Tag Archives: 05-15-2013

Wedding festival spending grows

Heather Gioscio won the grand prize of a $6,400 wedding on Anna Maria Island at the Tortuga Inn Beach Resort and promptly donated it to her sister, Laura Clements of Childstown, Ind. Clements is getting married in October 2014 and plans to bring more than 100 people to the beach wedding. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Sherry Proctor

They came from as far as Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Canada. And many more future brides and grooms came from Tampa and Orlando for the sixth annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival held May 5. May 4 …

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AMITW answers the BIG question

What the heck is holding up the turtle girls from nesting? To answer this we pulled out some dusty old files, going back to 1980. The past year’s first nest arrived on May 5. In 2011, we had a surprise …

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Closure imminent for Rotten Ralph’s

A 30-day extension to resolve an outstanding debt to the city of Bradenton Beach by Rotten Ralph’s concessionaire Dave Russell to keep the restaurant open was not successful. Commissioners granted the extension April 4 after earlier revealing that Russell had …

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Congressman hosts island discussion

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, left, took time to listen to issues of concern with Ed Natkie, right, of the Mount Vernon community near Cortez and others following a town hall meeting May 11 at Holmes Beach City Hall. Janet and Bill Mixon, center, of Anna Maria wait to greet the congressman. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, whose district is Manatee and Sarasota counties, hosted what he calls a town hall “listening meeting” May 11 at Holmes Beach City Hall. Buchanan listened and answered a number of questions from the 60-some …

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HB mayor reports weapon stolen

Monti

According to a Holmes Beach Police Department report, Mayor Carmel Monti is the victim of a vehicle burglary that resulted in the theft of a .38 caliber handgun from his 2001 Toyota SUV. The theft was reported April 22. Monti …

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Sarasota man arrested for domestic battery

A 26-year-old Sarasota man was arrested May 6 for felony domestic battery by strangulation, felony tampering with a witness and misdemeanor criminal mischief. According to the probable cause affidavit, Zavian Benson was with his girlfriend in the 300 block of …

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Bar fight leads to arrests

A 41-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman face felony charges after a May 7 bar fight at the Anchor Inn Bar, 3007 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. According to the probable cause affidavit, Richard Hasbrouck was the aggressor in a scuffle …

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Bradenton man arrested on a lewd, lascivious charges

Rivera

An 18-year-old man was arrested May 1 for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl. According to the probable cause affidavit, Brandon Lee Rivera met the victim at a friend’s house in Bradenton Beach April 13 and began to engage …

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Island official seeks greater share of resort tax budget

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was not surprised to learn that the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau announced May 8 that tourism was up for 2012 and, for 2013, already ahead of last year’s pace. “We know tourism is growing …

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Island resort owner honored as tourism partner

David Teitelbaum, left, Paul Blackketter and Rick Piccolo accept awards from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau May 8. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Bradenton Beach developer and hotelier David Teitelbaum was named the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Partner of the Year for 2012. Teitelbaum received the award May 8 at the BACVB’s National Tourism Week awards luncheon at the Bradenton …

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