Commissioners push to buy in Bert Harris claim

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by Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria commissioners voted Nov. 30 to emphasize an offer to purchase property that is the subject of a Bert Harris claim. A claim filed May 23 by John Lynch alleges the undeveloped lot lost $340,000 in value after occupancy restrictions prevented him from developing the property into a four-bedroom rental home with a 12-person […]

Anna Maria mayor rekindles negotiations on city pier lease

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by Bianca Benedí

Anna Mayor Dan Murphy announced at a Nov. 30 city commission meeting that he will pursue solutions for funding needed repairs to the Historic Anna Maria City Pier with the leaseholder, Mario Schoenfelder. “He is more than willing to reopen our discussions and fact-finding and to let the past be the past and see what […]

Protester aims to join — or halt — Christmas parade

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by Bianca Benedí

The Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Christmas Parade has a challenger. Former Privateers member Rick Maddox has filed a petition with the city of Anna Maria against the special event permit issued to the Privateers for the Dec. 10 parade. The parade is permitted in the three island cities, but apparently only Anna Maria has a […]

Vacant BB Ward 2 seat victim of city division

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Nothing is guaranteed in government, right? So when Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ed Straight decided to roll the dice and make a bid for a fourth term in office — hoping the electorate would eliminate term limits in the primary election in September — Straight soon found himself limited to the three terms he had served. […]

Community center receives 2016 audit

by Bianca Benedí

Despite a relatively positive audit, the Center of Anna Maria Island reported an increasing difference between the budgeted and actual income for this fiscal year at a board meeting Nov. 28, with actual income failing to meet expectations. During the meeting, center board members reviewed an audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. […]

Holmes Beach drunken driver sentenced to work program

A Holmes Beach man caught drunken driving has been ordered to spend 25 days in a work program. Jason Benn, 40, pleaded no contest Nov. 21 to driving under the influence with a prior conviction. A 12th Circuit judge found Benn guilty and sentenced him to 12 months of probation. Judge Charles Sniffin suspended Benn’s […]

State declines to file DUI charge in traffic fatality

The 12th Circuit State Attorney’s office dropped the case against a Bradenton man arrested for driving under the influence after a crash with a bicyclist. The bicyclist, Daniel Lord, 67, of Cortez, died from injuries sustained in the crash. Assistant State Attorney William Moran filed a memorandum Sept. 12 that stated, “According to a witness […]

Guilty of sexual battery, man faces new federal charge

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by Kathy Prucnell

Manatee County court proceedings surrounding the brutal attack of a woman more than a year ago ended Nov. 15 with the sentencing of Peter Fossett to one day less than 26 years in prison. However, Fossett’s days before a tribunal are not over. He also faces up to 10 years in federal prison for violations […]

Bradenton man gets 6 months for 4th DUI

A Bradenton man arrested for drunken driving in Holmes Beach was sentenced to six months in jail. Douglas Pupek, 52, pleaded no contest Nov. 16 to a charge of driving under the influence with four or more prior convictions. He also pleaded no contest to possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana, obtaining food with […]

Bradenton man arrested for DUI, marijuana

Holmes Beach police arrested a Bradenton man for impaired driving after the Lincoln he drove southbound on Gulf Drive early Nov. 13 allegedly swerved over the double centerline and into the bike lane. Nicholas Jorge, 30, was arrested for driving under the influence and possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. After Officer Alan Bores […]

Brandon woman arrested for marijuana

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A police search of a motorist stopped for speeding early Nov. 28 netted 3.3 grams of marijuana. Holmes Beach police arrested Deja Mora, 18, in the 3600 block of Gulf Drive at 2:56 a.m. for possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana. After clocking a Honda traveling southbound at 41 mph in a 25-mph zone, […]

Red tide patches reported

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, remains in Southwest Florida, according to surveys reported Dec. 1.         Karenia brevis was observed in very low to high concentrations in samples collected from Manatee County. brevis also was observed in Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier counties. The next red tide update was expected Dec. […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: State Road 789, from Broadway Street to North Shore Road on Longboat Key: Crews are constructing new sidewalks and a pedestrian crossing, improving drainage, installing lighting and adding signs and pavement markings. Motorists should expect possible daytime single-lane closures and flagging operations. For […]

Anna Maria Island’s little beaches generate big numbers

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by Sandy Ambrogi

They’re back. Prepare to idle. It’s season again and part-time residents and vacationers are trickling onto Anna Maria Island. A little deeper into winter will see a greater influx, but, already, parking lots are more crowded and the line of weekend traffic beachbound from the mainland across Palma Sola Causeway or the Cortez Bridge is […]

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Sports – 12-07-2016

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Planet Stone, Bins Be Clean celebrate division soccer titles   The top seeds in the youth soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria island lived up to their regular-season billing. Planet Stone captured the 11-14 division championship and Bins Be Clean topped the 8-10 division during championship night Nov. 29 at the center, 407 […]


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Fishing – 12-07-2016

by Capt. Danny Stasny

  Shiners keep rods bent for anglers inshore, nearshore   Despite some recent cold weather, fishing around Anna Maria Island is holding fast. With late-season shiners available as bait, many anglers are finding success in the back country and out in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing the flats for snook and trout is still going […]

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Real Estate – 12-07-2016

by Jesse Brisson

717 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,012 sfla / 4,600 sfur 3bed/2½bath/4car Gulffront pool home built in 1989 on a 28,140 sq ft lot was sold 11/08/16, North Shore AMI LLC to Green Bikini LLC for $3,950,000; list $4,500,000. 118 Maple Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,133 sfla / 2,438 sfur 4bed/3bath/1car  pool home built […]


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Island police blotter – 12-07-2016

Anna Maria Nov. 21, 600 block of Gladiolus, burglary. An owner reported a forced entry. Nov. 23, Island Scooter, 9908 Gulf Drive, civil dispute. An owner reported a scooter returned by a customer with damage. Nov. 25, 90 block of North Shore Drive, information. Responding to a call, a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy found a […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

ITEMS FOR SALE ADJUSTABLE ELECTRIC BED with Tempur-Pedic mattress. Full size. Leggett & Pratt base. Cloud Supreme mattress. Excellent condition, $1,800 or best offer. Corded control. 713-410-7372 PATIO OR PORCH sofa. Wood-look with newer removable cushions. $25. 941-779-9470. MICROWAVE: ABOVE STOVE, white, $75. 941-356-1456. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander […]