No easy solution for coyote influx

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by Ryan Paice | no responses

Inaction might be the only action when it comes to coyotes on Anna Maria Island. At least, that’s the conclusion of officials in Holmes Beach and Longboat Key for now. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said in an interview Nov. 15 that as long as the coyotes do not become aggressive, no action will […]

Holmes Beach sends off mayor with applause

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

“Positive, positive, positive,” were the closing words Nov. 13 by Bob Johnson when describing the future of the city at his final commission meeting as Holmes Beach mayor. Johnson finished his second term and bid farewell to city officials and staff at the meeting. He was elected to his first term as mayor in 2014 […]

Red tide recedes, again

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

BayCare physical therapist Terri Ador made home visits Nov. 14-15 on Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Later, when she arrived to a client’s home in west Bradenton, she was still coughing. “It’s the red tide over at the beach. It’s still there. It’s like I can almost smell it,” she told The Islander. But, […]

Commissioner deposed in Bradenton Beach sunshine suit

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law is being dissected in Bradenton Beach. Following multiple scheduling delays, Bradenton Beach Commissioner Randy White was deposed Nov. 14 in a lawsuit the city joined with ex-Mayor Jack Clarke against six former city board members for allegedly violating the Sunshine Law. White is not a defendant in the suit. He’s a witness. […]

WMFR extends negotiations to sell administration building

by Ryan Paice | no responses

West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners will be ensconced in their district administration building for at least a few more months. WMFR has a contract to sell its administrative building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton, to Oasis Middle School for $1,675,000, but the process for Oasis to attain a special-use permit from Manatee County puts the […]

Pitching in

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Before games began Nov. 14 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits, AMI Horseshoe Group coordinator Sam Samuels and pit boss Jay Disbrow present a check to Cindy Sloan, vice president and director of the Food Bank of Manatee. Islander Photo: Courtesy Bob Lee

Progress made on pier construction contract

by Ryan Paice | no responses

Discussions continue on a contract for the construction of a new Anna Maria City Pier platform and pilings. Mayor Dan Murphy said in an interview Nov. 14 discussions with the city’s chosen contractor, i+iconSOUTHEAST, are in the fact-finding stage and he would not estimate how long it would take before he presented a contract to […]

Story of mom, son swept to sea in Anna Maria goes national

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

They’re hoping Ellen calls. Yes, that Ellen. Ellen DeGeneres. The family was fielding frequent media calls Nov. 15. Tara Myers and 7-year-old son Brennan Saletta were rescued by a West Manatee Fire Rescue boat crew Oct. 21 after a rip current swept them in their oversized inflatable swan more than a mile off Anna Maria […]

Red tide persists

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A bloom of the Florida red tide organism persisted the week ending Nov. 18. In southwest Florida, high concentrations occurred in and offshore of Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Medium concentrations were observed in these same counties, as well as in Manatee County and offshore of Monroe County. K. brevis concentrations, relative to the […]

Bradenton woman arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach

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Four beers and a couple of shots. That’s what a motorist stopped by Holmes Beach police said she drank. The officers stopped her vehicle in the 800 block of Manatee Avenue. Sonja Wasmuth, 47, of Bradenton, was arrested at 12:51 a.m. Oct. 31 for driving under the influence after officers observed her vehicle weaving and […]

AMI Paddlers race in state’s largest dragon boat fest

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AMI Paddlers from Paradise competed Nov. 10 in the Lake Hernando Dragon Boat Festival, the largest dragon boat race in the state. The festival featured 76 racing teams. AMI Paddlers from Paradise — based on Anna Maria Island — had a mixed boat — men and women — that finished fourth in the consolation division […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of Nov. 19: Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: As part of a pipeline replacement project, crews are working on Gulf Drive between Ninth Street North and Cortez Road, then proceeding eastward on the bridge embankment. The primary impact will be […]

HB learns costs for lake, city field improvements

by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

There were no decisions by commissioners on two hefty Holmes Beach projects, but engineer Lynn Burnett is on the job — working with contractors and reporting her progress. Burnett updated commissioners on Spring Lake and city field — projects with $400,000-plus price tags — at their Nov. 13 meeting. Commissioners have vowed to fix Spring […]

