Category Archives: 08-15-2012

Sheriff, school district races, party nominations decided

Island voters headed to the polls Aug. 14 to mark ballots for partisan candidates in county, state and federal races. The following results are for Manatee County’s 113 reporting precincts. In a universal primary contest, winner take all, voters re-elected Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube with a 78 percent vote of confidence over challenger Bill […]

DEP: Remove or modify tree house

Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, has 30 days to remove a tree house or submit a modified design and location for the structure that was built on the beachfront without permits — or the state will remove it. An Aug. 6 letter from James Martinello of the Florida Department of Environment Protection, […]

Anna Maria rejects center’s cell tower plea

Anna Maria commissioners rebuffed a request by the Anna Maria Island Community Center to sublet its lease with the city and allow a portion of the property to accommodate a cell tower. At the Aug. 9 city meeting, Greg Ross, president of the center’s board of directors, said the center submitted the request to sublet […]

North Shore rental complies with Anna Maria code

After a re-inspection of a vacation rental at 804 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, owned by developer Shawn Kaleta, building official Bob Welch was satisfied the use of the ground level complies with city code. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, elevated homes built since 1974 cannot contain living space on the ground floor. […]

AME PTO steps up for school opening

No need to stand in lines. No need to fight the back-to-school shoppers. No need to drive to Bradenton to shop. It’s the one and only chance to cross it all off your list without enduring the hassle of shopping from store to store for school needs. The Parent Teacher Organization of Anna Maria Elementary […]

Lights on Gulf Drive still an obstacle for hatchlings

Against the odds, a loggerhead nest hatched Aug. 5 at the south end of the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteers weren’t sure if the sea turtle nest survived Tropical Storm Debby’s fury at the end of June. Storm surge sent Gulf of Mexico […]

New branding won’t change Island brand

Plans to rebrand Manatee County as a tourist destination and change the name of the convention center from the Manatee Convention Center to the Bradenton Area Convention Center will be discussed at the 9 a.m. Aug. 20 meeting of the Manatee County Tourism Development Council at Holmes Beach City Hall. But Islanders can relax. There […]

Privateers respond to suit over Santa’s sleigh

The Anna Maria Island Privateers is defending its ownership of Santa’s sleigh against a lawsuit filed in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. In the Privateers’ response Aug. 6, the nonprofit’s Sarasota attorney, Amy K. Kenyon, denied the allegations in the lawsuit filed in July by Rick Maddox, which seeks possession of the trailer, valued at […]

FDLE yes, FBI no to 2009 Morris death review

Friends and family of the late Sheena Morris, the Tampa woman who died at the BridgeWalk Resort in Bradenton Beach on New Year’s Day of 2009, wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take over the case. Morris’s mother, Kelly Osborn, demanded at an Aug. 2 city commission meeting that commissioners direct Police Chief Sam […]

2 arrested for felony gun theft

Two Holmes Beach men were booked into the Manatee County jail Aug. 3 on charges of felony theft of a firearm after allegedly stealing a 9 mm handgun from Mackinlay’s roommate. According to a probable cause affidavit, Erik Hall, 24, of 510 67th St., and Jacob Mackinlay, 19, of 400 75th St., were both charged […]