Category Archives: 08-08-2012

Tampa woman demands answers in BB death

A parade of friends and family of the late Sheena Morris filed into Bradenton Beach City Hall Aug. 2 to ask commissioners to demand the city invite the FBI to look into the 2009 death of the 25-year-old Tampa woman, and to ask for disciplinary action against Police Chief Sam Speciale. Morris died at the […]

Anna Maria plans tax increase to fund $2.3 million budget

Anna Maria commissioners at their July 30 public hearing for the 2012-13 budget set the city’s tentative millage rate at 2.05 to fund a $2.3 million budget. The commission can lower that rate at future public hearings on the budget, but cannot increase the rate beyond 2.05. When the commission began its budget work sessions […]

AME refuels, finds FOCUS for new school year

Anna Maria Elementary School classes begin Aug. 20 with fewer students for the 2012-13 school year and some changes in schedules — including the elimination of early release Wednesdays.         The school year also brings new teachers and new online information.         Manatee County School District community and press relations specialist Mike Barber said last […]

BB moves forward with pier study

Bradenton Beach commissioners Aug. 2 approved an engineering study on the Historic Bridge Street Pier after the porposed contract with Sego & Sego Engineering stalled in mid-July over insurance concerns. The contract approval opens the door to a reconstruction project. Building official Steve Gilbert said it would take about 30 days for the drawings to […]

Polls open Aug. 14 for primary voting

It’s time to vote. Absentee voter ballots for the Aug. 14 primary election have been mailed and must be returned to the supervisor of elections by 7 p.m. the day of the election. Early in-person voting for the Aug. 14 primary election ends at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Early votes must be cast at […]

Bradenton Beach seeks dismissal of Holmes Beach lawsuit

Bradenton Beach filed a motion July 24 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Holmes Beach concerning ownership of 27th Street. Holmes Beach filed suit May 24 asking the court to declare as public a portion of the street adjacent to the Sandpiper Resort, a mobile home cooperative in Bradenton […]

Islanders invited to storm preparation meeting

The 2012 hurricane season has been fairly quiet thus far, but it is a long way from over — with three months remaining in a season predicted to have 13 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. According to, a late-developing El Nino system has slowed hurricane development, but as such storms as […]

AMI welcome sign damaged

It might be difficult for this manatee to wave “hello” to passersby.     The manatee on the welcome sign at the Manatee Avenue entrance to the city of Holmes Beach is missing its right fin.     Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island reported Aug. 3 that the fin had been broken from the manatee mold […]

Traveling up

Ella and Luke Bisio of Bradenton Beach, check out the hometown news while 2,501 meters high atop Spitzmeilen in the Swiss Alps. Leaving from the ski resort at the top of Flums, it took the Bisio family almost six hours to hike —including some serious rock climbing — to the mountaintop. The mountain photo, including […]

Beachgoers abound on Anna Maria Island

Some folks on Anna Maria Island might be wondering if there is much difference anymore between the winter and summer season. “It’s been a wonderful summer,” said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman. “I haven’t talked with anyone who hasn’t done well these past few months.” The chamber had more than […]