Tag Archives: 01-30-2013

Commission rejects earlier motion to halt vacation rentals

Anna Maria commissioners meeting in a special session Jan. 29, voted 3-1 to rescind a motion the commission passed Jan. 24 that halted all vacation rentals of less than 30 days in the Residential 1 zone. R-1 encompasses all residential …

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AMITW release two rehabbed sea turtles

A male loggerhead sea turtle was cold-stunned in the Atlantic Ocean in New England waters and rehabbed at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox took “Stu” to Dunedin Jan. 23 to be released back into the Gulf of Mexico. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Two sea turtles injured during this past nesting season were returned to the water Jan. 23 with helping hands from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox and volunteer Skip Coyne. “Marsha,” a juvenile female …

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Anna Maria halts short-term vacation rentals

Commissioner Chuck Webb presents his 13-page memo Jan. 24 detailing rental prohibitions in the comprehensive plan and land use codes. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

At the Anna Maria city commission’s Jan. 24 meeting, the vote was 4-1 on a motion by Commissioner Chuck Webb to prohibit rentals of less than 30 days in the city’s residential district. Webb claimed the city’s comprehensive plan prohibits …

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Free park enhancements offered to Anna Maria

Commissioner Gene Aubry was approached by a “constituent” who requested anonymity and wanted to look at one of several plans drawn by Aubry for a park on the city’s six lots on Pine Avenue. That constituent picked out one plan …

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‘Best ever’ tourism expected in February, March

Beachgoers flock to Manatee Public Beach in mid-January for sun and sea, as well as food and refreshments from the nearby Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Visitors planning a winter vacation on Anna Maria Island who have not made a reservation may have face difficulties  come February. That’s because many owners, managers and agents in the tourist-rental market say they are full from mid-February to the …

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BB cell tower feud cools down

Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry announced Jan. 17 that a contract between the city and the Center for Municipal Solutions was being negotiated to provide CMS co-founder Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe to continue serving the city in the review cell …

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DOT to preview Cortez Bridge review at festival

An October crash causes gridlock on the Cortez Bridge and surrounding roadways. The Florida Department of Transportation will have an informational booth promoting the bridge at the Feb. 16-17 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Florida Department of Transportation made initial inquiries in September to Cortez residents expressing its desire to begin discussions about the future of the Cortez Bridge. The DOT sent letters to some members of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage …

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Girl Scouts to Holmes Beach: Bring back outdoor concerts

Girl Scouts from Troop 316, sixth-graders at Manatee School for the Arts, ask Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti at a Jan. 22 meeting to bring back Concerts in the Park, a once-a-month outdoor party, which was canceled Jan. 8 by promoter Island Festivals Inc. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Girl Scout Troup 316 engaged in the political process in Holmes Beach Jan. 22, as scouts shared their concerns about the cancelation of Concerts in the Park.         They gave the city petitions signed by more than 100 people seeking …

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Holmes Beach meets on $510K DOT funding

Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti and building inspector David Greene met with the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization and others Jan. 22 to sort out a $510,302 Florida Department of Transportation project.         The meeting took place at city hall, 5801 …

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Holmes Beach adopts LAR in duplex zone

Stopping large homes such as these on 49th Street is the purpose behind the living-area ratio ordinance adopted Jan. 22 by the city of Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

        With a sliding scale that will allow slightly more living space for future homes on small lots, a living-area-to-lot size ordinance limiting homes to .34 living area was passed into law for the Residential-2 zone in Holmes Beach.         …

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