Vol. 8 No. 34 - May 14, 2008
Concerns escalate over pipline plan
Objections are beginning to surface to a proposed submersible floating natural gas port off Anna Maria Island that one elected official remarked has been running silent and under the radar.
Several federal and state permit applications already are in the pipeline for the Port Dolphin Energy Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port, which would be built 28 miles west of Anna Maria Island in 100 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. More...
Law adjusts ‘highest and best use’ rule
A new state law passed to help property owners who are taxed on the potential value of their property instead of on its actual use is getting mixed reviews.
The law, unanimously approved by the Legislature earlier this month, places restrictions on how property appraisers apply the "highest and best use" criterion in determining property values, one of eight criteria they must consider under Florida law. More...
Key OK for Pine Ave. site plan
ANNA MARIA – The site plans for the first two buildings in the Pine Avenue restoration project have been unanimously approved by the planning and zoning board.
"This shows how the citizens and elected officials can work together to arrive at an outcome that is beneficial to everyone," said Michael Coleman, who originally conceived of the project, which is envisioned to ultimately contain small offices or retail businesses on the ground floor with residences on the second. More...
Troubled drainage project to be simplified
ANNA MARIA — An ambitious drainage project funded jointly by the city and Southwest Florida Water Management District will be drastically cut back and simplified.
Complaints arose about the planned $764,000 project, which was slated to begin several months ago.
Several citizens, Jim Conoly, Richard DeFrank and Tom Turner raised concerns about the project several weeks ago. More...
Fiske code hearing continued
ANNA MARIA — Whether or not there are code violations on the Fiske property at 840 South Bay Boulevard is a question that won’t be answered until next month.
The city says that Jack and Evelyn Fiske have expanded commercial operations on the property in recent years. Chuck Webb, the attorney for the Fiskes, counters that the property is "grandfathered" as a marina, which has operated on the property for decades — preceding by many years the zoning of that neighborhood as residential. More...
Commission elections in all three Island cities
Come November, Island voters will decide whether to return some of their elected officials to office or to select new representatives.
In at least two instances, commissioners are leaving office.
Commissioner Duke Miller of Anna Maria announced earlier this year that he is not seeking reelection. More...
Three awarded Historical Society scholarships
Members of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society awarded $1,000 college scholarships to three Island students Friday.
Students are Bradley Stemm, the son of Bill and Ursula Stemm; Kaci Kennedy, the daughter of Joe and Charlene Kennedy; and Billy Krokroskia, the son of Bill and Julie Krokroskia. All are from Holmes Beach. More...
Palma Sola Bay property preserved
Manatee County commissioners unanimously jumped at the chance on Tuesday to buy 35 acres of undeveloped land on Palma Sola Bay for preservation for $150,000.
Property owner Dorothy Ungarelli, of Sarasota, worked with her financial advisor, Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino, on the plan to sell the land as a memorial to her late husband, Joseph Ungarelli. More...
Report details project’s hazards
The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration have identified several potential hazards of the proposed Port Dolphin Energy Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port in its newly-released Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Among the concerns are spills, explosions, increased water and air pollution and impacts on marine life, including fish, manatees, dolphins, whales and sea turtles.
Public comments will be accepted on the statement until June 2. A final version of the statement is due in mid-July, followed by a final public hearing later this summer. More...
"Pole & Troll Zones:" Give an inch, save a mile
Captain Rusty Albury, a guide and fifth generation "Conch" from Islamorada, said it best, "If you go down to First Street and get mugged, how long will it be before you don’t go there anymore?" Albury’s supposition was in response to my question about his thoughts on "pole and troll zones." His point was that fish that are constantly run over will eventually leave an area. While Albury is a big fan of an increase in these areas, he is quick to point out that boaters should not be denied access. More...
The new anti-Zen condominium law
A friend of mine recently e-mailed me that she was on her way to a spa in New York City for a facial which promised to be a Zen experience. Zen has an emphasis on mindful acceptance of the present moment, spontaneous action and letting go of self-conscious and judgmental thinking. There’s plenty of Zen happening on Anna Maria Island with beautiful sunsets, dolphins and aqua water you can see right through. But if you really want to have a Zen experience, move into a condominium association. More...
Laundromat could close at month’s end
If you’ve always wanted to come clean, now’s your chance to do so and become the owner of an Island institution in the process.
Meredith and Gerry Slavin, owners of Auntie M’s Holmes Beach Laundromat, announced Monday that they will be forced to close the business unless they can find a buyer by May 30.
"We’ve been trying to sell it for a year," Meredith explained. "We are retiring and this is one of the businesses that we need to sell. If someone does not come forward, we’ll have to close it by the end of May, so we have a month to liquidate the equipment." More...
Little League season winds down
Dick’s Sporting Goods 6 - West Coast Surf Shop 5
West Coast Surf Shop’s Minors squad has come a long way this season under the direction of coaches Robert Vita and Mike Brusso. The team has enjoyed some good support and this was in evidence Saturday at G.T. Bray Park as parents filled the bleachers.
The big plastic owl in Dick’s Sporting Goods dugout is offered to the most outstanding player in each game and The Owls, according to Coach Ed Genewick, are nocturnal, preferring to stand around and stare in early morning match ups. More...
All Rhodes lead to winner’s circle
Sixteen horseshoe players took to the pits on Saturday, May 3, and only the team of Tom Skoloda and Ron Pepka posted perfect pool play records to become the morning’s uncontested champions. Three teams held a playoff round for runners-up honors and, at the end of those matches, it was Norm Good and Jay Disbrow grabbing second place, winning 23-18 over Art Kingstad and Herb Puryear and then 21-19 against Steve Doyle and John Johnson. More...