Wallendas to Fly in Holmes Beach

This weekend, get ready to see the famous Flying Wallendas, relatives of the daredevil, Nik Wallenda, who recently crossed both a tributary of the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls on high wires.

They’ll be performing at the Holmes Beach City field, north of Manatee Avenue (SR 64), along with several bands and other types of entertainment at the Island’s “CityFest.”

Here’s a bit of good information from Bay News 9: Wallendas to Perform


HB Police Add Crosswalk Markers


Last week, the Holmes Beach police department set out some highly visible markers at crosswalks around the city.

Particularly in times of high traffic and — thanks to a booming tourist economy — a lot of walkers, bikers, runners and strollers, are at risk for collisions they are sure to lose.

It’s high time motorists were reminded that they do not own the whole road. It’s the law to stop at a crosswalk when there’s a pedestrian present.

On the other hand, at a light, pedestrians do not have the right of way, said Chief of Police William Tokajer. Nor do they have the right to cross anywhere. Cars are not required to stop for pedestrians other than at the crosswalks marked with double white lines, whether or not they have the new vertical installations.

And finally, said the Chief, motorists should know that no place on the island is it permitted to pass on the right hand side of the road. That is a recipe for hitting bikers, walkers or others who may be in a bike lane.

So drivers, please be kind. Even if you’re not, there’s new evidence that you should at least let the walkers cross the road.


Not the Final Word on Flood Insurance

So, the third or fourth shoe is dropping on flood insurance. It’s hard to keep count anymore.

Yesterday, FEMA made some statements intended to clarify recent legislation and changes to flood insurance.

The upshot is, don’t cancel your insurance, and whatever happens, pay the premium and await a refund, if it comes to that.

Could be some new rates will be extravagantly high, and homeowners are advised to go ahead and pay, but work toward getting a refund more in keeping with the new laws.

Here’s Florida Reator’s take on the news:

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Neal Preserve Opens in One Week

The Neal Preserve, a long time coming on the south-eastern shore of Anna Maria Sound and Perico Island, will finally open in a week, on 9 April, 2014.

Pat Neal, whose homebuilding dynasty continues in Manatee and Sarasota Counties, acquired the property long ago in conjunction with his Perico Bay Club community, adjacent. Composed mostly of mangroves, it’s not really enough upland to build, but it certainly is plenty to preserve, and he generously donated the land to Manatee County.

Construction workers have been putting the finishing touches on the entry and other elements of the preserve, and the opening will be held at 4:00 p.m. next Tuesday.

Here’s the most recent ARTICLE from the Bradenton Herald. There are lots of nice photos to see.