The Florida Department of Community Affairs issued a ruling July 20 that determined Anna Maria’s method of computing density “is consistent with its comprehensive plan.”
City residents Robert and Nicky Hunt, through attorney Jeremy Anderson of Lobeck and Hanson P.A. of Sarasota, filed a complaint to the DCA Feb. 11, alleging that the city’s use of the gross-density method to determine density in the retail-office-residential district “conflicts” with its comprehensive plan policy.
There will be a lot of activity in Anna Maria the next seven weeks, now that Chief Judge Lee Haworth of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court has set Sept. 7 as the date for the recall election of Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Haworth set the date for the recall election after receiving and accepting the Recall Commissioner Stoltzfus petition from Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat.
State officials and lifeguards are reminding swimmers about the potential for moderate- to high-risk rip currents, which can be dangerous for even experienced swimmers.
A rip current is a narrow, powerful current of water running perpendicular to the beach, out into the ocean. The currents may extend 200 to 2,500 feet lengthwise, but they are typically less than 30 feet wide.
Derek Lauterbach, 27, pleaded no contest July 13 for burglarizing the Tide & Moon jewelry store in the AMI Plaza in Holmes Beach.
Lauterbach, of Holmes Beach, at a Manatee County docket hearing, pleaded no contest to a second-degree felony charge of burglary to an unoccupied structure while wearing a hooded mask or other device that concealed his identity, and was sentenced to two years in prison and 13 years of probation. After Lauterbach pleaded no contest, Judge Diana Moreland found him guilty. In addition, Lauterbach was ordered to pay $28,000 in restitution to Tide & Moon’s Lara Schely.
The advisory committee that has steered improvements along the Gulf Drive scenic highway and on Bradenton Beach’s waterfront is uncertain of its direction.
“There’s been changes in the city,” said Pat Gentry, who chairs the ScenicWAVES committee, which was formed with the merger of scenic highway and waterfronts groups to recommend projects, policies and programs to the city commission.
Pat Shilling of Bradenton wins the fourth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this image of a bait thief at Longboat Pass. Shilling wins an Island T-shirt, which can be claimed at the office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. She also is a nominee for the Top Notch grand prize, which includes $100, advertiser prizes and placement in Jack Elka’s 2011 calendar. For more information about the contest, go to www.islander.org.
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