Some Cortez Bridge options — including rehab — eliminated by DOT

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by Terry O’Connor

The Florida Department of Transportation is down to three options involving the 61-year-old Cortez Bridge and a final decision will be made in October. The DOT will hold its final public hearing to gather public input at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6110 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Bridge designs will be […]

County planners, staff deny Aqua, board vote expected Aug. 16

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by Kathy Prucnell

The stage is set for a showdown between developers and the county at an Aug. 16 land-use meeting. Manatee County planners — previously recommending a large-scale, mixed-use project with an undetermined number of high-rises — flipped their position on Aqua By The Bay to denial four days before the expected vote by the county board […]

Arrest made in Longboat resort homicides

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by Kathy Prucnell

“We will do everything to see justice is done here,” Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said Aug. 10 at a news conference at town hall. Darryl Vaughn Hanna Jr., 29, was arrested for the fatal shooting of two men Aug. 4 in the lobby of a Longboat Key resort at 4711 Gulf of Mexico […]

Treehouse gets city ‘boot,’ owners stall, look to high court

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by Kathy Prucnell

A letter from Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson giving the treehouse “the boot” was met with yet another step of litigation. But the tree house still stood tall on the beach this week. “It is now your duty to comply with the code enforcement board order of July 30, 2013, requiring complete removal of the […]

Turtle watch continues free beach talks in August

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We’re tallking about sharing the beach habitat with wildlife, especially sea turtles. As sea turtle hatchling season peaks, it becomes more and more important for visitors and residents to understand turtle-friendly practices. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will host informational talks and turtle-friendly lighting workshops at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and […]

Sea turtle with tracker may have laid 4th nest on AMI

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A screenshot from the internet Aug. 8 shows the path in the Gulf of Mexico taken by Eliza Ann, who may have laid a fourth nest on Anna Maria Island. According to Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, a crawl with large tracks was found Aug. 6 on the beach near Maple Avenue in Anna Maria. The tracking map also indicates the more than 300-pound loggerhead may have come ashore that night. Since no one saw the nest being laid, Fox said she can’t be certain. Eliza Ann has been wearing a satellite tracking device since it nested June 20 and was tagged by AMITW and the Sea Turtle Conservancy, as part of the 10th annual Tour de Turtles. The tagged turtles compete in a “marathon” to see which turtle swims the farthest during a three-month survey. To track Eliza Ann, visit https://conserveturtles.org/trackingmap/?id=171.

Sea turtle nests hatching daily on AMI

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A record-breaking sea turtle nesting season has led to flotillas of hatchlings emerging daily from nests on Anna Maria Island beaches. As of Aug. 13, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 165 hatched nests with about 11,745 hatchlings making their way to the Gulf of Mexico. With each nest containing about 100 […]

Former BB mayor, city sue board members

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

The city of Bradenton Beach has joined forces with a Sarasota legal team representing a former Bradenton Beach official who is alleging Sunshine Law violations by some members of the city’s planning and zoning board and Scenic Waves Partnership Committee. Jack Clarke, former mayor and commissioner, filed suit Aug. 11 in the 12th District Circuit […]

Kaleta, Anna Maria prepare for federal trial in ‘blackball’ lawsuit

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by Kathy Prucnell

An unidentified man catches a 4-foot shark off the Anna Maria City Pier the evening of Aug 10. A crowd of nearly 100 people watched as he pulled the shark to shore and then released the back into the bay. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

They’re back! Students fill halls at AME

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A little exciting, a little nerve-racking, a lot of work. A line of buses and a caravan of cars poured onto the campus of Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes Beach as the 2017-18 school year got underway Aug. 10. Parents breathed a sigh of relief — though some also shed tears — as K-5 […]

Anna Maria sends out Bert Harris offer

by Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria city commissioners approved another offer on a Bert Harris claim Aug. 10. By the recommendation of city attorney Becky Vose, commissioners agreed 4-1 to offer the Phyllis C. Grey Family Trust a maximum occupancy of six or 10 people for 507 Spring Ave. According to the terms of the agreement, the property can […]

State charges butterfly advocate with fraud

by Kathy Prucnell

Formal charges of unlawful practices related to a charity were filed Aug. 10 against butterfly park organizer Nancy Ambrose in the 12th Circuit Court. The charges allege failing to register and unauthorized solicitations on behalf of a local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. Registration is required by the Florida Agricultural and Consumer Services. […]

Noise, threats, complaints erupt in Holmes Beach

by Kathy Prucnell

A Holmes Beach resident wants to quiet his neighbors and be heard on the matter. In an Aug. 9 letter, Richard Motzer asks the mayor and commissioners several questions: “Is it quiet around your house? Are you able to go out and sit on your deck, patio or balcony and enjoy a cup of coffee, […]

Waterline resort work remains, opening delayed

by Terry O’Connor

The Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club is still pulling it together for opening day, which is delayed from the planned soft opening in August. Holmes Beach building official James McGuinness told Brian Check, managing partner of Mainsail Lodging and Development of Tampa, in an Aug. 11 email that time was running out. “Much work […]

Woodland lays out platform for re-election campaign

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by Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria City Commissioner Dale Woodland says he doesn’t have an agenda — he just wants to promote civil discussion. “When I started, one of the things I promised myself was I would be civil, respectful and honest,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about to me.” Woodland has served as commissioner for 14 years. […]

Hooking a shark, catching a crowd

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An unidentified man catches a 4-foot shark off the Anna Maria City Pier the evening of Aug 10. A crowd of nearly 100 people watched as he pulled the shark to shore and then released the back into the bay. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Week 5 winner, Aerial Acrobatics

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John Lafferty of Holmes Beach wins the fifth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this image, taken on the Gulf shore in Bradenton Beach. For the winning photograph, Lafferty receives an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt. The photographer also is a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers.

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Sport

Adult flag football action continues, horseshoes, golf, too

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The adult flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island logged its third week of action with three games played Aug. 10. Mason Martin Construction, Beach House Real Estate and Talucci Construction all are boasting 3-0 league records and sharing first place. Beach Bums is 1-2, followed by Moss Builders and Avis Car […]

Fishing

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Brave the heat for hookups in-, near- and offshore of AMI

by Capt. Danny Stasny

If you can deal with the heat, there is some great fishing waiting in the waters around Anna Maria Island. Venturing offshore is resulting in numerous yellowtail and mangrove snappers. Keeper gag and red grouper are being caught with some consistency. And, if you’re staying inshore or nearshore, the list goes on. Spotted seatrout are […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 08-16-2017

by Jesse Brisson

752 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,589 sfla / 3,909 sfur 5bed/4½bath/2car pool home built in 2014 on a 5,000 sq ft lot was sold 07/21/17, Ledgerwood to Macartney for $1,825,000; list $1,975,000. 106 Los Cedros Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,298 sfla / 4,495 5bed/5bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1963 on a 11,040 […]

Streetlife

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Island police blotter – 08-16-2017

Anna Maria No reports. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach Aug. 2, 100 block of 12th Street North, domestic. Bradenton Beach police responded to a call about a man hitting a mirror on his wife’s vehicle. The man told police they had argued. Aug. 5, Coquina Park, 2650 Gulf Drive S., theft. Upon […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each […]