Tag Archives: 03-13-2013

AM moratorium exemptions outlined

Anna Maria building official Bob Welch, working last week with city attorney Jim Dye, determined guidelines for construction projects to be exempt from an in-process building moratorium. The city commission at its Feb. 28 meeting agreed to allow certain projects …

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Employee winner

Anna Maria Island Elementary School custodian Todd Persinger, left, is congratulated March 8 by principal David Marshall on being named Manatee County School District Support Employee of the Year. Persinger received a $5,000 savings account at Suncoast Schools Federal Credit …

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Congress could move beach nourishment up 1 year

John and Kathy Meicht of West Chester, Pa., nearly have the beach to themselves March 7 near one of three crumbling groins at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Manatee County natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker will have his fingers crossed when Congress votes March 27 on a new spending plan. Included in the plan are emergency funds to restore beaches damaged by Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Debby. …

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Keep cool, says BB top cop

Motorists on Cortez Road head on and off the island in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

With the winter visitor season in high gear on both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale has some advice for motorists. “Have patience,” he said, especially if the drawbridge is raised. He sees traffic …

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Lack of support kills BB gateway project

Pedestrians walk where Bradenton Beach gateway improvements were planned. The project came to a halt at the March 7 capital improvement projects meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler expressed disappointment after a March 7 capital improvement projects meeting that effectively killed her effort to beautify the city’s gateway. Breuler was authorized via consensus to pursue the landscaping project in September 2012. She was …

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BB police officer recovering from head-on crash

Bradenton Beach Police Officer Erik Hill was injured in the March 3 head-on collision with a car stolen from North Carolina at the corner of 56th Street and Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach, following a short but erratic chase of the driver, who was wanted on out-of-state warrants. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan McArthur

Bradenton Beach Police Officer Erik Hill’s prognosis is significantly better than initially suspected following his March 3 head-on vehicle collision with a North Carolina fugitive. Amanda Varner, 24, led police on a brief pursuit along Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach, …

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New city position created, appointed by Holmes Beach mayor

Mary Buonagura of Holmes Beach, a volunteer for rental focus groups in 2012 and on Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti’s transition team, is now employed by the city as a human resource specialist. Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach volunteer and native islander, Mary Buonagura, was hired by Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti to a newly created city position as a human resource specialist.         In a press release, Monti said he hired Buonagura to update job …

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HB commish poised to approve chickens

Mike Sales, left, entertainer and emcee for Cityfest, and Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman, wearing his “Have you hugged your chicken today” T-shirt, re-introduce the 1929 “Anna Maria Song” on the outdoor festival stage at March 2 at the city field, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach appears ready to allow chickens into the city.         An ordinance to allow residents to raise egg-laying hens within the city’s limits is on the March 12 commission agenda for final approval.         A 4-1 vote last month …

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Cortez man arrested for passing counterfeit cash

A 20-year-old Cortez man was charged Feb. 28 with two counts of felony counterfeit and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was contacted by a Winn-Dixie employee at 3500 53rd …

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Island real estate transactions – 03-13-2013

  A sale address was incorrectly listed in the March 6 edition of The Islander. The sale at 537 68th St. should have been for 537 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,261 sfla / 2,744 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built …

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