TDC OKs $1.5M to rebuild Anna Maria City Pier

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Thanks to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council, Anna Maria is another step closer to paying for a new city pier. In a meeting Dec. 4, TDC members reviewed and approved a $1.5 million plan to send to the county board for ultimate approval, reviewed tourism in the county and discussed the holiday season.       […]

High court suspends Webb from legal practice

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Island attorney Chuck Webb is suspended from practicing law for 60 days for violating ethics rules that govern the legal profession. The Florida Supreme Court entered a consent judgment Nov. 30, accepting the attorney’s plea at the recommendation of 20th Circuit Judge Cheryl Laboda, assigned as the referee in Webb’s case. Charles Houston Webb, a […]

BB commissioner returns to dais after losing popular vote

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The Bradenton Beach commission chose a familiar face for the vacant seat on the dais. Former Ward 3 Commissioner Ralph Cole — ousted in the Nov. 7 election — was tapped Dec. 6 for an open seat on the dais by the mayor and commissioners during a special meeting at city hall. The vote was […]

Anna Maria commissioners, islanders review pier options

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by Bianca Benedí | one response

In a fact-finding meeting Dec. 4, Anna Maria commissioners gave Ayres Associates direction on the future of the Anna Maria City Pier. Some people made their case for wood decking and pilings, while others wanted to weigh the benefits of concrete construction. Jay Saxena, vice president of Ayres Associates southeast operations, told commissioners Ayres is […]

Holmes Beach police chief, commissioner question DOT study

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by Terry O’Connor | no responses

A lot of questions were asked. Answers were less plentiful. Nearly 100 people attended a public workshop Dec. 5 on Longboat Key on the barrier island traffic study conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation. “They’ve done a really good job of brainstorming ideas,” said Holmes Beach Commissioner Jim Kihm. “Now they need to decide […]

Bradenton Beach’s floating dock pushed into 2018

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Sorry for the inconvenience. Boaters and others in Bradenton Beach must continue to wait for the installation of the new floating dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The dock was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March. In a Dec. 8 email to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, the […]

Wienermobile drivers choose AMI for pit-stop

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Meat the hot-doggers. Elise “Cheddar Cheese” Johnson and Dominic “Dijon Dom” Ricci are two of 12 people who can drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile — with the rare exception of Jay Leno, who took the modified Chevy truck for a spin and a story earlier this year for his TV series on motor vehicles, “Jay […]

Environmentalists look to future after mitigation proceeding

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

They’re hoping for the best in a battle over Sarasota Bay. That’s how environmentalists viewed the landscape after a Dec. 5-6 hearing where they challenged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s intent to issue Long Bar Pointe LLLP a mitigation bank permit. If issued, the permit would allow the Carlos Beruff-Lieberman partnership to operate a […]

Lawyer gains time in case of Cortez house built over water

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a final order to Raymond Guthrie Jr. to remove the house he built on stilts in Sarasota Bay just off the commercial fishing docks in Cortez. The Nov. 17 order requires the removal of the 1,211 square-foot structure by Dec. 7 and payment of $6,500 in fines by […]

Red tide at background levels

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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in one sample from Manatee County for the week ending Dec. 8. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

Holmes Beach woman arrested for DUI

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A possible overdose led Holmes Beach police to a woman in a white Jaguar who overstayed her welcome at the pump at a gas station. Eileen Riley, 56, of Holmes Beach, was arrested for driving under the influence after she was found slumped over the wheel of her car at 10:20 p.m. Nov. 23 at […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following advisories for the week of Dec. 11: State Road 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County crews are installing force mains and water mains. For more information about the project, go online to State Road 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews […]

Prosecutor charges man in child’s death

by Kathy Prucnell | one response

The 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office filed formal charges in the case of a 31-year-old man arrested for killing a toddler in Holmes Beach. David Vickers, 31, formerly of Apollo Beach, was arrested Oct. 11 by Holmes Beach police after HBPD, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Children and state Child Protective Services investigated the […]

Last week's roundup

Cole regains Bradenton Beach commission seat in 3-1 vote | 6 responses

Anna Maria loses FEMA discount, fires building official | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

President voted out of AMI chamber | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Bradenton Beach P&Z member applies for commission seat | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

AMI-mainland bridge openings reduced by Coast Guard | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Bell ringing: A family affair on AMI | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Obituaries – 12-06-2017 | no responses

White wedding | no responses

Legal expenses rise in BB Sunshine lawsuit | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Anna Maria negotiates 4 Bert Harris claims | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

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Jiffy Lube topples Slim’s, takes center’s adult soccer title

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Third-seeded Jiffy Lube outlasted top-seed Slim’s Place in the championship game Dec. 7 to win the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island. The match was a physical, back-and-forth affair that saw Jiffy Lube jump on top, only to see Slim’s Place continually claw its way back into the match. But Jiffy […]

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Island-area anglers find fishing hot prior to cold front

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing prior to the cold front that blew through the area Dec. 10-11 was producing excellent action for Anna Maria Island anglers. Fishing the flats has been good for redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Snook season ended Dec. 1. Inshore fishing around docks and shallow water structure is providing action on sheepshead, snapper and […]

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Cooler nights, moderate days provide fishers hot action
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Real Estate – 12-13-2017

by Jesse Brisson

Jesse Brisson’s real estate report will return Dec. 20.


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Island police blotter – 12-13-2017

Anna Maria Nov. 18, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, missing/found person. A man returned home after calling his wife, saying he was lost at sea at 7:30 p.m. and then not answering his cellphone. The man was returning to Anna Maria from Cannons Marina on Longboat Key. At 8:10 p.m., his wife reported him missing. […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

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