Search ends for missing boater

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

The U.S. Coast Guard ended its search for missing boater Fraser Horne — a winter resident of Cortez — at 5:37 p.m. Nov. 19. The Coast Guard reported efforts to locate Horne were called off after a two-day search by air and sea in a 5-mile radius of Egmont Key, covering more than 2,100 square […]

Bradenton Beach declares open commission seat

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

In a series of unanimous votes, the sitting Bradenton Beach commission and mayor utilized their final meeting to take care of some lingering business. The commission addressed the vacant seat on the dais and an ordinance to enact approved charter amendments. The commission seat held by Mayor-elect John Chappie will be filled by appointment at […]

Attorney agrees to court-ordered discipline

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Chuck Webb will be suspended from practicing law for 60 days if Florida Supreme Court justices agree with his plea and a referee’s recommendation. Webb, a licensed attorney for 31 years and former Anna Maria city commissioner, having served several terms before losing a bid for re-election in 2016, signed a “conditional guilty plea for […]

7 Bert Harris suits slapped on Holmes Beach

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

A new Holmes Beach City Commission was sworn into office Nov. 20 by city clerk Stacey Johnston at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The city government now includes re-elected Commissioners Carol Soustek, left, and Pat Morton, Chair Judy Titsworth, Mayor Bob Johnson and new Commissioners Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst. Titsworth was re-elected to chair and Morton was voted in as vice chair during the organizational meeting. Islander Photo: Terry O’Connor

Free fishing day follows Thanksgiving

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced a “free fishing day” for the Saturday following Thanksgiving. The holiday on the water is a tradition following the holiday at the dinner table. The state’s license free saltwater days are the first Saturday and Sunday in June, first Saturday in September and Saturday following Thanksgiving. The […]

Hope runs high for return of osprey steeple nest

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

A new Holmes Beach City Commission was sworn into office Nov. 20 by city clerk Stacey Johnston at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The city government now includes re-elected Commissioners Carol Soustek, left, and Pat Morton, Chair Judy Titsworth, Mayor Bob Johnson and new Commissioners Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst. Titsworth was re-elected to chair and Morton was voted in as vice chair during the organizational meeting. Islander Photo: Terry O’Connor

Center looks to donors for revenue boost

by Bianca Benedí | no responses

The Center of Anna Maria Island still lags in revenue four months into its fiscal year. However, board members hope donors will respond to improved participation rates with financial contributions. Board members met Nov. 15 to review the center’s financial status and receive updates on operations. An audit will be ready for delivery by the […]

WMFR recommends PulsePoint apps

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

West Manatee Fire Rescue is asking people to download the PulsePoint app and accompanying PulsePoint AED app. Designed to help people find the closest automated-external defibrillator, the PulsePoint AED app also shows the location of people in need of help and can alert users who’ve marked themselves as CPR-trained when an emergency is registered nearby. […]

Chamber, Anna Maria, MCSO probe Bayfest security options

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

The Bayfest matter has been resolved, sort of. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said he will inquire with city attorney Becky Vose about whether a permit allowing drinking on Pine Avenue also gives permit-holders exclusive rights to sell alcohol for an event. At a meeting with representatives from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce […]

Turtle watch reviews record 2017 nesting data, trends

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Caring for sea turtles and their habitat is an ongoing conservation effort that keeps going strong — even when sea turtle nesting wanes. By the end of October, there were no turtle nests on the island shoreline. It’s now time for Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, to reviewsdata […]

Fort Myers man arrested for DUI

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Holmes Beach police were alerted to a blue car swerving on Gulf Drive and tracked the vehicle on its path to Palm Drive. Alexander Dorrian, 23, of Fort Myers, was stopped Nov. 7 by Officer Alan Bores, after the officer received a motorist’s tip at 1:22 a.m. at the Manatee Public Beach parking lot. The […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following advisories for the week of Nov. 20: SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County crews are installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, visit the project website at www.amipipereplacement.com. SR 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews […]

Red tide at background levels

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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in five samples from Manatee County for the week ending Nov. 17. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

Bradenton man arrested for DUI

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For the second time in two months, a Bradenton man was arrested for driving under the influence. Mitchell Egan, 21, was arrested Nov. 8 for driving impaired in Holmes Beach after failing a field-sobriety test, according to a HBPD police report. Egan was traveling north in the 2900 block of Gulf Drive at 2:45 a.m., […]

