Category Archives: 07-16-2014

Law enforcement tackles July 4 challenges

Anna Maria Island on July 4 was a tale of challenges, with each island city having its share of law enforcement issues to varying degrees. Holmes Beach police appeared to have the busiest time the evening of July 4, as large quantities of illegal fireworks and alcohol were confiscated by officers. Police Chief Bill Tojaker […]

Anna Maria Island shore left out of federal protected coastline

Federal agencies designated coastal areas in six states as critical marine habitats for loggerhead sea turtles, but bypassed Anna Maria Island. The National Marine Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services designated habitats in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Florida territories covered in the designation include a few beaches in […]

Déjà vu: Bradenton Beach pier project bid redo

A little déjà vu visited Bradenton Beach City Hall July 10. The city commission awarded the contract for renovations to the Historic Bridge Street Pier to Duncan Seawall Dock and Boatlift. It was a repeat of the decision in May, when Duncan was first awarded the contract, but after competing companies Pac Comm and Tampa […]

BB commissioners dethrone vice mayor

It may not be the mayor’s choice, but Bradenton Beach has a new vice mayor. Commissioners elected Jack Clarke for the job after it was determined the December vote for the mayor’s nominee, Commissioner Janie Robertson, was made in error. “I accept the responsibility enthusiastically, and I’m looking forward to it,” Clarke said. Robert Lincoln, […]

Early election sign appears in Holmes Beach

One candidate apparently jumped the gun with signs for her election campaign. As election season ripens, election signs will become part of the landscape. But not yet in Holmes Beach. The city prohibits campaign signs more than 45 days before an election. Still, a blue sign with the name “Susan Maulucci” appeared the week of […]

Abandoned beach gear threatens nesting sea turtles

Beachgoers left more than footprints behind on the beaches over the July 4 weekend. Holmes Beach code enforcement canvassed the beaches July 5 after sunset, confiscating beach accessories that can be dangerous to nesting sea turtles. Leaving accessories on the beach overnight violates city code. Furniture and other items pose hazards to nesting sea turtles. […]

State appeals court upholds statewide net ban

Commercial net fishers in Florida can stop holding their breath. Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Tallahassee sided July 7 with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, affirming the commission’s authority to enforce the state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1994. The appellate court ruling reversed a decision by Leon […]

Theft victim chases suspect nearly 3 miles

Two people who allegedly stole from several people on the beach were behind bars after being chased and held by one of their alleged victims until Bradenton Beach Police arrived. Mitchell Sylvester, 18, and Tiffany Maltbie, 19, both of Auburndale, Florida, face charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling, petit theft and three counts of […]

Island road work for July 16-22

The Florida Department of Transportation maintenance project for the Cortez Bridge continues. Crews this week will work on the bridge surface and repair the eastbound sidewalk. Nighttime lane closures of the eastbound lane and a flagging operation will occur occasionally from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. The project is not expected to finish […]