David Viens, former islander who killed wife and cooked her body in LA County, fires attorney, delays sentencing

A Lomita chef who killed his wife and cooked her body in his restaurant’s kitchen fired his attorney today, delaying his sentencing to prison. (The Islander, Holmes Beach — David and Dawn Viens once resided in Holmes Beach and operated …

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FEMA focus on superstorm Sandy delays BB day dock repairs

A “Do Not Enter” sign will continue to hang over the entrance to the day dock adjacent to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier. Funding is in place to replace the dock damaged in June during Tropical Storm Debby, but approval is delayed while FEMA crews deal with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy in the northeast. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Bradenton Beach day dock, adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier, will remain closed to the public for now. The dock has been closed since before the June arrival of Tropical Storm Debby due to a design flaw in …

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Vosburgh, Straight sworn in for new BB terms

Bradenton Beach Commissioners Ed Straight and Jan Vosburgh take the oath of office Nov. 19 at Bradenton Beach City Hall after being unopposed in the Nov. 6 city election. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach Commissioners Jan Vosburgh and Ed Straight were sworn into office Nov. 19 at Bradenton Beach City Hall in front of a gallery that included Manatee County Commissioners John Chappie and Carol Whitmore. The county commissioners were on hand …

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Groins, beach renourishment discussed at CBIEO meeting

The shattered groins at Cortez Beach play a pivotal role in preventing beach erosion, but they have been a liability and an eyesore for years. They are scheduled to be rebuilt in 2013 with a new design.

A full spectrum of shore protection objectives was discussed at the Nov. 21 Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, the first meeting held in several months. Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker addressed Anna Maria Island officials and …

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Tie vote leaves AM commission vacancy

With Anna Maria commissioners deadlocked 2-2 on a replacement commissioner to take Mayor SueLynn’s seat on the dais, Commissioner Chuck Webb suggested a special election to settle the issue. At the commission’s Nov. 15 organizational meeting, planning and zoning board …

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FISH, fishers work toward cooperation

Ten days after a Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage meeting in Cortez, FISH members and disgruntled fishers met Nov. 15 to discuss how each can help the other. The Nov. 5 FISH meeting brought some local commercial fishers to the …

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Work sessions to consider building official, moratorium

During the first week in office that included major Holmes Beach issues including a department head hiring to his desk, Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti stands next to Commission Chair Jean Peelen, and one of the two new commissioners, Marvin Grossman, before a meeting to consider the issues. The commission also includes new member Judy Holmes Titsworth. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Two Holmes Beach work sessions are scheduled in the next two weeks to consider the need to replace the recently retired building official and a possible building moratorium.         The city commission will hear an update on Mayor Carmel Monti’s …

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Commissioners appoint new chair, vice chair

Taking their cue from the voters who elected two new commissioners and a new mayor in Holmes Beach Nov. 6, the commission elected new leadership at its organizational meeting Nov. 19 in front a packed gallery.         The election swept …

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Pier tenant says ‘no’ to water taxi

The City Pier Restaurant and fishing pier have dedicated parking in the pier parking lot for customers, but some motorists ignore the signs. Pier leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder is worried passengers on a proposed water taxi would exacerbate parking problems. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

A proposal to bring a water taxi for visitors from downtown Bradenton to offload at the Anna Maria City Pier was rejected by pier leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder. In a letter to former Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby — received Nov. …

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Fishing – 11-28-2012

Mike Haycock, center, caught a 20 pound kingfish and Mike Imparato and grandson both caught bonito while on a trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Patience, persistence pay off   With frequent cold fronts and steady north winds, fishing around Anna Maria Island will require persistence along with a little luck. We’re in between our fall and winter patterns, which means you’ll need to get …

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