Holmes Beach takes neighbors to court

The city of Holmes Beach is taking a path to the courthouse over 27th Street, which lies north of the Sandpiper Resort driveway pictured here, at the border with Bradenton Beach and the mobile home park. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Two neighboring cities on Anna Maria Island and the mobile home park that separates them are now on a path to the courthouse over rights to 27th Street. The city of Holmes Beach filed an action for declaratory relief May …

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AM election toss up: Mattick mom no, daughter maybe

The announcement last week by Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick that she would not seek a fourth term in office, coupled with Mayor Mike Selby’s earlier statement he would not run for another term, has left the race wide …

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HB code enforcement board remains a force

Holmes Beach code violators will continue to go before local residents serving on a code enforcement board rather than a special magistrate if the commission stays on course. Holmes Beach commissioners May 22 went against a prior consensus to move …

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County names new TDC members

Dick Motzer and wife Margie Motzer, left, and others discuss local issues with Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen at a May 24 coffee. Peelen began hosting gatherings to hear concerns from her constituents. She plans more coffee-with-the-commissioner events 10 a.m.-noon June 7 and June 21. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The Manatee County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen May 22 to the Tourist Development Council. Peelen will take the seat June 1 from 12-year TDC member/Holmes Beach Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens. The TDC is a …

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Art league closure temporary, donations sought

Anna Maria Island Art League president Laura McGeary waits May 26 in the doorway to the gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, which closed May 18. McGeary was awaiting artists to collect work from the recent show. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Anna Maria Island Art League president Laura McGeary told artist Rob Reiber May 26 at the gallery, that “nothing is canceled.” She quickly corrected herself to say the children’s summer art camp has been canceled, but even that may be …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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1 of 2 BB commissioners ready for re-election bid

With time starting June 4 for candidates in Bradenton Beach to collect signatures and file papers with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to qualify for the Nov. 6 election, only incumbent Ward 4 Commissioner Jan Vosburgh has filed. …

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HB commissioners air FAR concerns

While more discussion is expected on focus group recommendations, the concept of floor-area ratio to stem the proliferation of mega-homes and duplexes in Holmes Beach appears to be coming under the most scrutiny by city commissioners. Commission Chair David Zaccagnino …

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HB commissioners flip-flop on pool rule

Prompted by threatening calls about its decision to impose a one-pool-per-platted-lot limit —  including one from a pool contractor who said he’d be bringing in 30 permit applications before the proposed June 1 start date — the Holmes Beach city …

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A young Pettigrew roots for the home team

A young fan, 22-month-old Evelyn Pettigrew, daughter of Brett and Meaghan Pettigrew of St. Petersburg, happily cheers after Tampa Bay Rays Matt Joyce grand slam home run May 19 while attending her first home game. The Rays went on to …

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