Category Archives: 08-01-2012

Connelly finale: 3 years prison, 25 years probation

Ex-Key Royale Club bookkeeper Holly Connelly was sentenced July 27 to three years in state prison and 25 years of probation by 12th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug for scheming to defraud more than $50,000 from her former employer.         She faced a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the first-degree felony.         […]

Lack of AM quorum forces budget delay

With only two of five commissioners at the Anna Maria commission’s July 24 budget work session, Commissioners Dale Woodland and John Quam were left with little to do. “Everything we talk about tonight we’ll have to discuss again at our budget meeting July 30,” Quam said. At the commission’s budget meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, […]

BB sets tentative tax hike

Bradenton Beach commissioners July 25 set a tentative millage increase, from 2.1359 to 2.3329, to overcome a $145,479 budget deficit. A millage is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value on a home. The city tax increase would amount to about $85 a year for a home valued at $450,000. Commissioner Ric Gatehouse offered three […]

HB proposes slightly reduced budget, millage rate

In Holmes Beach, city services and the related costs are expected to remain the same under a proposed 2012-13 budget presented July 24 to city commissioners. A $7.86 million proposed budget — lowered $805,255 from the current $8.67 million budget — was presented by treasurer Rick Ashley and the commission unanimously approved a maximum millage […]

WMFR budget holds line

The West Manatee Fire Rescue District aims to hold the line in its 2012-13 budget, while covering jumps in both health care and workers compensation rates.         The district commissioners viewed a proposed budget at their July meeting that “didn’t change a lot,” said WMFR Chief Andy Price.         The budget is expected to be […]

AMITW celebrates record nesting year

There was laughter, smiles and a few tears as Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring celebrated July 28 its 22nd annual volunteer awards banquet and 30 years in existence. “Think about something you’ve done for 30 consecutive years,” said AMITW executive director Suzi Fox. “I know what it means to me and all […]

AM cell tower ordinance passes, application ready

Anna Maria has a new cell tower ordinance, replacing the one passed in 2003. The 2012 ordinance passed 4-0 at the commission’s July 26 meeting after more than seven months of preparation by city attorney Jim Dye, Mayor Mike Selby and consultant Rusty Monroe of the Center for Municipal Solutions — and a number of […]

IRS reinstates Art League’s charitable status

“We have our 501c3 status,” said Laura McGeary into the phone July 26 with excitement her voice.         “We’re already in contact with someone who does grant writing,” she added.         The beleaguered president of the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, announced the Internal Revenue Service reinstatement, adding that the […]

Damaged by Debby, BB pier reopens

Fishing lines are being cast for the first time since June 25 when Tropical Storm Debby shut down the Historic Bridge Street Pier. One month to the day, after a half-dozen boats broke loose from their moorings and smashed into the pier, Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale announced repairs were completed. The pier reopened […]

Holmes Beach man surrenders to authorities

Dustin Allen, 31, of 405 75th St., Holmes Beach, surrendered to authorities July 20 following a warrant issued by the Holmes Beach Police Department. Allen was wanted in connection with a Holmes Beach burglary after merchandise from the burglary was allegedly pawned by Allen. He has been charged with felony grand theft. According to a […]