Category Archives: 12-18-2013

Sirens signal Santa’s arrival at Sandbar

Santa Claus arrives at noon Dec. 10 on a fire truck for the 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. On arriving at the Sandbar, Santa made a second surprise entrance to the party on a scooter. He zipped across the beach on two wheels, […]

Beach renourishment startup delayed to Dec. 17

A Dec. 11 start date for an Anna Maria Island beach renourishment project stretching south from Holmes Beach to Longboat Key Pass was pushed back to Dec. 17, according to Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. After making presentations in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach earlier this month on […]

Anna Maria setback hearing takes on prosecutorial airs

Lay people can easily get hung up on words and intent in discussions of judicial matters. That appeared to be the case at the Anna Maria City Commission Dec. 12 meeting when property owner Joe Acebal applied for a 9-foot variance to the front-yard setback requirement for a newly constructed home at 414 Pine Ave. […]

Anna Maria parking debate results in refunds

Mayor SueLynn reported to the commission Dec. 12 that both Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and Rex Hagen want to be refunded their donations for improvements to the vacant lots at the east end of Pine Avenue. Hagen donated $55,000, and PAR pledged up to $100,000. The refund requests came after the commission voted 3-2 Dec. […]

Bradenton Beach seeks input on noise ordinance

In an unusual move, Bradenton Beach officials referred a non-related land development code matter to the planning and zoning board Dec. 11. City planner Alan Garrett acknowledged that the P&Z would not normally review noise ordinance revisions, but he said the city is taking extra steps to ensure the proposed updates will be satisfactory to […]

HB tightens Mainsail agreement

Holmes Beach commissioners, at a Dec. 11 work session, made some minor tweaks to a settlement agreement between the city and the Mainsail Lodge development team. It was the second round of review for commissioners. The agreement stems from two rounds of mediation initiated by Mainsail attorney Robert Lincoln to avoid suing the city over […]

The mullet are running, grab your cast net

It’s harvest time. And like farmers heading into the fields for a day’s work, well before sunrise, mullet fishers are loading their cast nets and gear aboard boats and heading onto the water. In the fall, mullet group together and begin a migration pattern, intrinsic to their reproduction cycle, and a frenzy for fishers and […]

Calendar – 12-18-2013

Fishing for volunteers Planning is underway for the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, which takes place Feb. 15-16 in the historic commercial fishing village. To volunteer for the festival, call FISH at 941-254-4972. Islander File Photo   Wednesday, Dec. 18 Noon — The Anna Maria Garden Club Christmas program and luncheon, Roser Memorial Community […]

Island police blotter – 12-18-2013

Anna Maria         • Dec. 3, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, lost property. A complainant reported he set his wallet down and went for coffee. When he returned, his wallet was missing. He said he was not sure if someone stole it or if he had misplaced it. • Nov. 28, 500 […]