Environmental group pushes for Cortez Bridge details

thumb image

by Terry O’Connor | no responses

A Cortez Bridge study by the Florida Department of Transportation was a sham, according to ManaSota-88, a nonprofit devoted to public health and environmental issues. “This is wrong on every level,” said Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, ManaSota-88 vice chair and a member of Holmes Beach Planning Commission. “It appears they selected the most environmentally […]

Anna Maria opts for do-over on pier demolition bids

thumb image

by Bianca Benedí | no responses

The price to demo the Anna Maria City Pier came in high. Too high. Anna Maria officials elected May 18 to reissue a request for proposals for demolition of the pier. During an emergency meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy asked commissioners to reject the submitted bids for the demolition contract and reissue a request for proposals, […]

Barrier island traffic study solutions: paid parking, wayfinder

thumb image

by Terry O’Connor | no responses

The 5,071 parking spaces on Anna Maria Island fill up fast during holidays and prime beach days. More than 1,000 more parking spaces are needed to address the imbalance, according to a recent consultant’s report. Instituting paid parking and installing a wayfinder system could help solve the problem, according to a 72-page analysis and recommendations […]

Cooler temps set sea turtles off to slow start

thumb image

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Timing is everything. Loggerheads have begun their nesting cycle on Anna Maria Island, but they appear to be off to a slow start. The first sea turtle nest of the season, which runs May-October, was documented May 12 on Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. As of May 21, 17 nests and 38 false crawls were […]

Palmetto man charged with assault for police threat

thumb image

no responses

An aggravated assault charge was filed against a Palmetto man who threatened police with survivalist-style weapons in December 2017 in Anna Maria. Douglas Schofield, 45, was charged May 7 by the State Attorney of the 12th Judicial Circuit. He was served with the court paper a week later. Schofield was shot in the stomach Dec. […]

BBPD, MCSO arrest burglar, batterer

thumb image

no responses

Bradenton Beach police arrested a 27-year-old man for stealing a surfboard — an open case since December 2017 — the same day he was arrested for battery to a woman on a boat near Cortez. Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz arrested Joseph Gaston May 10 for the burglary and theft in Bradenton Beach. Gaston lives on […]

WMFR moves forward on 2-year assessment increases

by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Property owners in the West Manatee Fire District likely will see their assessments rise 2 percent in the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. WMFR commissioners voted 3-2 May 15 to approve a proposed 2 percent assessment increase as part of a plan to raise rates 2 percent over each of the next two […]

Bridge battles won, war lost

no responses

By Jennifer Glenfield Special to The Islander Motorists lined up on the Cortez Bridge in the early 1990s waiting for boats to pass through the open drawbridge were likely handed a flyer urging them to save Anna Maria Island. “You’ve Found Paradise,” one of the flyers read at the top, in green print. And, at […]

Eyes on the road

no responses

The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of May 21: • Avenue C: Manatee County crews are replacing force mains. Installation of a 6-inch water main is underway along Avenue C from 24th to 26th streets north. Crews are installing water services across Avenue C. Intermediate road […]

Red tide not detected in Manatee

no responses

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in Manatee County the week ending May 18. Red tide was detected elsewhere in the region. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

Bradenton Beach holds out hope for floating dock

thumb image

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

A year is a long time to tap your nails on the table. Bradenton Beach has waited more than a year for a replacement floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Now it appears they will continue to wait until June 30. At a special community redevelopment agency meeting May 21, members of the […]

Bradenton man gets house arrest for battery

no responses

A Bradenton man was sentenced to 12 months of house arrest for attacking a former girlfriend in Holmes Beach. Dustan Swihart, 44, pleaded no contest May 11 in 12th Circuit Court to a felony count of battery after a prior conviction and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief. Judge Edward Nicholas withheld Swihart’s adjudication on […]

