ralph’s, hope remains to keep the doors open to keep the doors open at the restaurant. The restaurant is located on the Historic Bridge Street Pier and, it’s owner says, has suffered financially since June 2012, when Tropical Storm […]

DOT calls for Cortez Bridge meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation will host the first in a series of public meetings about the Cortez Bridge 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. The meeting is part of the project development and environmental study required before any bridge project can begin, a DOT […]

HB commissioner calls out mayor’s proposals

It was a two-round battle April 9 between Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Chair Jean Peelen. Round two came at the end of the meeting when Peelen admonished Zaccagnino for his March 28 criticism of Mayor Carmel Monti’s choice for a new police of chief. Zaccagnino criticized other commissioners for not doing their […]

2 Holmes Beach commissioners square off over police chief

What was supposed to be an informal celebratory swearing in ceremony for new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer turned hostile at an April 9 city commission meeting. Tokajer was hired March 28, during a hastily organized special meeting where commissioners voted 4-1 to accept Mayor Carmel Monti’s recommendation to hire him over longtime HBPD […]

Give me a chance says new HB top cop

Citizens expressed outrage over Mayor Carmel Monti’s March 28 announcement he was recommending the city hire Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer over Holmes Beach Police Department’s 26-year veteran Dale Stephenson. Tokajer, who officially started work April 10, said he understands the community’s apprehension, but called on people to give him a fair chance. “I […]

HBPD collecting prescription drugs for disposal

The Holmes Beach Police Department continues to partner with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program. The campaign has multiple goals — to curb the theft or abuse of drugs and keep dangerous drugs out of the environment. People with expired and unneeded prescription drugs can drop off bottles at […]

BB man arrested on a sexual battery charge

A 40-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested on felony sexual battery with a weapon and aggravated battery April 12 in the 400 block of Second Street North. On Sept. 11, 2013, the state attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit in Manatee County declined to file the charges without prejudice. According to the probable cause affidavit, […]

Manatee County resort tax collections reach record high

February bed tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s resort tax division were $1.11 million, a record for February said Sue Sinquefield, director of the resort tax office. The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 percent charged by Manatee County on accommodation rentals of six months or less. Resort tax […]