State strikes bargain with butterfly advocate

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Fraud charges against a perennial Anna Maria Island volunteer will be dismissed if the subject completes a pretrial-diversion contract signed Jan. 3 with the 12th Circuit State Attorney. Nancy Ambrose, 59, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, turned herself into authorities in May 2017 after being advised of a warrant for her arrest. Several […]

3 men in ‘shark drag’ video plead not guilty

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Three men in a video that went viral last year depicting them dragging a shark behind a speeding boat near Egmont Key have pleaded not guilty to charges of animal cruelty. Robert Benac III, 28, of Sarasota, and Michael Wenzel, 21, and Spencer Heintz, 23, both of Palmetto, face two felony counts of aggravated animal […]

Local home broker uncovers rental scam

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

If her real estate career ever goes south, a local broker might look at becoming a detective. Jen Bowman and husband Mark are real estate partners on Anna Maria Island. They’ve been in business since 2004 and know the rental industry on the island inside and out. So when Tamy Ball of Ohio contacted Jen […]

Sewer line conflict assessment ends, dispute continues

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

The sewer-line dispute between Bradenton Beach, Manatee County and Shawn Kaleta is inching along — in court and now in a dispute resolution process. Manatee County sued the city, Kaleta and two of his companies in August 2017, asking the 12th Circuit Court to declare an easement on Kaleta-owned land in Bradenton Beach where a […]

MCSO arrests Anna Maria moped driver for DUI

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A man driving a moped on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria ended up in jail after a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy observed him cross the center line several times. Carl Trygg, 36, of Anna Maria, was arrested for driving under the influence at 2:06 a.m. Dec. 30 in the 700 block of North Shore […]

Bridge Street restaurant, bar get P&Z nod for zoning change

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board came to a big conclusion for one Bridge Street establishment. Six months after hearing several requests from representatives of the Bridgetender Dockside Bar and Restaurant, the P&Z board voted Jan. 10 to recommend approval of the restaurant’s change to a major development and a comprehensive plan amendment to […]

County approves ‘green’ mixed development in Cortez

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Environmentally friendly tiny homes seem to have won favor in Cortez as well as approval from the county board. The developers apparently found the right mix of energy-efficient tiny homes, vacation rentals, resort living, waterfront access and favor among the community. Even the name harkens back to the origins of Cortez, an area marked on […]

Red tide not detected

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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in Manatee County for the week ending Jan. 12. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

Bradenton Beach commissioners discuss lawsuit in the shade

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Bradenton Beach commissioners met Jan. 10 in a shade meeting to discuss strategies for a lawsuit initiated in August by former Mayor Jack Clarke and joined by the city, against several now-former board members who allegedly violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws. Due to attorney-client privilege, the majority of the three-hour meeting was closed to the public, […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following notice for the week of Jan. 15: State Road 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County crews are replacing force mains and water mains. For more information about the project, go online to For the latest road watch information, go online […]

Marijuana triggers BBPD arrest

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The odor of marijuana from a vehicle at the Coquina Beach South Boat Ramp after hours led Bradenton Beach police to seize almost an ounce of the controlled substance. Joshua Burls, 22, of Bradenton, was arrested Dec. 29, 2017, after BBPD Officer Alexander Hurt approached the vehicle parked at 12:34 a.m. in the lot in […]

Sex offenders visit Anna Maria Island

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Sex offender registry reports in January announced two male offenders visiting Anna Maria Island. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported a 59-year-old male sex offender temporarily residing in the 2200 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach. The man, with a permanent Orlando address, was convicted in Manatee County in June 2011 for […]

Bradenton woman arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach puts up fight

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A Bradenton woman who approached a Holmes Beach police officer and asked for help with an identity theft was arrested for driving impaired — and when the police focus switched to her, she put up a fight. Lorie Hagele, 55, pulled her vehicle next to a Holmes Beach patrol squad in the 5200 block of […]

Last week's roundup

Careful timing can put you on the trail of fish | by Capt. Danny Stasny | no responses

Holmes Beach captain rescues 5 from capsized canoe | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Islanders of the year serve and protect | no responses

U.S. Supreme Court nixes treehouse review — demolition next? | by Kathy Prucnell | one response

Islanders plot against state vacation rental legislation | by Terry O’Connor | one response

Authorities investigate charges in Anna Maria altercation | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Anna Maria to return pier planks, build fences from others | by Bianca Benedí | 7 responses

Red tide at low levels | no responses

Eyes on the road | no responses

The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 | no responses

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Dolphin Dash on Holmes Beach streets raises AME cash

by Kevin P. Cassidy

No matter who wins, this road race adds a dash of dollars to the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Teach Organization ongoing fundraising campaign. Approximately 180 participants arrived Jan. 13 at Anna Maria Elementary School to participate in the decade-long AME Dolphin Dash 5k race and 1-mile fun run. It’s a family-friendly event that starts […]

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Careful timing can put you on the trail of fish

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around the barrage of cold fronts we are experiencing can be quite good — if you pick the right days. You must pick your days. And you can pick your fish. But the days have to be the calm ones between cold fronts. A lot of action is occurring, but it’s got to be […]

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Unseasonable chill cools off fishing action for area anglers
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Mild winter temps produce stellar fishing action
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Fishing between cold fronts brings on winter bounty
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A string of windy days puts damper on fishing
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Real Estate

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Real Estate – 01-17-2018

by Bonner Joy

5311 Sunrise Lane, Unit A, Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach, a 3,605 sfla / 4,329 sfur 4bed/3½bath/3car Bayfront land condo with pool built in 2013 was sold 11/23/17, Coughlin RE1 LLC to Shay for $2,240,000; list $2,295,000. 524 Villa Rosa Way, Anna Maria, a 2,458 sfla / 5,148 sfla 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2015 […]


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Island police blotter – 01-17-2018

Anna Maria Jan.1, 500 block of South Bay Boulevard, suspicious behavior. An older woman reported her doorbell rang between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., while she was sleeping. Later she found two business cards from Tampa companies for spiritual readings and consultation on her porch and called police. Officers took the cards. Anna Maria is […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan 17 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE ARTIFICIAL “FIG” TREE: Six-feet tall, $25. 941-941-6072. QUEEN MATTRESS, AS new, double recliner, nearly new. $100 each. 941-778-5542. FREE RATTAN LOVESEAT, sofa plus coordinating side chair. Good condition. 508-455-7191. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect […]