Category Archives: 07-17-2013

Long Bar developer caught in shark’s jaws in Cortez

Almost 200 people packed into the Cortez Fishermen’s Hall July 11 to question Long Bar Pointe developer Carlos Beruff in an environment expected to be hostile for the developer given the negative impact to Sarasota Bay anticipated by residents of the village of Cortez and Anna Maria Island. Some folks claimed meeting organizer Joe Kane […]

Anna Maria commissioner calls for police consolidation talks

Resurrecting an idea that has been discussed many times over the years by various officials, Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry called for a discussion on consolidating law enforcement services with Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Aubry made his suggestion after learning the proposed Manatee County Sheriff’s Office contract for 2013-14 is $615,000. But Mayor SueLynn […]

Another season on threshhold: Election season

Former Bradenton Beach city commissioner and planning and zoning board member William “Bill” Shearon has filed preliminary papers with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office to run for mayor. According to the documents, Shearon filed May 23 and named longtime business partner at the Linger Longer Resort, Tjet Martin as his campaign manager. Shearon […]

Anna Maria restaurants inch toward serving spirits

Anna Maria city commissioners at their July 11 meeting approved the first reading of an amendment to the city’s alcoholic beverage law that would allow restaurants to apply for a full spirits license if they meet certain criteria. Commission Chair Chuck Webb, however, said the amendment should include a clause that allows the city to […]

Anna Maria beach accesses have warnings, no security

In the wake of the July 6 death in Anna Maria of a 14-year-old boy caught in a rip current while on vacation from Winter Haven, some island officials have called for lifeguards to be posted at key points on the city’s Gulf of Mexico shoreline. Mayor SueLynn said funding a lifeguard program would be […]

BB pier remains partly closed for repair

With Bradenton Beach Commissioners Ric Gatehouse and Gay Breuler absent from a July 11 city meeting, the remaining three members on the dais unanimously voted down a request to repair a broken piling that would reopen part of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The pier’s eastern half was closed following Tropical Storm Andrea. Two boats, […]

More information sought for Mainsail direction

Some Holmes Beach commissioners expressed disappointment that representatives of the Mainsail development team did not present an updated site plan at a July 9 meeting, as promised. After making headway at a June 21 mediation session, Mainsail made several concessions to lower density and reduce lodging units to eliminate a disputed off-site parking lease. During […]

Holmes Beach commission discusses noise, mosquitoes

Holmes Beach commissioners at their July 11 work session addressed a number of issues, including the proposed noise ordinance based on decibel levels that would boost the fine for a noise violation from $75 to $150. Commissioner David Zaccagnino agreed to no commercial lawn care and construction on Sundays, but city attorney Patricia Petruff cautioned […]

Longboat Pass dredge, groin construction meets opposition

Former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash — a Bradenton resident and Anna Maria Island property owner — has petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for an administrative hearing on the department’s proposed dredging and groin construction in Longboat Pass. The project generates from the town of Longboat Key and calls for a joint coastal […]

10-year-old takes journey to pet owner responsibility

Many parents will eventually hear “I want a dog” escape the mouth of their child. Many also will discuss the responsibility of pet ownership, but few will ask the child to prove they are ready for that responsibility. For Ella Bisio, 10, the desire to own a dog started typically enough when she would see […]