Category Archives: 12-28-2011

Bradenton Beach mayor seeks ward 3 interest

Almost like they’re family, Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy can’t say enough about his pride in the city and the people he works with in his job as the city’s top administrator. He looks at the appointment of the next city commissioner in a similar way. Asked what kind of person would make a good […]

Gatehouse seeks Ward 3 commission seat

Richard Gatehouse, 60, a resident of the 100 block of Third Street North in Bradenton Beach, is seeking appointment to the vacant Ward 3 city commission seat. Gatehouse is a volunteer member of Bradenton Beach’s mooring field committee and the board of adjustment, and he earns income as the city’s web designer. “It’s a good […]

Tillison seeks Ward 3 commission seat

“I’m not a politician,” says Johnny “Scooter” Tillison, 71, who hopes to gain the appointment to the vacant Ward 3 seat on the Bradenton Beach City Commission, “but I love this little Island. “There’s some things that need fixin’, the parking — everyone wants to park on Bridge Street — and rental problems,” said Tillison […]

Holmes Beach opens city course to golf carts

Golf cart drivers in Holmes Beach will motor with less of a handicap in the wake of an ordinance approved unanimously by commissioners Dec. 13 allowing golf carts on more city streets. The new law allows golf carts to be driven on any street in the city with a speed limit of less than 35 […]

Don’t forget resort tax this season

With the coming of the winter tourist season, the Manatee County Tax Collector’s resort tax collection unit has issued a notice reminding property owners renting a property for six months or less of its tax obligations. The 5 percent resort tax — commonly called the bed tax — applies throughout Manatee County, the notice said. […]

Island road construction on hold

The Florida Department of Transportation announced that all construction activities on Anna Maria Island are suspended for the holiday season. Construction of the East Bay Drive sidewalk in Holmes Beach will resume Jan. 3, the DOT said in a press release. Construction on the Longboat Pass Bridge also will be suspended until Jan. 3, but […]

Sandpiper Resort lands in dispute between cities

The Sandpiper Resort in Bradenton Beach is caught between two cities regarding a solution to the 2008 quitclaim of 27th Street east of Gulf Drive along the mobile home park’s northern boundary with Holmes Beach. And the Bradenton Beach City Commission might be in a quandary, unable to move forward with any solution offered by […]

Fireworks signal new year

The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach will host its 18th annual New Year’s Eve party for patrons of the beachfront restaurant, and the midnight fireworks show will again provide free entertainment to the crowd that assembles on the beach. For more information or reservations at the BeachHouse, call 941-779-2222. Islander File Photo: […]

Flashback 2011: The year in review Part 1

The year began with frigid temperatures — for Florida, fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico and frenzy at Anna Maria city hall, where a band of 40 pirates kidnapped the mayor. The second half of the year, to be reviewed next week, began with steamy temperatures, but also fireworks over the Gulf of Mexico and […]