Category Archives: 09-25-2013

Contractor arrested for defrauding city

Holmes Beach police arrested a contractor Sept. 19 for allegedly bilking the city out of money paid for a road project last year. Chris Arnold, 61, of Bradenton, owner of Services by Chris Arnold, was arrested for felony scheming to defraud. According to the probable cause affidavit filed by HBPD Detective Sgt. Brian Hall, Arnold […]

AM code enforcement rules on home rentals

Anna Maria’s city commission may have a difficult time getting a favorable judicial ruling that its hotel/motel ordinance can be used to limit vacation home rentals. City code enforcement officers Gerry Rathvon and Diane Sacca already have ruled on a complaint against a vacation rental at 505 Magnolia Ave., stating in an Aug. 7 letter […]

It’s official: Sea turtle nesting season tops record books

The 2013 sea turtle nesting season is proving to be a record year. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox, 368 loggerhead and green sea turtle nests have been recorded this year on the island shore, surpassing the 2012 record of 365 as of Sept. 20. The 15-year […]

Newly named Bradenton Beach pier tenants rock the boat

One day after being singled out as the pier’s tenant of choice, the proverbial boat started rocking. Commissioners voted 3-2 to select Starfish on the Bay as the new restaurant tenant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, but bypassing city protocol set the boat teetering. During the Sept. 19 city pier meeting, public works director […]

Startup restaurant operator selected for Bradenton Beach pier

Visitors to the pier in Bradenton Beach might ask, “Got food?” While doors to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant remain closed, lease negotiations have begun with Starfish on the Bay. Two bids were submitted following the August release by the city of a request for proposal. Owners of an operation to be […]

Bee hives: Pine Avenue’s ultimate eco-dwellings

Making Pine Avenue in Anna Maria the “Greenest Little Main Street in America” is like putting together a puzzle, says Michael Coleman, operating partner for Pine Avenue Restoration. Environmentally friendly practices are a major component of a development that combines old Florida-style cottages, professional offices and retail shops along one walkable street. And the latest […]

Island officials drive unity to battle traffic woes

As island officials look at how best to battle traffic problems, there’s general agreement it will take unity to develop solutions. Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, at the Sept. 18 meeting of the Barrier Island Elected Officials Coalition, discussed his plan for paid parking at the Manatee Public Beach. He said he’s had positive discussions […]

FISH discusses future options, reviews work

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Turner Maritime Challenge’s executive director Sean Wardell is approaching one year on the job. He was hired in 2012 at $34,000 a year to give the program full-time attention and has since renewed the Sea Scouts of America program in Cortez, a subsidiary group of the Boy Scouts of […]

HB parking solutions focus on overflow opportunities

Comedian Billy Connolly once told an audience that he didn’t have a guardian angel. He instead had a parking angel. “It’s on my dashboard and you wind it up,” he said. “The wings flap and it’s supposed to give you a parking space.” Anyone trying to find a parking space on Anna Maria Island during […]

MPO head offers road funding solution: Make Gulf Drive a U.S. highway

Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization executive director Mike Howe offered a new funding solution for island mayors troubled by infrastructure costs at the monthly Island Transportation and Planning Organization Sept. 16 in Bradenton Beach. “Does the island need to apply for federal designation of Gulf Drive?” Howe asked Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel […]