Category Archives: 08-21-2013

Travel site lists Cortez among top villages

The website SmarterTravel.com, in a travel feature, listed Cortez Village as one of its “Most Unforgettable Villages in North America.” In its comments about Cortez, the website says the fishing village in Manatee County “comes with a side of historical local lore. Claiming to be the oldest remaining fishing village in Florida, Cortez dates back […]

BB-FDLE death investigation nears finish line

The death investigation of Sheena Morris, 22, who died New Year’s Day 2009 in a Bradenton Beach motel room, is close to a conclusion. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said Aug. 15 that rumors the case was closed were untrue, but that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has concluded its interviews and turned […]

Anna Maria requires compliance on address displays

Tape measure? Check. Address numbers? Check. Anna Maria residents and business owners better make sure they have a proper address sign posted on their structure by Sept. 30. Otherwise, they could be facing a code citation and potentially an appearance before the city’s special magistrate. The city has mailed notices requiring that house numbers be […]

November election qualifying kicks off this week and next

Anna Maria citizens who want to run for a seat on the city commission in November, have until noon Friday, Aug. 30, to submit qualifying papers. The qualifying period for three of the five two-year seats on the commission that expire in November began Aug. 19. Incumbent Commissioner Dale Woodland wasted no time in submitting […]

Anna Maria discusses toll, paid parking

Maria commissioners unanimously agreed Aug. 15 that some form of paid parking must be established to control the number of day visitors driving into the city. What they could not agree on was how to implement a plan that exempts residents and long-term visitors. Mayor SueLynn, however, said she and city staff have been discussing […]

Islandwide resort tax increase correlates to tourism hike

Anna Maria Island resort development tax collections for June were up 7.8 percent from the same month last year, a good indication that tourism to the area increased almost 4 percent for the month. That’s because for 25 of the past 26 months, the percent of tourism increase to Anna Maria Island has been about […]

Bradenton Beach passes first reading of cell tower lease

Negotiating politics is rarely a straight path and more often a long and winding road, but Bradenton Beach officials, at their Aug. 15 city meeting, turned another corner in what has been a long haul to improve cellphone service. City attorney Ricinda Perry presented a five-year land lease agreement with the option to extend the […]

HB takes groundbreaking step toward domestic partner registry

Holmes Beach commissioners agreed at an Aug. 13 city meeting to move forward with the creation of a domestic partnership registry for city residents. The program is making a successful run around the state and recent adoption by the Manasota League of Cities to encourage registries prompted a presentation by the program’s promoters, Ken Shelin […]

Holmes Beach-Mainsail mediation on unstable ground

Much like the vacant property that sits near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives, the grounds for mediation between Holmes Beach and the Mainsail development team is riddled with obstacles. Mediation on the proposed development that includes a lodge, marina and multiple two-and-three-story housing units is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. […]

HB chief warns motorists: ‘zero tolerance’ in school zone

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer reminded islanders that Anna Maria Elementary School students are back in classrooms and speeding through the school zone at 4700 Gulf Drive will net “zero tolerance.” Tokajer also announced that the department will participate in the statewide Labor Day Impaired Driving Crackdown campaign, which has begun and will last […]