Anna Maria faces challenges in Irma recovery

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by Bianca Benedí

Irma blew hard in Anna Maria — leaving most of the city without power for days and damaging the 1911-built city pier. Anna Maria commissioners met Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 to review recovery after Hurricane Irma and set the city on schedule. Commissioners held an emergency meeting Sept. 13 to extend the local state […]

Relief surges in Bradenton Beach following Irma’s passage

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

“This is the first time I’ve ever evacuated for a storm,” Paul Paradis, a homeowner in Bradenton Beach and third generation Floridian, said Sept. 11 following Hurricane Irma’s glancing blow to Anna Maria Island the night before. Paradis owns a cottage across Gulf Drive from Cortez Beach. “This time was scary,” Paradis said. “I was […]

Holmes Beach focus post-Irma: Restoring power

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by Terry O’Connor

The management team from Hurricane Hanks in Holmes Beach was hanging outdoors Sept. 12, munching lunch on a sunny mid-afternoon. They weren’t working. They were waiting. Waiting for Florida Power & Light Co. to plug their business into the electric grid. The casual Holmes Beach pub, 5346 Gulf Drive, was without power two days post-Hurricane […]

Treehouse facing demolition, appeal to high court readied

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by Kathy Prucnell

Will the treehouse owners in Holmes Beach remove the structure? The week of Sept. 11, the owners, Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen, faced another city deadline to remove the beachfront structure in a large Australian pine at their home and four-unit resort at 103 29th St. And it comes after their attorney David Levin of […]

Sea turtle nests survive high surf from Hurricane Irma

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

“We are extremely lucky,” Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, said Sept. 12. “This storm was child’s play for us, really. And, many of our nests still may hatch.” Hurricane Irma made landfall in the United States over the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm, then a second […]

AM returns to normal, but pier plan needs overhaul

by Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria commissioners met as scheduled Sept. 14, with power restored after Hurricane Irma. At the start of the meeting, resident and businessman Mike Coleman offered a commendation for the city’s efforts during Hurricane Irma. “Even those of us who’ve disagreed many times over the years on one topic or another” have no doubt, Coleman […]

Post-Irma, photographer embarks on photo tour

By Jack Elka, Special to The Islander Immediately after Hurricane Irma passed, I decided to get into a plane and fly the Southwest coast of Florida to see and photograph any damage. I knew people would want to see their properties — whether damaged or safe. Even before the storm, I received emails from owners […]

Come on back

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Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer, right, coordinates re-entry at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 with a Bradenton police officer following the evacuation for Hurricane Irma. Islander Photo: Michael Stahr

Tops in Top Notch

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Ditka ‘does sunset’
Kathy Hennessy of Flamingo Cay wins The Islander’s Top Notch Pet Photo contest with this image of Ditka — a Boston terrier named for the Chicago Bears longtime coach Mike Ditka — catching a striking sunset and watching dolphins dine from their deck on Palma Sola Bay. She wins a collection of gifts from Perks4Pets, 7228 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The photo was taken June 13.

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Sport – 09-20-2017

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc all over the state last week, uprooting trees, families and sports teams. Area schools serving as shelters were bursting at the seems with evacuees who fled their homes for safety. Meanwhile major league sports teams like the Tampa Bay Rays played three games as the “home” team at Citi Bank Field […]


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Thunderstorm, snook, old fisher: My night at AMCP

by Capt. Danny Stasny

It was nearing 6 o’clock in the evening as I steered the boat toward the Mainsail Marina. My clients sat in front of me, talking about how many fish they had caught and enjoying the warm air that was blowing over the hull as we traveled at 20 mph over the flat. It was fall […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 09-20-2017

by Jesse Brisson

242 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,989 sfla / 2,910 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car canalfront pool home built in 1973 on a 11,985 sq ft lot was sold 08/18/17, Campisi to Lepore for $1,620,000; list $1,695,000. 109 Oak Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,760 sfla / 5,040 sfur 5bed/3bath pool home built in 1999 on a 5,000 sq […]


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Island police blotter – 09-20-2017

Anna Maria Sept. 11, City Pier Restaurant, Anna Maria City Pier, 100 N. Bay Blvd., criminal damage. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a smashed window. No missing items were reported. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach No reports. Bradenton Beach is policed by Bradenton Beach Police Department. Cortez No […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE FRONTGATE BALEARES five-piece white sectional lounger with canopy. Blue cushions, four throw pillows. Good condition. New $2,000, asking $200. Holmes Beach. 309-472-2849. OFFICE FURNITURE: DESKS, file cabinets, $35 each. Above-stove microwave, $75, and more. 941-356-1456. 1983 JOHN DEERE 8820 combine with header. Runs good. Does the job. $9,500 or best offer. Call […]