Category Archives: 10-03-2012

Maritime museum prepares for centennial celebration

Nov. 10 is an important day in Cortez as the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., celebrates the 100th birthday of the Cortez schoolhouse, the museum’s home. According to FMM director Karen Riley-Love, the museum is planning a family-friendly extravaganza to celebrate. The schoolhouse has witnessed almost as much community history as the items […]

HB building inspector faced discipline before dismissal

Former Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer was disciplined for “exaggerated leniency to marginal and over-the-line practices by some contractors,” according to an April 20 memorandum in Shaffer’s personnel file.         Public works superintendent Joe Duennes terminated Shaffer Sept. 18, with Mayor Rich Bohnenberger’s concurrence.         The April memo from Shaffer to Duennes was co-signed […]

HB starts process to revoke downtown development plan

Holmes Beach city commissioners agreed to start a process that could lead to the revocation of the site plan for a marina, condominium, lodging and restaurant complex at 5325 Marina Drive.         Mayor Rich Bohnenberger asked the commission Sept. 26 to begin the Tidemark Lodge revocation and also to enact an ordinance to create a […]

‘Postmortem’ unravels mystery

Diana Shoemaker as Louise confronts Mark Shoemaker as the Sherlock Holmes character in “Postmortem.” The first play of the Island Players’ 64th season opens Thursday, Oct. 4, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays at the playhouse, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. For […]

Minnesota woman arrested for aggravated assault

A Minnesota woman faces a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say she threatened to attack a man with a knife Sept. 21 — the woman’s 45th birthday. According to the probable cause affidavit, Samantha Basset was engaged in a verbal argument with the man while staying in the 1300 […]

Roadwatch for Oct.3-10

The Florida Department of Transportation has authorized Florida Power & Light to replace wires on existing utility poles on the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10.   A flagging operation will be in place to conduct north and southbound lane closures.   Motorists and pedestrians are advised […]

Artist’s castle waits for tide

This shell-adorned turtle sandcastle, patterned after nature of sand and shell, rests on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach, seemingly making its way to the water as nesting turtles and their hatchlings often do on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

WMFR continues remodel plans at Station 2

West Manatee Fire Rescue District commissioners at their Sept. 20 meeting gave the go-ahead to Fire Chief Andy Price to negotiate a lease and likely purchase of property behind Station 2 in Cortez.         As part of remodeling plans to accommodate a full-time force at the volunteer station at 10350 Cortez Road, Price told commissioners […]

Island real estate transactions – 10-03-2012

225 17th St. N., Unit 3, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,656 sfla / 2,098 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pools built in 2005 was sold 09/05/12, Debasco LLC to Badowski for $370,000; list $399,000. 407 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 52×145 lot zoned ROR was sold 09/07/12, Brown to Island Girl Properties […]