Tag Archives: 05-07-2014

Holmes Beach mayor’s boat underwater again

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti is having boat problems — again. Neighbor, Larry Solberg, reported the sunken boat April 17 and May 3 to the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez. “It’s been an ongoing thing, it’s still sunk,” said Solberg. …

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Legislature passes new vacation rental law

Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman’s 2012 drawing of a vacation home.

It seems wrestling control over vacation rentals faded in the final days of the Florida Legislature, depending on where you stand across the fence. Both houses of the Florida Legislature passed a bill returning limited regulatory power over short-term rentals …

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24-hour rainfall exceeds 7 inches, events canceled or delayed Staff Report

Pelicans wait out waves of rain May 3 while anticipating a handout of shiners from anglers at the M&M Bait pens, but small craft warnings kept anglers in port May 2-3. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

The National Weather Service in Ruskin reported that by noon May 3, 7.01 inches of rain had soaked Anna Maria Island in less than 24 hours, and more was expected. The island was under a flood watch and hazardous weather …

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Highest court to hear local commercial fisherman’s fish tale

John Yates works painting furniture at the antique-nautical gift shop he and wife Sandy Yates operate in Cortez. The former Cortez fisherman will have his appeal of a 2012 U.S. federal court ruling in October heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The U.S. Supreme Court is getting involved in a fish tale — a true fishing story. On April 28, the Court agreed to hear an appeal by Holmes Beach resident and former Cortez fisherman John Yates that his 2012 federal …

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Sandwich-boards signs gain support in Anna Maria

Sandwich-board advertising signs are not permitted under Anna Maria’s code, but Mayor SueLynn isn’t putting the bite on business until May 22. At a special commission meeting May 2 requested by Commissioner Dale Woodland, commissioners discussed allowing sandwich boards at …

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AME to get new principal for start of new school year

Changes made by the Manatee County School District will bring a new principal to Anna Maria Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year, and all schools are under a targeted spending freeze. Three-year AME principal David Marshall will be replaced …

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1st shorebird nest marked on the beach

Stakes, twine and colored flags mark a least tern nesting ground at the shore in Bradenton Beach warning beachgoers to stay out of the nesting area. The nesting ground was marked April 26 by the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Soon to be moms are spending their time beachside this Mother’s Day. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring marked its first shorebird nest of the season April 26. According to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, the first nest …

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Technology woes spark heated Bradenton Beach debate

City clerk Jamie Anderson makes a presentation April 29 for a new data system that she said would be more efficient for record storage. Islander Photo: Merab-Michal Favorite

Bradenton Beach commissioners aren’t ready to throw out their old information technology for a new system, despite problems within the city’s outdated computer server. Commissioners and staff are experiencing technical issues, including email deficiencies and inadequate digital storage capacity. Even …

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Man threatens to kill repairman with B.B. gun

A Holmes Beach man was arrested May 2 after allegedly threatening to kill a repairman with a B.B gun. Errol Phillips, 75, 3000 block of Avenue E, faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly …

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Holmes Beach mayor’s boat underwater again

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti’s neighbor, Larry Solberg, across the canal from the mayor’s home and two derelict boats the mayor has stored on the canal for several years, complained to the U.S. Coast Guard when one of the boats …

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