First lady lauded, inducted into state hall of fame

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

In an Orlando ballroom Sept. 12, crowded with the who’s who in the Florida tourism industry, an Anna Maria Islander’s legacy came into focus. Though she died in 2015, Rhea Chiles’ life’s work continues, both on Anna Maria Island where she lived out her senior years and around the Sunshine State. Visit Florida named Chiles […]

Red tide on the move, on-off, dots AMI coastline

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Like the colored balls that mark the density on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission maps, the red tide bloom continues to bounce on and off the coasts along southwest Florida. In a beach hazard report, first issued by the National Weather Service in Tampa Sept. 11 and then renewed Sept. 13, the NWS […]

SBA assists island businesses with red tide losses

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

The Small Business Administration is operating a disaster loan outreach center at the Island Library in Holmes Beach. “They asked us where it should go and we told them: Anna Maria Island is the epicenter of the red tide crisis in Manatee County. Put it on the island,” Bruno Kapacinskas said Sept. 11. Kapacinskas is […]

Cortez residents protest ‘toxic’ spray from boat repair shop

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

“Poison dust in Cortez!” That’s the subject line of Anne MacArthur’s Sept. 11 email to The Islander about ongoing resin spray from Yacht Solutions at Cortez Cove Marina in the 4500 block of 121st Street West. For the past two months, neighbors say dust from grinding fiberglass boat bottoms has billowed from and around a […]

Another deadline broken, BB CRA may break dock contract

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The latest deadline came and went with no floating dock delivered to Bradenton Beach. It has been nearly a year-and-a-half — and many missed deadlines — since the city contracted a replacement dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. It was to be manufactured and installed by contractor Technomarine of North Palm Beach. The Bradenton […]

WMFR 2018-19 fiscal year budget receives commission approval

by Ryan Paice | no responses

West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners unanimously approved the 2018-19 budget to a silent room. No one from the public attended the Sept. 11 hearing on the new budget plans. There also was no public comment at the first public hearing Aug. 21. Revenue will grow by less than 1 percent as the district reaches full […]

Proposed HB budget grows $450K to $15.9M to cover Bert Harris claims

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

The proposed 2018-19 Holmes Beach budget has grown $450,000 since the July projections were made — and Bert Harris is partly to blame. “The major changes from the first draft to yester- day are the additional insurance costs, the addition of a consultant and the changing of the rollover amounts,” city treasurer Lori Hill stated […]

‘Bittersweet’ nesting season in face off with red tide

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

“It’s been bittersweet,” Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director said Sept. 12, summarizing the 2018 sea turtle nesting season. High levels of red tide in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island during August — and continuing this week offshore — likely were the cause for about 25 dead sub-adult […]

Police teamwork stops shoplifting suspect

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Holmes Beach police and Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies combined Sept. 10 to stop a female suspect for a theft from an Anna Maria store. HBPD Officer Jason Higgins located and stopped the suspect’s vehicle after learning of the incident. The 42-year-old Bradenton driver was questioned on Manatee Avenue at East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach and later released, pending a state attorney decision on a warrant arrest suggested by MCSO. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Mote continues difficult red tide work with NOAA grant

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

It’s almost the stuff of nightmares. Normally robust dolphins and gentle manatees are dying. Red tide has taken many victims. Gruesome work resulting from the red tide outbreak continues at a fever pace at Mote Marine Laboratories, as scientist attempt to unravel how red tide kills marine mammals and other sea life. Mote researchers confirmed […]

Investigation lingers for Holmes Beach burglary suspect

by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Formal charges are up to the prosecutor in Florida and, in Manatee County, it’s the 12th Circuit State Attorney. Criminal cases are opened on arrests or referrals from police agencies. Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall said he expects to present burglary cases based on stolen items found in a storage unit rented by […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of Sept. 17: State Road 64/Manatee Avenue at the Anna Maria Island Drawbridge: Crews will be working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound intermittent lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. through Sept. 20. Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews […]

BB CRA approves underground utilities, historic vision

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The district might be historic, but modernization is the theme for the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. At it’s Sept. 5 meeting, the CRA board voted to ground utilities along Bridge Street and across Gulf Drive and to contract a designer to implement an aesthetic vision for the historic district. The CRA district, bordered by […]

