Tag Archives: 10-16-2013

Gourmet alert: Stone crabs are crawlin’ to menus near you

Stone crab claws — ready to eat — in the Star Market starting Oct. 15.

Stone crabs are here! And you won’t likely find anything as delicious and fresh as this delicacy from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean waters. Only strawberries are sweeter than stone crabs plucked fresh from our local waters. The recreational …

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Appellate court denies standing appeal by HB commissioner

The libel case Holmes Beach resident John Agnelli filed in October 2012 against Commissioner Jean Peelen appears headed back to the Manatee County Circuit Court and Judge Diana Moreland’s courtroom. On Sept. 27, Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeals denied …

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Island voter turnout expected to be low

Based on previous voter turnout in municipal elections, polling officials at Anna Maria Island precincts can expect 30-50 percent of the electorate to cast a ballot Nov. 5. According to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, Anna Maria had …

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Bradenton Beach pier restaurant negotiations go on break

The Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant, bait kiosk and harbor master office await new tenants. Lease negotiations have been delayed. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The city of Bradenton Beach scheduled a special commission meeting Oct. 8 to officially accept a new tenant and authorize lease negotiations to begin. The vote seemed a formality after the commission gave a consensus Sept. 17 awarding the bid …

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HB commissioners exchange barbs, mayor says ‘bad politics’

An Oct. 8 Holmes Beach commission turned contentious as Commissioner Marvin Grossman first addressed a complaint from Commissioner David Zaccagnino. The two commissioners then engaged in a sharp exchange after the meeting concluded. Zaccagnino is up for re-election this year, …

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Holmes Beach officials get shady with Sunshine Law

Holmes Beach officials have faced two accusations of violating the Sunshine Law since July. One violation is alleged to have occurred regarding a July 8 City Center Committee meeting and the other occurred at an Oct. 8 city commission meeting. …

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Tree house ordinance dies for lack of second

As promised during a Sept. 26 Holmes Beach work session, a citizen’s initiative ordinance to grandfather the tree house at Angelino’s Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., was moved to an Oct. 8 commission meeting for a possible vote. As expected, …

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Bradenton Beach man arrested for felony drug possession

A 22-year-old Bradenton Beach man was arrested Oct. 5 for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. According to the probable cause affidavit, Joseph Gaston, 2413 Ave. C., Bradenton Beach, was riding his bicycle in the …

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Island resort tax collections continue setting records

Despite the hot and humid days of August, visitors found their way to the Anna Maria City Pier to enjoy the views of the water and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge beyond, as well as fishing and dining at the T-end. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Time was on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key when August was considered the end of the summer season, and many vacation rental owners and managers made plans to take a vacation of their own, or have work done on …

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WMFR inspector rules Rod & Reel Pier fire accidental

Dave Cochran, manager of the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, and West Manatee Fire Rescue Inspector Scott Miller discuss the Sept. 30 fire that closed the establishment for an indefinite period. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

    Radiant heat from the deep fryers at the Rod & Reel Pier restaurant that built up in the wall over a long period of time, caused the Sept. 30 fire that has closed the 66-year-old structure.     West Manatee …

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