Tag Archives: 05-09-2012

Skyway demo project, reef finalized

Crews remove the last of 48 spans and supports taken from the former Sunshine Skyway Bridge, now the south fishing pier, to help with the formation of two new artificial reefs in Tampa Bay. Islander Photo: Courtesy DEP/Audrey Clarke

Florida Department of Transportation press release last week said demolition of a number of portions of the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Piers has been completed with only some minor work remaining. The DOT demolition project began in June 2011 when contractor …

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Anna Maria pier beach shrinks as city awaits DEP notice

Looking north from the Anna Maria City Pier toward the Lake LaVista inlet, the beach along the shore of Tampa Bay appears to have shrunk from the original renourished 150-foot width. A recent estimate at high tide found the beach extended only about 90 feet into the water. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Even though Anna Maria may soon have a beach by the city pier that complies with the size authorized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, officials do not plan to re-inspect the beach. The renourished beach is the result …

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First sea turtle nest found on beach

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Glenn Wiseman shows off a sea turtle egg May 4 from the first confirmed nest of the nesting season, which began May 1. Islander Courtesy Photos: Suzi Fox

A discovery of a May 2 false crawl put Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteers in a state of anticipation that the first nest could appear any day. The much-awaited event was discovered on the morning of …

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Accusations fly at BB dune-parking lot public hearing

A parking area at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., is posted for valet storage. According to a P&Z finding, storage of cars is a code violation in the designated preservation zone, although the city moved forward May 3 with a plan to expand the existing parking lot and construct a dune. Islander Photo: Mark Young

A trial-like atmosphere prevailed at the May 3 public hearing to decide whether or not Bradenton Beach would move forward with the proposed dune/parking lot project across from city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The joint development agreement between the …

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BB P&Z, commission hash out shortcomings

“What we have here is a failure to communicate,” is a line made famous from the 1967 movie “Cool Hand Luke,” starring Paul Newman, but it also suits the ongoing issues between the Bradenton Beach city commission and planning and …

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P&Z chair; one other resigns

Following a contentious May 3 Bradenton Beach city commission meeting, two members of the planning and zoning board have tendered their resignations. P&Z chair Rick Bisio was the first to resign. In a letter to the city dated the same …

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Maroney sentenced to 120 days, now in Sarasota jail

Jenna Maroney, 24, whose medical emergency at her mother’s home in Holmes Beach turned into a struggle with police earlier this year, accepted a plea offer April 5 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail for drug charges and …

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Holmes Beach readies for rental recommendation review

This recently completed unit at 108 46th St., Holmes Beach, ahs a permit box at the property line, which is one of the new practices recommended by a city focus group. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

It’s been the hot-button agenda item at Holmes Beach City Commission meetings since late last year — “continued discussion of short-term rentals.” And it’s bringing approximately 40-50 people to city meetings every two weeks. While the issue is again set …

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Roadwatch, May 9-16

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria is under way and the project should last several months, according to the Manatee County Utilities Department. Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be …

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Fishing – 05-09-2012

Earl Jaffee, visiting Anna Maria Island from Chicago, caught and released this 28-inch female trout on a recent charter fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Fishing AMI waters as good as it gets   Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving prosperous for flats fishers. Spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook action is as good as it gets. The best bait to target any …

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