Category Archives: 06-06-2012

Dog run improvements continue

Improvements to the new dog run have been snowballing in the month after the city of Holmes Beach put up a fence on the outfield perimeter of Birdie Tebbetts Field to create an area exclusively for people wanting to exercise their pets.         Donations of time and $1,150 have come in, according to advocate Barbara […]

Publix puts press on Cuban sandwich thief

A Cuban sandwich, finished hot in a sandwich press at restaurants, convenience stores and Publix Super Markets is a popular item. But a pressed sandwich thief? Such was the case for a Cuban sandwich thief who was detained — pressed and sat on — by employees until police arrived to make an arrest. Perhaps 21-year-old […]

Anna Maria has chicken roost

  Approximately eight roosters and hens recently appeared at the Anna Maria Island Historical Park at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Building official Bob Welch said someone apparently dropped the birds off during the middle of the night and also left some feed. “We have no idea who or why,” Welch said. No decision has […]

Anna Maria election candidates remain unclear

The Anna Maria political scene got a bit cloudier June 1, when political newcomer Billy Malfese, who previously said he would run for office, announced he would not seek a political office in the Nov. 6 city election. Two commission seats and the office of mayor will be decided in the election, but only two […]

Guild member looks to back up league festival plans

Amid troubles leading to the closure of the Anna Maria Island Art League, another Holmes Beach art organization is signaling its willingness to take on the annual league-sponsored Winterfest.     City officials report the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island has requested the city field Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 if the field becomes available. […]

BB commissioners downsize P&Z board to 5 members

At a May 1 joint meeting between Bradenton Beach commissioners and planning and zoning board members, a consensus was given to maintain the P&Z board at seven members. At a May 29 joint meeting, commissioners changed their decision. “As you all know, we’ve had some turmoil in the P&Z board,” said Commissioner Ric Gatehouse. “I […]

Mother Nature gives boaters a lesson

Several folks received a surprise from Mother Nature and the arrival of winds and high surf from Tropical Storm Beryl around 7 a.m. Memorial Day, May 28, when the boats they had anchored just offshore of the Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria, apparently broke loose of their anchors. A small craft advisory was in effect at […]

Applicants abound for top center job

The task of replacing Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Pierrette Kelly is not going to be easy, said Andy Price, chair of the committee that will review applications and conduct interviews with selected candidates.     “We have 46 applications to review, then prepare a short-list and interview those candidates,” said Price, a former […]

Manatee County will introduce new flood maps

Preliminary maps showing revised flood zones in Manatee County will be shared with the public at a public viewing 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Manatee High School cafeteria, 902 33rd St. Court W. A Manatee County government press release said the new maps are not official until adopted by the county commission. The […]

Holmes Beach employees work in DROP

While Holmes Beach treasurer Rick Ashley will be the next city employee to leave under a state program that incentivizes planned retirements, he likely won’t be the last.         Ashley is expected to retire from 38 years of public employment Aug. 31. Approximately 14 of those years were as city treasurer. He entered the Florida […]