Category Archives: 10-26-2011

2011 AME-PTO Fall Festival

Third-grader David Daigle cashed in the tickets he won playing carnival games at the Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Festival Oct. 22, for this giant gumball machine. Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love Scooping up some giant-sized pumpkins in the fifth-grade pumpkin patch at the AME Fall Festival are gal pals Madelyn Rogers, second-grade, Lilah Bowers, third-grade […]

AM dock to remain under compromise

38-foot-long dock at 715 Holly Road in Anna Maria — possibly built without a permit in the 1970s and recently renovated — can remain, provided owners reduce the length to 28 feet. The odd case went before the city’s code enforcement board Oct. 17. Building official Bob Welch said the case dates to 2010, when […]

SBEP plans $20,000 reef expansion

A donation from a sporting group will help build up an artificial reef program in Sarasota Bay. The Sarasota Sportsmen’s Association recently donated $5,000 to the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for a reef program. The SSA is a nonprofit outdoors organization. The SBEP was founded to protect the Sarasota Bay estuary and partners with local, […]

BB names park for Chappie

Bradenton Beach commissioners last week recognized a beach-loving former mayor by putting his name on a beachfront park. A Gulffront parcel at 1402 Gulf Drive N. will be named John R. Chappie Gulfside Park. Chappie, who currently represents Anna Maria Island and other parts of western Manatee on the county commission, is a former Bradenton […]

City CIP

Bradenton Beach residents may notice increased activity in the next month. As a stormwater improvements project continues in the north side neighborhood near Herb Dolan Park, Avenue A will be resurfaced — from the park south. Also, installation of new trolley shelters at several Gulf Drive locations could begin as early as this week, said […]

Island candidates have common issue

A common theme among city commission candidates at The Islander’s Popcorn & Politics event Oct. 20 was the increase in the number of vacation rental properties in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach and the accompanying problems for residents. The candidates from Anna Maria and Holmes Beach gave 3-5 minute addresses to the estimated 75 people […]

At the polls

In balloting at The Islander’s Popcorn & Politics forum Oct. 19: • Jean Peelen placed first in the race for three seats on the Holmes Beach City Commission. Incumbents Pat Morton came in second and David Zaccagnino placed third. Incumbent Al Robinson and challenger Andy Sheridan tied at the bottom. • SueLynn and Nancy Yetter […]

HB mayor passes weekly market consideration to commission

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he’s had about 10 e-mails from residents stating their opposition to a proposed Sunday market at the Tidemark Shoppes on Gulf Drive. The complaints were forwarded to commissioners to consider at their Oct. 25 meeting. Bohnenberger had authority to grant a special-event permit for the markets, but because they […]

HB mayor says code inspections to continue

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said code violation notices sent Oct. 14 to 10 property owners mark the beginning of city efforts to identify code violators. “All properties listed as rentals are going to be inspected,” Bohnenberger said. The bad news for a vacation property owner or manager found violating city code is that the […]

BB woman arrested for abuse

A Bradenton Beach woman faces an allegation of abusing two minor children. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested Laura Campanello, 44, Oct. 16 in the 1800 block of Gulf Drive North. She faces two felony charges of child abuse. Two children were taken into child protective care. A police report indicates that a relative visiting […]