Tag Archives: 04-18-2012

Pier, business success stresses AM parking needs

Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder speaks to Anna Maria commissioners, including SueLynn, right, at their April 12 meeting of unforeseen parking problems at the pier and along Pine Avenue created by the success of the pier boardwalk and the Pine Avenue business district. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria commissioners, Mayor Mike Selby, city staff and experts spent nearly two years creating a parking plan for Pine Avenue that they hoped would satisfy the parking needs of everyone. That plan, however, was developed before the success was …

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Business owner offers HB downtown remake

The business association’s plan for downtown Holmes Beach includes more green space and a roundabout at Marina and Gulf drives. Islander Courtesy Photo

It’s about making Holmes Beach more walkable, and “eat, play and stay” — not just increased tourism. Amy Welch, Holmes Beach Merchants Association president and owner of Acqua Aveda hair salon, introduced a concept plan to remake the downtown commercial …

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BB P&Z shoots down ELRA-city dune agreement

At its April 10 public hearing, the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board voted to recommend the city reject the proposed joint development agreement with ELRA, the corporation which owns the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The …

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Sea turtle group opposes ELRA project

A key selling point in the city of Bradenton Beach’s partnership with ELRA, the corporation headed by Ed Chiles and owner of the BeachHouse Restaurant, to construct a dune across from city hall has been enhancing sea-turtle nesting habitat. During …

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Holmes Beach shares memories, honors partners

The city of Holmes Beach honored three community partners — and past city officials shared memories of days gone by — at the 62nd anniversary celebration of the city’s incorporation April 13.         “I guess I’m the founder of Founder’s …

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Holmes Beach celebrates 62 years with party in park

  Jeff Asbury, former city alderman, now known as commissioner, shares memories of early days in the city at the mayor’s reception. The LaPensee Classic Car Show at CitiFest attracts onlookers and more than 120 vehicles to Birdie Tebbetts Field. …

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DEP issues findings, fines for mangrove trimming

Approximately 6,600 square feet of mangroves were illegally cut on the bayfront at 28th Street, Holmes Beach, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Originally thought to be a larger area, the DEP concluded the illegally cut mangroves were as shown here. Islander Courtesy Photo

A large swathe of mangroves was illegally trimmed on the bayfront at 28th Street in Holmes Beach without a permit, violating the state statute that protects the shore-hugging trees. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued its findings in two …

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Holmes Beach mayor announces bid for re-election

Mayor Rich Bohnenberger

Saying April 10 he’s “no longer undecided” at a work session of the Holmes Beach City Commission, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger declared his intent to run for re-election in November.         Bohnenberger said last month he did not yet know whether …

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60-year-old arrested for battery

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60-year-old woman Anna Maria woman has been arrested on felony domestic battery of a pregnant woman. According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Irene Hernandez was arrested April 9 at 205 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria, following a physical …

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Arizona gang member arrested in Anna Maria

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Kiernan of the MCSO Anna Maria substation talks April 11 to Juan Carlos Hernandez-Rafael, 32, (inside vehicle) after arresting Hernandez on several Arizona warrants following a routine traffic stop in the 9400 block of Gulf Drive. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

A reputed Phoenix gang member was arrested last week in Anna Maria by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Kiernan of the MCSO-AM substation for three warrants out of Arizona after a routine traffic stop led to discovery of the …

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