Tag Archives: 04-23-2014

Easter sunrise, good news

The Rev. Stephen King of the Harvey Memorial Community Church delivers the Easter sermon, “Good News,” to the congregation at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Jack Elka Worshippers fill the beachfront from the cafe and lifeguard …

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Easter smiles, Easter bunny

  Sheema Gollamudi models her Easter hat, which is topped by her Easter basket, April 19 on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy Jack Zaccagnino counts his Easter bounty of eggs at the Mar Vista Pub on …

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Students to practice bike safety with firefighters

West Manatee Fire Rescue District will ride bikes to school with Anna Maria Elementary School students to promote safety during Bike Safety Month, observed each May. Students participating in the bike ride will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, …

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Bradenton Beach to crack down on ‘derelict vessels’

A dinghy dock serves as a landing point for boaters anchored off the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Officials say the number of boats at the anchorage has doubled in the past two years. Islander Photo: Merab-Michal Favorite

In Bradenton Beach, a certain derelict sailboat without a mast doesn’t want to stay put. The boat is now tied up to the public dock on 12th Street South, but broke away from its anchorage, got tied up to the …

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HB mayor’s boat sinks in canal

One of two boats maintained by Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti on the canal behind his home sank overnight April 16. As of press time, the boat remained in the water. Islander Photo: Courtesy Larry Solberg

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti has his hands full, but not all of his work is at city hall. His sunken boat is stirring up a stink. According to code enforcement officer David Forbes, Monti’s boat, docked in the canal …

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Traffic ties up debate at Holmes Beach ‘idea’ forum

The gallery nearly fills at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, April 16 for a forum with Mayor Carmel Monti. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

‘Fill ’em up with rum and send them to Longboat Key.’ — one of many suggestions offered for traffic relief.   A slide show depicting parking garages, bike stands and gondola lifts flashed on the screen. And Holmes Beach Mayor …

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dHome vacation rental bill approved in Senate, now in House

Large vacation rentals such as these homes on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria, have been criticized by city officials. Islander File Photo

Some island elected officials are crossing their fingers, hoping for news from the Capitol. They’re awaiting word from Tallahassee on the fate of a bill that would repeal a 2011 statute that they say took away a local government’s right …

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Boat ramp to close in sections for repairs

Kingfish Boat Ramp. Islander File Photo

The Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach adjacent to the Anna Maria Island Bridge will see limited use as it undergoes repaired beginning April 23. The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Departments announced in a press release, repairs should …

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Caregiver accused of abusing elderly Holmes Beach man

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A home health aide was arrested April 10 after she allegedly tied a 95-year-old patient to his bed and physically and mentally abused him. Joan Smith Franklin, 68, 100 block of Hammock Road, Anna Maria, faces charges of abusing and …

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Bed tax collection, area tourism continue surge

If you’re an island resident who thinks this winter-spring tourist season is one of the busiest ever, there are figures to back you up. The Manatee County Tax Collector’s resort tax collection division reports its collections continue at a record …

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