Category Archives: 11-02-2011

Warning: Keep off the grass

Anna Maria city officials posted “no trespassing” and “no fishing” signs for about 60 percent of the six lots recently acquired by the city across from the Anna Maria City Pier. Public works director George McKay said the signs are up while the city commission decides the use of the property. Parking is allowed on […]

Pier ceremony Nov. 7

Anna Maria and Florida Department of Transportation officials will hold a ceremony at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the City Pier entrance to officially open the Anna Maria City Pier boardwalk. The $858,000 project completed in early October was funded through a federal grant administered by the DOT. Construction began in mid-May. The project […]

BB legal dispute ends

A long-running dispute between a Bradenton Beach property owner and the city ended in late October — about six weeks after the property owner died. Ken Lohn, who died Sept. 4 at 77, took his complaint against the city as high as the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal and vowed to go as high […]

BB woman’s plea reduces charge

A Bradenton Beach woman pleaded no contest to culpable negligence, a second-degree misdemeanor. Phaedra Christina Brace, 31, was arrested last November at her home in Bradenton Beach. Bradenton Beach police said Brace left her child in the care of an intoxicated man, showing willful neglect. She initially was charged with child neglect, a felony, and […]

Candidates ready for Nov. 8 election

The five candidates in Holmes Beach and four in Anna Maria seeking election to their respective city commissions will remain busy with campaign activities through election day on Nov. 8. Three seats on each commission are up for election, and voters can choose three candidates on their ballot. In Anna Maria, incumbent commissioners John Quam […]

Elections office prepares for balloting

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office was testing voting equipment and mailing the last of absentee ballots this week in preparation for the Nov. 8 election. Two jurisdictions will conduct polling on election day Tuesday — Holmes Beach, where voters will cast ballots at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Gulf Drive; and Anna Maria, […]

State law allows large duplex construction

While each candidates seeking election to the Holmes Beach City Commission have said a major issue is the proliferation of rental homes with four to six bedrooms, there’s apparently little city officials can do about the perceived problems “Construction is controlled by state law, the Florida Building Code,” said Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. “We have no […]

HB commission scratches upstart market

A proposal for an open-air market in Holmes Beach every Sunday for the next six months was rejected Oct. 25 by the Holmes Beach City Commission. Ambrose Inc. had requested a special-event permit for Sundays from Nov. 6 through April for the open-air market from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of […]

Solar-powered trash can installed at HBCH

BigBelly sits outside Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, with an empty stomach Oct. 28. BigBelly, the first solar-powered trash compactor installed in the area, can collect 32 gallons of trash, compact the waste and consume 32 more gallons before automatically telephoning a Waste Management representative to be emptied. Holmes Beach  City Commissioner Pat […]

HB takes legal path against Bradenton Beach

It’s a tale of two cities with one boundary, and the mayor-elect of one city — Bradenton Beach — said that settling the issue with lawyers would do nothing but cause “ill-will and hard feelings” between the two cities. Holmes Beach commissioners at their Oct. 25 meeting decided not to wait for informal discussions between […]