Category Archives: 05-22-2013

Lawyers, liquor and LAR discussions expected at AM meet

The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, plans to propose a new liquor ordinance at the city commission’s May 23 meeting. Jason Suzor, owner of the Waterfront, emailed a number of customers asking they attend the May 23 meeting to hear his proposal. In his email, Suzor said customers at the Waterfront have […]

Fundraising phone call a scam

Holmes Beach Police Officer Brian Copeman is alerting the public that a phone call from someone claiming to be raising funds for the Anna Maria Elementary school is a scam. “I contacted the school principal, Dave Marshall, and he said there is no fundraiser at this time of year, so late in the school year,” […]

Aaargh! It’s Kid’s Day, mateys

The Anna Maria Island Privateers’ annual celebration of the school year coming to a close and the beginning of summer vacations for kids filled the pavilion and the beachfront at Anna Maria’s Bayfront Park. May 17. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann Kids take off in the sack race at the 59th annual Snooks Adams Kids Day, […]

BB terminates Rotten Ralph’s pier lease, locks out restaurateur

In a May 17 special meeting, Bradenton Beach commissioners unanimously voted to terminate the lease of Historic Bridge Street Pier concessionaire Dave Russell, operator of Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the pier for the past five years. Commissioners had granted a 30-day extension of the termination April 18 in order to give Russell time to come […]

Hometown hero

  U.S. Rep. Vern Buchannan, R-Longboat Key, right, presents Holmes Beach Police Officer Joshua Fleischer the Congressional Law Enforcement Preservation of Life Award. Fleischer received the award in a presentation of law enforcement awards by the congressman May 13 for his quick actions in saving the life of a Holmes Beach man overdosing on drugs […]

HB code officer resigns

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Dave Forbes has submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Carmel Monti effective May 31. Forbes said his resignation was “to relocate to Ohio to assist in the caretaking of family members.” He added that he would “forever appreciate the opportunity I have had to play an instrumental role in […]

Swift action promised against HB short-term rentals

Holmes Beach Commission Chair Jean Peelen promised swift action would be taken against Anna Maria Vacations, a company using to advertise rental units for less than seven days in the R-2 and R-1 districts. Commissioners said they have been receiving complaints from residents and followed up with research into the agency’s advertised properties. According […]

HBPD introduces new sergeants, new direction

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer introduced newly promoted Sgt. Mike Pilato and Sgt. Vern McGowin to the city commission May 14. McGowin began his law enforcement career in 1988 in Alabama before taking a job with the Palmetto Police Department in 1992. He joined the Holmes Beach Police Department in 1997 and is one […]