Voter registration open for 2018 primary

no responses

Voter registration is open for the state’s primary, which will be Tuesday, Aug. 28. Registration will close July 30. Registration for the general election, which will be Tuesday, Nov. 6, will close Oct. 9. Qualifying for municipal elections, which take place Nov. 6, will be in June — noon June 18 to noon June 22 […]

Last week's roundup

Turtle watchers excited, first nest of season spotted | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Mote releases green sea turtle in Anna Maria | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Mayor, 2 commission seats up in Anna Maria | no responses

2 seats up in Bradenton Beach election | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Holmes Beach election qualifying period set June 18-22 | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

A look back at 1957: A time when new bridges were celebrated | no responses

Riley-Love: an ambassador for AMI and beyond | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

HBPD arrests Bradenton man in stolen Lexus | no responses

Motion denied in pretrial hearing for Bradenton Beach lawsuit | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

3 boats tagged as abandoned, 1 derelict in Bradenton Beach anchorage | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

  • To advertise here, please
    visit our rates page
    or contact us at:
    sales@islander.org
    Phone: (941) 778-7978
    Fax: (941) 778-9392

  • 3-Day Weather Forecast

    Bradenton Beach
    87°
    thunderstorm
    humidity: 66%
    wind: 10mph W
    H 83 • L 77
    83°
    Thu
    80°
    Fri
    77°
    Sat
  • Members

Sports

thumb image

1 team in adult soccer league steps closer to perfection

by Bonner Joy

Seven up, seven down. That’s how Legler & Flynn Law has done it in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island. There’s been a few close calls, but Legler & Flynn improved to 7-0 after soccer action May 17 and increased its lead to two games. Lancaster Design, which fell to […]

Recent Stories

1 team chases perfection in center’s adult soccer league
14th May 2018 | no responses

Soccer continues to spike center, horseshoes, golf play on
8th May 2018 | no responses

Legal team still chasing perfection on center soccer field
1st May 2018 | no responses

KRC hands out titles, Beach Bums takes title at center court
24th April 2018 | no responses

Fishing

thumb image

Rainy conditions put damper on local tarpon fishing

by Bonner Joy

When tarpon arrive, Anna Maria Island has just about all it can offer when it comes to fishing in west central Florida. However, with all the rain in the past week and windy conditions, the tarpon experienced a slight break from the anglers. As soon as conditions improve, the tarpon will be back on the […]

Recent Stories

Fishing bows to the king, the return of the silver king
14th May 2018 | no responses

May brings consistently good weather, fishing, too
8th May 2018 | no responses

Endless fishing possibilities await anglers in May
1st May 2018 | no responses

As local weather improves, so does the fishing forecast
24th April 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

thumb image

Island real estate transactions – 05-23-2018

by Bonner Joy

621 N. Point Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,027 sfla / 4,275 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car canalfront home built in 1986 on a 20,681 sq ft lot was sold 04/23/18, Abele to Mason Martin Holdings LLC for $2,000,000; list $2,100,000. 523 68th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,656 sfla / 3,965 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car, canalfront pool home built in 1970 […]

Streetlife

thumb image

Streetlife – 05-23-2018

Anna Maria May 4, 200 block of Palm Avenue, license. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy stopped a motorist for speeding and determined he was driving on a suspended license. The deputy confiscated the license for disposal and issued the motorist a summons to appear in court. May 6, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, license. Pulled […]

Classifieds

thumb image

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE PAIR AUTOMOBILE KAYAK racks, $95, swivel wicker barstool, $50, black swivel office chair, $45. 941-778-7003. FIVE-PIECE RATTAN living room, including queen sofa sleeper, $150, stove/oven, $45. 214-769-9483. PATIO FURNITURE: TWO chaise lounges (padded material), one glass-top table, lifetime coat. $100. 941-730-2444. FREE: WARDROBE MOVING boxes. 941-920-4061. TWO LAZYBOY BURGUNDY leather high-back recliners. […]