23-year-old dies in Cortez Road crash

by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

A motorcyclist died Feb. 8 from a crash  with a van near an RV park on Cortez Road West in Bradenton. He was the son of former Bradenton Beach Police Officer Mike Bazell. Ryan Bazell, 23, of Bradenton, was traveling east on Cortez Road on a 2007 Yahama R6 when Carol Ann Nelson, 80, of […]

HB prepares to force treehouse demolition

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by Terry O’Connor | no responses

The demolition deadline came and went but the doomed treehouse still stands. Treehouse owner Lynn Tran emailed The Islander Feb. 9, on the afternoon of the city-imposed deadline to apply for a demolition permit for the structure, stating there will be “no demolition.” What’s next likely involves more trips to the courthouse and thousands more […]

Anna Maria commissioner says goodbye, candidates line up

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Nancy Yetter has said her goodbyes to the city of Anna Maria. The city held a reception Feb. 8 ahead of Yetter’s final city commission meeting to send her off. Yetter announced in January that she and her husband were relocating to Tampa to be closer to family. At the reception, Mayor Dan Murphy presented […]

BB pier team member calls dock holdup ‘ludicrous’

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

“This is ludicrous,” John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, said Feb. 7 regarding the delayed installation of a new day dock at the pier. The new floating dock was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017. After receiving a deposit […]

DEP sues to remove house built in Sarasota Bay

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection filed a two-count complaint Feb. 6 asking a judge to order Raymond Guthrie Jr. to take down the house he built in 2017 in Sarasota Bay near Cortez. The 1,211 square-foot house stands on stilts about 350 feet from the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks. In the first count, […]

ALS implementation delayed on the island

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

West Manatee Fire Rescue announced Jan. 23 that it could implement advanced life support care by Feb. 1 from Station 3 on Anna Maria Island, but that date has been pushed back to Feb. 20. Two snags delayed WMFR’s implementation, Chief Tom Sousa said. The district is finalizing “some minute details” with the county regarding […]

Bradenton woman arrested for DUI

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Police arrested a Bradenton woman for driving under the influence after following her vehicle from Holmes Beach across the Anna Maria Island Bridge to Perico Island. Angela Bingham, 40, of Bradenton, was stopped in the 12000 block of Manatee Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 20. HBPD Officer Alan Bores observed her tires cross the […]

Taillights out in Holmes Beach, motorist arrested for DUI

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A woman driving through parking lots in Holmes Beach at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 27 was arrested for driving under the influence. Tracy Moore, 47, of Bradenton, was arrested after she was pulled over in the 4500 block of Gulf Drive. HBPD Officer Adam Desantis reported observing Moore’s vehicle without taillights illuminated and driving in […]

Vacation rental legislation moves forward in state Senate

by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Anna Maria Island elected officials have ears in Tallahassee. And they are staying tuned to the ongoing session of the Floriday Legislature. Senate Bill 1400, introduced by Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, and David Simmons, R-Seminole, passed the second of three committees Feb. 8. The bill would place vacation rental regulations with the state, including licensing and […]

36th Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival ready to rock ’n’ roll

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by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Except for one major uncontrollable detail, all is ready for the 36th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, according to chair Rose Lipke. “We’re in the two-week window,” Lipke said. “We just need good weather.” Lipke, in her fourth year as event chair, said Mother Nature will go a long way toward determining if the Feb. […]

Super win

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Island mom walks for millions of ‘broken’ hearts

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Hearts get broken every day — by love, attack or accident. Some hearts just come into the world broken and such a case makes for a lifetime of special heart care. Susan Timmins, wife and partner with Sean Murphy in the Beach Bistro, chose Valentine’s Day once again to highlight a special cause close to […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following notice for the week of Feb. 12: State Road 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County crews are replacing force mains and water mains. For more information about the project, go online to amipipereplacement.com. For the latest road watch information, go online […]

Turtle watch request: Wish upon a star, not a lantern

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

“When you wish upon a star…” so the 1940s song goes. It was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of the movie “Pinocchio.” Wishing upon a star is harmless, but a wish lantern could harm wildlife and the environment. Similar to balloon and dove releases, lantern releases have grown […]

The Gulf of Mexico, bay waters slowly encroach on paradise

by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Think of it as akin to in-season traffic, a local environmental scientist said. Sea level rise is not unlike the number of cars building up slowly on the barrier islands as season gets underway. “It won’t be an inundation, like we have in a storm,” Jennifer Shafer said of the rising waters encroaching on paradise. […]

Red tide not detected in Manatee

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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in Manatee County for the week ending Feb. 9. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

Bradenton woman arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach puts up fight

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A Bradenton woman who approached a Holmes Beach police officer and asked for help with an identity theft was arrested for driving impaired — and when the police focus switched to her, she put up a fight. Lorie Hagele, 55, pulled her vehicle next to a Holmes Beach patrol squad in the 5200 block of […]

Last week's roundup

23-year-old dies in Cortez Road crash | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

HB prepares to force treehouse demolition | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Anna Maria commissioner says goodbye, candidates line up | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

BB pier team member calls dock holdup ‘ludicrous’ | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

DEP sues to remove house built in Sarasota Bay | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Island police blotter – 02-14-2018 | no responses

The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 | no responses

Fog might put a damper on pleasure boating, but not fishing | by Capt. Danny Stasny | no responses

Center’s 3 flag football league divisons crown champions | by Kevin P. Cassidy | no responses

Obituaries – 02-14-2018 | no responses

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Center’s 3 flag football league divisons crown champions

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The youth flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island came to an end in two nights of action on the center field and the crowning of three division champions. The 11-13 division’s championship game Feb. 7 saw No. 1 seed Planet Stone taking on No. 2 seed Blue Lagoon. Planet Stone wasted […]

Recent Stories

Flag football championship games set
6th February 2018 | no responses

Football seedings set for 8-10, 14-17 division playoffs
30th January 2018 | no responses

Dolphin Dash on Holmes Beach streets raises AME cash
16th January 2018 | one response

Top 5 island sports stories of 2017
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Fishing

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Fog might put a damper on pleasure boating, but not fishing

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Well, how about that fog? Yes, I was fortunate to have charters numerous days and go fishing in near-zero visibility. It’s not that the fog affects the fishing one way or the other, but it sure makes it hard to get around. Safety is the most important factor on any trip on the water. So […]

Recent Stories

Winter might last another 6 weeks, but fishing is heating up
6th February 2018 | no responses

Wintertime fishing proves productive inshore, offshore
30th January 2018 | no responses

Don’t let the cold weather put a damper on your fishing plans
23rd January 2018 | no responses

Careful timing can put you on the trail of fish
16th January 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 02-14-2018

by Bonner Joy

On vacation

Streetlife

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Island police blotter – 02-14-2018

Anna Maria Feb. 6, 100 block of Peppertree Lane, open doors. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies found several doors left open on two residences under construction. They searched and secured the properties, found nothing suspicious, and left a message for the property manager. Anna Maria is policed by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Bradenton Beach Jan. 27, […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE WICKER HENRY LINK sofa, loveseat, chair, ottoman with cushions, end tables, coffee table, $1,400. 941-504-0526. PINE NEEDLE BASKETS: March 3, Historical Museum Pine Avenue, or call 941-778-8330. WHIRLPOOL TOP-MOUNT refrigerator. White, icemaker, excellent condition, (snowbirds) $100. Call 941-778-7226 for details. FOR SALE: SLEEPER sofa, $65, upright freezer, $65, clothes dryer, $55. 941-778-7003. ANTIQUE […]