Tag Archives: 04-24-2013

5-year-old boy found dead

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale talks to lifeguards April 22 awaiting the arrival of the District 12 medical examiner to provide an official cause of death for a 5-year-old boy who drowned April 20 after swimming in the dangerous waters of Longboat Pass. Islander Reporter: Mark Young

The weekend search for a young boy that went missing April 20 after wandering away from a family gathering and taking a jump into the dangerous waters of Longboat Pass at Coquina Beach has ended. Lomontea Taylor, 5, was found …

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$15m beach renourishment may begin in August

Beachgoers enjoy the sun and sand at Fifth Avenue South in Bradenton Beach. Anglers on the condemned groin in the distance defy a posted trespass order. This location will be the terminus for part one of a two-part renourishment project expected to begin in August. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The planned $15 million beach renourishment of Anna Maria Island between 78th Street in Holmes Beach and Fifth Avenue South in Bradenton Beach should begin by late August, said Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker. Hunsicker said the U.S. …

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BIEO hears beach plans, strategy to repeal state rental law

Only birds occupy and fish from one of three storm-damaged erosion-control groins along Cortez Beach. The groins have remained off limits for years. They are scheduled to be replaced as part of a beach renourishment project this fall and may open again to anglers and other visitors. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker updated officials at an April 17 Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting that this year’s beach renourishment project has received additional funds. Hunsicker said the county was notified April 15 that the $6 …

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Rotten Ralph’s pier restaurant remains open on 30-day reprieve

Bradenton Beach pier concessionaire Dave Russell of Rotten Ralph’s restaurant learned April 18 that the city granted a 30-day extension for him to resolve his back rent. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Rotten Ralph’s restaurant will have until the Bradenton Beach May 18 city commission meeting to pay its debt in a final attempt to remain the leaseholder on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. On April 9, commissioners voted to terminate the …

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Center behind in funding, Affaire short on sales

The 2013 AMICC Affaire invitation.

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors got some bad news at their April 19 meeting about the upcoming May 18 black-tie gala. An Island Affaire, the center’s biggest fundraiser each year and less than four weeks away, …

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DOT seeks input on Cortez Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing in Bradenton April 30 seeking input on the future of the Cortez Bridge spanning Sarasota Bay and linking Bradenton Beach to Cortez on the mainland. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the future of the Cortez Bridge that links Bradenton Beach to the mainland. As part of the project development and environment study required before any major bridge project can begin, …

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Mainsail attorney files petition for relief from Holmes Beach

A model of the Mainsail project sits in the office trailer at the mostly abandoned development site. The marina docks are home to several charter boats. Islander File Photo

Attorney Robert Lincoln, representing the Mainsail development group, filed a petition of relief April 18 with the city of Holmes Beach. The petition outlines the history of the Mainsail development plans at 5325 Marina Drive, which originally included a restaurant, …

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Data specialist cautions local tourism officials

In the midst of a glowing report that said tourism to the area is up 7.2 percent for the first two months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, Walter Klages, of Research Data Services, warned the tourism …

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Grrrreat cleanup

Second graders in Karen Newhall’s class at Anna Maria Elementary School take part in the Great American Cleanup on the AME campus April 19, including Gianna Norton, Samara Dunn, Laila Singer and Izzy Witcom clean up the AME campus with …

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Island police blotter – 04-24-2013

Anna Maria         • April 6, 800 block of North Shore Drive, missing person. While assisting Florida Power & Light with a downed line, a man drove up to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy and said he was lost. …

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