Red tide poses threat to stone crab, mullet fisheries

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Red tide has long been tied to scarcity in the stone crab fishery and now there’s the upcoming mullet run to raise added concern. From the docks in Cortez, crews employed by fish processors, as well as independent fishers and crabbers, are in the midst of the winter stone crab season — baiting, checking and […]

Why are stone crabs pricey?

by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

The law of supply and demand is tweaking pocketbooks in Florida as the stone crab industry continues its downturn. Since 2000, the harvestable claws — only claws 2 3/4 inches long or longer — from the wildly popular crustacean, Menippe mercanaria, have declined from a market high in Manatee County, according to Florida Fish and […]

Top Notch pet photo contest winner 2018

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Top Notch pet photo contest winner – Photographer Jonathan Crane of Anna Maria took this winning pet portrait of his pal Boom Boom resting at home in June. He will receive a gift package from Perks 4 Pets in Northwest Bradenton and a gift certificate from Island Coffee Haus on AMI. Congratulations to Crane, and thanks to all the photographers who took part this year.

New Top Notch contest deadline Sept. 11

The Islander’s Top Notch contest is underway. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the widespread switch from film to digital technology. Look to Sept. 11 for the next weekly deadline, and don’t forget to include your summer holiday photos. The contest includes six weekly front-page winners. Each will claim […]

Last week's roundup

Holmes Beach mayoral candidate makes clean sweep into office | by Kathy Prucnell | 3 responses

BB incumbents brush off challenge | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Anna Maria hopes to relocate coyotes, Holmes Beach, too | by Ryan Paice | one response

Still no end to red tide intrusion on Manatee coastline | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Against all odds, BB floating dock hovers on horizon | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

DOT chief: Cortez Bridge megaspan ‘will not be revisited’ | by Steve Albee | no responses

Patches of red tide persist | no responses

Bradenton Beach voters approve 7 charter amendments | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Rash handily takes HB commission seat, Morton returns | by Ryan Paice | no responses

5 Holmes Beach charter review members elected Nov. 6 | by Ryan Paice | no responses

Sports

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Center soccer finale: champs crowned

by Bonner Joy

The youth soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island came to an end Nov. 14 with championship night and the awarding of accolades to some deserving players. The 8-10 division saw Ugly Grouper advance to the championship match on the strength of a tight, 2-1 victory over Progressive Cabinetry. However, the finals went […]

Recent Stories

Adult soccer pushes to championships, youth soccer, too
12th November 2018 | no responses

Soccer teams’ dreams of perfect season end with a tie
6th November 2018 | no responses

Fishing

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Be thankful for excellent fishing east of Anna Maria Island

by Bonner Joy

Although red tide lingers around the shores of Anna Maria Island, fishing to the east remains quite good. In fact, in some places, it’s excellent. Fishing the eastern shorelines of Tampa Bay and its connecting waters is providing some of the best inshore action of the year. Catch-and-release snook fishing is epic. And spotted seatrout […]

Recent Stories

Gamble on fishing, Gulf pays off in spite of red tide
12th November 2018 | no responses

Head north for consistent action, ‘exceptional’ snook bite
6th November 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 11-21-2018

by Bonner Joy

There is no real estate transaction report this week due to a computer glitch.

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 11-21-2018

Anna Maria Oct. 27, Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore, aggra- vated battery. Four men approached a man who was fishing with friends. After a verbal exchange, the men left, then returned and an altercation took place with the angler. The victim was struck with brass knuckles and suffered a laceration to the right […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, November 21, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE HUNTER BRAND 48-inch glass-top table, $99, cushioned chairs, $30/chair. New, $800. Bradenton Beach. 319-350-5467, email pbernts@gmail.com. TWO SLEEPER SOFAS: Good condition, $75 each. Holmes Beach. 941-704-7798. FLAT-SCREEN TV: Sanyo, 32-inch. $65. 941-778-7293. DELL COMPUTER WITH monitor, refurbished, $100. 941-756-6728. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay […]