Category Archives: 10-03-2012

World-class surfer, crusader to be remembered

Rich Salick, 62, died July 2 from complications associated with kidney disease. His life will be celebrated Oct. 6 on Anna Maria Island, almost where he began, at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. The family, including sister Joanie Mills of Holmes Beach, plans to host a celebration of life at 3 p.m. and […]

Former islander Viens convicted of killing wife, cooking remains

A Lomita chef who said he loved his missing wife and hoped she returned home safely was found guilty Thursday of murdering her and cooking her body in boiling water to destroy any trace of the crime. The panel in Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles took about five hours over three days to convict […]

BB Commissioners Straight, Vosburgh look to future

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jan Vosburgh and Vice Mayor Ed Straight never had to look over their political shoulder through this year’s election cycle. Both are up for re-election Nov. 6, but are unopposed, leaving them with the opportunity to not only focus on tasks at hand, but also to look ahead to the next two […]

Signs of trouble?

Holmes Beach commission candidate Marvin Grossman over the weekend reported to the Islander that he found damaged campaign signs and about 12 signs that had been removed from locations that were pre-approved by property owners. And Holmes Beach commission candidate Judy Holmes Titsworth was alerted of an anonymous complaint about her housing wildlife — in […]

AM agrees on post-election process to fill mayor, commission seats

If someone had run for Mayor Mike Selby’s soon-to-be vacated position, Anna Maria would not be in such a quandary. The problem, said Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick at the commission’s Sept. 27 meeting, is that when no one qualifies to seek an office, the city must turn to the city charter for direction. The city […]

Sex offender moves to Bradenton Beach

A convicted sex offender moved to the 2500 block of Avenue C in Bradenton Beach last week, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement website. He is the second convicted sex offender to move to the city in 30 days. By law, all convicted sex offenders must inform the FDLE of their address within […]

New center director choice narrows

It may have taken longer than Pierrette Kelly planned, but her replacement as executive director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center should be announced in the next few weeks, said center board president Greg Ross. “We’ve narrowed it down to two people,” Ross said. He said the entire board of directors was to meet […]

Anna Maria, MCSO contract down to the wire

The Anna Maria City Commission approved the 2012-13 spending plan of $2.3 million with $675,000 for law enforcement services from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. However, Mayor Mike Selby, city attorney Jim Dye and Commission Chair Chuck Webb still plan to meet with MCSO legal attorney Michelle Hall to make sure all parties understand the […]

Consultant says commissioner ‘blatantly misinformed’

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse won’t have to worry about Center for Municipal Solution’s Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe standing in the way of his proposal to repeal the city’s cell tower ordinance by severing ties with Monroe’s company. The city “has no need to sever ties with CMS as Mr. Gatehouse recommends, since at this point […]

BB releases flood plain mitigation plan, insurance may rise

Bradenton Beach public building official Steve Gilbert said changes to the National Flood Insurance Program will likely lead to higher premiums, but there are things the city can do to help keep premiums down. A Sept. 24 report detailing the city’s strategies in flood plain mitigation was prepared by Gilbert. It focuses on what the […]