Category Archives: 08-14-2013

Long Bar developer drops marina, gains swing vote

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 his word, with public comment consuming about half of the meeting that ran for more […]

Anna Maria P&Z rejects parking ordinance amendments

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. The tie vote means the board will not recommend the plan to the city commission […]

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 be a workshop of ideas for possible new revenue streams, commissioners quickly agreed that some […]

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 structural engineer Glenn Warburton. While an official budget for the reconstruction won’t be released until […]

New HB committee tackles parking problems, traffic congestion

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 the direction of Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti and includes Motzer, Carol Soustek, Pam Leckie, […]

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 define the its concerns and develop solutions. The Committee on Traffic Congestion and Parking in […]

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 the queen of hearts playing card Aug. 7 at the lodge, amid the largest-ever crowd […]


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 a forest. Phil Bunnell earns an honorable mention for his infrared image of an iconic […]

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   Wednesday, Aug. 14 8:10 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, Aug. 15 9:30-11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Community Center blood drive, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. 10 a.m. — […]

Fishing – 08-14-2013

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 of these species around the local fishing piers and bridges, although a little more determination […]