Saturday, February 16, 2019

Anna Maria

Anna Maria Pier

Pier questions answered

ANNA MARIA – The city's engineering firm has formally responded to questions posed by community members about replacing the Anna Maria City Pier. Holmes Beach...
Grand Tree Anna Maria

Local tree regulations under attack

Updated Jan. 13, 2018 ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Florida Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) has filed a bill that seeks to prevent local governments from regulating...
Anna Maria Pier Plank International

Pier planks to become memorial walls

ANNA MARIA – The engraved wooden planks on the soon-to-be-replaced Anna Maria City Pier will be removed and used to build outdoor memorial walls...
Doug Copeland

Commission seeks sign relief for business owners

ANNA MARIA – City Commissioners are proposing lifting the ban on A-frame sandwich board signs due to the impact the closure of the Anna...
Anna Maria Pier Damage

Pier closure tops Anna Maria stories in 2017

ANNA MARIA – The pending replacement of the Anna Maria City Pier was a big story that became a bigger story when Hurricane Irma...
John Chappie

Mayor seeks equal distribution of beach concession funds

BRADENTON BEACH – Mayor John Chappie supports the city of Anna Maria’s request to use $333,000 of surplus beach concession revenues for the replacement...
Copeland Citizen of Year

Copeland named Citizen of the Year

ANNA MARIA – Longtime city resident and retired Anna Maria Island reporter Pat Copeland is the city of Anna Maria’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. Copeland...
Building official

Anna Maria hires new building official

ANNA MARIA - Less than a week after terminating Building Official Jimmy Strickland, Mayor Dan Murphy and the City Commission had his replacement on...
Anna Maria City Pier

Pier may get $1.5M in tourist tax funds

ANNA MARIA – The Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) voted unanimously on Monday, Dec. 4 to recommend that the county reimburse the city...
Strickland fired

Flood insurance discounts jeopardized

ANNA MARIA – Building Official Jimmy Strickland has been terminated for inactions that could result in higher flood insurance premiums for property owners in...
Pier reunion

Pier closing leaves lasting impact

ANNA MARIA – The former employees of the restaurant and adjoining bait shop on the Anna Maria City Pier gathered Thanksgiving morning at the...
Kaleta Settlement

Kaleta to receive $1 million settlement

ANNA MARIA – Developer Shawn Kaleta and his Beach to Bay construction company will receive a $1 million payment according to settlement terms negotiated...
Anna Maria Veterans Day parade

Old Soldiers and Sailors parade honors vets

ANNA MARIA - The inaugural Old Soldiers and Sailors Veterans Day parade delighted cheering crowds lining Pine Avenue on Friday, Nov. 10. A bagpiper and...
Anna Maria Pier Planks

Pier plank plan pending

ANNA MARIA – Mayor Dan Murphy is working on a plan to reuse the engraved wooden planks on the Anna Maria City Pier. The planks...
Latvala cancels parade appearance

Latvala cancels parade appearance

ANNA MARIA – Amidst accusations of sexual harassment, Florida Sen. Jack Latvala has bowed out of the city of Anna Maria’s “Old Soldiers &...