Tag Archives: 12-04-2013

Anna Maria park hopefuls await Dec. 5 commission meeting

Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Gene Aubry surveys the undeveloped lots Nov. 30 that are set to become a city park at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard. Aubry, an architect, volunteered his time to design the park to include new mature oak trees, 15 parking spaces and restrooms. The amenities, to be provided with funds donated by resident Rex Hagen and Pine Avenue Restoration, have come under fire from Commissioner Chuck Webb. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Filling seats at a city meeting in Anna Maria is seldom a problem. With hot-button topics such as parking and rental solutions, the gallery is often SRO. Such will be the case for the Dec. 5 Anna Maria City Commission …

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Beach renourishment to start up soon

Beachgoers line the shore Nov. 25 from 79th Street in Holmes Beach southward. Sometime in mid-December, the area will be the starting point for Great Lakes Dock and Dredge to pump sand ashore south to Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Rumors on Anna Maria Island that beach renourishment would begin immediately after Thanksgiving were premature. But it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker said he and Great Lakes Dock and …

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Woman convicted of injuring Bradenton Beach police officer

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale welcomes Officer Eric Hall back to work in September.

A 25-year-old North Carolina woman faces up to three years in a Florida prison after being convicted Nov. 27 of grand theft auto and causing serious injury to a law enforcement officer. Amanda Varner will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. …

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AM pier beach pumps up

The Anna Maria City Pier beach — first enhanced in 2012 by a Bimini Bay dredging project — again is getting sand pumped on shore. The sand is being dredged from the Lake LaVista inlet to improve navigation. Islander Photo: …

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HB center committee looks for downtown improvements

Holmes Beach officials have plans for improving the area at the intersection of Marina and Gulf drives, including the elimination of the merge/turn lane along Marina Drive northbound from Gulf Drive to the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, to improve safety and allow for landscape buffering. Islander Photo: Mark Young

There’s a good reason former Bradenton planner and development director Jerry West called the Holmes Beach city center committee an “exciting” group. Of the many committees focusing on traffic, congestion and parking problems, the city center committee isn’t just looking …

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HB parking ‘template’ ready for commission review

The Holmes Beach congestion committee is waiting for the mayor’s plan to reconfigure the parking lot at the Manatee Public Beach, part of a multi-prong plan to address congestion in the city. Included in the plan is the removal of equipment storage from the Manatee County site. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It’s no secret on Anna Maria Island that an increasing number of visitors seeking beach time can translate to crowded, sometimes illegal parking. The city of Holmes Beach has taken action to discourage errant parking by raising fines and creating …

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Sports – 12-04-2013

The kids enjoy a dinner of barbecue chicken, corn and baked beans while camping at Highlands Hammock State Park. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy

Highlands Hammock great for camping, hiking, learning   This writer, along with six other fathers, packed up our vehicles with 19 kids, tents and provisions for a Nov. 24-26 stay at Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring. It’s about a …

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Fishing – 12-04-2013

Mark Scovill of Grand Rapids, Mich., shares a photo of one of the big gag grouper he caught in November using sardines in about 50 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island. The party caught its limit of grouper and some snapper on a charter trip prior to the Dec. 4 gag closure with Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters.

In cooler weather, changing tactics improves odds   Have you noticed all the mullet fishers in the area? They’re out there, and they are a sure sign that winter is around the corner. Our first real cold front has sent …

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Calendar – 12-04-2013

Wednesday, Dec. 4 1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers host author Judy Allen Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209. 5:35 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, Dec. 5 5:35 p.m. — Official sunset time. 8 p.m. …

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Real Estate – 12-04-2013

1712 Gulf Drive N., Unit 6, Bradenton Beach Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,386 sfla / 1,602 sfur 3bed/2bath condo with shared pools built in 2003 was sold 11/15/13, Trinkle to Jackson Florida Properties LLC for $975,000. 308 55th St., Holmes …

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