Category Archives: 06-12-2013

TS Andrea wipes out 15 AMI sea turtle nests, all shorebird nests

      Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring confirmed 50 sea turtle nests as of June 7, but lost 15 nests to the storm surge created by Tropical Storm Andrea.       AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said the losses were not as bad she expected.       “It’s never good to lose any nests,” she […]

TS Andrea packs light punch, but 2 boats hit BB pier

It was a familiar sight at the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier June 6 as Tropical Storm Andrea’s outer storm bands made their way across Anna Maria Island. The storm’s impact was less than last year’s Tropical Storm Debby, although beach erosion was evident. It was, however, déjà vu at the city pier, where […]

TS Andrea delivers typical storms to AMI

The first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season didn’t take long to form in the Caribbean and head for Florida’s Gulf Coast. Hurricane season officially began June 1 and Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico June 5. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami originally predicted Andrea would […]

Coast Guard saves boater from hitting Cortez Bridge

U.S. Coast Guard members from Station Cortez responded June 6 as high winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Andrea sent a boater toward the Cortez Bridge. Station Cortez dispatched a 45-foot response boat to the out-of-control vessel and rescued the boater just before the boat struck the bridge. The Coast Guard reminds boaters to […]

2 candidates seek Anna Maria commission seat

Maria Planning and Zoning Board former chair Doug Copeland and current P&Z member Carol Carter have applied for the city commission vacancy left by the June 1 resignation of Commission Chair John Quam. At the June 13 city meeting, the remaining four commissioners will select one applicant to fill the remainder of Quam’s term, which […]

Bradenton Beach delays pier restaurant RFP discussion

Bradenton Beach commissioners heard a proposal to open a restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier at a June 6 city commission meeting. Chef Christopher Ulmer and potential concessionaire Roland Pena, co-owner of the Starfish Cafe at the Vitamin Sea store in Holmes Beach, offered their plan, although the city had not yet discussed its […]

Center’s Affaire revenue fails expectation

While all the bills and pledges from the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s May 18 gala, An Island Affaire, have not yet come in, executive director Dawn Stiles estimated the total revenue at about $160,000. That would leave a $40,000 shortfall from what assistant executive director Scott Dell projected in March to the board, before […]

County administrator pushes for half-cent sales tax vote

A handful of people brushed off raindrops June 5 to hear the benefits of voting in favor of a half-cent sales tax increase proposed on a June 18 countywide ballot. Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker explained the benefits of supporting the tax at a town hall meeting in Holmes Beach. Hunzeker said the tax stemmed […]

June 18 referendum includes option for business incentive

Voters heading to the polls June 18 to vote on a half-cent sales tax increase to help pay for indigent health care have another issue to consider. A second item on the ballot is an issue to give authority to the Manatee County Board of Commissioners to provide incentives to incoming and existing businesses by […]

Neptune’s daughter: Esther Williams dies at 91

Esther Williams, the swimming champion and star of Technicolor musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, died June 6 at the age of 91. Williams starred in a number of films that featured her aquatic skills, including “On an Island with You,” which was filmed in part on Anna Maria Island. The 1948 movie co-starred Ricardo […]