Category Archives: 12-21-2011

Kids cheer Santa’s arrival at Sandbar

Jubilant kids, hands waving in the air, smiles on their faces, ran to the shore, all shouting, “Santa!”         Santa’s sleigh had broken down in the Gulf of Mexico waters, but a rescue was in progress, according to the loud speaker at the Sandbar Restaurant pavilion in Anna Maria just before noon on Dec. 13. […]

Ward 3 applicants sought

Bradenton Beach city commissioners will begin the new year still minus a colleague on the dais. Since Nov. 8, the date of the general election, the city has lacked a Ward 3 commissioner. That’s because no one filed to run for the office vacated by Janie Robertson, who, due to term-limit rules, could not seek […]

Arraignment delayed in cyber-sex case

Arraignment again was delayed for a 64-year-old Holmes Beach man accused of using Facebook to solicit a child for unlawful sexual conduct. Ronald Littlehale was scheduled to answer allegations of sexually-related crimes in DeSoto County on Dec. 12, a court date delayed from Nov. 29. On Dec. 12, the arraignment was again postponed — until […]

No contest plea made in HB theft case

A woman accused of ripping off a Holmes Beach couple away from home on a European vacation pleaded no contest Dec. 15 to charges that she stole the couple’s car and possession. Catherine Theresa O’Malley, 49, was arrested earlier this year on charges of grand theft, a second-degree felony, and grand theft of a vehicle, […]

Beware Holmes Beach: Privateers run this town

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger was given “fair warning” at a Dec. 13 city meeting.         “Privateers run this town,” Tim “Hammer” Thompson told the commission, wielding a hammer and pointing to the mayor. “Our demands will be met or you will pay!”         The Anna Maria Island Privateer decreed that the mayor will be […]

HB votes to settle 27th Street border dispute

To settle the recent dispute between the bordering cities of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach over public access the Sandpiper Resort mobile home park, Holmes Beach commissioners voted Dec. 13 to seek a settlement that would restore access to a 30-foot-wide length 27th Street. In 2008, the city of Bradenton Beach quitclaimed the right of […]

Citizen solutions flow at HB meeting

        Holmes Beach commissioners heard a multitude of suggestions Dec. 13 from residents and business people regarding complaints related to the city’s short-term rental policies and duplex construction.         Attended by more than 100 residents, about 20 property managers, real estate professionals and others spoke before a packed chamber in what Holmes Beach Commission Chair […]

Mullet run takes off

Mullet season has begun and fishers are casting nets in hopes of bringing in plentiful loads of the fish — a bounty for Christmas. Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co. said that interest in mullet is especially great this season because of last year’s low yield. “We have buyers from Italy, France, Taiwan, Egypt […]

Island road advisories

The Florida Department of Transportation announced it has begun repairs to the Longboat Key Pass Bridge on State Road 789 from north of Northshore Road on Longboat Key to south Coquina Park in Bradenton Beach. Work this week will include repairs under the bridge with no impact to traffic, the DOT said. Plans call for […]

Tourism continues upward trend

While October is considered a transition month in the Island tourism industry, it’s difficult to make that assertion when recent tourism figures show visitor arrivals in the Bradenton area for October 2011 were up 12 percent from the same month last year. Research Data Services Inc., the Tampa company that compiles tourism data for the […]