Tag Archives: 08-31-2011

Tortuga pergola nixed, gift shop OK’d

The entrance to Tortuga Inn’s beach property in Bradenton Beach. The resort had proposed an expansion that included a pergola, which the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board did not recommend. The board did recommend approval of a request to create a gift shop and take-out cafe for guests. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Guests who check in at Tortuga Inn would be able to get quick take-out under a resort expansion that earned a recommendation from the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board. They’d also be able to browse a new gift shop …

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County renovating Coquina cafe

The cafe at Coquina Beach is undergoing extensive renovation. During the construction activity, a restaurant and beach concession service is being operated from a nearby trailer. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Renovations are under way at the cafe at Manatee County’s Coquina Beach. The project, estimated to cost $162,000, should be completed by late-December, according to Darin Cushing, the county project manager also involved in the construction of the $1.2 million …

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Connelly set for bond hearing

Connelly

A hearing is set for Aug. 31 on a motion to reduce the bond set for an ex-bookkeeper accused of defrauding the Key Royale Club of $387,000. Holly Elaine Connelly, 29, was arrested in July and charged with one count …

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Holmes Beach has possible 4 for election

Incumbent Holmes Beach City Commissioners Pat Morton, Al Robinson and David Zaccagnino and potential challenger Jean Peelen obtained qualifying packets from city hall last week to run for three commission seats up for election in the Nov. 8 voting. The …

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BB qualifying takes place this week

Two people — Commissioner Gay Breuler and former Commissioner John Shaughnessy — are seeking to qualify this week as candidates in Bradenton Beach’s election Nov. 8. Two other well-known officeholders — Mayor Bob Bartelt and Commissioner Janie Robertson — are …

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League, newspaper to host election forum

The League of Women Voters of Manatee County and The Islander will host a Beaches Candidate Forum from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17. The event, with refreshments, will take place at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, …

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Election 2011

• Noon, Sept. 2: Qualifying concludes for three commission seats in Holmes Beach. • Noon, Sept. 2: Qualifying concludes for two commission seats and the mayoral post in Bradenton Beach. • 10 a.m., Sept. 17: The League of Women Voters of …

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4 seek 3 commission seats in Anna Maria

Four Anna Maria residents qualified for the Nov. 8 election to fill the three city commission seats. Joining incumbent Commissioners John Quam and Dale Woodland in the election race are former Mayor SueLynn and planning and zoning board member Nancy …

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New trolley now in service

Island trolley

  The first of five new trolleys that Manatee County Area Transit will use on the fare-free Island route went into service Aug. 22, complete with advertising that will defray some of the operating costs. The second new trolley, also …

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Replacement pier study may take years to complete

The Manatee Public Beach pier in Holmes Beach used to draw large groups of people for fishing, sunset watching or just enjoying the view. The pier was demolished in 2009. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy

There is hope for a new pier in Holmes Beach to replace the Manatee Public Beach pier torn down in 2009 after an engineer’s report deemed the structure unsafe. After Bridge Design Associates of West Palm Beach issued a report …

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