Category Archives: 08-28-2013

AMITW volunteers shift focus to hatchling season

About 80 sets of eyes belonging to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers maintain a sharp lookout in the morning hours for signs of sea turtle activity but, this time of year, the focus shifts to hatchlings. With AMITW inching closer to the record 2012 nesting season of 362 nests with more […]

Anna Maria sets stage for rental challenge in court

Anna Maria appears willing to go to court for a judicial decision on whether its hotel/motel ordinance applies to vacation home rentals. Commission Chair Chuck Webb, at an Aug. 22 meeting, said city code states that if a residence in the residential zone with “three or more bedrooms” is rented, it is a hotel/motel, and […]

AM, HB officials take paid parking to next level

Any idea floating among island and mainland residents that the mayors in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach are simply talking about — not acting — on paid parking appeared to be put to rest at the Aug. 20 meeting of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials. Officials at the meeting heard a presentation from […]

Anna Maria mayor: TDC success ruins island lifestyle

Not all Anna Maria Island elected officials are pleased with the growth of tourism to the island, particularly the increase in the number of visitors who come to the island on weekends and holidays. Members of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council heard from Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn and Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti at […]

Bradenton Beach commissioner conceives parking proposal

As Anna Maria Island cities focus on parking and congestion issues, Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse has created a seven-point parking plan for the city. “I don’t think anyone can disagree that traffic and parking are among the most pressing issues we have in the city, especially during season,” Gatehouse wrote in a prepared statement. […]

Bradenton Beach officials finalize new lease for city pier

Bradenton Beach officials put the finishing touches on modifications to the new lease for a potential new restaurant tenant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. At an Aug. 22 pier team meeting, commissioners and city staff hammered out the final details of the 30-page lease, which was drafted by city attorney Ricinda Perry after the […]

Island city elections underway

Qualifying for candidates in the November elections for Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach city offices ends at noon Friday, Aug. 30. Holmes Beach is unique to the other two island cities, as its charter requires qualifying be performed by the city clerk’s office prior to submittal to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections […]

HB congestion committee pushes for permit parking

Creating a permitted parking system in Holmes Beach is one of the top ideas being pursued by a newly formed Committee on Traffic Congestion and Parking. With only three members in attendance at the Aug. 19 meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall, some previously discussed ideas to alleviate island congestion were not addressed, but the […]

Church seeks return of statue

Church leaders at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, are seeking the return of a statue stolen recently from the chapel garden at the rear of the church. The statue was dedicated to the Rev. Charles Shook, Minister Emeritus of the chapel, and, according to church leaders, is a “reflection […]

Cities set hearings for 2013-14 budgets

The island cities will finalize budgets — and property tax rates — for 2013-14 in September. Hearings in Anna Maria will take place at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 6 p.m. Sept. 25. In Bradenton Beach, hearings are at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive, at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. […]