Category Archives: 07-31-2013

AMI ranks in top worldwide family vacations

Anna Maria Island was listed among the 12 best family vacation spots in the world by FlipKey.com, a vacation rental website. FlipKey a relatively new TripAdvisor partner website, said in its rating, “This hidden gem is considered to be Florida’s best kept secret. (It) features gorgeous beaches, beautiful weather and a fun and family-friendly environment […]

FlipKey Announces Top 12 Family Vacation Destinations

Vacation Rental Site Uncovers the Top Family Vacation Destinations around the World BOSTON, July 10, 2013 – FlipKey.com, a leading vacation rental marketplace, announced the top spots for family vacation travel that included Anna Maria Island, Florida. From learning more about America’s history in Washington D.C. to “The Theme Park Capital of the World” in Orlando, there […]

Opposition stiffens to Long Bar Pointe development

American photographer, author and environmental activist Ansel Adams once wrote, “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” That sentiment runs parallel to a growing number of people and organizations rallying against a proposed development on Sarasota Bay on the mainland between Cortez and IMG Academy called Long […]

Mainsail Lodge-Holmes Beach mediation to move forward

Holmes Beach commissioners July 23 agreed to move forward with mediating the Mainsail development project near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives. However, after an encouraging first round of negotiations June 21, doubts were renewed if mediation would be successful. Commissioners voted 3-2 in March to revoke the Mainsail site plan, which launched Mainsail […]

Anna Maria mayor says visitors threaten quality of life

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told commissioners at their July 25 meeting that the growing influx to the city of visitors on weekends and holidays is threatening residents’ quality of life, and many have told her they will move unless the city resolves the issue. The mayor said the problem is severe on weekends and holidays, […]

Anna Maria settles on tentative 2.10 millage, tax increase likely

Anna Maria commissioners in a special session July 25 adopted a tentative millage rate of 2.10 — a tax increase for the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. Commission Chair Chuck Webb noted that the tentative rate can only be lowered during public hearings on the budget in September. If adopted, the rate is 0.05 mills higher […]

Anna Maria says yes to liquor, no to lifeguards

Anna Maria city commissioners at their July 25 meeting adopted an amendment to the city’s liquor ordinance, allowing restaurants that meet certain criteria to apply for a special use permit to serve liquor and mixed drinks. The city’s present ordinance approved in 1987 restricts the serving of alcoholic beverages at establishments less than 2,500 feet […]

Coast Guard rescues two near Cortez Bridge

A U.S. Coast Guard boat from the Cortez Station rescued two boaters around 1:45 p.m. July 19, after their 9-foot boat capsized near the Cortez Bridge during high winds. A bystander called the Coast Guard and the two men were pulled aboard by the Coast Guard crew. The boat was towed to Annie’s Bait and […]

Holmes Beach mayor presents $9 million spending plan

Despite several new hires in various Holmes Beach departments, Mayor Carmel Monti announced July 23 that he was comfortable keeping the city’s millage rate for the 2013-14 fiscal year the same as this year — 1.7500. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. Increased revenues may have something to do with […]