Tag Archives: 04-17-2013

Public comment sought for AM park proposal

Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry, at the April 11 commission meeting, describes his plan for a new city park with 15 parking spaces at the east end of Pine Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria commissioners asked for more public input on a proposed park, consisting of live oak trees, a grass lawn and 15 parking spaces at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard North. Commissioner Gene Aubry presented his plan, …

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Hope remains to keep Rotten Ralph’s at BB pier

Bradenton Beach agreed to hold off on closing Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Bradenton Beach City Pier until discussion at an April 18 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Despite a 4-1 vote April 4 by Bradenton Beach commissioners to terminate the lease of Rotten Ralph’s, hope remains to keep the doors open to keep the doors open at the restaurant. The restaurant is located on the Historic Bridge …

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DOT calls for Cortez Bridge meeting

The Florida Department of Transportation will host the first in a series of public meetings about the Cortez Bridge 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. The meeting is part of …

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HB commissioner calls out mayor’s proposals

Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino calls out Mayor Carmel Monti’s proposals to charge a trolley fee, build a toll gate on the Anna Maria Island Bridge and lease the Scentral Park dog park to dog owners. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It was a two-round battle April 9 between Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino and Commission Chair Jean Peelen. Round two came at the end of the meeting when Peelen admonished Zaccagnino for his March 28 criticism of Mayor Carmel Monti’s …

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2 Holmes Beach commissioners square off over police chief

Holmes Beach city clerk Stacey Johnston swears in new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer at an April 9 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young

What was supposed to be an informal celebratory swearing in ceremony for new Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer turned hostile at an April 9 city commission meeting. Tokajer was hired March 28, during a hastily organized special meeting where …

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Give me a chance says new HB top cop

New Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer officially took office April 10 amid public outcry against the decision to hire him over former interim Chief Dale Stephenson. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Citizens expressed outrage over Mayor Carmel Monti’s March 28 announcement he was recommending the city hire Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer over Holmes Beach Police Department’s 26-year veteran Dale Stephenson. Tokajer, who officially started work April 10, said he …

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HBPD collecting prescription drugs for disposal

The Holmes Beach Police Department continues to partner with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program. The campaign has multiple goals — to curb the theft or abuse of drugs and keep dangerous drugs out …

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BB man arrested on a sexual battery charge

A 40-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested on felony sexual battery with a weapon and aggravated battery April 12 in the 400 block of Second Street North. According to the probable cause affidavit, Terry Moroz and the victim argued the …

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Manatee County resort tax collections reach record high

An Anna Maria beach is filled last week with sun-seekers, although the winter-spring tourism season usually draws to a close after Easter, which was March 31. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

February bed tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s resort tax division were $1.11 million, a record for February said Sue Sinquefield, director of the resort tax office. The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 …

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Fishing – 04-17-2013

Capt. Logan Bystrom assists Dennis Crelling with showing off a 50-pound kingfish Crelling caught off of Anna Maria Island on a recent charter.

Getting into the swing of AMI spring fishing   The springtime bite is finally settling in around Anna Maria Island. Water temps are on the rise, which is triggering baitfish to move onto the flats. Hungry snook, redfish and spotted …

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