Vol. 8 No. 49 - August 27, 2008
The waves broke long and smooth off the Island’s west shore Sunday and Monday, drawing surfers from around the state.
Every beach access street was full of their trucks, cars and SUVs.
Eight or nine surfers topped each wave crest. Rides were good and rides were long. More...
Storms impact Island holiday
Two hurricanes left their marks on the Island during the Labor Day weekend.
Gulf waters breached the seawalls and flooded some of the homes along North Shore Drive in Anna Maria and the beaches were eroded up to the rocks around the outdoor eating area of the BeachHouse restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
The high water on the beaches also washed out some sea turtle nests that held eggs that were to hatch soon. More...
Stormwater fee draws protest petition
ANNA MARIA — A small group of protesters showed up at the Aug.28 city commission meeting. They were caught by surprise and upset when they got their tax notices showing a new storm water utility fee added to their overall tax burden.
"I’m presenting a petition with the signatures of 150 citizens and property owners who’d like the funding to come through existing taxes," resident Alice Newlon said as she handed the petition to the city clerk. More...
Beach Inn to hold grand opening
HOLMES BEACH – The public is invited to a grand opening at the Beach Inn, 101 66th Street, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 12:30 p.m. to sunset.
The Beach Inn is part of the Tidemark Beach and Marina Residence Club, which includes the Tidemark residences and marina at 5325 Marina Drive. The combined projects, valued at $85 million, include 14 beach residences and 16 marina residences plus a 62-slip marina with boats and fishing guides and a 24-unit lodge with a 80- to 100-seat restaurant and lounge. More...
Bridging the Gap celebrates music and real estate
While they don’t appear to be related, music and real estate are two subjects that are always popular on Anna Maria Island. Two events scheduled during Bridging the Gap will bring them to the forefront.
Concert in the Park will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Holmes Beach City Park, north of city hall, featuring food, refreshment, music and fun. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets for music from KoKo Ray, Eric von Hahmann, Yesterdayze, the Dr. Dave Band and the Billy Rice Band. More...
Reading program goes to the dogs
"Reading is fun. Reading to a dog is more fun."
Judging by the smiling faces when a dog walks into the library, Anna Maria Island Elementary School kids agree with the motto on the sticker they wear after they read to a dog in the Reading Fur Fun program. More...
Fire facilities committee continues study
HOLMES BEACH – At its second meeting, the West Manatee Fire Facilities Review Committee learned about standards that deal with fire station design and firefighter safety and training.
The committee’s goal is to determine if there is community support to upgrade the district’s three aging and overcrowded stations – Station 4 in Bradenton, Station 2 in Cortez and Station 1 in Holmes Beach. More...
Chappie hits the ground running
BRADENTON BEACH – In the week after winning his bid for a seat on the Manatee County Commission, John Chappie has been busy making contact with many community and neighborhood groups in his district, and he’s looking for more.
For a man whose stints as city commissioner and mayor of Bradenton Beach included getting people involved in their government, it’s not surprising. More...
Nicki’s West 59th consistently good
The passage of 22 years would guarantee a tweaking of the recipes, but not at Nicki’s West 59th. This Bradenton restaurant served a fresh spinach stuffed spanakoteropeta with chunks of chicken back then, and it serves a fresh spinach stuffed spanakoteropeta with chunks of chicken now. A generation has grown up, but the spanakoteropeta recipe at Nicki’s stayed exactly the same. If you remember what Nicki’s was like 10 years or even 15 years ago, you know what it’s like today. More...
Dog day doldrums require special strategies
Dog day doldrums? They don’t have to get you down. Savvy anglers know to change their strategies, tailoring their efforts to maximize comfort and opportunities.
One of the prime times to fish during the dog days is at night or in the early morning hours before the sun crests the horizon. The myriad dock and bridge lights that illuminate the waterways from St. Petersburg to Venice are prime targets. These areas hold schools of snook as well as trout, redfish and a host of other species. More...
Deciphering your property tax bill
Did you get your 2008 tax statement yet? Do you have any clue what it means? If not, join the majority of Manatee County homeowners. Confused would be a gross understatement to describe the way most property owners are feeling this week. They were expecting a decrease of at least several hundred dollars in their 2008 tax bill, but instead, many saw much less than that and some even had an increase. More...
Southern Belle ready to serve you
BRADENTON – The long-awaited Southern Belle bakery and café opened yesterday in the Manatee West Shopping Center at the corner of Manatee Avenue West and 75th Street.
"We tried to stay comfortable and friendly," Dawn Dugger, who opened the business with her sister Andrea Spring, said. "We’re a bakery and neighborhood restaurant.". More...
Investor results improving, but could be better
I have previously referenced data which shows individual investors, as a group, fail to achieve results nearly as good as those offered to patient investors who simply bought and held average stock and bond mutual funds through all of the market’s ups and downs. More...
Golf tourney highlights Chamber Sept. calendar
September means it’s time to prepare for fall visitors and part-time residents who come before the holidays. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts several networking opportunities this month.
On Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. current and prospective Chamber members are invited to the monthly luncheon at Stonewood Grill, 7110 Cortez Road, Bradenton. The cost is $15 and you must RSVP to Trish Paliscak, 778-1541, and ask for menu selection. More...
Turtles suffer from storm and lights
BRADENTON BEACH — There has been a second disorientation of a nest at Coquina Beach Club, which could result state and federal fines and will result in an appearance before Bradenton Beach’s special master.
Hatchlings were found swimming in the storm sewers at the edge of the property, Bradenton Beach city employees said.
"This is the second time this has happened here," said Building Official Steve Gilbert. "The first one was less than two weeks ago." More...
Six-pack Sam shows his metal
Eleven horseshoe hopefuls braved the wrath of Tropical Storm Fay on Saturday, Aug. 23, and three of them moved into the morning’s playoff round by virtue of their undefeated pool play. Sam Samuels quickly dismissed any hopes that George McKay and Debbie Rhodes had of winning by tossing a 22-0 shutout against them en route to hoisting the pelican-shaped champion’s trophy in victory. More...