Category Archives: 09-11-2013

AM’s planned legal action against vacation rentals fuels heat

Not everyone is pleased in paradise, particularly with a decision made by Anna Maria city commissioners to proceed with a legal challenge that would determine whether the city’s hotel/motel ordinance applies to vacation rentals. While the voice vote Aug. 22 was announced as unanimous by Commission Chair Chuck Webb, Commissioner Gene Aubry says he voted […]

Mainsail Lodge, Holmes Beach put down swords

Not every obstacle has been cleared for Mainsail Lodge to break ground on a proposed hotel, restaurant and marina at the property near the intersection of Gulf and Marina drives, but a major hurdle was crossed Sept. 4 with the successful conclusion of a required mediation process with Holmes Beach. The Mainsail development team ended […]

Islanders ride surfin’ safari to Cocoa Beach benefit

The 28th annual National Kidney Foundation Rich Salick Pro/AM Surf Festival presented by Ron Jon Surf Shop and NKF of Florida was held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Cocoa Beach in memory of the late Rich Salick. The competition was co-founded by twins Rich and Phil Salick, who grew up on Anna Maria Island, learning to […]

Nov. 5 races set in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach

Two new political candidates will join two incumbents in the Nov. 5 election campaign for one of the three seats on the Anna Maria City Commission.     An early look at the candidates:     • Carol Carter: Carter lives on Willow Avenue and is a member of the city’s planning and zoning board. She was […]

As sea turtles hatch, count inches AMITW closer to record

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring is two nests shy of tying its 2012 record of 362 nests. Volunteers in Section 3 have confirmed an unverified nest near the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. An unverified nest, or possible false crawl, occurs when volunteers spot a potential crawl, but are unable to confirm […]

Bradenton Beach passes 1st reading of 2013-14 budget

It was a mere formality for Bradenton Beach commissioners at the first reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2013-14 fiscal year budget. With no one present from the public, the process moved along quickly with commissioners passing resolutions to adopt the tentative millage rate at 2.3329 with a 2.92 percent increase over the rollback […]

BB pier renovation behind schedule, restaurant bidding closes

Renovation for the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier was due to be completed by the end of August, but the project is months behind schedule. At a Sept. 5 city pier team meeting, Police Chief Sam Speciale, who facilitates the pier team, said design drawings from ZNS Engineering have been submitted and city staff […]

Honey bees, beekeepers feel squeeze of development

Beekeeper Lynn Osborn remembers a time when honey bees were as abundant and healthy in this part of the Sunshine State as the sun’s rays. “I used to open hives up and when I would lift the inner corner, the bees would flow out like a waterfall. They’d overflow the edges of the box and […]

HBPD officer arrests alleged sleeping car thief

alleged car thief was arrested Sept. 5 at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, after illegally parking the stolen vehicle and then falling asleep in the backseat. Matthew Rodgers, 24, of Bradenton, faces a charge of felony grand theft auto. According to the police report, HBPD Officer Mike Walker was on routine […]

Manatee-Sarasota hosting 2017 world rowing championships

The International Federation of Rowing announced Sept. 1 that Manatee and Sarasota counties will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. The announcement was made at this year’s world championships in South Korea. The vote of the governing body of the federation was unanimous. More than 1,500 athletes and coaches are expected to attend, along with […]