Tag Archives: 07-17-2013

Long Bar developer caught in shark’s jaws in Cortez

Cortez meeting moderator David Zaccagnino, left, holds the portable speaker while former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, right, speaks to developer Carlos Beruff. McClash disputed what Beruff claimed as some of his entitlements, including the ability to build 150-plus docks on Sarasota Bay. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Almost 200 people packed into the Cortez Fishermen’s Hall July 11 to question Long Bar Pointe developer Carlos Beruff in an environment expected to be hostile for the developer given the negative impact to Sarasota Bay anticipated by residents of …

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Anna Maria commissioner calls for police consolidation talks

Resurrecting an idea that has been discussed many times over the years by various officials, Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry called for a discussion on consolidating law enforcement services with Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Aubry made his suggestion after …

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Another season on threshhold: Election season

Former Bradenton Beach city commissioner and planning and zoning board member William “Bill” Shearon has filed preliminary papers with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office to run for mayor. According to the documents, Shearon filed May 23 and named …

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Anna Maria restaurants inch toward serving spirits

Anna Maria city commissioners at their July 11 meeting approved the first reading of an amendment to the city’s alcoholic beverage law that would allow restaurants to apply for a full spirits license if they meet certain criteria. Commission Chair …

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Anna Maria beach accesses have warnings, no security

A sign at Gulffront Park in Anna Maria advises beachgoers to swim at their own risk and beware of rip tides. Similar signs are posted at 37 beach accesses in the city. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

In the wake of the July 6 death in Anna Maria of a 14-year-old boy caught in a rip current while on vacation from Winter Haven, some island officials have called for lifeguards to be posted at key points on …

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BB pier remains partly closed for repair

Half of the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier will remain closed until after a renovation project ends sometime in late summer or early fall. Islander Photo: Mark Young

With Bradenton Beach Commissioners Ric Gatehouse and Gay Breuler absent from a July 11 city meeting, the remaining three members on the dais unanimously voted down a request to repair a broken piling that would reopen part of the Historic …

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More information sought for Mainsail direction

Some Holmes Beach commissioners expressed disappointment that representatives of the Mainsail development team did not present an updated site plan at a July 9 meeting, as promised. After making headway at a June 21 mediation session, Mainsail made several concessions …

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Holmes Beach commission discusses noise, mosquitoes

Holmes Beach commissioners at their July 11 work session addressed a number of issues, including the proposed noise ordinance based on decibel levels that would boost the fine for a noise violation from $75 to $150. Commissioner David Zaccagnino agreed …

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Longboat Pass dredge, groin construction meets opposition

A view of Beer Can Island across Longboat Pass looking from the Longboat Bridge shows the east side, where boaters congregate, is eroding, as the western shore on the Gulf of Mexico and Longboat Pass also erodes. Islander File Photo: Jo Ann Meilner

Former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash — a Bradenton resident and Anna Maria Island property owner — has petitioned the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for an administrative hearing on the department’s proposed dredging and groin construction in Longboat Pass. …

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10-year-old takes journey to pet owner responsibility

Anne-Lise Bisio, Ella Bisio, 10, and Constanza Bryant show off Bryant’s poodle Milou, named after a Belgium comic strip character. Milou led Bryant to the Florida Poodle Rescue group and, in turn, an introduction to Ella, the rescue organization’s newest and youngest foster “parent.” Islander Photo: Mark Young

Many parents will eventually hear “I want a dog” escape the mouth of their child. Many also will discuss the responsibility of pet ownership, but few will ask the child to prove they are ready for that responsibility. For Ella …

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