Tree house owners seek rehearing after loss

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by Kathy Prucnell

Voters won’t be weighing in on grandfathering a beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach if the most recent court decision stays its course. The newest city win came in early May, when the 2nd District Court of Appeal let stand a lower court order prohibiting a city ballot question based on the petitions of Lynn […]

Cortez Bridge fails — but not falling down

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by Kathy Prucnell

The Florida Department of Transportation is not worried about the May 16 midday malfunction of the Cortez Bridge. For about two hours, the bridge on Cortez Road West/State Road 684 between Anna Maria Island and Cortez shut down, causing traffic to be rerouted and delayed. Built in 1956 and repaired about two years ago, the […]

Couple charged in Bradenton Beach condo fraud

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by Kathy Prucnell

A former president and treasurer of Gulf Reach Condominium Association in Bradenton Beach have been charged with defrauding the Florida not-for-profit corporation of more than $50,000 over a six-year period. The association address is 1303 Gulf Drive S. Alyson Colosia, 51, and Javier Colosia, 53, who also own a condo in the 1300 block of […]

‘Lights out’ season

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, stands May 16 by the recently placed “Lights Out” sign on the public facility building near the south entrance to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Manatee County approved placement of the sign at Coquina Beach, when its previous location on Manatee Avenue, west […]

Loggerhead sea turtle tracks indicate nest in HB

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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Linda Caldwell prepares May 15 to stake off a nest near 29th Street in Holmes Beach after she and her husband, AMITW volunteer Pat Caldwell, discovered tracks made the night before. “The tracks are a really clear example of what loggerhead tracks look like,” AMITW executive […]

FDOT begins islands traffic study

by Bianca Benedí

The long-awaited traffic study of the barrier islands is underway and members of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials are hoping it will be the final word on the issue. The Florida Department of Transportation’s study began May 15, according to an announcement from David Gwynn, director of transportation operations in district 1. The […]

Bradenton Beach considers WCIND funding request

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Bradenton Beach is asking Manatee County to provide funding to regulate the anchorage area adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The city is applying for a $50,000 grant from the West Coast Inland Navigational District for a lift for the police boat at the Historic Bridge Street Pier and $90,000 for derelict boat removal. […]

AMOB proposes expenses for 2-week closure on BB pier

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

AMOB on the city pier in Bradenton Beach is being asked to shutter its operation for two weeks in September while the city replaces the restaurant’s air conditioning system on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, leaving the city to negotiate with AMOB for its costs due to the closure. During a May 18 city commission […]

Stone crab season wraps up with a bang

by Bianca Benedí

Stone crab season is over. Stone crabbers have picked up their traps and the crabs will be left to reproduce and repopulate until Oct. 15, when the season begins again. The harvest of this popular Florida crab ended with a strong finish, with crabbers statewide pulling in nearly 3 million pounds of claw fish worth […]

Palmetto man sentenced to probation for ‘wet reckless’

A Palmetto man arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Holmes Beach pleaded no contest April 27 to a reduced charge of wet reckless. Twelfth Circuit Judge Charles Sniffin found Andrew Brownewell, 38, guilty of reckless driving and sentenced him to a 12-month probation — requiring him to complete an advanced DUI course […]

Staff shakeup continues at community center

by Bianca Benedí

The Center of Anna Maria Island has experienced another staff shakeup, but operations should be running as normal. On Wednesday, May 10, youth director Stephanie Rycerz turned in her resignation. She held for the position for less than two months before her departure. Rycerz was hired in March to replace former youth director Emily Moss, […]

WMFR adopts rate hike maximum, approves board of appeals

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by Bianca Benedí

The West Manatee Fire Rescue board voted 3-2 May 18 for a maximum assessment rate hike of 2 percent for residential properties. The commission also approved a maximum rate hike of 4 percent for commercial properties for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The rate hikes would bring up to $140,000 in additional revenue. The WMFR will […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted this advisory for the week of May 22: • SR 789 at the Longboat Key Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent north and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning through Thursday, May 25. Use caution and expect possible […]

Baitmonger removes ‘derelict’ vessel to settle court case

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by Kathy Prucnell

John Maguire III answers the phone “baitman” and speaks what’s on his mind — no filter. He’s had plenty to speak about in the past year, including 17 boating violations, beating a charge for peeing off a dock and dealing with a citation for a partially submerged derelict vessel — a 19-foot Godfrey skiff that […]

Red tide found at background levels

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in background concentrations in three samples collected in Manatee County and reported May 18. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

Holmes Beach police arrest Brandon man for drugs

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Cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia. Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Bores found the contraband after stopping Ryan C. Wallace, 36, of Brandon, at 11:15 p.m. May 8 for driving on a suspended license in the 2500 block of Gulf Drive. Bores observed open beer cans and asked Wallace if he had anything else illegal in the […]

100 Club recognizes BBPD officer

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Bradenton Beach Police Officer Josh Betts was recognized May 18 by the Manatee County 100 Club for a drug arrest in June 2016. The arrest resulted in the seizure of 62 grams of marijuana, Xanax, oxycodone and THC lollipops, according to BBPD Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz, who, with Betts, attended the service club’s annual dinner […]

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Holmes Beach long-distance runner still going strong at 70

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley ran the April 17 Boston Marathon and finished in a very respectable sixth place in her age division with a time of 4 hours, 34 minutes. This is Meneley’s third time running the Boston Marathon, having also ran in the 2000 and 2009 races. This year’s run had significance for […]

Fishing

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Fishing inshore and near as hot as temps

by Capt. Danny Stasny

The fishing is heating up much like the weather. Fishing the flats for redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook is in full swing. You also can start finding snook in the passes and along the beaches during calm mornings or evenings. Fishing offshore is heating up with reports of blackfin tuna, cobia, permit and king […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 05-24-2017

by Jesse Brisson

7312 Gulf Drive, Unit 6, La Casa Costiera, Holmes Beach, a 2,012 sfla / 2,240 sfur 3 bed/1 1/2 bath/2 car Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 2005 was sold 04/17/17, Wendt to Korff for $1,650,000; list $1,750,000. 518 Villa Rosa Way, Anna Maria, a 3,100 sfla / 5,000 sfur 5 bed/4 bath/3 car […]

Streetlife

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Island police blotter – 05-24-2017

Anna Maria No new reports. Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Bradenton Beach May 12, Pines Trailer Park, 30 block of Laverne Drive, disturbance. Responding to a call, a Bradenton Beach police officer found an intoxicated man walking down the street. He told the officer he was locked out of his […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 24 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE DRYER MACHINE, $50, nice chairs, $45-$25, folding table, $60, end table, $30. 941-778-2268. OFFICE FURNITURE AND more. Desks, $50 or best offer, file cabinets, $50 or best offer. 941-356-1456. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect […]