Category Archives: 06-13-2012

Anna Maria homeowner, building official disagree

Developer Shawn Kaleta, a resident of Anna Maria with a construction business in Holmes Beach, has been sent a letter by the code enforcement department that the house he owns at 804 N. Shore Drive is not in compliance with city codes because there are bedrooms on the ground floor of the elevated home. According […]

AME rolls out last day of school year 2011-12

First-grader Ronnie Moore, bowls a strike with a giant bowling set June 7, the last full day of the 2011-12 school year. Four classes earned the giant bowling set as a prize for collecting the most box tops in a schoolwide contest. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

Forced sea turtle nest relocation fuels BB argument

On the heels of a lawsuit filed by three Bradenton Beach citizens to stop the city’s joint development agreement with BeachHouse Restaurant owner Ed Chiles to develop a dune and parking lot across from city hall, a new argument has surfaced. The two primary groups opposing the development project are the Bradenton Beach Planning & […]

Art league president defends league, financials

“They left. They chose to leave,” said Anna Maria Island Art League president Laura McGeary last week of former league board members.     “They all knew I was doing everything. The financials were seen every month,” McGeary said, defending herself against published reports by former board members attacking her administration of the league.     League […]

Anna Maria quandary: no one to run for mayor

For the first time in memory, no one is running for mayor of Anna Maria in the upcoming November election, leaving the city with a conflict for who will fill the mayor’s seat — and how. In fact, there won’t be much of a municipal election in Anna Maria Nov. 6, as only incumbent Chuck […]

2 BB commissioners unopposed for second terms

While there may be contested elections elsewhere in November, it appears to be all quiet on the Bradenton Beach front with two uncontested races for seats on the city commission. At the end of May, only Ward 4 Commissioner Jan Vosburgh had filed for re-election with Ward 2 Commissioner/Vice Mayor Ed Straight still undecided. However, […]

Political newcomer challenges HB mayor

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger qualified early last week for his fourth consecutive run as the city’s top administrator, and the race was uncontested until minutes before the close of qualifying week.        Ten to 15 minutes before the qualifying deadline at noon June 8, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston, Carmel Monti, 65, of […]

2 challengers seek to unseat 2 HB commissioners

Qualifying week ended June 8 in Holmes Beach, and all who announced they’d be running for a spot on the city commission in the Nov. 6 city election made it official.     City clerk Stacey Johnston reported Marvin Grossman was the first to qualify June 4.     Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti also filed […]

3 WMFR seats, 3 district candidates run unopposed, Davis retires

Two incumbents and a newcomer face no opposition for seats on the West Manatee Fire Rescue Commission.        An unexpected retirement changed the Nov. 6 election landscape during qualifying week for the WMFR board of commissioners.        District 1 Commissioner Jesse Davis, a 20-year-veteran of the board, decided June 4 against taking on a re-election […]

Role-model dad teaches life’s lessons

Eric Boso is a small town guy with a big heart. And, he’s been a dad or in the role of a dad — a great role model — to so very many.         He was born and raised just outside of Columbus, Ohio., and never traveled far from home, he says.  He would see […]