HB commissioner takes aim at builder for clearing trees

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Claiming “irreversible damage” to a beach access and city right of way — cutting Australian pine trees and adding sand between 47th and 48th streets — a Holmes Beach commissioner wants to hold someone accountable. At the Sept. 13 city meeting, Commission Chair Judy Titsworth called out builder-developer Shawn Kaleta as a “repeat offender” who […]

Cortez man arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach

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A motorist was arrested for driving under the influence at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue after Holmes Beach police found his vehicle stranded atop a boulder. Logan Huck, 31, of Cortez, was arrested at 9:49 p.m. Aug. 28 for DUI following a single-car crash at the intersection and a field-sobriety test. Officers transported Huck […]

Correction

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The Islander reported Sept. 12 some Bradenton Beach 2017-18 budget numbers that were preliminary, according to city treasurer Shayne Thompson. Some expenses reported for 2017-18 represented “actual” expenditures for the first six months of the budget year, not what was budgeted for the full fiscal year, which concludes Sept. 30. Police department expenditures rose from […]

Top Notch pet photo contest winner 2018

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Top Notch pet photo contest winner – Photographer Jonathan Crane of Anna Maria took this winning pet portrait of his pal Boom Boom resting at home in June. He will receive a gift package from Perks 4 Pets in Northwest Bradenton and a gift certificate from Island Coffee Haus on AMI. Congratulations to Crane, and thanks to all the photographers who took part this year.

New Top Notch contest deadline Sept. 11

The Islander’s Top Notch contest is underway. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the widespread switch from film to digital technology. Look to Sept. 11 for the next weekly deadline, and don’t forget to include your summer holiday photos. The contest includes six weekly front-page winners. Each will claim […]

Last week's roundup

Lake residents cry foul about pollution, await answers | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

HAB moves slightly offshore, onshore conditions improve | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

1 year later, post-Irma work continues at Cayman Cay | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Attorneys debate KORN ballot petitions, await judge’s order | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Anna Maria adjusts 2nd RFP for city pier construction | by Ryan Paice | no responses

Holmes Beach police arrest Indiana man for DUI | no responses

HB spending plan tops $15M, up for approval | no responses

Bradenton Beach weary of floating dock delays | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Anna Maria budget numbers balloon with pier project dollars | by Ryan Paice | no responses

Islanders rise to red tide challenge, support wildlife | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Sports

Magic 10-11 team wins inaugural tournament

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The seven coed teams in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island finally got their first-round playoff games in after a rain delay the week prior. The pause must have taken momentum from the top-seeded teams as two out of the three matches saw upset victories by the lower-seeded teams. Action […]

Recent Stories

Magic 10-11 team wins inaugural tournament
10th September 2018 | no responses

Adult soccer concludes summer season, playoffs next
4th September 2018 | no responses

Fishing

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Plenty of clean — red tide free — water produces the catch

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving to be good as long as the red tide stays offshore. Fishing in Tampa Bay and the adjacent waters north and east of Anna Maria is producing good action on a number of inshore species. There’s plenty of action for sport and dinner fishers. It’s a question of […]

Recent Stories

Head north to Tampa Bay for clean water, good fishing
10th September 2018 | no responses

Move north to Tampa Bay to find clean water, feisty fish
4th September 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 09-19-2018

by Bonner Joy

102 47th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,456 sfla / 2,176 sfur 3bed/2bath Gulffront home built in 1951 on a 26,500 sq ft lot was sold 08/23/18, Bordenave to Forty Seven Street LLC for $5,000,000. 144 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,290 sfla / 3,131 sfur 4bed/4½bath/2car pool home built in 2017 on a 6,480 sq […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 09-19-2018

Anna Maria Sept. 4, Anna Maria city public works, 402 Pine Ave., theft. A generator belonging to contractor Frank Agnelli was reported stolen. After removing planks at the city pier in July, the Agnelli crew mistakenly moved the generator, valued at $1,000, to the city’s public works building. The city notified Agnelli, but before the […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE CHINA SET: NORITAKE Anticipation, $100 for all pieces. 941-302-2285. DELL COMPUTER WITH monitor, refurbished, $100. 941-756-6728. VACUUM CLEANERS, EXCELLENT condition, $29-39 each. Hospital bed, as new, $100. 941-778-5542. TWO GOOD TAN rocker/recliners. $100 for both. 941-778-2673. TWO TWIN BEDS with beachy bedding, desk and color printer/copier for sale. 804-338-9692. RATTAN QUEEN-SIZE sleeper […]