Category Archives: 11-24-2010


Team Sandtastic works on a super-sized sand sculpture in Bradenton Beach on the south side of the BeachHouse Restaurant. The project, an annual tradition and part of Keep Manatee Beautiful’s Sandblast celebration, began Nov. 17 and took three days to complete. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

KMB holds ‘blast on beach

Bradenton Beach hosted an outdoor gallery Nov. 20 with the arrival of Sandblast 2010, the annual sand-sculpture contest organized by Keep Manatee Beautiful. The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, served as the main sponsor of the event, which featured a recycled art exhibit, showcased an 80-ton sand-sculpture created by Team Sandtastic and matched […]

Friday attorney ordered to pay Walker

A state administrative law judge has ruled that an attorney representing Richard Friday of Anna Maria must pay Steven Walker $2,000. Friday and Walker are adjacent property owners near Anna Maria’s Park Avenue beach access and both have legal actions against the city regarding a Florida Department of Environmental Protection construction permit issued to Walker. […]

Court denies Stoltzfus delay

The Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal Nov. 19 denied a motion by ex-Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus requesting more time to file a brief in his appeal to the DCA. The brief would be a response to the DCA’s Sept. 16 order lifting certification of the results of Stoltzfus’ recall vote and asking the […]

Discovery viewers to discover AMI

Discovery Channel viewers will discover Anna Maria Island in February. A crew filmed at a number of Anna Maria Island locations earlier this month, including retailers on Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street. The crew turned its cameras on the Bridge Street Market, the Back Alley, The Hive, The Fish Hole and the BridgeWalk, which also hosted […]

Official oath

Bob Bartelt, Janet Vosburgh and Ed Straight take their oaths of office from city clerk Nora Idso Nov. 15 at city hall. On Nov. 2, Straight and incumbent Vosburgh were elected to the city commission and incumbent Bartelt was elected mayor. Swearing-in ceremonies took place in Anna Maria Nov. 9 and in Holmes Beach early […]

County taxes discounted until Dec. 8

The Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office this month mailed 157,634 annual tax bills and notices to property owners. The office is encouraging property owners who did not receive tax bills to print a copy from Taypayers also can make payments on the website, as well as complete applications to pay in quarterly installments. Annual […]

Water, sewer rates to rise

Manatee County water customers will see rates rise with the arrival of the new year. The county board of commissioners, meeting Nov. 9 in Bradenton, raised the water and sewer rates effective Jan. 15, 2011. “We can’t do business without raising rates,” said at-large Commissioner Joe McClash. The increase impacts water and sewer customers throughout […]

HB officeholders take oaths

Newly elected but incumbent city officers Rich Bohnenberger, Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti took their oaths of office Nov. 15. The early morning session at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, was followed by a brief organizational meeting. Bohnenberger was re-elected mayor without opposition Nov. 2. Haas-Martens and Monetti were re-elected to two-year terms […]