Tag Archives: 04-16-2014

On the high wire! On Holmes Beach field! The flying Wallendas!

  Rick Wallenda rides the high-wire bicycle, Hailey Warren, 10, is on his shoulders. Also performing up top, Blake Wallenda. Hailey performed gracefully on the rope, as did the elegant Nicolette Fornasari. On the ground in the “bull fight,” were …

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Anna Maria commissioners: Time for paid parking (discussion)

Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown addresses Anna Maria commissioners at their April 10 work session about his town’s experience planning for the future with the Urban Land Institute of Washington, D.C. Sitting next to Brown is Anna Maria Commissioner Carol Carter. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Paid parking has been discussed by Anna Maria commissioners for a decade, if not longer. Some things don’t seem to change. At their April 10 work session, commissioners agreed it’s time to move forward with paid parking — followed by …

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DOT hosts Cortez Bridge meeting to address project questions

The Florida Department of Transportation plans a public meeting April 22 on a $4 million repair project to the Cortez Bridge that is scheduled to begin April 28. Islander file photo

Bridges are hot-button topics for bridge-dependent folks on Anna Maria Island. The Florida Department of Transportation plans a public information meeting on the upcoming $4 million repair project of the Cortez Bridge 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Kirkwood …

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Easter Sunday arrives with sunrise service

Easter Sunrise

Easter Sunday will arrive April 20, with a celebration on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will take place at 6:30 a.m. at Manatee Public …

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Citizen asks Holmes Beach to improve Birdie Tebbetts Field

The sign dedicated in 2008 for the baseball field in Holmes Beach was moved recently from the outfield parking lot to the back of the dugout at Birdie Tebbetts Field, behind the West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 1 at 6001 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Holmes Beach resident and Manatee West Hurricanes Baseball team manager Andy Procter has big plans for the future of the city’s baseball field. However, without funding, he has learned, the plans may not come to fruition. Last October, Procter proposed …

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Neal Preserve opens at last on Perico Island

A sign directs visitors to the newly opened Neal Preserve, 12301 Manatee Ave. W., Perico Island.Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

If there is such a thing as being preserve-rich, Manatee County may be headed in that direction. The Neal Preserve on Perico Island on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue West — about 200 yards east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge, …

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Bradenton Beach jewelers lose $6k in diamond deal

A Longboat Key maintenance man has been charged with stealing an $85,000 diamond ring and selling the stone to a Bradenton Beach jeweler. Michael Artman, 51, Bradenton, is in the Manatee County jail facing charges of burglary, theft after trust …

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Boater rescued by marine units

A boater was rescued March 29 after his sailboat capsized due to rough conditions south of Longboat Key Pass. Around 3:20 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard at Station Cortez received a report of a person in the water and an …

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State Attorney determined to take Chiquet to trial in 2014

It’s been almost five years since Joseph Edmund Chiquet was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old girl. This week, for the second time since his arrest, the Bradenton Beach man has been placed into …

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Stabbing suspect faces additional charges

A man arrested after allegedly stabbing a woman multiple times March 15 in the Holmes Beach apartment they shared with another man now faces additional charges after the victim reported finding a homemade weapon in the apartment. Andrew Helderman, 23, …

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