Twisster, a 4-year-old Shetland sheepdog, the pet of Brenda Twiss of Anna Maria, will compete in the American Kennel Club's National Agility Championship this weekend in Tampa. For more about the dog and the event, see inside. Islander Photo: Courtesy Brenda Twiss
A team of Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies last Thursday raided the now-closed Beach City Market at 1701 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach and a home in Holmes Beach owned by Beach City proprietors David and Dawn Viens.
Contrary to Dec. 29 published comments The Islander by Jane E Wright, sister Ginny Dutton says she will not offer coffee and baked goods for sale at her Holmes Beach shop, Ginny's Antiques and Art. Jane E closed her "to-go" coffee business at the Holmes Beach store and Ginny emphasized that she is merely selling paper cups and plastic wrap, not coffee and baked goods. Jane E ceased sales at Ginny's Holmes Beach location after city officials determined she was operating a restaurant there in violation of city code. Jane E continues to offer coffee service and freshed baked goods at the former Anna Maria IGA store, where Ginny also peddles antiques and art. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
County needs more time to finish Cafe on the Beach By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In what is rapidly becoming a nightmare for Cafe on the Beach owner Dee Percifield - along with the numerous regular and winter visitor patrons who frequent the restaurant - Manatee County officials have asked for yet another extension to complete renovations at the facility, located at the Manatee County Beach. The request was sent to the Holmes Beach City Commission Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Anna Maria to get FEMA windfall By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners at a special meeting Jan. 7 quickly gave the go-ahead to Mayor SueLynn to contract for construction of a berm along a portion of the North Shore Drive beach after learning that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has committed $29,500 to the project while cost estimates are only at $22,000. The city, according to the mayor, can keep the difference for any future project to halt beach erosion.