Tag Archives: 05-29-2013

Commissioners agree to revise Anna Maria’s liquor ordinance

Jason Suzor, owner of the Waterfront Restaurant, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, arrives at Anna Maria City Hall with his daughter May 23, prepared to propose changes to the city’s alcoholic beverage ordinance. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria commissioners agreed May 23 to change the city liquor ordinance, which presently prohibits restaurants that opened after 1987 from selling mixed drinks and alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine. Waterfront Restaurant owner Jason Suzor proposed that restaurants …

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AM commission chair shocks city with resignation

Anna Maria Commission Chair John Quam dealt a shock to his fellow commissioners and the large gallery of concerned citizens attending the May 23 city meeting at city hall. Quam circulated a memo just before the meeting, stating he was …

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AME parents protest teacher, budget cuts

Some Anna Maria Elementary students and their parents and family members gather to protest the Manatee County School District’s teacher cuts. Islander Photo: Courtesy Karen Riley-Love

Karen Riley-Love started an online petition, which has collected more than 1,000 signatures since it was posted on Facebook May 22. She and another parent also launched a Facebook page titled Manatee County Schools: Teacher Eliminations Are Not An Option. …

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BB plans for new pier restaurant bids

Open for business — boating business Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy cuts the caution tape that has warned people to stay off the floating dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier for more than a year. City officials and Duncan Seawall employees officially reopened the dock May 24. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach officials have acknowledged the possibility that a poorly written lease agreement and a lack of oversight played a part in ending Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant five-year run on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. While concessionaire Dave Russell maintains it …

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Beach renourishment planned to begin in late September

Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker, left, and marine engineer Tom Pierro of Coastal Planning and Engineering discuss beach renourishment projects at a May 20 meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker held a beach and dune restoration update May 20 at Holmes Beach City Hall, but only about 10 people attended to learn about the projects and what they can do to prevent …

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Red snapper season begins June 1

A red snapper caught on a tagging trip in April 2012 off the waters of Panama City. Islander Photo: Courtesy Amanda Nalley/FWC

The recreational red snapper season begins June 1 in state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The state season is 44 days long and will be open through July 14, with the first day of the closure being …

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Active 2013 hurricane season predicted

Graphic courtesy accuweather.com

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration May 23 released its 2013 Atlantic Basin hurricane season predictions. The 2013 hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. NOAA is predicting another active season, reporting a 70-percent likelihood of 13 to …

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Holmes Beach man convicted of fraud

A Nov. 30, 2012, raid by federal agents at 5311 Sunrise Lane, Unit B, Holmes Beach, netted a 2008 silver Porsche, a 2008 black Ferrari F430 and a 2009 32.5-foot Sea Ray. The seizure was part of a federal case in the Eastern District Court of Michigan against Holmes Beach resident Jason Syrek, a one-time registered agent of AMI Beach Inn, resident-owner of the Sunrise Lane property that also was held by government order. Islander Courtesy Photos

A 39-year-old former Holmes Beach resident faces 87 months in prison, plus fines and a large restitution amount for health care fraud and filing a false tax return. In December 2012, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized sports …

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MCSO arrests 2 in morning theft

Quick action by the crew of a Waste Management truck making its morning rounds in Anna Maria May 23 resulted in the arrest of two suspects on charges of grand theft and violation of parole. Sgt. Paul Davis, the officer …

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Dogs saved in Palma Sola fire

Six dogs trapped inside a burning home in the 1100 block of Palma Sola Boulevard May 17, were saved by firefighters from West Manatee Fire Rescue when they arrived, entered the home and pulled all the animals to safety. A …

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