Anna Maria commission reviews community center relationship

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by Bianca Benedí

“I’ve lost faith.” Anna Maria Commissioner Nancy Yetter is recommending the city re-evaluate its financial relationship with the Center of Anna Maria Island. Yetter attended the June 21 center board meeting and reported June 22 to the commission that the board complained of leaks to the press and public, while promising to improve its financial […]

Center board loses 5 members, delves into budget crisis

by Bianca Benedí

After a rocky week at the Center of Anna Maria Island, five board members resigned, leaving the board at nine members. Former vice chair/interim chair Patty McBean, Frank Agnelli, Margie Shard, Ed Chiles and Sam Pakbaz had resigned by June 21, some citing concerns for how the board is run. On June 12, based on […]

2nd swimmer in 3 weeks dies in Gulf of Mexico

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by Sandy Ambrogi and Kathy Prucnell For the second time in less than three weeks, a visitor to Anna Maria Island has died in the Gulf of Mexico. At 7:03 p.m. Sunday, June 25, Holmes Beach police and Manatee County Marine Rescue responded to a 911 call about a swimmer who went missing in the […]

Eliza Ann nests; then tagged, released at Coquina Beach

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

“Now, that’s a loggerhead! That’s a sea turtle!” Dan Evans, technology and research specialist for the Sea Turtle Conservancy exclaimed June 19 about Eliza Ann, a more than 300-pound loggerhead sea turtle that was tagged and released June 20 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring partnered with […]

DOT, county agree to realign 119th Street in Cortez

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By Kathy Prucnell and Terry O’Connor One of four options in May is now the choice of the Florida Department of Transportation to solve the 119th Street bottleneck on State Road 684/Cortez Road. DOT District 1 director David Gwynn told the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization board June 19 the state and county are working together […]

Seffner man gets house arrest, probation for theft

The criminal history of a Seffner man factored into a five-year sentence for a theft at Coquina Beach. Joshua Vega, 29, entered a plea June 8 to stealing a beachgoer’s keys and a cooler and 12th Circuit Judge Susan Maulucci sentenced him to two years of community control followed by three years of drug offender […]

County manager arrested by HBPD for DUI, drugs

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Joel D. Christian of Bradenton was arrested by Holmes Beach police for driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Christian, 43, was traveling eastbound on Manatee Avenue West June 10 when an officer saw his pickup cross the center lines and accelerate to 80 mph, according to an HBPD report. Holmes Beach Police […]

MPO: barrier island traffic study a top priority

by Terry O’Connor

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization board made its 180-page list of priority projects official June 19, then took the summer off. The MPO board next meets in late September. Before adjourning, the board adopted its annual transportation and improvement program. State and federal laws mandate the TIP schedule of projects be made public in order […]

Island police ready to roll for July 4 holiday — are visitors?

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by Kathy Prucnell

No fireworks. No grills. No alcohol. No glass. No pets. Law enforcement agencies on Anna Maria Island — assisted by a flashing, lighted notice on the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office electronic sign near Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach — ask visitors and residents alike to abide by the local rules. Sgt. Russ Schnering, who […]

Rare sea turtle nests at Coquina

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AMITW volunteer Elsa Rohow checks a green sea turtle nest for eggs June 17 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Green turtles rarely nest on Anna Maria Island, with only about 10 reported in the past 20 years, according to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW

AMI Plaza owner protests parking pinch as Lobstah’s closes

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by Terry O’Connor

A Holmes Beach developer seeking site plan approval from the building department for property at 5306 Holmes Blvd. has yet to provide enough parking to move forward. How the parking equation adds up is in dispute. AMI Plaza owner Mike Hynds maintains he has sufficient parking. City attorney Patricia Petruff, in a letter dated June […]

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Adult soccer winds down, golf, horseshoes round out week

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island concluded its regular season June 22, with playoffs starting up June 27. There were some changes to the seedings since last week, but not at the top. Sato Real Estate defeated Anna Maria CrossFit 4-1 June 22 to finish the regular season with a […]


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Tropical Storm Cindy puts brief damper on AMI fishing

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Despite daily thunderstorms and frequent windy days caused by Tropical Storm Cindy’s northward movement in the Gulf of Mexico, fishing around Anna Maria Island is managing to put smiles on visiting and local anglers alike. Fishing inshore is slightly challenging, although spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook are producing some decent action. Fishing structure in Tampa […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 06-28-2017

by Jesse Brisson

Real estate is delayed this week due to late posting by county offices.


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Island police blotter – 06-28-2017

Anna Maria June 8, North Bay Boulevard and Jacaranda Road, theft. Woodruff & Sons Inc. of Sarasota reported a portable pump, valued at $1,500, was stolen from a worksite at the intersection. June 8, Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., domestic disturbance. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a woman’s call for […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE DELUXE FUTON: SOLID hardwood, excellent condition, $300, Craftsman router, like new, $50. 941-243-3747. 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 […]