Category Archives: 08-07-2013

Holmes Beach tree house declared ‘in violation’

“We’ve gone through hell for this long. Please, let us have it and stop this nonsense,” said an emotional Lynn Tran of her tree house at a July 30 Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board hearing. The hearing was held to discuss alleged violations of a tree house built at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St. […]

Protestors gather ahead of Long Bar Aug. 6 hearing

Members of Save Our Manatee Coastline, Bay Life Preservers, ManaSota-88 and Save Our Shores gathered Aug. 1 at the Manatee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, to voice opposition to Long Bar Pointe, the proposed development on Sarasota Bay on the mainland between Cortez and IMG Academy. Protestors carried signs saying, “Long Bar […]

Holmes Beach readies to resume Mainsail mediation

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti announced that mediation efforts between the city and the Mainsail development team will continue at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The announcement comes after a contentious July 23 city meeting where commissioners ultimately agreed to continue with mediation, but disagreed on where […]

Shark on the menu

It’s shark week on the Discovery cable channel this week. Fitting for the frenzy of shark programming, area fishing guide Capt. Chris Galati helped guide contractor Frank Agnelli and his crew Aug. 4 to an encounter with a bull shark. They were fishing 50 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island aboard the charter boat Miss […]

AM-HB police consolidation cuts AM cost, coverage

A proposal by Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti to have the Holmes Beach Police Department assume law enforcement responsibilities for Anna Maria would lower Anna Maria’s annual budget by $150,000 for the contract’s first year. At the same time, police coverage in Anna Maria would be reduced. Monti’s proposal for law enforcement services calls for […]

Challengers line up for Bradenton Beach election

Bradenton Beach voters will witness the first contested city election since then-political newcomer Commissioner Jan Vosburgh defeated Michael Harrington in 2010. Former Commissioner Bill Shearon announced his candidacy for mayor in May and incumbent Mayor John Shaughnessy confirmed July 22 he will seek a second term. Shearon cited a lack of accountability and personal responsibility […]

Opposition continues to LBK groin project

Former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash is continuing his call for an administrative hearing on Longboat Key’s plan to build three groins extending into the pass from Beer Can Island, or Greer Island as it also is known, on the south side of Longboat Pass. Coquina Beach in the city of Bradenton Beach is on […]

Sports – 08-07-2013

Hooke runs up another record   Mickey Hooke, 52, of Bradenton, a former islander who remains on the staff at Galati Marine in Anna Maria, recently competed in two races in the Premier Beach Race Series in Pinellas County. The St. Petersburg Road Runners kicked off its sixth annual Summer Beach Race Series June 28 […]

Top Notch grand prize

Terry Martsolf of Seminole wins the grand prize in The Islander’s annual Top Notch photo contest with her image of brown pelicans playing follow the leader in Holmes Beach. Martsolf wins $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gifts from Islander advertisers, including framing of the winning photo by Karly Carlson and certificates from […]