Category Archives: 12-22-2010

Santa, Sandbar bring joy

The children, snug in sweaters and winter coats, ran to Santa Claus, kicking up sand and shouting hellos. St. Nick waved from the back of a pickup truck trailed by a lanky snowman, SpongeBob SquarePants and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Loudspeakers amplified a recording of “Here Comes Santa Claus,” which could be heard at […]

Policing reviewed for pier party

Sgt. Dave Turner of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Anna Maria substation and MCSO Deputy Gary Sellito said they’re impressed with plans to celebrate the city pier’s centennial. The officers were briefed by the centennial celebration committee at its Dec. 13 meeting on plans for the May 13-14. 2011, celebration. The Anna Maria City Pier […]

BB property owner fined

A Bradenton Beach property owner must pay a $3,104.64 fine for unpermitted roofing work on a structure. Special magistrate Harold Youmans ordered the fine and judged David A. Niewiek in violation of city ordinances regarding construction permits during a hearing Dec. 15 at Bradenton Beach City Hall. Niewiek and a trust own property in the […]

Robinson resumes HBPD challenge

“There is an elephant in the room no one wants to talk about,” Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson said as the Dec. 14 commission work session wrapped up. Robinson handed out a follow-up statement to the commission regarding comments he made at a November work session on the city’s police department. In the statement, he […]

Sand and celebration

Jacob Castro, a fourth-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, performs “Feliz Navidad” at the Lawton Chiles Christmas Party Dec. 14 at the Sandbar Restaurant. Jacob entertained about 160 children, most of them students in Head Start and Healthy Family Manatee programs.

Pitching in

Pam Leckie, chair of the Roser Food Pantry, accepts a $300 check from Ron Pepka and other players in the Anna Maria Horseshoe League, which holds casual but competitive games at the Anna Maria City Hall pits on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Leckie said the donation would go to the pantry fund, needed when donated supplies […]

TIFF grows up: 4 million registered, 4 states, 4 years

To Inform Families First is offering access to a registry Floridians can sign up with this holiday season that provides family and friends with a free gift — peace of mind. Through TIFF’s website,, Floridians can register emergency contact information with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to ensure that a […]

That’s a wrap

The Women of the Moose host a holiday lunch for children Dec. 18 at the lodge in Bradenton Beach. The group served lunch, presented children with gifts, organized games and booked a visit from Santa Claus. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff Sara Kubik, 6, and sister Carly examine the contents of the Christmas stockings they received […]

Christmas prelude

Santa Claus, with his compass continuing to direct him far south of the North Pole this month, visits with Jacob Dewitty, 9, during the Bridge Street Merchants’ open house Dec. 18 in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff Mike Sales gets some help from the Anna Maria Island Privateers on “Jingle Bells.” Santa and a […]