Category Archives: 09-19-2012

Holmes Beach lowers spending at first of 2 budget hearings

The 2012-13 budget hearing Sept. 11 drew only two members of the public who made no comments. City treasurer Lori Hill presented a proposed 1.75 millage rate and $8,394,950 budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The budget was $535,096 more than the $7,859,854 budget proposed by outgoing treasurer Rick Ashley in July, and […]

Holmes Beach mayor offers state-of-city report

As the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of September, Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger last week announced the state of the city.         “I am pleased to report that our city is closing out the year under budget and without debt and, for the first time in our city history, we […]

Tree house owner to DEP: Reconsider removal order

Angelinos Sea Lodge, ordered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to remove or modify a beachfront tree house built without permits, appealed the directive in an Aug. 30 letter from its attorney.         David Levin of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., Sarasota, wrote on behalf of Angelinos owner Richard Hazen to […]

FBI raids Islander-owned medical supply business

The FBI and other federal and local law enforcement officers served a search warrant Sept. 13 on Suncoast Brace and Limb at 1878 59th St. W., Bradenton. The company is registered to JoAnn Manali of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. FBI officials on the scene were reluctant to discuss an ongoing investigation, saying only that […]

Mackinlay to go to trial, Hall charges dropped

Hall rearrested on new burglary charge Just a few weeks after being arrested on a felony gun theft charge, Erik Hall, 24, of 510 67th St., Holmes Beach, was arrested on a new misdemeanor attempted burglary charge. According to the probable cause affidavit, Hall was arrested Sept. 10 for attempted vehicle burglary in the 100 […]

Pier employee arrested for fake ID

A 33-year-old Mexican native was arrested Sept. 11 at the Anna Maria Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, for felony use of personal identification and felony worker’s compensation fraud. Detectives from the Florida Departments of Financial Services and Insurance Fraud placed Jamie Mejia under arrest, and he was booked into the Manatee County […]

Islander Calendar – 09-19-2012

Wednesday, Sept. 19         Noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, Dennis Maley guest speaker, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564.   Saturday, Sept. 22         2-6 p.m., Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Grog Party and Tasting Competition, Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-650-8673. 7:30 p.m. or […]

Obituaries – 09-19-2012

Russell Lee Cripe Russell Lee Cripe, 63, of Holmes Beach, died Sept. 8. He was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Mansfield, Ohio. He started a family in Pennsylvania, and eventually moved with his family to Holmes Beach. He was a long-time restaurateur, known locally for his cooking skills, especially his potato leek soup and chicken […]

Sports – 09-19-2012

Runner keeps setting records   Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke competed in the ninth annual Broward County Firefighters 5K Sept. 9 in Hollywood Beach. With only four months of training under his belt, Hooke finished first in the Grandmasters division, setting a new Grandmasters course record and winning the 2012 RRCA Florida state […]