Tag Archives: 03-27-2013

Lakewood Ranch resort tax collections rival Anna Maria Island

The Manatee County Public Beach at 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, attracts a crowd in mid-March, several weeks ahead of Easter, the pinnacle of tourist season. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Just four months into the fiscal year, the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeing a 13.1 percent rise in resort tax collections for 2012-13 from unincorporated Manatee County — primarily the Lakewood Ranch area — compared with the …

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New challenges face 2013 sea turtle nesting season

A record 2012 sea turtle nesting season didn’t officially end until a green turtle nest hatched in December. The 2013 season begins May 1 and it won’t be long before female turtles show up again on island shores to lay their nests. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteers are just catching their breath after a record 2012 sea turtle nesting season. According to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, while this year’s season doesn’t begin until May 1, AMITW volunteers …

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BB commissioner calls for safety action at S curve

Traffic flows through the S curve in Bradenton Beach on Gulf Drive around to 12th Street South where safety concerns have been noted by city commissioners for some time. Islander Photo: Mark Young

At a March 19 Bradenton Beach department head meeting, Commissioner Jan Vosburgh called for action on the city’s long-time safety concerns at the S curve on Gulf Drive near 12th Street South. Vosburgh said she is working with the Florida …

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‘Cash cow’ needs more than words, BIEO agrees

Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen is tired of seeing the virtues of Anna Maria Island and its beaches displayed in just about every advertisement and website about the Bradenton area. She’s not really tired of the advertisements, they’re great for …

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Holmes Beach to review use of city field

Shoppers peruse booths at Springfest, an annual outdoor art and craft show hosted by the Anna Maria Island Art League at the Holmes Beach soccer field. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy

Holmes Beach commissioners at their March 21 work session agreed with a suggestion by Mayor Carmel Monti to take a look at how city property is rented. He said he thought the city field might be “over-used” by nonprofit organizations …

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BB police chief: Morris death investigation winding down

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Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said March 19 that the investigation into the 2009 death of Sheena Morris, 22, is “winding down.” Speciale said the assisting Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents, as well as BBPD Lt. Lenard Diaz …

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Attempt to elude police lands Bradenton man in jail

A 28-year-old Bradenton man faces a felony attempting to elude law enforcement charge after trying to escape a March 16 traffic stop on a motorcycle. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach police officer initiated a traffic stop …

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Police seek information on armed robbery

Police are seeking information on an armed robbery suspect described as a male about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 250 pounds. A 30-year-old Holmes Beach man was walking home March 18 in the 11300 block of Cortez …

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Island roadwatch

A Florida Department of Transportation press release said maintenance work on the Anna Maria Island Bridge on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue will begin the first week of April. A majority of the repair work will take place below the road …

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Ex-Islander denies cooking wife, sentenced to 15-years-to-life

David Viens speaks out at his March 22 sentencing hearing. Islander Photo: Courtesy Daily Breeze (Los Angeles) photographer Brad Graverson

A Lomita chef who killed his wife and boiled her body in his restaurant’s kitchen was sentenced March 22 to spend 15 years to life in prison, moments after he declared “I didn’t cook my wife” and that nobody misses …

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