Tag Archives: 09-04-2013

Busy bees, better environment

Beekeeper Lynn Osborn dons safety gear to inspect the hive found on 56th Street in Holmes Beach.

There’s a bee nest under the eaves on your front porch and you want to get rid of it. But before you rush off to the hardware store for chemicals or call a pest control company, do something good for …

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Forbes includes Anna Maria on ‘prettiest towns’ list

A similar photo of the Anna Maria City Pier is featured online at Forbes.com — “In Pictures: America’s Prettiest Towns.” Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The newest discovery of Anna Maria Island is by the business magazine Forbes, a biweekly that features articles on finance, industry, investing and marketing topics — and lists. The magazine capitalizes on the popularity of its lists, including the Forbes …

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Anna Maria parking citations decline, city eyes paid parking options

A pickup truck stopped on a street in Anna Maria is observed to have two of its wheels on the pavement, although, according to a city ordinance, all wheels must be off the road. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria city commissioners plan to discuss a paid parking proposal now being prepared by Mayor SueLynn and staff at a September commission meeting. The impetus for a paid parking plan stemmed from a Florida Department of Transportation traffic count …

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Holmes Beach man makes Indy Football Hall of Fame

Holmes Beach resident Mike Deal, left, and younger brother Mark Deal hold the plaques awarded them on induction into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame earlier this summer. The brothers coached together at Wabash College, Marshall and Kansas State. Mark is now assistant athletic director at Indiana University. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

For Holmes Beach resident Mike Deal, football is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. A lifelong player, coach and scout of the game, Deal was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame earlier this summer, joining …

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Chamber banks on luau-style fun

Just for fun, the Hancock Bank annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce luau-business mixer brings out the luau attire among members and guests, including two prize winners, Mia Cardon, left, of Driftwood Palms, and the Rev. Charlie Shook. Performing …

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County to host Coquina boat ramp meeting

Manatee County officials planned to host a meeting on planned repairs to the South Coquina Boat Ramp at the launch site, 2651 S. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. The meeting was to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, after …

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As candidate qualifying ends, campaigns begin

The candidate qualification period in all three island cities for the Nov. 5 election ended at noon Aug. 30 and the races are set. Nothing changed in Bradenton Beach from the pre-qualifying period other than all candidates who had declared …

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Canvassing board members needed in Holmes Beach

For the first time in 35 years, Holmes Beach officials have stumbled into a problem with fulfilling their obligation to produce a canvassing board for the Nov. 5 election. The city partnered with the county a few years ago, when …

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Holmes Beach backpedals on domestic registry proposal

In what was considered to be a groundbreaking step Aug. 13, commissioners unanimously voted to move forward with the creation a domestic partnership registry. But they took a step back at their Aug. 29 meeting, retreating from the proposal to …

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Holmes Beach moves forward with paid-parking discussion

Visitors to the Manatee Public Beach and Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe in Holmes Beach could soon find themselves feeding parking meters as discussion on paid parking continues among city officials. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It’s a matter far from being settled, said Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, but commissioners unanimously agreed at an Aug. 29 meeting to authorize the mayor to move forward with researching paid parking. City officials have been putting a lot …

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