Category Archives: 11-23-2011

KMB hosts Sandblast 2011

With rakes, spoons, garbage cans and other odd tools, about two dozen teams competed Nov. 19 in the annual Sandblast sand-sculpting contest held to benefit Keep Manatee Beautiful, an anti-litter, pro-green nonprofit. A change of venue took place for the 2011 event, with sand-sculpting teams gathering at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes […]

These are a few of our favorite things

Friends are, of course, No. 1 on our list of things to be thankful for every year. Friends who share great recipes are No. 2. For these friends and recipes, Thanksgiving is for sharing. Here is the eggnog recipe given to Janet Aubry of Anna Maria by her friend Ralph Ellis of Houston. He told […]

AM pardons Australian pines

Despite reports from plant experts that Australian pines are an invasive species and a Florida Department of Environmental Protection directive that trees should be removed from public property whenever possible, those in Anna Maria’s park fronting the Gulf of Mexico aren’t going anywhere — at least for now. Commissioners voted 4-1 at their Nov. 17 […]

Barking dogs take bite from wallet

Gary McMullen of Cedar Avenue in Anna Maria learned that barking dogs can be expensive. At its Nov. 14 meeting, the city code enforcement board found McMullen had not complied with its May directive to control his dogs or face a fine. Board members unanimously approved an $850 fine after hearing testimony from code enforcement […]

BB commission OKs beach market

A proposal for a beach market won temporary approval from Bradenton Beach commissioners Nov. 17, following some haggling on conditions and debating on free enterprise. The commission voted 3-1 to approve a special event permit for the Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., to hold a Sunday market. Commissioners Ed Straight and […]

Solemnly swear

John Shaughnessy and Gay Breuler take their oath of office Nov. 14. Shaughnessy, a former commissioner, succeeded Bob Bartelt, and Breuler began her second two-year term on the city commission. A brief swearing-in ceremony was followed with a reception at city hall, as well as a party at the Sandpiper Resort, where both officeholders reside. […]

‘Free Ride’ films in village

The “action” in Cortez Nov. 14 wasn’t just on the fish docks where stone crab claws and other catches were unloaded. Filming for “Free Ride” took place in Cortez that day. Filming also has taken place in Sarasota. “Free Ride” stars Anna Paquin of “True Blood” fame, along with Brit Morgan, Cam Gigandet and Drea […]

BB woman pleads not guilty of abuse

A Bradenton Beach woman recently pleaded not guilty to allegations she abused two children. The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested Laura Campanello, 44, Oct. 16 in the 1800 block of Gulf Drive North. She faces two felony charges of child abuse. A police report stated that a relative visiting Bradenton Beach became concerned for the […]