Dee Schaefer does not want to see Cafe on the Beach in Holmes Beach turn into a Key West-like restaurant, nor does the owner of P.S. Beach Associates want to leave the place she’s worked at for 21 years.
Now Schaefer, the operator of Cafe on the Beach, has some backing from the city.
A suggestion by West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commissioner John Rigney to have public comments available only during public hearings was rejected at an April 15 meeting at Station 1 on Marina Drive.
The commissioners opposed the suggestion in a 3-2 vote, much to the liking of Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson.
Chris Pate of Holmes Beach won the grand prize in The Islander's annual Top Notch contest with his photograph of a wave-skater at White Avenue beach. Pate won $100 from the newspaper, plus gifts from Islander advertisers, including a $50 gift certificate from the Chiles Restaurants Group, a $50 certificate for Hair's to You Salon, a $25 certificate from Mister Roberts Resortwear, a $10 certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe and the framing of the winning photo by Karly Carlson Custom Framing. The weekly winners received Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirts and front-page placement of their photos. Next week, The Islander's honorable mentions in the popular contest.
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