Category Archives: 11-07-2012

Challengers sweep Holmes Beach, countywide results….

At 7 p.m. Nov. 6, the 2012 general election came to an end. After weeks and months of ads, political rallies, fundraisers and local candidates knocking on doors to get their messages to the voters, the results and the races have been decided. In what many saw as a close and sometimes heated political race […]

Newcomers win Holmes Beach commission, mayor’s seat

Carmel Monti, a five-year-resident, has defeated eight-year incumbent Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger with a message to bring the city’s construction practices and rental properties into compliance with city codes. In his campaign, Bohnenberger outspent Monti by two to one, $6,861 to $3,407 as of the Nov. 2 campaign financing reports. Monti will take office […]

Community center names new director

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors has named Dawn Stiles of Portland, Maine, as the center’s new executive director. Stiles officially joins the staff Nov. 12, but will be spending time between work here and in Maine, completing her employment obligation with Spurlink Services, a company providing behavioral health services to more […]

Obama wins AME kids’ vote

The vote of our future electorate is in: Anna Maria Elementary School elected President Barack Obama to a second term at the top spot in the nation.         In a schoolwide election put on by Lynne McDonough of the AME media center, President Obama garnered 139 votes to challenger Mitt Romney’s 114.         “It will […]

AM charter review proposes major change

In a break with the charters of many Florida municipalities, Anna Maria’s Charter Review Committee at its Oct. 31 meeting recommended amending a requirement that a former official cannot accept employment with the city until one year has passed since he or she left office. Committee member Tom Breiter said he researched the issue and […]

Commissioner-resident spike BB cell tower feud

During public comment at a Nov. 1 Bradenton Beach city meeting, city resident Jo Ann Meilner accused Commissioner Ric Gatehouse of throwing mud at consultant Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe of Center for Municipal Services over the ongoing cell tower issue. Gatehouse called the ordinance drafted by Monroe for the city obstructionist and financially beneficial to CMS. […]

Bradenton Beach to discuss tightening noise ordinance

While Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy admitted he had promised a review of the city’s noise ordinance in August, he also noted that the land-development code revisions were on a deadline. LDC revisions were required to be completed and submitted to the state by Oct. 31 in order to come into compliance with the comprehensive […]

BB dingy dock opens, pier construction on hold

Good and not so good news came out of the Nov. 1 Bradenton Beach city pier meeting at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. Public works director Tom Woodard announced that work was finished on the dingy dock across from the BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar. That dock was destroyed during June’s Tropical Storm Debby. […]

Readers tapped to vote ‘best of the best’

The Islander newspaper announces the “best of the best” awards for Anna Maria Island: “The Islander Star, Best of AMI Award.” Voting will be available only to those readers who receive home delivery on Anna Maria Island, postal subscribers and registered online subscribers. Web voting by subscribers will be limited to registered web subscribers with […]

Restitution judgment entered for Connelly

A final judgment of restitution of $387,191 has been entered against ex-Key Royale Club bookkeeper Holly Connelly.     She was sentenced July 27 to three years in state prison and 25 years of probation by 12th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug for scheming to defraud her former employer.     Connelly is serving time in Lowell […]