Category Archives: 04-24-2013

5-year-old boy found dead

The weekend search for a young boy that went missing April 20 after wandering away from a family gathering and taking a jump into the dangerous waters of Longboat Pass at Coquina Beach has ended. Lomontea Taylor, 5, was found dead April 22. Taylor is believed to have been caught in a rip current after […]

$15m beach renourishment may begin in August

The planned $15 million beach renourishment of Anna Maria Island between 78th Street in Holmes Beach and Fifth Avenue South in Bradenton Beach should begin by late August, said Manatee County Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker. Hunsicker said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which supervises all beach renourishment, recently received funds for beach repairs […]

BIEO hears beach plans, strategy to repeal state rental law

Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker updated officials at an April 17 Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting that this year’s beach renourishment project has received additional funds. Hunsicker said the county was notified April 15 that the $6 million project will include another $9 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He […]

Rotten Ralph’s pier restaurant remains open on 30-day reprieve

Rotten Ralph’s restaurant will have until the Bradenton Beach May 18 city commission meeting to pay its debt in a final attempt to remain the leaseholder on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. On April 9, commissioners voted to terminate the restaurant’s lease and concessionaire Dave Russell was served with default papers the following day. A […]

Center behind in funding, Affaire short on sales

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors got some bad news at their April 19 meeting about the upcoming May 18 black-tie gala. An Island Affaire, the center’s biggest fundraiser each year and less than four weeks away, is behind at least $42,000 in ticket sales, according to staff member Sharen Pittman. Of […]

DOT seeks input on Cortez Bridge

The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the future of the Cortez Bridge that links Bradenton Beach to the mainland. As part of the project development and environment study required before any major bridge project can begin, the DOT will hold a series of public meetings in the coming months to solicit […]

Mainsail attorney files petition for relief from Holmes Beach

Attorney Robert Lincoln, representing the Mainsail development group, filed a petition of relief April 18 with the city of Holmes Beach. The petition outlines the history of the Mainsail development plans at 5325 Marina Drive, which originally included a restaurant, banquet room, meeting rooms, 40 lodging units and 75 boat slips. The petition recalls prior […]

Data specialist cautions local tourism officials

In the midst of a glowing report that said tourism to the area is up 7.2 percent for the first two months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, Walter Klages, of Research Data Services, warned the tourism industry that tough times could be coming. “I don’t see a lot of economic growth […]

Grrrreat cleanup

Second graders in Karen Newhall’s class at Anna Maria Elementary School take part in the Great American Cleanup on the AME campus April 19, including Gianna Norton, Samara Dunn, Laila Singer and Izzy Witcom clean up the AME campus with help from parent Deb Singer. Students and parents collected litter from the waterfront on Anna […]

Island police blotter – 04-24-2013

Anna Maria         • April 6, 800 block of North Shore Drive, missing person. While assisting Florida Power & Light with a downed line, a man drove up to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy and said he was lost. The man appeared confused. The deputy conducted a driver’s license check and discovered the man […]