Category Archives: 07-27-2011

AM election makes New York news

Anna Maria has certainly received its share of publicity of late, particularly in tourism and wedding magazines, on websites and in newspaper articles. The city probably got publicity it didn’t want or need June 17 when the New York Daily News ran a story about the lack of a candidate for mayor in the November […]

HBPD makes arrest in embezzlement

The Holmes Beach Police Department announced July 27 the arrest of a former employee at the Key Royale Club. Holly Elaine Connelly is accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the private golf club in Holmes Beach. Connelly voluntarily surrendered the morning of July 27 on a warrant and her bond was set […]

Flight pattern

Penny Frick of Bradenton is this week’s winner in the newspaper’s Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper “More-Than-A-Mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Her entry depicts a gull flying toward the shore with the Anna Maria City Pier in the background. Frick’s photograph will go into a pool of weekly winners […]

MCSO excavates Anna Maria beach for clues, body

With his team nearing the end of four days of excavation work on an Anna Maria beach, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube vowed July 22, “We’re not done yet.” The sheriff said the MCSO would continue this week to search for clues in the disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler, the co-owner of Haley’s Motel who is […]

AMITW meets CSI

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers routinely can be found at sea turtle nest excavations in July, when nests begin hatching. But last week’s excavation was a rarity for AMITW, which served as a consultant to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, whose detectives oversaw a search of the beach for missing motel-owner […]

Farm team takes on beach duty, crime-scene search

David Livingston can make his heavy-duty John Deere loader dance, walk and, of course, dig. Livingston, along with Dale Hancock and Mark Stanton, were reassigned last week from their work at the Manatee County jail farm to the Anna Maria shore. There, on the beach, the men drove two farm tractors and a massive loader […]

Pier boardwalk, entry, parking lot near completion

Despite the Florida Department of Transportation’s optimistic July 13 press release that the north portion of the boardwalk at the Anna Maria City Pier would be open last week, it didn’t happen. Anna Maria public works director George McKay, who is overseeing the project for the city while the DOT has overall supervision, said one […]

City to save for Bridge Street pier rebuild

Bradenton Beach commissioners, while budgeting for 2011-12, also are budgeting for a major capital improvements project — the reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Commissioner Janie Robertson won the full commission’s support for her recommendation that 92 percent of the newest round of community redevelopment agency money be earmarked for the pier project. “What […]