New commission seated in Holmes Beach

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by Terry O’Connor | no responses

A new Holmes Beach City Commission was sworn into office Nov. 20 by city clerk Stacey Johnston at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The city government now includes re-elected Commissioners Carol Soustek, left, and Pat Morton, Chair Judy Titsworth, Mayor Bob Johnson and new Commissioners Jim Kihm and Rick Hurst. Titsworth was re-elected to chair and Morton was voted in as vice chair during the organizational meeting. Islander Photo: Terry O’Connor

Parents of AME ‘hardship’ students learn they’re losing transportation

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by Sandy Ambrogi | one response

The short line of cars waited in the shade next to the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church on 67th Street in west Bradenton. It was 3:30 p.m. and soon, the yellow school bus would stop and unload eight students after a short but crucial ride from Anna Maria Elementary School on the island to the mainland. […]

Guests: The ultimate stocking-stuffer for island resorts

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by Ed Scott | no responses

’Tis the season to breathe in the sea air. Every year during Thanksgiving Week — since 2014 — about 10 members of a local family pack their bags for the short trip from Bradenton to Tortuga Beach Resort in Bradenton Beach, where they celebrate the birthday of their patriarch, who turns 102 this year. “Isn’t […]

Anna Maria commissioners plan for new year

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

After voters elected to keep the Anna Maria City Commission intact, commissioners voted Nov. 16 to keep most of their commission assignments and responsibilities intact. Commissioners unanimously voted for Doug Copeland to continue to serve as chair. Commissioner Nancy Yetter passed the vice-chair baton to Commissioner Carol Carter, who received the most votes out of […]

Last week's roundup

The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 | no responses

Anna Maria throws festive parade for veterans | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Veteran recognized in Bradenton Beach | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Military veterans honored, islanders pay respects | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Developer settles Anna Maria lawsuit for $1 million | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Bradenton man arrested for drugs at Coquina | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Anna Maria Island Bridge to bear Florida motif | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

AM commissioner raises concerns about event security | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

AMITW outreach thrives despite sea turtle season ending | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Cooler nights, moderate days provide fishers hot action | by Capt. Danny Stasny | no responses

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Final four set in adult soccer playoffs at community center

by Kevin P. Cassidy

There were no upsets during first-round playoff action on Nov. 16 in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, though the evening did not lack excitement. The opening game of the night between No. 3 seed Sato Real Estate versus No. 6 seed Moss Builders was decided by penalty kicks. The […]

Recent Stories

Seedings set for adult soccer playoffs at center
14th November 2017 | no responses

Slim’s Place pursues perfection in adult soccer league
7th November 2017 | no responses

Progressive Cabinetry earns 8-10 soccer championship
30th October 2017 | no responses

Slim’s rises in adult soccer, youth soccer enters finals
23rd October 2017 | no responses

Fishing

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When northeast winds blow, choose the right spot to fish

by Capt. Danny Stasny

The constant northeast winds blowing at 10-20 mph are excellent for someone who wants to fly a kite. Unfortunately, this is an article about fishing, not kite flying. But don’t be discouraged. The winds are out of the northeast, which usually means most of the bays, the Intracoastal Waterway and waters along the beaches can […]

Recent Stories

Cooler nights, moderate days provide fishers hot action
14th November 2017 | no responses

Fall fishing — cooler temps, but hot action in local waters
7th November 2017 | no responses

Night tarpon hunt at Rocky Bluff goes sideways
30th October 2017 | no responses

Fast-action species keep island anglers busy
23rd October 2017 | no responses

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 11-22-2017

by Jesse Brisson

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

Streetlife

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Island police blotter – 11-22-2017

Anna Maria Nov. 11, Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, lost property. A woman reported losing a diamond necklace. An extensive search was to no avail. Nov. 12, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., domestic disturbance. A couple from Germany argued in the parking lot. The man parked their car and the woman walked […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE BRADENTON BLUES TICKETS: Two pair VIP tickets for sale at face value. $100 each. 434-996-5235. QUEEN MATTRESS, AS new, double recliner, nearly new. $100 each. 941-778-5542. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $50. 941-756-6728. FULL/QUEEN DUVET with two shams. Brand new, unused. White/navy paisley pattern, $25. Text 830-928-3131 for pictures. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: […]