Category Archives: 05-29-2013

Commissioners agree to revise Anna Maria’s liquor ordinance

Anna Maria commissioners agreed May 23 to change the city liquor ordinance, which presently prohibits restaurants that opened after 1987 from selling mixed drinks and alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine. Waterfront Restaurant owner Jason Suzor proposed that restaurants allowed to only serve beer and wine be given a five-year probationary period to sell […]

AM commission chair shocks city with resignation

Anna Maria Commission Chair John Quam dealt a shock to his fellow commissioners and the large gallery of concerned citizens attending the May 23 city meeting at city hall. Quam circulated a memo just before the meeting, stating he was resigning his seat effective June 1. While commissioners had a number of issues on the […]

AME parents protest teacher, budget cuts

Karen Riley-Love started an online petition, which has collected more than 1,000 signatures since it was posted on Facebook May 22. She and another parent also launched a Facebook page titled Manatee County Schools: Teacher Eliminations Are Not An Option. The petition states in part: “The data reported by Manatee County to the Florida Department […]

BB plans for new pier restaurant bids

Bradenton Beach officials have acknowledged the possibility that a poorly written lease agreement and a lack of oversight played a part in ending Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant five-year run on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. While concessionaire Dave Russell maintains it was the terms of his lease with the city that made it impossible to maintain […]

Beach renourishment planned to begin in late September

Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker held a beach and dune restoration update May 20 at Holmes Beach City Hall, but only about 10 people attended to learn about the projects and what they can do to prevent sand erosion and promote dune growth. About half the attendees were elected or appointed city […]

Red snapper season begins June 1

The recreational red snapper season begins June 1 in state and federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. The state season is 44 days long and will be open through July 14, with the first day of the closure being July 15. The federal season off Florida will be 26 days long. State waters are […]

Active 2013 hurricane season predicted

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration May 23 released its 2013 Atlantic Basin hurricane season predictions. The 2013 hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. NOAA is predicting another active season, reporting a 70-percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms. A storm receives a name when winds reach a sustained level of […]

Holmes Beach man convicted of fraud

A 39-year-old former Holmes Beach resident faces 87 months in prison, plus fines and a large restitution amount for health care fraud and filing a false tax return. In December 2012, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized sports cars and a luxury boat from 5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach. The vehicles belonged to […]

MCSO arrests 2 in morning theft

Quick action by the crew of a Waste Management truck making its morning rounds in Anna Maria May 23 resulted in the arrest of two suspects on charges of grand theft and violation of parole. Sgt. Paul Davis, the officer in charge of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Anna Maria substation, said the incident was […]

Dogs saved in Palma Sola fire

Six dogs trapped inside a burning home in the 1100 block of Palma Sola Boulevard May 17, were saved by firefighters from West Manatee Fire Rescue when they arrived, entered the home and pulled all the animals to safety. A press release from WMFR said roofers at a nearby home saw smoke coming from the […]