Tag Archives: 11-21-2012

AM commission seat stays vacant — for now

Anna Maria commissioners stalemate over commission appointment.

The election of Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn to commission chairperson by her fellow commissioners, and thus mayor, went smoothly at a Nov. 15 organizational meeting. The city charter says the commission chair is mayor in the absence of the mayor, …

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Silent commissioner says goodbye

Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, center in red shirt, helps cut the ribbon officially opening the new boardwalk and covered rest areas at the Anna Maria City Pier in March 2012. Mattick served six years as an Anna Maria city commissioner before deciding not to seek re-election this year. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria commission meetings the past six years, Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick always gave the impression of the strong, silent type on the dais. She would often sit and wait out 30 minutes to an hour or more of discussions …

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SueLynn again is Anna Maria mayor

Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird swears in newly elected Commissioners Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter at the commission’s Nov. 15 organizational meeting. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

SueLynn was returned to the post of Anna Maria mayor at a Nov. 15 organizational meeting — a position she held from 2002-2006. Commissioners, however, were divided 2-2 on a person to take her commission seat on the dais. No …

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Beer, wine on menu at Coquina Beach

The Coquina Park Cafe will offer the sale of beer and wine to beachgoers at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach after commissioners narrowly approved a conditional use permit Nov. 15. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Cheers. Beer and wine will soon be sold among the libations and food items at the Coquina Park Cafe at Coquina Beach after Bradenton Beach commissioners narrowly approved a conditional use permit by a 3-2 vote Nov. 15. Since reopening …

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Dune project, lawsuit await BB decision on mediation

Beach property that is across from Bradenton Beach City Hall and next to the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., awaits conclusion of a lawsuit to prevent a dune/parking lot project. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach commissioners, city attorney Ricinda Perry and attorney Charles Johnson, hired by the city to litigate a lawsuit filed against the city over an argument to construct a parking lot on the beach, met for about 90 minutes Nov. …

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Island honored with 5 Clean Beaches awards

Local officials and members of the national Clean Beaches Coalition raise the “Blue Wave” Nov. 14 at Coquina Beach, designating the beach one of America’s cleanest and eco-friendly beaches. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore, county parks and recreation director Cindy Turner and other elected officials and staff were presented with five blue flags emblematic of a “Blue Wave” award for a clean beach in ceremonies at Coquina Beach Nov. …

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Election wake: Holmes Beach department head departs

Holmes Beach Superintendent of Public Works Joe Duennes displays a sign that was posted on the waterway at the recently opened Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo

Holmes Beach Public Works Superintendent Joe Duennes — a top city official for more than 15 years — unexpectedly stepped down from his position last week. “As of 4 p.m. today, he’s done working” said outgoing Mayor Rich Bohnenberger Nov. …

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Fire destroys camper-van

Firefighters of the West Manatee Fire Rescue work to quell the van fire Nov. 16 at the Sandpiper mobile home park, 2601 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

A 2008 Westfalia camper-van owned by Sandpiper Resort resident Jim “Denver” London caught fire around 4 p.m. Nov. 16 as London was turning into the mobile home co-op at 2601 Gulf Drive. London said the van stalled on him after …

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Firehouse Subs awards grant

West Manatee Fire Rescue Commission Chair Randy Cooper, right, thanked retiring Commissioner Jesse Davis Nov. 15 for his more than 20 years of service with the district.

Firehouse Subs awarded West Manatee Fire Rescue a $9,207 grant to purchase search and rescue equipment for the district’s 30 firefighters, 30 reservists and two vehicles.         WMFR firefighter and emergency management technician Jeff Philips displayed a sample bailout pouch …

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Island real estate transactions – 11-21-2012

515 Bayview Pl., Anna Maria, a 1,740 sfla / 4,461 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1989 on a 90×110 lot was sold 10/17/12, Robinson to Stephen for $575,000. 523 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,237 sfla / 3,274 …

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