Category Archives: 06-19-2013

Cell tower reps meet with Anna Maria committee

Efforts to have a cell tower built in Anna Maria took a step forward June 12, when the city cell tower review committee met with representatives of three companies bidding on the project. The committee was formed several months ago after Commissioner Gene Aubry called for revising the cell tower ordinance, saying it was too […]

AM commission welcomes former P&Z chair to dais

Anna Maria has a new city commissioner. With the withdrawal of Carol Carter’s application for the Anna Maria City Commission to complete the remaining five months of John Quam’s term, only one applicant remained — Doug Copeland. Commissioners at their June 13 meeting swiftly and unanimously elected Copeland, a former planning and zoning board chair, […]

Here comes the bride

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler walks down the proverbial aisle June 16 with groom Billy Crider. The couple were married in a small ceremony near Palma Sola Bay. Islander Photos: Mark Young Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler and her husband Billy Crider couldn’t stop smiling at their June 16 wedding near Palma Sola Bay. The […]

Increasing tourism fuels continued rise in resort tax collections

For the 24th time in the past 25 months, resort tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office have set a new monthly record compared with the same month the previous year. Collections this year are on pace to eclipse last year’s record collection amount of $8.1 million. The resort tax, also called the […]

FWC to reopen snook harvest Sept. 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reviewed the status of snook populations in Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland before deciding to allow the recreational harvest of Gulf of Mexico snook to reopen this September. The harvest of snook in state and federal Gulf waters has been […]

Holmes Beach, Mainsail developers to mediate June 21

The first step in determining if litigation can be avoided between Holmes Beach and the Mainsail Lodge developers will be taken at 9 a.m. Friday, June 21, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. City attorney Patricia Petruff said the initial proceeding is basically “the start of a negotiation or, at least, for the […]

HB petition to allow tree house gains momentum

Rather than fight Holmes Beach City Hall, Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran, owners of the now viral tree house at 103 29th St. N., have decided that rather than fight city hall, they will legislate to keep the structure. They began circulating a petition authorized by Holmes Beach commissioners June 11 among registered voters calling […]

Island police blotter – 06-19-2013

Anna Maria         • June 3, 500 block of Seagull Way, burglary. Someone gained entry into a house through an unlocked door and stole two TVs valued at $2,500. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach         • June 10, 1300 block of Gulf Drive North, battery. A 25-year-old Bradenton woman was arrested […]