Category Archives: 06-22-2011

Tropical conditions stir up Gulf waters, weekend weather

National Hurricane Center forecasters are giving a tropical storm system in the Gulf of Mexico a “90 percent chance” of forming a tropical depression or Tropical Storm Debby. The question then remains as to which direction the storm will head, toward Florida or Texas? The path is uncertain. The National Weater Service is reporting the […]

Animal advocates demonstrate

Animal-rights advocates Paula Demilly and Alisa Foxworthy demonstrate June 16 along with a crowd of about 800 at a rally outside the Manatee County administration building in downtown Bradenton, where the county board held a public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 budget. Animal-welfare advocates were concerned, based on prior comments by two commissioners, that funding […]

Pet Rally

Animal-rights advocates Paula Demilly and Alisa Foxworthy demonstrate June 16 along with a crowd of about 800 at a rally outside the Manatee County administration building in downtown Bradenton, where the county board held a public hearing on the proposed 2011-12 budget. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Privateers threaten city hall siege

The long July 4 weekend will begin with a rowdy capture and conclude with a big bang. Plans for the weekend include a siege at Bradenton Beach City Hall, a parade and three fireworks displays. The Chiles Group will present the fireworks displays after sundown July 2 on the north end of Longboat Key near […]

North-end traffic advisory issued

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising motorists in Anna Maria to exercise caution when driving near the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection, where construction crews are continuing work on an 800-foot-long boardwalk along the shore near the city pier. The project, funded by a federal grant and supervised by the DOT, began in mid-May and […]

Island chamber still waiting on county payment

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board members learned at their June 15 meeting that the chamber still had not been paid $40,000 owed by Manatee County for the chamber’s service as a tourist information center from November 2010 through May 2011. But chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said a retroactive contract was on the […]

TDC rejects wedding fest request

The Manatee County Tourist Development Council June 20 rejected a request from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for $10,000 for the 2012 wedding festival. Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Elliott Falcione said the time had come to halt advertising the festival separately and instead include advertising in the BACVB’s overall […]

BB commission reviews boater registration reg

The city commission isn’t ready to bail on a resolution they adopted last fall creating a registration for boaters in the Bradenton Beach Mooring Field south of the Bridge Street pier. But the commission may repeal the ordinance if they think the measure will sink in a review by a special master in a quasi-judicial […]