2-year-old drowns at Anna Maria vacation home

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by Kathy Prucnell

Neighbors heard the mother scream from blocks away. Emma Thompson, 2, drowned in a pool July 11 at 207 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports. Authorities say the child, her mother and two brothers, age 4 and 7, of Apopka, were vacationing for the week at the Anna Maria rental […]

State investigates dune destruction in Holmes Beach

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by Terry O’Connor

A stop-work order issued by Holmes Beach for dune destruction has been confirmed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Holmes Beach building official James McGuinness issued a stop-work order July 7 for construction at 102 77th St. Principal attorney Louis Najmy of Najmy Thompson P.L. Attorneys at Law is title manager for the property […]

Bad beach steward

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Witnesses at 66th Street in Holmes Beach reported a Jeep backed onto the beach to load up a tent and grill near a sea turtle nest and other people near sunset July 16. Holmes Beach police arrived and spoke to the Jeep driver, but apparently let him off with a warning. Islander Photo: Frank Williams

Bradenton Beach P&Z member takes city to court over remodel

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by Kathy Prucnell

John Metz is taking his case against the city of Bradenton Beach to the mat. The end game for Metz is a lawsuit to reverse a special master’s decision that upheld a city building permit at a residential fourplex at 308 Gulf Drive S. that allowed extensive remodeling. He also wants the city to limit […]

FWC warns Aqua developer to respect nesting least terns

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by Kathy Prucnell

Kathy Doddridge is doing double duty. She is on call to stake turtle nests and monitor shorebirds for a mile stretch of beach on Anna Maria Island and, every other day since June 19, she’s been watching least terns — a threatened species — nesting at a proposed development site along the El Conquistador Parkway […]

Sea turtle hatchlings disorient, tagged loggerhead makes 3rd visit

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by Sandy Ambrogi

When a turtle nest hatched at Avenue F during the overnight hours of July 15, all the hatchlings didn’t head for the Gulf of Mexico. Some hatchlings were disoriented, according to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. AMITW volunteers rounded up the hatchlings and debated their disposition, either a night release or delivery […]

Anna Maria approves watercraft ordinance, considers park shades

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by Bianca Benedí

Boats and other watercraft exceeding idle speed are permanently banned from the area adjacent to Bayfront Park on Tampa Bay. Anna Maria city commissioners held a final hearing July 13 for an ordinance that also prohibits anchoring or launching watercraft at Bayfront Park. The ordinance also bans people from jumping off any Anna Maria bridge […]

Anna Maria begins audit of community center finances

by Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has asked the Center of Anna Maria Island for its financial records so the city can begin an audit of center spending. The July 7 request for center records includes bank statements, property and equipment leases, credit card statements, petty cash reimbursements and general ledger records, among other items. According […]

Raccoon selects ‘cool’ convertible for birthing

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A proposed development on the shore of Sarasota Bay may be facing a new environmental challenge. As of July 7, a colony of least terns, shorebirds listed as a threatened species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is taking residence on property that is part of the proposed 529-acre development site for Aqua […]

Dolphin ‘delivery’

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“Ginger,” a bottlenose dolphin that resides in Sarasota Bay and was rehabilitated at Mote Marine Laboratory, swims July 6 with her newborn calf. They were observed by members of the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, a Chicago Zoological Society program in collaboration with Mote. SDRP has monitored Ginger since her birth in 2005. Islander Photo: Courtesy SDRP

It’s almost time for back to school

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Holmes Beach Police Chief William Tokajer greets Anna Maria Elementary students in August 2016, as they disembark the school bus for the first day of classes. This year, school will begin Thursday, Aug. 10. Islander File Photo: Sandy Ambrogi

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following advisories for the week of July 17: • State Roadways in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Crews are trimming trees over the roads and sidewalks on state roads. Expect lane closures 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through July 21. • State Road 789/Gulf Drive from State Road 64/Manatee Avenue to […]

Moonracer winner

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A raffle conducted by Moonracer Animal Rescue offered a lucky ticket holder a prize Mercedes convertible. The car was donated to the pet rescue and the raffle drawing was held May 25 at Shake Station, 4219 US 301, Ellenton, FL.  The 1985 Mercedes Benz was donated by Rhonda and Joey Poklemba to raise funds for […]

Top Notch: Week 1 winner, Riding out the rain

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Peter Kazmier of Holmes Beach wins the first week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with his refreshing image of kids at play in Holmes Beach. He took the photo June 4 of Laith Kazmier, 8, along with Laila Kazmier, 6, left, Audrey Bourdo, 7, Hannah Kazmier, 11 and Sofia Bourdo, 10, “enjoying the rainy season.” For his winning photograph, he receives an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt. He’s also 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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Sports roundup, summer camp plans

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Two teams emerged from pool play to battle for the day’s horseshoe championship during July 12 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Norm Good walked his way to a 21-12 victory over Tim Sofran and Steve Doyle. Two teams advanced to the knockout stage with 2-1 records July 15. In a tight […]


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Tides produce a bite, storms put a damper on fishing

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Although the afternoon outgoing tides look nothing less than stellar for fishing the flats, the pop-up thunderstorms we are experiencing are making it tough to be on the water. Don’t be discouraged — the morning tides are producing a bite. I’m finding limits of mangrove snapper around residential docks and on the deeper grass flats. […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 07-19-2017

by Jesse Brisson

913 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,519 sfla / 4,723 sfur 4bed/4bath/2car Gulffront pool home built in 2017 on a 6,250 sq ft lot was sold 06/19/17, FL 913 North Shore LLC to Rude for $2,600,000; list $2,749,000. 802 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 952 sfla / 1,700 sfur 2bed/2bath bayfront pool home […]


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Island police blotter – 07-19-2017

Anna Maria July 5, 200 block of Spring Avenue, burglary. A bicycle valued at $150 was stolen from a carport. July 6, 200 block of Lakeview Drive, information. A man requested the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office check on the welfare of his father, who was found to be safe. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE THREE WINDSOR CHAIRS: Registered, completely refinished, $65 each. Call Jack, 804-357-2645. PHOTOGRAPHIC BESELER ENLARGER, $100, above-stove microwave, $75, office desk, $45. 941-356-1456. 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, […]