Category Archives: 12-25-2013

Beach renourishment begins with hiccup

The long-awaited renourishment of Anna Maria Island beaches from 79th Street in Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach began Monday, Dec. 16, but there was an immediate, if temporary, problem. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Chicago, the contractor charged with renourishing the beach, placed some equipment on the beach in front of Blue Water Beach […]

Long Bar opposition rallies, developer cancels hearing

Opposition to the development of Long Bar Pointe on Sarasota Bay saw success in reduced environmental impact, but there is a difference between winning a battle and winning a war. The first battle was won in August, when the Manatee County Board of Commissioners narrowly voted to deny a text amendment change to the county […]

Bradenton Beach fast tracks hiring new city clerk

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon got a nod from Manatee County for assistance on an internal audit of the city’s policies and procedures. In a letter to county officials dated Dec. 16, Shearon said an internal audit would help the city make recommendations “to address time-sensitive issues, in addition to provide assistance to the new […]

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer took some time out this holiday season to ring the Salvation Army bell at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Tokajer spent a couple of hours mixing charity work and sharing holiday greetings with shoppers Dec. 12. Islander Courtesy Photo

HB ponders complexity of noise ordinance

From nightlife to city-sponsored events to a neighbor’s air conditioner and pool pump, Holmes Beach city officials acknowledge the long road ahead for a noise ordinance that can satisfy the majority of citizens. The terminology of “being a good neighbor” surfaces often in such discussions, but it is sometimes a challenge to believe that everyone […]

Christmas dream for Anna Maria Island

A few nights ago, I fell asleep dreaming about what to get everyone for Christmas. I didn’t dream of sugar plum fairies or candy canes while nestled in bed, I dreamed about what I should give the three island cities. For Anna Maria, I dreamed of giving the city one large parking lot. I would […]

Rod & Reel Pier remains closed, work continues

Rod & Reel Pier fans might be singing “Blue Christmas.” But sometimes Santa just can’t deliver on time.     The 1947-built pier at 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, didn’t reopen as hoped in time for Christmas, but manager Dave Cochran said repairs to the facility are moving ahead “as fast as possible.”     The […]

West Manatee announces 2013 annual awards

The West Manatee Fire Rescue recently presented its 2013 awards to staff. Firefighter Adam Baggett was named Rookie of the Year, while Battalion Chief Rich Losek and fire prevention/training secretary Sherry Vetter received the 25-year Career Service Award. The 15-year length of service award went to firefighter Nate Bergbom, while firefighters Mike Bugel and Brian […]

Island police blotter – 12-25-2013

Anna Maria • Dec. 5, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. An unknown person gained entry to the property by prying open a window. The suspect stole several items that were not listed or valued on the report. • Dec. 15, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, torture of an animal with intent […]