Design firm hired for Cortez Bridge

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by Ed Scott

The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded Chicago-based Lochner a contract to design the Cortez Bridge replacement. Lochner boasts civil and structural engineers, project managers, planners, environmental specialists and construction inspectors in offices across the United States. Laura Turner, of Laura Turner Planning Services in Winter Park, a member of the Lochner team, wrote Bradenton […]

WMFR plans dedication to retired chief

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by Bianca Benedí

After 35 years of fire-rescue service, retired Chief Andy Price’s impact on the West Manatee Fire Rescue district is being recognized. Price will be honored at a dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25. WMFR will dedicate Station 3 in his name. Station 3 in Holmes Beach once housed the administration office and was the […]

Questions remain in wake of fatal bridge incident

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by Kathy Prucnell

The question lingers. How did a 24-year-old female passenger in a pickup crossing the Anna Maria Island Bridge wind up being run over and killed by the same truck? Sophie Louise Isherwood died at 2:43 a.m. March 3 at Blake Medical Center from injuries resulting from the crash at 12:22 a.m. According to preliminary Florida […]

Red tide found in low concentrations

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, remains in Southwest Florida, according to surveys reported March 16. Karenia brevis was observed in background to low concentrations in Manatee County. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

Land O’ Lakes man pleads no contest to DUI

A Land O’ Lakes man pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence in 12th Circuit Court. Brian Hull, 36, who refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test after an August 2016 arrest in Holmes Beach, was adjudicated guilty. Judge Robert Farrance sentenced Hull to 12 months probation, crediting him for time […]

HBPD chase ends in Gulf of Mexico

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A police chase ended with the arrest of a 26-year-old Wimauma man who had fled into the Gulf of Mexico, saying he didn’t want to go back to jail. Holmes Beach police arrested Abraham Saucedo at 1:52 p.m. March 11 for allegedly possessing drugs, fleeing and evading arrest and driving on a revoked license. He […]

State declines to file DUI charge in Holmes Beach arrest

The 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against a Tampa man arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and drug possession in Holmes Beach. Signs of impairment noted by the officer were not enough to make the case against Juan Carlos Montero, 39, stopped for speeding in December 2016. In a Jan. […]

County commissioner says new pier unlikely for Manatee Public Beach

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by Ed Scott

Some longtime residents of Holmes Beach likely spent time on the pier that used to jut about 100 feet into the Gulf of Mexico at the Manatee Public Beach. Some residents grew up with fond memories; they met and fell in love there, or just fell in love with the beach and the pier. They took pictures of their young children there. The […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation has issued no alerts for Anna Maria Island. For the latest road watch information, go online to or dial 511.

Holmes Beach commissioner sparks kerfuffle over cabana

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by Jennifer Sheppard

It’s all about outdoor living. A home with a towering covered outdoor kitchen and a bridge feature over the pool connecting the cabana to the home’s attached deck, caused Commissioner Marvin Grossman to call for a moratorium on construction, but he withdrew his request March 16. “I think maybe I’ve been a little bit too […]

Parrish man arrested for DUI

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Joseph Perusek II, of Parrish, was stopped for speeding March 15 in Holmes Beach and taken into custody for alleged DUI. Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Bores stopped Perusek after clocking his vehicle on radar traveling 64 miles per hour in a 35-mph speed zone. Bores stopped Perusek in the 12000 block of Manatee and […]

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2 champs crowned, 1 title game to be played

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The 11-13 playoffs March 15 for the youth flag football playoffs at the Center of Anna Maria Island had the seedings correct with No. 2 Planet Stone taking on top-seed Miller Electric. Miller Electric edged Tyler’s Ice Cream 20-18 to advance to the championship game, while Planet Stone rolled to a 53-28 victory over Progressive […]


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Fishing remains hot, even with cold weather

by Capt. Danny Stasny

With March upon us, spring-break visitors from far and wide are coming to enjoy our sleepy little island. Most visitors are here to escape the cold of the north with hopes of enjoying some warm Florida sun and beaches and take in a day of fishing. Despite a recent string of cold days, the spring […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 03-22-2017

by Jesse Brisson

217 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,586 sfla / 3,322 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 2000 on a 5,985 sq ft lot was sold 02/22/17, Cason to My Buoy Blue LLC for $860,000; list $879,000. 801 Fern St., Anna Maria, a 1,536 sfla / 1,773 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1968 on a 50×100 […]


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Island police blotter – 03-22-2017

Anna Maria March 3, Sunrise Garden Resort, 512 Spring Ave., trespass/theft. Vacationers who arrived at their accommodation found an unknown woman in their unit. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy warned the woman for trespassing and asked the state attorney to issue a theft charge for the $200 value of the rental. March 3, 200 block […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE COMPUTER DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $60. 941-756-6728. ADULT TRICYCLE: THREE- wheel bike, brand new, big seat, large basket, easy to ride, still in box! $275, firm. 941-212-1742. FOR SALE: TOWNHOUSE sofa (70-by-37-by-40 inches). Sunbrella covered fabric. “Brand new,” 4 months old, not used, with two custom throw pillows, sea green. $1,250. Call 813-600-0705. […]