Tag Archives: 12-21-2011

Kids cheer Santa’s arrival at Sandbar

Santa arrives Dec. 13 to the Sandbar Restaurant and the Lawton Chiles Christmas Party via a Jet-Ski driven by a Manatee County Marine Rescue lifeguard. In other years, Santa arrived to the Sandbar on a fire truck, in the bed of a pickup truck, on an ATV and with a parasail. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Jubilant kids, hands waving in the air, smiles on their faces, ran to the shore, all shouting, “Santa!”         Santa’s sleigh had broken down in the Gulf of Mexico waters, but a rescue was in progress, according to the loud …

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Ward 3 applicants sought

Bradenton Beach city commissioners will begin the new year still minus a colleague on the dais. Since Nov. 8, the date of the general election, the city has lacked a Ward 3 commissioner. That’s because no one filed to run …

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Arraignment delayed in cyber-sex case

Arraignment again was delayed for a 64-year-old Holmes Beach man accused of using Facebook to solicit a child for unlawful sexual conduct. Ronald Littlehale was scheduled to answer allegations of sexually-related crimes in DeSoto County on Dec. 12, a court …

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No contest plea made in HB theft case

A woman accused of ripping off a Holmes Beach couple away from home on a European vacation pleaded no contest Dec. 15 to charges that she stole the couple’s car and possession. Catherine Theresa O’Malley, 49, was arrested earlier this …

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Beware Holmes Beach: Privateers run this town

Anna Maria Island Privateer Tim “Hammer” Thompson lays down pirate’s law to Holmes Beach city commissioners at a Dec. 13 work session. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger was given “fair warning” at a Dec. 13 city meeting.         “Privateers run this town,” Tim “Hammer” Thompson told the commission, wielding a hammer and pointing to the mayor. “Our demands will be met or …

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HB votes to settle 27th Street border dispute

A fence, gates and signs have been erected at 27th Street on Sandpiper Resort property, limiting access to the mobile home park at the Holmes Beach-Bradenton Beach border. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

To settle the recent dispute between the bordering cities of Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach over public access the Sandpiper Resort mobile home park, Holmes Beach commissioners voted Dec. 13 to seek a settlement that would restore access to a …

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Citizen solutions flow at HB meeting

        Holmes Beach commissioners heard a multitude of suggestions Dec. 13 from residents and business people regarding complaints related to the city’s short-term rental policies and duplex construction.         Attended by more than 100 residents, about 20 property managers, real …

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Mullet run takes off

Billy Alstrom and the crew return to the dock at A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez with a hefty catch of mullet. Islander Photos: Courtesy Karen Bell

Mullet season has begun and fishers are casting nets in hopes of bringing in plentiful loads of the fish — a bounty for Christmas. Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co. said that interest in mullet is especially great this …

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Island road advisories

Work crews were on State Road 789/East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, last week preparing for construction of a sidewalk. The project is expected to finish by the end of the year. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The Florida Department of Transportation announced it has begun repairs to the Longboat Key Pass Bridge on State Road 789 from north of Northshore Road on Longboat Key to south Coquina Park in Bradenton Beach. Work this week will include …

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Tourism continues upward trend

While October is considered a transition month in the Island tourism industry, it’s difficult to make that assertion when recent tourism figures show visitor arrivals in the Bradenton area for October 2011 were up 12 percent from the same month …

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