Category Archives: 01-23-2013

AM mayor calls times ‘critical’ for city

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn is urging residents and property owners to attend the commission meeting Jan. 24, when commissioners will discuss ordinances that will tie delegated parking spaces at family residences with the number of bedrooms, and also examine living-area limits for residences. “It’s a critical meeting for our future,” the mayor said. “If we […]

AMI fish kill spawns debate: red tide or not

Red tide is being blamed for a Jan. 16 fish kill on parts of the Anna Maria shoreline, but there is no official confirmation of the cause. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Kevin Baxter, FWC believes the kill is red tide-related. “Basically we have a lot of new reports of fish […]

Mote reports ‘slight’ red tide

Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota issued a red tide report Jan. 18 and said it found only “slight respiratory irritation” among beachgoers tested at Coquina Beach. The report notes only mild irritation from red tide for people on Jan. 19, and no dead fish at Coquina. However, Coquina Beach may be the farthest north of […]

Anna Maria checking ground-floor uses

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the city’s three certified code enforcement officers will be looking closely at ground- floor garages at three-story homes the next few weeks. She said the city has received several complaints that some property owners may have enclosed the ground-floor parking area without a permit, and may have added living space. […]

Bradenton Beach’s Church Avenue becomes official

No one seems to remember when a Church Avenue sign at the intersection of Second Street North in Bradenton Beach was changed to Church Street. Church Avenue has three intersections, but the Second Street North intersection is the only one that reads Church Street. It’s been that way as long as anyone can remember, which […]

Court to appoint third doctor on competency in sex case

Yet another doctor will be asked for an opinion on whether a Bradenton Beach man alleged to have sex with a 15-year-old is fit to stand trial. Joseph Edmund Chiquet is in his third year in Manatee County jail awaiting trial on felony charges of having sex with a minor, child pornography and witness tampering. […]

April hearing date set in Musil-Buehler murder case

The 12th Judicial Circuit Court last week reset a hearing in the case of William J. Cumber, charged with second-degree murder in the case of a missing Anna Maria Island woman. To manage what is expected to involve voluminous pre-trial discovery, the court set April 17 for attorneys to report on case discovery and trial […]

Choice to reject museum offer ‘wasn’t vindictive’

Board members of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage say there was nothing personal in rejecting an offer from the Florida Maritime Museum to host FISH educational exhibits during the Feb. 16-17 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. The decision to reject the offer forced Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. “Chips” Shore to institute a […]

Fire chief to Holmes Beach: Consider sprinklers in R-2

West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price recommended sprinklers last week to protect against fire hazards in Holmes Beach duplexes.         At a Jan. 10 city commission meeting, Price told commissioners worried about the safety of those living in more than 1,000 units across the city to consider an ordinance requiring sprinkler installation with any […]