Tag Archives: 09-25-2013

Contractor arrested for defrauding city

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Holmes Beach police arrested a contractor Sept. 19 for allegedly bilking the city out of money paid for a road project last year. Chris Arnold, 61, of Bradenton, owner of Services by Chris Arnold, was arrested for felony scheming to …

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AM code enforcement rules on home rentals

Anna Maria’s city commission may have a difficult time getting a favorable judicial ruling that its hotel/motel ordinance can be used to limit vacation home rentals. City code enforcement officers Gerry Rathvon and Diane Sacca already have ruled on a …

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It’s official: Sea turtle nesting season tops record books

As sea turtle nesting season winds down to its official Oct. 31 conclusion, flipper tracks in the sand and nest markers will disappear from the island shore. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The 2013 sea turtle nesting season is proving to be a record year. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox, 368 loggerhead and green sea turtle nests have been recorded this year on …

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Newly named Bradenton Beach pier tenants rock the boat

One day after being singled out as the pier’s tenant of choice, the proverbial boat started rocking. Commissioners voted 3-2 to select Starfish on the Bay as the new restaurant tenant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, but bypassing city …

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Startup restaurant operator selected for Bradenton Beach pier

If negotiations on a lease go well, the Historic Bridge Street Pier will soon host Starfish on the Bay restaurant. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Visitors to the pier in Bradenton Beach might ask, “Got food?” While doors to the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant remain closed, lease negotiations have begun with Starfish on the Bay. Two bids were submitted following the August …

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Bee hives: Pine Avenue’s ultimate eco-dwellings

Michael Coleman, operating partner for Pine Avenue Restoration, approaches the PAR apiary — on private property on Pine — with respect for the newest creatures to take up residence in the city. Islander Photos: Cheryl Schmidt

Making Pine Avenue in Anna Maria the “Greenest Little Main Street in America” is like putting together a puzzle, says Michael Coleman, operating partner for Pine Avenue Restoration. Environmentally friendly practices are a major component of a development that combines …

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Island officials drive unity to battle traffic woes

As island officials look at how best to battle traffic problems, there’s general agreement it will take unity to develop solutions. Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, at the Sept. 18 meeting of the Barrier Island Elected Officials Coalition, discussed his …

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FISH discusses future options, reviews work

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Turner Maritime Challenge’s executive director Sean Wardell is approaching one year on the job. He was hired in 2012 at $34,000 a year to give the program full-time attention and has since renewed the …

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HB parking solutions focus on overflow opportunities

Comedian Billy Connolly once told an audience that he didn’t have a guardian angel. He instead had a parking angel. “It’s on my dashboard and you wind it up,” he said. “The wings flap and it’s supposed to give you …

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MPO head offers road funding solution: Make Gulf Drive a U.S. highway

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti, left, discusses parking issues with Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization executive director Mike Howe at the Sept. 16 Island Transportation and Planning Organization meeting in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization executive director Mike Howe offered a new funding solution for island mayors troubled by infrastructure costs at the monthly Island Transportation and Planning Organization Sept. 16 in Bradenton Beach. “Does the island need to apply for …

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