Category Archives: 09-29-2010

Flu shots widely available

Flu shots have become widely available — and as easy to get as stepping up to the counter at the local drug store. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months old and older should get a flu vaccine this fall. While flu is unpredictable, it’s likely that H1N1 viruses […]

Aubry sworn in as Anna Maria commissioner

Gene Aubry was sworn in as Anna Maria’s newest commissioner at 9 a.m. Sept. 22. Aubry won the Sept. 7 recall election by a 363-333 vote to fill the remainder of Harry Stoltzfus’ two-year term, which began when Stoltzfus was elected in November 2009. In the same election for his replacement, Stoltzfus was recalled by […]

Deadline looming for Stoltzfus response

Harry Stoltzfus, recalled from the office of commissioner in Anna Maria, has until Oct. 1 to file a response with the 2nd District Court of Appeal regarding its Sept. 16 decision that asked him to show cause why his appeal is not moot given the certification order for the Sept. 7 election. The DCA gave […]

Lower city tax rate set for Anna Maria homeowners

Homeowners in Anna Maria may have reason to celebrate a little when they receive their 2010-11 property tax bill from the Manatee County Tax Collectors Office. Commissioners at their Sept. 22 final hearing on the 2010-11 budget unanimously voted to retain the city property tax rate — ad valorem taxes — at 1.7882 mils, the […]

Drug take-back a success

The Holmes Beach Police Department last week collaborated with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on the National Take-Back Initiative. HBPD’s Lt. Dale Stephenson said the take-back went better than he expected, with about 20 people going to HBPD Sept. 25 to dispose of unwanted or expired medications. “The pills aren’t healthy for the environment to […]

Holmes Beach to honor ‘Ms. Duffy’

The Holmes Beach City Commission on Oct. 5 will name and dedicate the Holmes Beach city commission chambers in honor of Patricia A. Geyer. There will be a meet-and-greet at 8:30 a.m., followed by a dedication at 9 a.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Geyer, who served 18 years on the city […]

‘Medium chance’ of tropical cyclone

The National Hurricane Center is monitoring the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico this week and advising that there “is a medium chance” — 30 percent — of a tropical cyclone developing. The next system name would be Nicole. The NHC is monitoring disorganized and thunderstorms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea associated with a broad area […]

Mechanical troubles sideline trolleys

Clang, clink, clunk went the trolleys. So riders likely will see more substitute buses being employed in the fare-free trolley service on Anna Maria Island. And maybe in a year, riders might see new trolleys in service on the Island, said Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker. Hunzeker planned on Sept. 28 to ask the Manatee […]

Sunshine concern raised over dinner meeting

A Save Anna Maria officer is questioning whether Manatee County Commissioners Carol Whitmore and John Chappie violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law at a Beach Bistro gathering Sept. 15. County Commissioner Joe McClash also raised concerns about the dinner meeting and questioned the appropriateness of county officials’ participation in an Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce meeting […]