Category Archives: 04-25-2012

Cortez Bridge is “structurally deficient,” DOT says

A Florida Department of Transportation engineer’s report on the Cortez Bridge on State Road 684 sounds bleak. The DOT report by Jim Jacobsen presented to Manatee County Commissioners last year says the bridge is “structurally deficient,” with a sufficiency rating of 21.7. But the bridge rating would have to fall to four or below to […]

Holmes Beach leads cities in resort taxes paid

With monthly Manatee County resort tax collections surpassing $1 million for the first time ever in February, it also was a record month for resort tax collections in Holmes Beach. The resort tax — often called the bed tax and known officially as the Manatee County Tourism Development tax — is the 5 percent charged […]

Tourism gains mirror resort tax collections

Tourism to Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the entire Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau market area is up 12.3 percent for the first two months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011. Walter Klages of Research Data Services Inc., which prepares monthly and quarterly tourism reports for the BACVB, presented his […]

TDC OKs $25K to support ‘old Florida’ conference

The message came through to the Manatee County Tourism Development Council from Herb Hiller: Places that pay attention to ‘place’ authenticity will prosper. Apparently marketing of Anna Maria Island as the true “old Florida-style” destination is working. Hiller, who has organized bicycle tours and a five-county trail system to benefit rural economies in north Florida, […]

Holmes Beach commissioner challenges for TDC seat

Two Holmes Beach commissioners are vying for a four-year term on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council.         Commissioner Jean Peelen announced last week she is seeking the advisory board position currently held by fellow Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens, who has declared her interest in maintaining her seat.         The TDC recommends how local tourist development […]

CRA votes to approve pier engineer study

The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency at its April 18 meeting unanimously approved an engineering study for the Historic Bridge Street Pier piling and decking replacement project. The project calls for replacing 151 pilings, and includes replacing the pier’s aging top deck. Building official Steve Gilbert was selected to work with the contractor to determine […]

Night market approved for Bridge Street

The Bridge Street Merchants Association received approval for a special event permit to conduct a nighttime market on Bridge Street, but not without compromise. The permit request was initially placed into the consent agenda — a list of routine items generally expected to pass without opposition. Commissioner Ric Gatehouse asked that the permit application be […]

Earth day

  Children play a game designed to promote recycling at the April 21 Earth Day festivities and grand opening of Dogs and Arts for the Earth, 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. The business sponsored a Family Earth Day celebration. Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love   Palma Sola Elementary second-grader Nikole Cosentino, 8, won the Earth Savers […]

Man dies after walking into traffic

A 55-year-old Bradenton man was killed at approximately 9:30 a.m. April 17 while attempting to cross Cortez Road in Cortez. Daniel Dietz Elliot was struck by a 2008 Toyota Tundra hauling a trailer, driven by David Smith, 47, of Bradenton. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Smith was traveling westbound on Cortez Road in the […]

Take Back Day keeps drugs out of harm’s way

Is your bathroom cabinet teeming with old, unused prescription drugs? For safety and the sake of a healthier environment, pharmaceutical drugs should be disposed of properly, say government researchers and law enforcement. And a local option is to drop them off at the Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Drive. The HBPD is participating in […]