Category Archives: 05-15-2013

Wedding festival spending grows

They came from as far as Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Canada. And many more future brides and grooms came from Tampa and Orlando for the sixth annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wedding Festival held May 5. May 4 was the first registration day and 47 people took advantage of the chamber’s Saturday office […]

Closure imminent for Rotten Ralph’s

A 30-day extension to resolve an outstanding debt to the city of Bradenton Beach by Rotten Ralph’s concessionaire Dave Russell to keep the restaurant open was not successful. Commissioners granted the extension April 4 after earlier revealing that Russell had failed to pay rent since June 2012 following Tropical Storm Debby’s damage to the Historic […]

Congressman hosts island discussion

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, whose district is Manatee and Sarasota counties, hosted what he calls a town hall “listening meeting” May 11 at Holmes Beach City Hall. Buchanan listened and answered a number of questions from the 60-some people in attendance. The primary concern of those at the meeting appeared to be health […]

Sarasota man arrested for domestic battery

A 26-year-old Sarasota man was arrested May 6 for felony domestic battery by strangulation, felony tampering with a witness and misdemeanor criminal mischief. According to the probable cause affidavit, Zavian Benson was with his girlfriend in the 300 block of 10th Avenue in Bradenton Beach when a man called the woman’s phone. Police say Benson […]

Bar fight leads to arrests

A 41-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman face felony charges after a May 7 bar fight at the Anchor Inn Bar, 3007 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. According to the probable cause affidavit, Richard Hasbrouck was the aggressor in a scuffle with another man at the bar. While Hasbrouck was physically engaged with another patron, Kristi […]

Bradenton man arrested on a lewd, lascivious charges

An 18-year-old man was arrested May 1 for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl. According to the probable cause affidavit, Brandon Lee Rivera met the victim at a friend’s house in Bradenton Beach April 13 and began to engage her in a sexual conversation. The victim told police she did not want to have […]

Island official seeks greater share of resort tax budget

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was not surprised to learn that the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau announced May 8 that tourism was up for 2012 and, for 2013, already ahead of last year’s pace. “We know tourism is growing because we see the growth of cars on the streets, the number of pedestrians and […]

Island resort owner honored as tourism partner

Bradenton Beach developer and hotelier David Teitelbaum was named the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Partner of the Year for 2012. Teitelbaum received the award May 8 at the BACVB’s National Tourism Week awards luncheon at the Bradenton Convention Center in Palmetto. Teitelbaum said he was shocked but honored when his name was […]