Category Archives: 05-09-2012

Skyway demo project, reef finalized

Florida Department of Transportation press release last week said demolition of a number of portions of the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers has been completed with only some minor work remaining. The DOT demolition project began in June 2011 when contractor Orion Marine Construction began removal of 27 portions of the north fishing pier and 48 […]

Anna Maria pier beach shrinks as city awaits DEP notice

Even though Anna Maria may soon have a beach by the city pier that complies with the size authorized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, officials do not plan to re-inspect the beach. The renourished beach is the result of a February Bimini Bay-Key Royale Channel dredging project that removed sand from the channel […]

First sea turtle nest found on beach

A discovery of a May 2 false crawl put Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteers in a state of anticipation that the first nest could appear any day. The much-awaited event was discovered on the morning of May 4 when AMITW beach walkers found a loggerhead trail on the beach, indicating the […]

Accusations fly at BB dune-parking lot public hearing

A trial-like atmosphere prevailed at the May 3 public hearing to decide whether or not Bradenton Beach would move forward with the proposed dune/parking lot project across from city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The joint development agreement between the city and ELRA, the corporate entity of Ed Chiles’ BeachHouse Restaurant, to construct the dune […]

BB P&Z, commission hash out shortcomings

“What we have here is a failure to communicate,” is a line made famous from the 1967 movie “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman, but it also suits the ongoing issues between the Bradenton Beach city commission and planning and zoning board. At a May 1 joint meeting between city commissioners and P&Z board members […]

P&Z chair; one other resigns

Following a contentious May 3 Bradenton Beach city commission meeting, two members of the planning and zoning board have tendered their resignations. P&Z chair Rick Bisio was the first to resign. In a letter to the city dated the same day as the meeting, Bisio thanked the city for the opportunity to serve for more […]

Maroney sentenced to 120 days, now in Sarasota jail

Jenna Maroney, 24, whose medical emergency at her mother’s home in Holmes Beach turned into a struggle with police earlier this year, accepted a plea offer April 5 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail for drug charges and battery to a law enforcement officer.            While in the Manatee County jail, Maroney […]

Holmes Beach readies for rental recommendation review

It’s been the hot-button agenda item at Holmes Beach City Commission meetings since late last year — “continued discussion of short-term rentals.” And it’s bringing approximately 40-50 people to city meetings every two weeks. While the issue is again set to be discussed at the city’s work session Tuesday, May 8, a different focus is […]

Roadwatch, May 9-16

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria is under way and the project should last several months, according to the Manatee County Utilities Department. Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected by the work, a MCUD press release. Daytime-only repairs due to the start of […]

Fishing – 05-09-2012

Fishing AMI waters as good as it gets   Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving prosperous for flats fishers. Spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook action is as good as it gets. The best bait to target any of these species is live shiners. Free-lining shiners on a rig consisting of nothing but […]