Category Archives: 06-05-2013

Fishing lesson: Be alert, do no harm

The scene plays out too often, according to Jeannie Bystrom, who lives on Bimini Bay across the waterway from a small spoil island that serves as a rookery for a number of species of birds. Too often she sees birds injured by a fishing hook, stranded and unable to feed, or entangled in fishing line, […]

Holmes Beach police to crack down on illegal street parking

Memorial Day weekend on the island proved to be one of the busiest weekends of the year for tourists flocking to the beaches. At times, traffic to the island was reported to be backed up all the way to the intersection of Manatee Avenue and 26th Street in Bradenton. Parking on Anna Maria Island for […]

Anna Maria cell tower bids come under review

Anna Maria’s cell tower committee met May 29 to review the three responses to the city’s request for proposals to build a cell tower on city property. Building official Bob Welch chaired the meeting. Welch previously reviewed the submittals, but committee members got their first look at the three proposals. One came from Ridan Industries […]

Island resorts report summer looks strong

Fresh from a winter season that was by many accounts the “best ever,” Anna Maria Island accommodation owners and managers are preparing for a strong summer season. “Our advance reservations are well above last year at this time,” said David Teitelbaum, owner of four resorts in Bradenton Beach. “About 70 percent of our summer business […]

HB police chief lays out new code enforcement philosophy

At a May 28 city commission meeting, Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer was asked to present a code-enforcement philosophy following Mayor Carmel Monti’s move to place code enforcement directly under the police department. Monti said enforcing code violations has been moved out of city hall and into the police department, where code enforcement officials […]

Holmes Beach unplugs outdoor music venues, events

The Holmes Beach outdoor dining ordinance allows only unamplified music if played outdoors, but the ordinance has typically been enforced on a complaint-by-complaint basis. Following a consensus by commissioners at a May 30 work session, musicians playing outdoors are required to unplug, and HBPD Chief Bill Tokajer was directed to enforce the ordinance. The consensus […]

Updated parking ordinance heads to HB planners

Holmes Beach city planner Bill Brisson presented a draft ordinance to commissioners at a May 30 work session that tightens parking requirements for new restaurants. Commissioners previously provided a consensus to change the parking ordinance from one-parking-space-per-five indoor seats to one-space-per-three indoor seats for any new restaurants in Holmes Beach. The change reverts the ordinance […]

The truth about Manatee’s proposed sales tax hike

Manatee County Administrator As you form an opinion on the health care surtax before the June 18 referendum, you should begin with several facts. First, know county government is now paying for community health care costs to the tune of about $24 million each year. It’s a necessary expense that goes to pay for inmate […]

Bradenton woman faces drug charges

A 23-year-old Bradenton woman faces a felony drug charge following a traffic stop May 26 in Holmes Beach. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach Police Department officer made contact with Gina Barrese in the 5600 block of Gulf Drive. The officer allegedly found four syringes in a sunglass case between the driver’s […]