Tag Archives: 04-03-2013

TripAdvisor: AMI 4th best U.S. island destination

Beachgoers last week at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach dine on the patio at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island is the No. 4 best island vacation destination in the United States in TripAdvisor.com’s annual Traveler’s Choice Awards. Voting for the awards is done by visitors to the website and from reviews on TripAdvisor. The first three …

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Ex-mayor’s daughter killed in hit-and-run

Elizabeth Tristam Barford, the daughter of former Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, was killed in a Tampa vehicle crash March 24. The Tampa Police Department said a Ford F-150 pickup truck struck a Jeep Cherokee on West Waters Avenue, which …

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BB pier restaurant behind on lease payments

Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach is in financial trouble after city commissioners learned the business owes the city $50,000 in back rent. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier is about $50,000 behind in rental payments to the city. The debt was revealed at the March 21 city commission meeting. City attorney Ricinda Perry said the restaurant is …

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Center board learns funding, donations critical

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors held its monthly meeting, while awaiting the April 1 arrival of new executive director Dawn Stiles. Acting executive director Scott Dell delivered the financial report and said income was down $35,000 …

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Divided HB commission deflates Mainsail proposal

In a contentious four-hour city commission meeting March 26, Holmes Beach commissioners voted 3-2 to revoke the site plan for the Mainsail development. Mayor Carmel Monti indicated progress had been made during two weeks of meetings between city staff and …

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HB chief locked out, dismissed — fired

The Islander learned over the Easter holiday, while Holmes Beach city offices were closed, Mayor Carmel Monti ordered the lock changed on the police chief’s office March 29, essentially barring interim Police Chief Dale Stephenson, a 26-year veteran of the …

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HB mayor names new chief, interim chief resigns, dismissed by mayor

Most residents of Holmes Beach at the March 28 special meeting to appoint the city’s new police chief left unhappy. Outrage over the hastily organized meeting and the leak that Mayor Carmel Monti would be recommending Longboat Key Police Lt. …

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Road watch

A maintenance project on the Cortez Bridge/State Road 684 will take place 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday, April 8, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said. A flagging operation will be in place for lane closures. The release also said …

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Island real estate transactions – 04-03-2013

2803 Avenue E, Holmes Beach, a 2,700 sfla / 3,900 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car pool home built in 2013 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/08/13, Seaside Breeze LLC to Golf for $1,800,000; list $1,950,000. 626 Hampshire Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,517 …

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Calendar – 04-03-2013

Wednesday, April 3 7:49 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, April 4 7:50 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Friday, April 5 7:17 a.m. — Official sunrise time.   Saturday, April 6 8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna …

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