Tag Archives: 06-04-2014

Public meeting June 4 called to ‘Save the Center’

The Anna Maria Island Community Center may be forced to close in a few weeks for lack of funds. It is almost down to its last dollar, executive director Dawn Stiles said. Stiles scheduled a “Save the Center” town meeting …

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Bid protest holds up Bridge Street pier project

The city of Bradenton Beach may have to start from square one on the contracting of the Historic Bridge Street Pier renovation. Progress on the reconstruction — scheduled to begin this month — was halted pending an investigation of two …

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Paid parking: Sticky issue, old concept

Several spaces at the Anna Maria City Pier parking lot are designated for customers of the pier’s restaurant. The commission hopes to establish a plan for paid parking to ensure the restaurant, which is leased from the city, has adequate parking. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Commission Chair Chuck Webb told his colleagues at their May 27 work session on paid parking that discussion of the issue “has been going on for months and we’re not getting anywhere.” But the idea for some form …

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Mayor’s ‘spouse’ stirs up Bradenton Beach commission race

By Merab-Michal Favorite Islander Reporter If you ask Tjet Martin why she’s running for elected office, you get a quick response: “I want to stir things up a bit.” The 52-year-old Chicago-area native did just that when she picked up …

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FHP holiday seat-belt checkpoint labeled ‘chaotic’

Traffic back-ups on Manatee Avenue West/State Road 64 near the Anna Maria Island Bridge are common when the draw goes up or during a holiday weekend, but traffic backed up to downtown Bradenton is a rarity. Islander File Photo

Maybe a Good Samaritan will send the Florida Highway Patrol the Dale Carnegie book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” The FHP didn’t win many friends May 24 at the start of the Memorial Day holiday. An FHP traffic …

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Mainsail submits temporary parking plan

Rebar markers pose a safety hazard for people walking through the Mainsail Lodge property to reach charter and tour boats. Islander File Photo

Better late than never. As the Holmes Beach city commission readies to review the final site plan for Mainsail Lodge on June 24, a plan for temporary parking passed through their hands May 29. The issue of inadequate parking for …

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HB commission cleared of alleged ‘shade meeting’ violation

Holmes Beach commissioners met in the “shade” to discuss a tree house lawsuit, but no Sunshine violation was found. Holmes Beach commissioners held a meeting behind closed doors in August 2013 with city attorneys Jim Dye and Patricia Petruff regarding …

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Island roadwatch

Florida Power & Light will be working 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, from the Gulf Drive/Cortez Road intersection in Bradenton Beach to 28th Street North in Holmes Beach. The Florida Department of Transportation said motorists should expect northbound lane …

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Calendar – 06-04-2014

Wednesday, June 4 6:31 a.m. — Official sunrise time. 8:24 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, June 5 6:31 a.m. — Official sunrise time. 8:25 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Friday, June 6 6:31 a.m. — Official sunrise …

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Fishing – 06-04-2014

Capt. Larry McGuire, a charter captain out of Bradenton Beach, two mates on the Sea Lady and Susan Grote Smalley show off a double hookup of sailfish. McGuire was on vacation in Quepos, Costa Rica, where his group caught 11 Sailfish in two days, including two double hookups — all landed and released. He reported three more jumpers and 12 nibbles. He also relaxed and enjoyed waterfalls, rainforest and the beaches.

Anna Maria anglers celebrate returning silver kings   As the temperature rises and we move into the typical summertime fishing pattern, tarpon become the main focus of anglers on the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. With this being said, it …

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