Category Archives: 03-30-2011

Sandcastle comes crumbling down

A small group of curiosity seekers, including young kids more interested in the police and a tractor on the beach, watch as a sandcastle is toppled and the beachfront returned to its natural, sandy slope. Lacking anyone to take responsibility, HBPD called out a city worker to rectify what can be a dangerous situation for […]

Feds consider boardwalk, pier for MPB

A Chicago snowbird has proposed the construction of a pier at Manatee Public Beach similar to the famed Navy Pier in his hometown. A merry-go-round is proposed but not a Ferris wheel. Islander Photo: Courtesy Navy Pier

Feds consider boardwalk, pier for MPB

The U.S. Bureau of Amusements and Entertainment will inspect Manatee Public Beach April 1 to determine whether a $22 million grant might be available to build a carnivalesque boardwalk and long pier at the site. Federal officials recently announced that millions of dollars remain from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act due to substantial savings […]

Anna Maria hearing April 6

Although Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky ordered mediation in the lawsuit brought by William and Barbara Nally against Anna Maria, a hearing on a Nally motion to dismiss Pine Avenue Restoration LLC’s affirmative defense as an intervenor is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. The Nallys sued Anna Maria in March 2010 for the […]

Legal challengers told density on Pine a ‘dead horse’

One Anna Maria commissioner told attorney Jeremy Anderson at the March 24 public hearing on a Pine Avenue Restoration LLC site-plan hearing for 210 Pine Ave. that his challenge to the city over density is a “dead horse” And city attorney Jim Dye took offense to claims by Anderson that he might have deleted some […]

AMI Bridge work ending

The Florida Department of Transportation said the night-time maintenance project on the Anna Maria Island Bridge — State Road 64 — will end March 31 at 5 a.m. The three-day project went from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. March 28-30 and involved occasional nighttime lane closures with a flagging operation. Motorists are advised to use […]

Island homestead exemptions decline

The number of homestead exemptions on the Island has dropped since 2003, according to the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office. In 2010, Anna Maria had 609 homesteaded properties, amounting to a decline of 6.3 percent from the 650 reported in 2003. Bradenton Beach had the largest decline among the three Island cities, falling 13.6 percent […]

Island census: declining numbers or flaws?

The late Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney said in 2005 that the last person to leave Anna Maria Island should “turn out the lights.” Maloney made the comment after learning that the number of registered voters in the three Island cities had declined 12.3 percent from 2000 to 2005, while Manatee County voter registration […]

Tree removal on hold

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ed Straight played dual roles — commissioner and wildlife expert — when he recently surveyed a tree recommended for removal from the right of way at the Annie Silver Community Center. The public works department, responding to a neighbor’s concern, said a tree-removal company recommended taking out the Cuban laurel because it […]