Category Archives: 12-26-2012

Island fills up for holidays

As the late Bing Crosby would croon, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” At least for Anna Maria Island it is — without the snow. As more and more out-of-state vehicles show up on island streets and people flock to local restaurants and beaches, that’s what an island Christmas looks like, said Anna […]

Hearing set in libel suit against HB commissioner

Attorneys for John F. Agnelli Jr. are pushing forward on the libel lawsuit filed against Holmes Beach Commissioner Chair Jean Peelen, setting a court hearing in February on Peelen’s motion to dismiss. “The motion is essentially a stalling tactic,” said Agnelli attorney Peter Mackey of Mackey Law Group, P.A., of Bradenton. “In my opinion the […]

Edible garden partnership enriches AME curriculum

Eight years and running, Anna Maria Elementary School has taught sustainable food production and healthy eating in a partnership with the community in its edible garden program for fourth-graders.         Beach Bistro funds the Earthboxes, soil and seeds.         AME fourth-grade classes — with help from master gardener and volunteer Christine Callahan and others — […]

Community center had 2012 deficit

Auditors for the Anna Maria Island Community Center told the center’s board of directors at their Dec. 10 meeting that the center ran a deficit in 2012. At the same time, however, auditor Eric Troyer gave the accounting by the center a clean audit, the highest rating he could give. Board of directors president Greg […]

Safety first at city’s floating dock

Some public frustration is mounting over the lengthy closure of the floating day dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Especially for new visitors to the island, who aren’t up to speed on city news, said public works director Tom Woodard. “I had some fairly vocal complaints, especially during the Dec. […]

Special master for Bradenton Beach resigns

Bradenton Beach Special Master Harold Youmans has submitted notice to terminate his contract with the city. Since 2005, when Bradenton Beach opted to hire a special master to hear code enforcement cases, Youmans has been called in to conduct quasi-judicial hearings for the city. In a letter dated Dec. 11, Youmans provided the 60-day notice […]

Bradenton Beach ponders: Is it street or avenue?

There is a saying in Christianity that asks, “Will the road you are on get you to my place?” If you are on Church Street in Bradenton Beach, it will indeed take a traveler to Harvey Memorial Community Church, but the listed address for the church and several residences isn’t Church Street. It’s Church Avenue, […]

Holmes Beach commission focus: fixing problems

At their Dec. 20 work session, Holmes Beach commissioners explored illegal lot splits, underground footers, noise problems and other rental issues with an eye to fix problems as soon as possible. They outlined objectives to accomplish during the expected six-month building moratorium in the R-2 zoning district, and talked about implementing a living-area ratio — […]

HB prepares for moratorium, honors police chief

    By a 4-1 vote, Holmes Beach commissioners stayed on course to enact a moratorium effective Dec. 25 to halt new permitting for construction, demolition and substantial rebuilds for up to six months in the city’s rental district.     A motion by Commissioner Marvin Grossman and second by Commissioner Judy Titsworth led to a Dec. […]