Category Archives: 11-21-2012

AM commission seat stays vacant — for now

The election of Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn to commission chairperson by her fellow commissioners, and thus mayor, went smoothly at a Nov. 15 organizational meeting. The city charter says the commission chair is mayor in the absence of the mayor, which is the result of no one running for the office in the Nov. 6 […]

Silent commissioner says goodbye

Anna Maria commission meetings the past six years, Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick always gave the impression of the strong, silent type on the dais. She would often sit and wait out 30 minutes to an hour or more of discussions by other commissioners or public comment before speaking, and then only when she found it […]

SueLynn again is Anna Maria mayor

SueLynn was returned to the post of Anna Maria mayor at a Nov. 15 organizational meeting — a position she held from 2002-2006. Commissioners, however, were divided 2-2 on a person to take her commission seat on the dais. No one ran for mayor in the 2012 election, thus, the city charter states that the […]

Beer, wine on menu at Coquina Beach

Cheers. Beer and wine will soon be sold among the libations and food items at the Coquina Park Cafe at Coquina Beach after Bradenton Beach commissioners narrowly approved a conditional use permit by a 3-2 vote Nov. 15. Since reopening in May, after months of renovations to the concession stand, an effort has been under […]

Dune project, lawsuit await BB decision on mediation

Bradenton Beach commissioners, city attorney Ricinda Perry and attorney Charles Johnson, hired by the city to litigate a lawsuit filed against the city over an argument to construct a parking lot on the beach, met for about 90 minutes Nov. 15 in a shade meeting. Shade meetings are closed to the public in order for […]

Island honored with 5 Clean Beaches awards

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, county parks and recreation director Cindy Turner and other elected officials and staff were presented with five blue flags emblematic of a “Blue Wave” award for a clean beach in ceremonies at Coquina Beach Nov. 14. Clean Beaches Coalition founder and president Walter McLeod presented the flags, saying it was […]

Election wake: Holmes Beach department head departs

Holmes Beach Public Works Superintendent Joe Duennes — a top city official for more than 15 years — unexpectedly stepped down from his position last week. “As of 4 p.m. today, he’s done working” said outgoing Mayor Rich Bohnenberger Nov. 16, adding that Duennes will be on “terminal leave until Feb. 17.” Bohnenberger granted Duennes’ […]

Firehouse Subs awards grant

Firehouse Subs awarded West Manatee Fire Rescue a $9,207 grant to purchase search and rescue equipment for the district’s 30 firefighters, 30 reservists and two vehicles.         WMFR firefighter and emergency management technician Jeff Philips displayed a sample bailout pouch at the Nov. 15 WMFR commission meeting.         Philips learned of the grant opportunity while […]