Category Archives: 07-11-2012

Storm-damaged BB pier may close 4-6 months

Bradenton Beach city commissioners and staff say the Historic Bridge Street Pier may close until a proposed reconstruction project is completed. And the project is likely to take four-six months. Tropical Storm Debby pummeled Anna Maria Island for three days beginning June 24 and wind and waves sent several boats slamming against the pier. One […]

AMI’s sea turtle nesting on record track

Tropical Storm Debby’s arrival to Anna Maria Island June 25 brought a series of ups and downs for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring staff and volunteers. AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said the latest news is good. “We are back on track to break the nesting record,” said Fox. “Since the […]

BB attorney seeks help with lawsuits

Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry July 5 asked for and received a consensus from city commissioners to hire a special litigator to help with two lawsuits. One lawsuit against the city was filed by Holmes Beach over the ongoing Sandpiper Resort border-27th Street dispute. The other action contends the city misinterpreted city codes in […]

Round 2: Chickens abandoned, captured, relocated

Domesticated chickens — believed to be at least 13 in number — were abandoned last week near the border of the cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. It’s the second time in less than a month that hens and roosters were left on the island and later captured for relocation.         Both the cities […]

HB code enforcement to visit rental agents

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer David Forbes will continue his folksy-styled enforcement this week, knocking on the doors of each rental agent in the city.         He will be delivering a one-page “Holmes Beach Regulations Reference” and a message aimed at getting word out to agents and renters about the city’s trash, parking, noise and […]

Fourth of July celebrations “Click here for more photos”

Many thanks to the BeachHouse, Mar Vista and Sandbar restaurants for the pyrotechnic entertainment the nights of July 2-4, and to the Anna Maria Island Privateers for the parade and party July 4. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy, Kimberly Kuizon, Karen Riley-Love and Annie Weir                       […]

Builder pledges old Florida cottage to remain

Anna Maria resident and builder/developer Shawn Kaleta is taking some flack for building rental homes that are large enough to accommodate several families in Holmes Beach. His name was mentioned at one Holmes Beach commission meeting as someone who didn’t care about the old Florida charm of Anna Maria Island. But after purchasing an older […]

Stop-work order posted at builder’s home

Anna Maria building official Bob Welch posted a stop-work order at the home of Shawn and Jennifer Kaleta at 101 Willow Ave. Welch said he ordered work stopped July 5, after observing work being done in excess of the permit he issued for the property. He allowed the roofing contractor to continue with some necessary […]

Mosquito outbreak brings Island flyover

Manatee Mosquito Control District supervisor Chris Lesser said the recent outbreak of mosquitoes caused by standing water left from Tropical Storm Debby prompted his department to aerial spray Anna Maria Island around 8:30 p.m. July 5. He apologized for not getting word out, but the decision to make the flyover came only after inspectors found […]

World-class surfer, crusader Rich Salick dies

Rich Salick grew up on the smooth, glassy waves of the Manatee Public Beach on Anna Maria Island. He went on to greatness, induction in 2000 to the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame and founder with twin brother Phil of the National Kidney Foundation Pro Am Surf Festival. But never you mind his struggles […]