Category Archives: 10-30-2013

P&P draws straw poll voters

The Islander’s annual Popcorn and Politics event for candidates and voters from each island city drew a good crowd Oct. 25, to the newspaper’s new offices at 5406B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Also attending were members of the Manatee County branch of the League of Women Voters. Rosalie Schaffer, Kathleen Dodge and Lesley Jacobs, offering […]

Anna Maria voters face a tough decision:

Four good candidates are seeking to serve the city and there are only three seats to fill. Commissioner Dale Woodland has served the city well, and while it may seem he comes to a point from a long distance, he eventually gets there. Newly appointed Commissioner Doug Copeland was at first reluctant to step onto […]

HB shade meeting sparks Sunshine investigation

You might say a controversial tree house cast an ominous shadow at Holmes Beach City Hall. Or the sun don’t shine under that tree. Or more trouble grows …. But you get it. David Levin, a Sarasota attorney representing Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran in the Holmes Beach matter of a tree house on the […]

$1M matchup: Bradenton Beach meets TDC

  ‘This pier is a symbol of our city. It’s the first thing people see coming over the bridge. It’s important to all of us.’ — Mayor John Shaughnessy   Bravo TV host Patti Stanger matches single millionaires with their true love for a lifetime partnership on “Millionaire Matchmaker.” Stanger might like the local angle […]

Bradenton Beach cooks up final pier restaurant lease

Ordering! Perhaps by January, workers will be hired by new operators and pier diners will be ordering from a new menu on Bradenton Beach’s historic pier. Bradenton Beach commissioners voted 4-0 at an Oct. 24 special city commission meeting to pass the first reading of an ordinance accepting a lease agreement between the city and […]

Property owner wants free fence from Anna Maria

Barbara Nally, owner of a vacation rental at 110 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, is asking the city to pay for a privacy fence between the home and a yet-to-be-completed walkway carrying pedestrians to the Sandbar Restaurant and a public beach access. Attorney Leah Ellington, representing Nally, said work has begun on a drainage ditch along […]

AM commission reverses, rejects filing court action

Vacation property owners and managers in Anna Maria can call off their attack dogs. There won’t be a legal battle over vacation rentals after all. In a 3-2 vote at the Oct. 24 meeting, commissioners reversed a September decision to file a court action for declaratory relief to determine if the city’s hotel/motel ordinance could […]

Island sea turtle volunteers sing finale on high note

It’s almost as if the sea turtle population in the Gulf of Mexico is singing its finale for a long, successful concert season. While sea turtle nesting season doesn’t officially end until Oct. 31, the final recorded nest of the 2013 season hatched and was excavated the morning of Oct. 22 following an Oct. 20 […]

40-year repair shop must make way

Barry Grooms says he has concerns abut the volume of misinformation circulating about his commercial property in Holmes Beach and the termination of his tenant’s lease on Jan. 2. He also says he “feels bad” that Island Auto Repair will need to relocate from 5608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. “There is a lot of misinformation […]

Pirates and all, set clocks back Nov. 3

Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, just as the clock is winding down on the Anna Maria Island Privateers inaugural pirate invasion — a three-day affair that starts Nov. 1. For most of the United States, clocks will turn back an hour for added sleep, more chores, longer playtime, although here, […]