Category Archives: 07-18-2012

Former Privateer claims ownership of Santa’s sleigh

It seems ownership of Santa’s sleigh, the one used by the Anna Maria Island Privateers in the Christmas parade and other holiday events, is in dispute. Rumors that circulated among Privateer members for some time suggested former Privateer Rick Maddox, a longtime resident of Cortez and former Holmes Beach chief of police, was seeking possession […]

Faux cell tower birds fly into controversy

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the installation of a faux bird on the Holmes Beach cell tower July 11. Workers for Crown Castle Inc., the owner/operator of the cell tower, install faux birds — fake birds — on tower beams to scare off other birds. Atop the Holmes Beach tower is […]

Commission opts for park plan for Bay-Pine lots

Anna Maria commissioners settled on a preliminary park design for the city-owned lots at the east end of Pine Avenue that former Commissioner Gene Aubry presented several months ago. The issue, as it always seems to be in Anna Maria, is parking. Commissioners July 12 agreed native trees and plants should surround the lots, with […]

Aubry interested in AM commission appointment

Former Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry has expressed interest in being appointed to a commission vacancy that will exist following the city election in November. The vacancy will be created when the new commission elects a chair. According to the city charter, the commission chair becomes mayor if no candidates qualified to run for mayor, […]

Anna Maria puts hold on older home teardowns

Developers thinking of turning a quick buck by tearing down one of Anna Maria’s older, ground-level homes to build a lucrative vacation rental might want to reconsider. Anna Maria commissioners at their July 12 meeting agreed to have building official Bob Welch halt administrative approval of permits to tear down homes built before 1968 while […]

Sea turtles nests begin hatching cycle

According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox, sea turtle nests have begun to hatch amidst a busy — continuing — nesting season. One nest in the section between Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, and 66th Street, Holmes Beach, and another nest in the section between 52nd Street and Manatee […]

BB seeks to overcome budget shortfall

Most Bradenton Beach department heads have submitted proposed budgets that exceed this year’s budgets, and commissioners already face a $104,000 shortfall in 2012-13. The shortfall was originally calculated to be $117,000, but an updated report from the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office shows increased property values, which decreases the shortfall at the present millage rate. […]

BBPD kicks off budget talks

The Bradenton Beach Police Department’s proposed 2012-13 budget represents the lion’s share of the city’s estimated $2.3 million budget. With a proposed budget of $959,732, it is the largest spending amount for the biggest department. Police Chief Sam Speciale addressed commissioners July 9, outlining the department’s proposed budget, which is about $59,000 more than what […]

BB settles on 3 percent raise for employees

The first rounds of Bradenton Beach budget talks ended July 11 with commissioners settling on a salary raise of 3 percent for city employees. Department heads presented preliminary budgets July 9-11, with the raise of 3 percent included in the figures, but Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said he would prefer to lower it to 2.5 percent. […]

BB commissioners eye infrastructure

With budget talks resuming July 9 at Bradenton Beach City Hall, commissioners turned their focus to infrastructure issues. Implications continue that a tax hike might be required to address neglected city needs. Commissioners have not said taxes will rise, but they made repeated statements that taxes have not been increased since 2002. During a budget […]