Category Archives: 12-19-2012

Santa visits Bridge Street and kids

Santa visits with a fan during the Dec. 15 Christmas on Bridge Street celebration in Bradenton Beach. Santa rode in on the Anna Maria Island Privateers sleigh and the Privateers joined this year’s festivities for the first time to raise money for their ongoing effort to save the sleigh. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Island churches celebrate Christmas Eve

Christmas will be celebrated islandwide and include candlelight services, masses and sermons Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 23-25. St. Bernard Catholic Church         St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate Mass at each service, including regular services Sunday, Dec. 23.         On Christmas Eve, a children’s Mass will be held at […]

New Cortez Bridge study to begin

The Florida Department of Transportation will begin a study in January for a replacement of the Cortez Bridge. Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization executive director Mike Howe told members of the Island Transportation and Planning Organization Dec. 10 that the study would take about a year. He said public meetings will be held after the study’s […]

Plaintiffs to appeal watercraft wrongful death verdict

A not-guilty jury verdict in the three-year-old lawsuit waged by the family of a Deltona man who died in a watercraft accident near a staging area for an artificial reef project at Longboat Pass at south Coquina Beach appears headed to yet more litigation. “We’re appealing everything,” plaintiff’s attorney Tiffany Faddis of Faddis & Faddis […]

Holmes Beach commission seeks Mainsail update

There were more questions than answers for Holmes Beach commissioners Dec.11 on the future of the proposed Mainsail Anna Maria Lodge at the corner of Marina and Gulf drives.         Earlier in the day, Mainsail Lodging and Development president Joe Collier and two others showed Mayor Carmel Monti, Commissioner Judy Titsworth and the city building […]

Objectors to HB moratorium rise, city limits terms

While Holmes Beach residents have been packing city meetings in the past year to complain about huge houses, investors moving residents out of the city’s housing stock and renter-related problems, at a Dec.11 meeting, it was the turn of new owners, contractors and others to voice their opinions about a proposed building moratorium.         About […]

City to honor police chief

The city commission of Holmes Beach was to hold a reception for retiring Police Chief Jay Romine after press time for The Islander, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.     Romine will retire Dec. 20 after 19 years in the top law enforcement spot.     Commission Chair Jean Peelen […]

Osborn isn’t talking about FDLE request to cooperate

Kelly Osborn isn’t answering whether she will cooperate with a Florida Department Law Enforcement request to release requested evidence needed to conclude the investigation into her daughter’s 2009 death in Bradenton Beach. Sheena Morris, 22, was found dead in a BridgeWalk Resort room hanging from the shower head by a dog leash. Her death was […]

Holiday of Treasures celebrated on Pine

Guitarist Joe Bonfiglio plays holiday music at the Olive Oil Outpost, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, during the p Dec.14 in businesses along Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive. Merchants held open house and offered snacks and refreshments to and estimated 1,000 attendees. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Roser celebrates holiday fellowship in Bethlehem walk

Steve Gianiotes readies Lima the llama for the Bethlehem Walk in Anna Maria. Four generations in Hal Kesyer’s family, including 101-year-young Hal, BJ Love, Rosanne Tennyson and Emery Vulgan, gather before the Dec. 15 Bethlehem Walk with others from the Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Solemn onlookers learn there is no room at […]