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 …

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Newcomers win Holmes Beach commission, mayor’s seat

Challenger, now commissioner waves, campaigns Holmes Beach commission candidate \Marvin Grossman greets motorists Nov. 2 in advance of Election Day with a wave, a smile, and his campaign signs on Gulf Drive near Marina Drive. Islander Photo Kathy Prucnell

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, …

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Community center names new director

Dawn Stiles of Portland, Maine

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, …

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Obama wins AME kids’ vote

Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grader Demi Harms gets ready to vote Oct. 31 for the president of the United States in the school’s mock election at the media center, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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BB dingy dock opens, pier construction on hold

Workers from Duncan Seawall put the final touches on the dingy dock across from the BridgeTender Inn and Dockside Bar in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Mark Young

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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