Tag Archives: 03-19-2014

Welcome to Anna Maria Ireland

Welcome to Anna Maria Ireland and the 16th annual Sean Murphy-Beach Bistro-Eat Here Parade. Photos by Karen Riley-Love and Bonner Joy Cora the elephant and her partner Bill. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy Enjoying the March 16 Beach Bistro-Eat Here St. …

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HBPD thwarts murder attempt

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A man was arrested March 14 after he allegedly stabbed a woman multiple times after learning she had an intimate relationship with their roommate, according to the Holmes Beach Police Department. Andrew Helderman, 23, of the 300 block of Clark …

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Anna Maria punches paid-parking plan into forward gear

Anna Maria commissioners are seated around several tables, conducting informal work sessions and suspending the rules or order to promote dialogue. Taking part are, from left, Commissioners Doug Copeland, left, Dale Woodland, Chuck Webb, Mayor SueLynn, Commissioners Nancy Yetter and Carol Carter, city attorney Jim Dye and city planner Alan Garrett. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

After nearly three decades of discussing paid parking in Anna Maria’s rights of way, the idea may at last be moving toward a conclusion. At their March 13 work session, commissioners informally agreed 4-1 to proceed with the idea of …

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Beach renourishment reaches final stretch at Coquina Beach

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. moved its barges March 13 from a location offshore of the north end of Anna Maria Island to a borrow area closer to Longboat Pass. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

It seems like it’s been a long time coming. But the two-part renourishment of Anna Maria Island beaches that began Dec. 20 at 79th Street in Holmes Beach is now in its final phase at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. …

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AMI braces for spring break

Beachgoers flock to the shore of Anna Maria Island March 10. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Time was on Anna Maria Island when spring break wasn’t given much thought by law enforcement. Spring break thus far this year on the island is mostly composed of crowds of local high school students given a week off from …

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Bradenton Beach on pace to overspend budget by $400,000

It may be a familiar problem to some people, not having enough money for everyday needs. Almost six months into the 2013-14 fiscal year budget, reviewed and approved in 2013 under the former administration, Bradenton Beach now faces a $400,000 …

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Trial date set in real estate-renter fraud case

A trial date has been set for the former Anna Maria Island vacation real estate agent who allegedly pocketed rental deposits and double-booked vacation homes without providing adequate refunds. Michael Carleton, 61, of Bradenton, was charged in November 2013 with …

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Holmes Beach charter review covers mayor vacancy

Should the city retain its weak-mayor form of government and add a city manager? The devil may be in the details of the government’s charter. If attention to detail were ever in question with the Holmes Beach Charter Review Committee, …

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January resort tax tops $1M

Beachgoers flock to the AMI shore March 10. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Once upon a time, a million dollars was a lot of money. In 1990, the year Manatee County first instituted a resort development tax on rentals of six months or less, $1.4 million was collected. The resort tax was set …

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Fire district delays search for chief

The search for a successor to West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price was supposed to begin in February, but district commissioners weren’t sure where to start. Price is retiring in May 2015 and the WMFR board of elected commissioners …

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