Category Archives: 06-26-2013

Mainsail-HB round 1 mediation brings progress

Progress appeared to be made in the June 21 mediation efforts between the city of Holmes Beach and the Mainsail Lodging and Development team at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The two sides met as part of an initial mediation process following a 3-2 vote in March to revoke the Mainsail site plan […]

2 fireworks shows planned for Anna Maria Island

The Sandbar and BeachHouse restaurants again will host fireworks to celebrate the July 4 holiday. The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will hold its 20th annual Fireworks Extravaganza July 3. The restaurant will host a VIP party that includes seating for the fireworks, musical entertainment, a buffet and cocktails. Thousands of people […]

BB commissioner weds, says no to another term

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler made a brief announcement at a June 16 department head meeting that she will not seek another term in November. The commissioner was married June 16 and said, “My priorities are different now, and I won’t always be able to be in Bradenton Beach.” City clerk Nora Idso said she […]

Hunt for BB pier restaurateur to be ‘lengthy process’

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse said the request for proposal process to have a new tenant in place at the Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant will be a lengthy one. Commissioners and four potential tenants met at the site of the former Rotten Ralph’s restaurant June 20 to conduct a walk-through of the establishment. Commissioner […]

Island officials call for public input on traffic

Nothing was off the table at a June 19 Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall when the topic came to relieving traffic congestion on the island. From toll booths to the creation of party buses, many ideas were discussed, but elected officials from Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach […]

Crosspointe hopes to bring community to unity

The pastor of Crosspointe Fellowship reached out beyond a church committee to community organizations and leaders in search of ideas to bring islanders together for an event to inspire unity. Unity was the theme, but nothing was off the table at two meetings hosted by the Rev. Ed Moss at the church fellowship hall at […]

Half-cent sales tax fails at the polls

The proposed half-cent sales tax that would have helped pay for indigent health care while possibly relieving property owners’ burden with an estimated 26 percent property tax decrease died in a June 18 referendum. According to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office, voter turnout was 15 percent. About 39,000 registered voters cast their ballots. […]

HB tree house owners face added violations

Two days after Holmes Beach commissioners approved a petition for Richard Hazen and Lyn Tran to pursue public support for a special ordinance to keep a tree house at 103 29th Street on June 11, the city amended its April notice of violation to include more complaints. The tree house was constructed in 2011 in […]

BB man arrested for burglarizing relative’s home

A 28-year-old Bradenton Beach resident was arrested by Holmes Beach Police Department officers June 17 for allegedly burglarizing a relative’s Holmes Beach home June 11. According to the probable cause affidavit, John Wallace was arrested for felony grand theft and felony burglary. He is accused of entering the relative’s home without permission and stealing two […]

Local mom takes TIFF across state lines

What began with tragic loss has resulted in salvation and triumph for Christine Olson. Olson is a long-time employee at the Rod & Reel Pier, where she has served many meals over the years. She often gives patrons a purple bracelet that both honors the memory of her daughter, Tiffiany, and serves as a reminder […]