Cole regains Bradenton Beach commission seat in 3-1 vote

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Ralph Cole, who previously served as a Bradenton Beach commissioner, addresses the mayor and commissioners prior to being voted the fifth commissioner Dec. 6 during a special meeting at city hall. The vote was 3-1, with newly elected Commissioner Randy White casting the dissenting vote. The seat opened when then-Commissioner John Chappie resigned to run for mayor in November. Cole, who lost his seat to White in the Nov. 7 election, will now retake a seat on the dais. Planning and zoning board vice chair Jim Lynch also applied and was considered for the open seat. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver-Esformes

Anna Maria loses FEMA discount, fires building official

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Missteps in reporting to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the Anna Maria building official got him fired. A unanimous vote of no confidence from Anna Maria commissioners Nov. 30 resulted in the termination of building official Jimmy Strickland’s employment with the city. In August, another misstep was overlooked and Strickland gained a vote of […]

President voted out of AMI chamber

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

After an almost decade-long stint at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, the president has been dismissed. Deb Wing, who served in various positions, including four years as vice president prior to two years in the top position, was handed a termination letter Dec. 1 by the chamber board president, Eric Cairns. Wing said […]

Bradenton Beach P&Z member applies for commission seat

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Will it be a card draw? Or musical chairs? A seat on the Bradenton Beach dais is up for appointment and a new applicant has applied while another contender has withdrawn. As of the Dec. 1 application deadline, planning and zoning board vice chair Jim Lynch had applied for the open city commission seat, while […]

AMI-mainland bridge openings reduced by Coast Guard

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by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Some people say they don’t mind waiting on the bridge for boats to pass. But if you’re among the people who loathe waiting for the drawbridge, some relief has arrived. The U.S. Coast Guard has reduced the number of bridge openings from three times to twice an hour at the Anna Maria Island and Cortez […]

Bell ringing: A family affair on AMI

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by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Dave Greene and daughter Gigi, a third-grade student at Anna Maria Elementary, ring the bell Nov. 28 for the Salvation Army holiday kettle drive at the island Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

White wedding

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Charter Capt. David White and Heather Booth celebrate their marriage with their daughter, Layla. The wedding and celebration were Nov. 2 at Anna Maria’s Bayfront Park. White and Booth became engaged on Egmont Key about two years ago. They planned a romantic view of Egmont from the park during their wedding vows, which they wrote. Booth’s parents are Anne Marie and Christopher Booth of Moore Haven. White’s mother is Helen Davis of Danville, Illinois. Stepmother Trisha and brother JD also were part of the wedding, with JD serving as a groomsman. Family attended from the Carolinas, Pennsylvania and California. The White family resides in Cortez. Islander Courtesy Photo

Legal expenses rise in BB Sunshine lawsuit

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Alleged Sunshine Law violations in Bradenton Beach are starting to add up to real money. As of Dec. 1, the city had spent $19,055 on attorneys fees since August, when commissioners voted to join — and spend $10,000 — on a lawsuit filed by ex-Mayor Jack Clarke against several city board members for allegedly discussing city […]

Anna Maria negotiates 4 Bert Harris claims

by Bianca Benedí | no responses

Four more Bert Harris counteroffers are going out from Anna Maria City Hall. Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 30 to approve a recommendation by city attorney Becky Vose about two claims filed for one property at 513 N. Bay Blvd. Mighty Palm LLC filed two Bert Harris claims for the North Bay address, citing the living-area-ratio […]

Dead body found near Egmont Key

by Kevin P. Cassidy | no responses

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported the body of a white male in his 60s was found near Egmont Key. The state could not confirm the exact whereabouts or his identity as of Islander press time. The body was reported found Dec. 3, according to FWC Officer James Boogaerts. The FWC is investigating, […]

Motorcycle chase ends in crash in Holmes Beach

by Kevin P. Cassidy | no responses

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office chased a speeding motorcyclist Dec. 1 from Cortez to Holmes Beach, where the driver crashed and fled. The crash occurred in the intersection at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue, according to public information director David Bristow, who said charges are forthcoming against the motorcyclist, Jacob Harrison, 25, of Bradenton. […]

Anna Maria begins funding process for new city pier

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by Bianca Benedí | 4 responses

Anna Maria is working through a list of funding sources to rebuild the Anna Maria City Pier. The total cost of rebuilding the pier, according to updated estimates, is $4.5 million at the high end. At the Nov. 30 commission meeting, Mayor Dan Murphy introduced a more complete funding plan to commissioners, as well as […]

Man pleads guilty, sentenced to jail for road rage

by Kevin P. Cassidy | no responses

A Ruskin man arrested for road rage in Holmes Beach in February was sentenced to 364 days in jail. Jeovani Aguila, 24, pleaded guilty Nov. 20 in 12th Circuit Court to aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and possessing cocaine. Judge Brian Iten accepted the plea and sentenced Aguila to jail […]

Last week's roundup

Championship matchup set in adult soccer | by Kevin P. Cassidy | no responses

Public pleas: 
Save pier planks | by Bianca Benedí | 6 responses

DOT traffic study pitches innovative solution: driverless vehicle | by Terry O’Connor | one response

And solutions: Aerial tram, roundabouts and gondolas | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Hook-and-line litter at Rod & Reel | 4 responses

Former mayor takes oath, mayor again in Bradenton Beach | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

DEP final order: Remove Cortez house | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

HB to high court on treehouse: Deny precedent | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Drug user in Holmes Beach sentenced to probation | no responses

Environmentalists challenge Aqua developers’ mitigation plan | by Kathy Prucnell | one response

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Championship matchup set in adult soccer

by Kevin P. Cassidy

With the regular season and playoffs behind them, the adult soccer players at the Center of Anna Maria Island are preparing for their final challenge. Championship Thursday will close out the season Dec. 7. The action gets started at 6 p.m., when the first of three consolation games begins with Mar/Kis Insurance taking on Ross […]

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Pleasant fall weather promises all-around good fishing

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is as pleasant as the weather. With a light easterly breeze and calm seas, both inshore and offshore adventures are promising. Fishing inshore around the bays and Manatee River is providing good action on spotted seatrout and snook. Redfish — especially around docks and canals — are plentiful. Live bait […]

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Real Estate

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Real Estate – 12-06-2017

by Jesse Brisson

There is no real estate transaction report this week due to a computer glitch.


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Island police blotter – 12-06-2017

Anna Maria         Nov. 13, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, found property. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy found credit cards and a driver’s license on the Veterans Day parade route. The officer placed the items in safekeeping after no one claimed them at the event. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS: VINTAGE, 75 total, different shapes, colors, sizes. Lovely assortment. $30. 941-761-1393 (no text). TWO LEATHER LA-Z-Boy swivel rocker recliners like new. $150 each, $200 for both. 941-778-3927. BRAND NEW QUEEN-size bed with headboard and two lamps, all new. $700 or best offer. 732-681-9555. SLEEPER SOFA, LIKE new, $50, leather sofa […]