Tag Archives: 08-28-2013

AMITW volunteers shift focus to hatchling season

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Pat Peterfeso investigates a possible nest location in the tall grass and sea oats on the Tampa Bay side of Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Mark Young

About 80 sets of eyes belonging to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers maintain a sharp lookout in the morning hours for signs of sea turtle activity but, this time of year, the focus shifts to hatchlings. …

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Anna Maria sets stage for rental challenge in court

Anna Maria appears willing to go to court for a judicial decision on whether its hotel/motel ordinance applies to vacation home rentals. Commission Chair Chuck Webb, at an Aug. 22 meeting, said city code states that if a residence in …

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AM, HB officials take paid parking to next level

Daniel Honyotski, right, of PSx Parking Solutions in Tampa, gives a presentation on how a PSx paid-parking machine operates at the Aug. 20 Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Any idea floating among island and mainland residents that the mayors in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach are simply talking about — not acting — on paid parking appeared to be put to rest at the Aug. 20 meeting of …

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Anna Maria mayor: TDC success ruins island lifestyle

Manatee County Tourist Development Council member Barbara Rodocker, left, chats with Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy, right, as TDC member David Teitelbaum, attends to his smartphone before the Aug. 19 TDC meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Not all Anna Maria Island elected officials are pleased with the growth of tourism to the island, particularly the increase in the number of visitors who come to the island on weekends and holidays. Members of the Manatee County Tourist …

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Bradenton Beach commissioner conceives parking proposal

Cortez Beach is one part of Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse’s overall parking plan. The plan involves creating a one-way driveway in the middle of the easement and creating parking spaces on both sides of the road, essentially doubling parking. Islander Photo: Mark Young

As Anna Maria Island cities focus on parking and congestion issues, Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse has created a seven-point parking plan for the city. “I don’t think anyone can disagree that traffic and parking are among the most pressing …

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Bradenton Beach officials finalize new lease for city pier

A sign on the Historic Bridge Street Pier still promotes “Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant.” State regulations prohibit rooftop signs on piers, but a new tenant will be able to change the message and retain the sign. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach officials put the finishing touches on modifications to the new lease for a potential new restaurant tenant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. At an Aug. 22 pier team meeting, commissioners and city staff hammered out the final …

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Island city elections underway

Qualifying for candidates in the November elections for Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach city offices ends at noon Friday, Aug. 30. Holmes Beach is unique to the other two island cities, as its charter requires qualifying be performed …

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HB congestion committee pushes for permit parking

Parking on the south side of Manatee Avenue near the public beach entrance is legal, but safety is an issue for the Committee on Traffic Congestion and Parking. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Creating a permitted parking system in Holmes Beach is one of the top ideas being pursued by a newly formed Committee on Traffic Congestion and Parking. With only three members in attendance at the Aug. 19 meeting at Holmes Beach …

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Church seeks return of statue

A statue at the Longboat Island Chapel garden honoring the Rev. Charles Shook was recently stolen and the chapel is seeking its return. Islander Photo: Courtesy Longboat Island Chapel

Church leaders at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, are seeking the return of a statue stolen recently from the chapel garden at the rear of the church. The statue was dedicated to the Rev. …

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Cities set hearings for 2013-14 budgets

The island cities will finalize budgets — and property tax rates — for 2013-14 in September. Hearings in Anna Maria will take place at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 6 p.m. Sept. 25. In …

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