Category Archives: 09-26-2012

Anna Maria passes tax hike, $2.3 million budget

Thanks to rising home values that increased property taxes collected in Anna Maria this fiscal year, city commissioners were able to unanimously approve a $2.3 million budget at their Sept. 19 budget hearing for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The commission retained the ad valorem millage rate of 2.05 mills, the same rate as the 2011-12 […]

Bradenton Beach raises taxes in $2.2M budget

What took 15 minutes two weeks ago, took about eight minutes Sept. 19, when Bradenton Beach commissioners passed resolutions and an ordinance adopting a 2012-13 budget that includes the first tax hike in years. Two segments of public comment were scheduled before passage of two resolutions to adopt the final millage rate and budget, as […]

Bradenton Beach eyes new direction for pier project

The last thing Bradenton Beach city commissioners wanted to hear was there could be another delay that would push the Historic Bridge Street Pier reconstruction project closer to tourist season. But that was the message received Sept. 20 during the city commission meeting at Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Based on recommendations […]

Holmes Beach fires building inspector

Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer, under fire from commissioners and citizens looking closely at the city’s past building department practices, was terminated last week while on vacation.         During a Sept. 18 interview with The Islander, public works superintendent Joe Duennes said Shaffer went on a planned vacation until Sept. 30, and that before […]

High-speed transit needed for SRQ, but not likely soon

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization director Mike Howe presented few short-term MPO plans for Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key officials to consider at the Island Transportation and Planning Organization Sept. 17 meeting. He added that one idea that’s been kicked around by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority for a number of years is […]

FDLE concludes Morris-BBPD death review

A 15-member panel of Florida Department of Law Enforcement members and medical examiners met in Avon Park Sept. 19 to review the 2009 death investigation of Sheena Morris. Morris, 25, was found dead New Year’s Day at the BridgeWalk Resort in Bradenton Beach. The case was initially ruled a suicide by District 12 medical examiner […]

Bradenton Beach man netted in child predator sting

Dozens of men ranging in ages 18-68 stand accused in Manatee County of seeking to have sex with a 14-year-old girl over the weekend of Sept. 16-17. Among those arrested was Brandt Clark, 18, 104 11th St. S., Bradenton Beach. Police say, in reality, Clark and the others were unknowingly caught up in an Internet […]

Police allege hate crime against BB man

A Bradenton Police Department officer allegedly became the victim Sept. 18 of a 19-year-old Bradenton Beach man. According to the probable cause affidavit, police responded to a fight in the 400 block of 12th Street West in Bradenton. Upon arrival, the officer was confronted by Zachary Gennell, 2112 Ave. A, Bradenton Beach. Police said Gennell […]

HB construction worker nabbed for alleged fraud

A Holmes Beach construction worker was arrested Sept. 19 on felony worker compensation fraud. Detectives from the Florida departments of financial services and insurance fraud booked Bradenton resident Miguel Damian-Jimenez, 31, into the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond. Damian-Jimenez posted bond the following day. According to the probable cause affidavit, Damian-Jimenez filed a worker […]