Category Archives: 09-22-2010

Historic Anna Maria recall vote certified

The first ever recall election in Manatee County history ended at 9 a.m. Sept. 20, when the Anna Maria canvassing board certified the Sept. 7 vote to recall Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus from office 362-331. Certification came following a Sept. 16 order from Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal that lifted a stay of the certification […]

AM planners approve PAR project

It may only be a recommendation to the city commission, but Anna Maria planning and zoning board members gave unanimous approval to the site plan for Pine Avenue Restoration LLC’s project for 308 Pine Ave. with an added stipulation to bond future sidewalk construction. This site plan was new, but it was a second review […]

Island tourism up slightly in August

Occupancy of Island accommodations rose 3.3 percent in August 2010 compared with the same month last year, according to statistics released by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. But the increase in Island occupancy was offset for the Bradenton area by a 16.7 percent decline in occupancy of mainland accommodations. The BACVB reported occupancy […]

Swim advisories lifted

Manatee County Environmental Health Services officials recently removed the water advisories warning swimmers for the south side of the Palma Sola Causeway and at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria about the high bacteria levels found in those waters. EHS director Tom Larkin said marine water bacterial level indicators at both locations had dropped below the […]

Cottage may come down for parking

The board tasked with overseeing projects in Bradenton Beach’s downtown district last week backed tearing down a city-owned cottage to expand public parking. The Monroe Cottage, built circa 1950 and used most recently for the now defunct city project/program management department, is on property just south of a public parking lot and the city public […]

Funding questioned for pet-waste program

Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES members, faced with funding questions, are working to prevent the city’s doggie do-do program from going bye-bye. City commissioners said last week that funding for the program, which launched last year with a grant from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, is not in the city’s newly adopted budget for 2010-11. There also […]

Whitmore winning fundraising race

Democratic challenger Sundae Lynn Knight is reporting less than $3,000 in donations while Republican incumbent Carol Whitmore has raised more than $75,000 in contributions. The two candidates are facing each other in the Nov. 2 race for an at-large seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners. Knight’s campaign finance reports, filed with the Manatee […]

Monetti seeking BP money for Island

Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti is hoping he can help bring some extra BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill money to the Island. “I think there will be money to be had on Anna Maria Island,” Monetti said. Monetti said the law firm involved in distributing $20 billion in oil crisis money to the southeast has […]

Longboat Key trolley service to continue

The Longboat Key Trolley lives on. At a Sept. 16 Manatee County budget hearing, county administrator Ed Hunzeker announced a proposal that will keep the trolley service running through Dec. 31 but requiring a budget amendment of $70,000. He said the transit department must then come up with alternative revenues to pay for service, which […]