Category Archives: 09-04-2013

Busy bees, better environment

There’s a bee nest under the eaves on your front porch and you want to get rid of it. But before you rush off to the hardware store for chemicals or call a pest control company, do something good for bees, contact a beekeeper. If what you’re seeing are honey bees, the beekeeper will likely […]

Forbes includes Anna Maria on ‘prettiest towns’ list

The newest discovery of Anna Maria Island is by the business magazine Forbes, a biweekly that features articles on finance, industry, investing and marketing topics — and lists. The magazine capitalizes on the popularity of its lists, including the Forbes 400, a list of the richest Americans, and others, highest-paid stars, billionaires and more. The […]

Anna Maria parking citations decline, city eyes paid parking options

Anna Maria city commissioners plan to discuss a paid parking proposal now being prepared by Mayor SueLynn and staff at a September commission meeting. The impetus for a paid parking plan stemmed from a Florida Department of Transportation traffic count July 3-9 that found an average of 11,500 cars entered the city each day. The […]

Holmes Beach man makes Indy Football Hall of Fame

For Holmes Beach resident Mike Deal, football is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. A lifelong player, coach and scout of the game, Deal was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame earlier this summer, joining his brother and father in the hall. “It was a great feeling to be so […]

Chamber banks on luau-style fun

Just for fun, the Hancock Bank annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce luau-business mixer brings out the luau attire among members and guests, including two prize winners, Mia Cardon, left, of Driftwood Palms, and the Rev. Charlie Shook. Performing at the Aug. 28 event is Big “Ukulele” Jim Allen, seated, and presenting prizes is […]

County to host Coquina boat ramp meeting

Manatee County officials planned to host a meeting on planned repairs to the South Coquina Boat Ramp at the launch site, 2651 S. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. The meeting was to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, after The Islander went to press. Representatives from Manatee County Parks and Recreation, Natural Resources and […]

As candidate qualifying ends, campaigns begin

The candidate qualification period in all three island cities for the Nov. 5 election ended at noon Aug. 30 and the races are set. Nothing changed in Bradenton Beach from the pre-qualifying period other than all candidates who had declared their intention to run qualified and now are officially candidates. In Ward 1, Commissioner Gay […]

Canvassing board members needed in Holmes Beach

For the first time in 35 years, Holmes Beach officials have stumbled into a problem with fulfilling their obligation to produce a canvassing board for the Nov. 5 election. The city partnered with the county a few years ago, when the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office decided there were too many small town representatives […]

Holmes Beach backpedals on domestic registry proposal

In what was considered to be a groundbreaking step Aug. 13, commissioners unanimously voted to move forward with the creation a domestic partnership registry. But they took a step back at their Aug. 29 meeting, retreating from the proposal to draft an ordinance adopted by the Manasota League of Cities and other Florida cities that […]

Holmes Beach moves forward with paid-parking discussion

It’s a matter far from being settled, said Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, but commissioners unanimously agreed at an Aug. 29 meeting to authorize the mayor to move forward with researching paid parking. City officials have been putting a lot of focus on how Key West manages parking, which incorporates everything from parking meters to […]