Category Archives: 07-04-2012

Rescuer awarded Carnegie Medal, scholarship

“It was just instincts really,” said Connor Bystrom, 22, who last year saved his friend C.J. Wickersham from a shark attack in the Gulf of Mexico about six miles off Anna Maria Island.     The instincts that naturally led him to rescue his friend of 17 years have now led to a prestigious hero’s award, […]

Time nears for Anna Maria charter review

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby reminded commissioners at the end of their June 28 meeting that a charter review committee would be formed in the near future. The charter requires a committee review every five years, and the last committee met in 2008. Selby said there are some gaps in the charter, particularly how long […]

AMI has ‘hot ticket’ for summer tourism

If the good weather that followed the passage of Tropical Storm Debby remains through late August, expect an abundance of visitors to Anna Maria Island, says Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman. “If we don’t get a storm like Debby, it’s going to be a great summer season, better than last […]

BB P&Z approves 3 resort beer-wine applications

The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board met June 28 for the first time since four members resigned in May after an April decision to deny the city’s joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant pitted the commission against the P&Z. The city favored the agreement and at least one commissioner, as well as city […]

Court to hear Bradenton Beach porn case

A July 11 docket sounding will determine whether a Bradenton Beach man charged with having sex with a 15-year-old, possessing and promoting child pornography and witness tampering, will go to trial July 23 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Joseph Edmund Chiquet, now 37, was arrested in 2009 after police learned he had a sexual […]

Anna Maria drenched but unwounded by Debby

Tropical Storm Debby dumped an estimated 8-10 inches of rain on Anna Maria June 23-25 and, predictably, most of the city was flooded for several days, said Mayor Mike Selby. “But there wasn’t any real damage to homes or structures,” he said. Selby said he and public works supervisor George McKay had no reports of […]

TS Debby floods streets, erodes beaches

Repairs to the Historic Bridge Street Pier and the removal of wrecked boats around the pier will carry Bradenton Beach’s highest price tag, as a result of Tropical Storm Debby. Public works director Tom Woodard said no other major damage was reported in the city, other than severe beach erosion, which the county has continued […]

Historic Bridge Street Pier sustains bulk of Debby’s damage

“All things considered, we fared pretty well,” said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale regarding overall damage within the city sustained by Tropical Storm Debby. Public works director Tom Woodard said the bulk of the storm’s damage, which battered Anna Maria Island for three days beginning June 23, focused around the Historic Bridge Street Pier. […]

County to examine Island beaches, shores for erosion

With an Island beach renourishment project scheduled to begin in 2014, Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker is concerned with beach erosion on Anna Maria Island caused by Tropical Storm Debby. First, however, Hunsicker and a team of coastal engineers from Coastal Planning and Engineering of Boca Raton, the county’s beach renourishment consulting […]

Holmes Beach weathers Debby, some damages reported

Tropical Storm Debby whipped up winds that damaged at least two buildings in Holmes Beach June 25 near the Gulf of Mexico.     Reporting significant damage from the storm in the city were Timesaver, 5353 Gulf Drive, and Martinique South, 5200 Gulf Drive.     Time Saver lost the front façade and overhang that stretched the […]