Long Bar developer drops marina, gains swing vote

Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co. and Star Fish Co. market and restaurant in Cortez told the board of commissioners at the meeting her dad and uncle both died last year and, “while I respect Carlos (Beruff), when I look out across the water, I think we should preserve what we can of Sarasota Bay for them.” Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Manatee County Commission Chair Larry Bustle pledged the Aug. 6 special hearing regarding map and text changes to the county’s comprehensive plan requested by the Long Bar Pointe developer would continue until every voice was heard. Bustle was true to …

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Anna Maria P&Z rejects parking ordinance amendments

Anna Maria building official Bob Welch on Aug. 6 discusses with planning and zoning board members Carl Pearman, right, and Mike Pescitelli, far right, a Pine Avenue parking and landscaping proposal drawn by Commissioner Gene Aubry. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

A proposed amendment to Anna Maria’s parking ordinance was reviewed by the city’s planning and zoning board, but it failed to gain approval. At its Aug. 6 meeting, a vote on the ordinance ended 3-3, with member Carol Carter absent. …

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Paid parking likely for visitors to city of Anna Maria

The idea of paid parking, at least for day visitors to the city of Anna Maria, is gaining traction among commissioners, who, after an Aug. 8 meeting, seem ready to drive home a parking plan. Although the meeting was to …

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Bridge Street pier reconstruction inches closer to reality

Reconstruction of the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier inched a step closer to reality July 25 with a few details of construction drawings being addressed. Commissioners and department heads gathered for a pier meeting and fielded questions from ZNS …

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New HB committee tackles parking problems, traffic congestion

Off-season parking Aug. 8 at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach looks a lot like in-season parking. The beach parking lot is designed for 400 vehicles, but even on an August weekday, finding parking was difficult. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Chair Richard Motzer of the newly formed Committee on Traffic Congestion and Parking summed up the committee’s dilemma at its first meeting Aug. 5 at Holmes Beach City Hall, saying, “We have a congestion problem.” The committee was formed under …

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New traffic committee seeks new ideas

Attend a commission meeting in any of the three island cities and there is common ground when it comes to parking concerns. All three island commissions continue to address the issue, and now Holmes Beach has formed a committee to …

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Finally, a winner

Yes, after 50-plus weeks of anxiety for administrator Ernie Casali, center rear, the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge’s popular Queen of Hearts contest drew down to two cards remaining and a winner. Dawn DooDOOXXXXX of XXXX opened the envelope containing …

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Image-i-nation

Announcing the honorable mentions in The Islander’s annual Top Notch photography. Look for the top entries in the pet photography contest in the Aug. 21 issue. Amber Allen of Bradenton receives an honorable mention for a saturated, cool-themed photograph of …

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Calendar – 08-14-2013

Making plans… Getting ready for the 2013-14 season? The Islander encourages publicists for local groups to send 2013-14 calendars to calendar@islander.org.   Wednesday, Aug. 14 8:10 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, Aug. 15 9:30-11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria …

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Fishing – 08-14-2013

Dale Redeker, left, of Holmes Beach, and Capt. Tom Rodgers show off a monster redfish caught by Redeker Aug. 8 on light tackle and cut bait and released in the bay waters near Anna Maria Island.

Alec Sussman, 15, managed to hook and reel in this shark on the beach in Anna Maria, while Connor Gerardi and Alec’s twin, David Sussman, unhooked and released it to hunt again. Connor lives in Anna Maria, while the twins, Alec and David, are visiting from south Tampa. They reported taking an hour and 20 minutes to land the shark.

Island anglers find consistent weather, consistent fishing   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent with mangrove snapper, flounder and Spanish mackerel catches coming from  nearshore structure in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. You can also find any …

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