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Monday, March 28th, 2011

Holmes Beach stalls on police pension plan

Since January, Holmes Beach city commissioners have postponed the second reading of a police pension fund amendment and, despite receiving requested legal advice in time for their March 22 meeting, they again deferred on the matter, this time until May 24. Commission Chairperson Sandy Haas-Martens suggested the continuance based on the ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Facing reality

Small wonder so many officials are in disbelief. It’s unthinkable, unbelievable that Anna Maria Island has lost so many residents. The recent census results are causing a rip current of concern. Whether you measure by homestead exemptions (homeowners mostly living year-round in their homes), voters (folks with a vested interest) or ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Suspect in HB theft jailed in Sarasota

[caption id="attachment_3123" align="alignright" width="150" caption="O'Malley"][/caption] A suspect in the rip-off of a Holmes Beach couple was in a Sarasota County jail, as of Islander press time. Catherine Theresa O’Malley, 48, was arrested shortly after midnight Feb. 25 near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and U.S. 41 in Sarasota, according to a Sarasota ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Giraffe wanders back

An 8-foot-tall statue of a giraffe is back home at Slim’s Place in Anna Maria following a prank that led to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report of grand theft. The statue had been reported missing March 14 and believed taken from just inside the door of the restaurant and lounge ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Island police blotter – 03-30-2011

Anna Maria • March 18, 800 block of North Shore Drive, petit theft. The renter of a vacation home reported that a pair of kayak paddles stored outside were taken. The paddles were valued at $75. • March 18, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, missing/found child. The Manatee County Sheriff’s ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Sports – 03-30-2011

Ferrer leads Bears past Raiders in 13-16 Super Bowl The Beach Bistro Bears jumped all over Bassett, Vita, Vining & Herman Group Raiders early and often on the way to an easy 33-16 victory in the Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football 13-16 division Super Bowl on March 26 ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Island real estate transactions – 03-30-2011

609 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,641 sfla / 3,049 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2069 on a 90x115 lot was sold 03/11/11,  Safety Harbor Assets LLC to Davis for $484,000. 4607 Second Ave., Holmes Beach, half of a land condo lot was sold 03 04 11, Island Restoration ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Obituaries – 03-30-2011

[caption id="attachment_3105" align="alignright" width="120" caption="Fullin"][/caption] Ella E. Fullin Ella E. Fullin, 92, of Anna Maria and formerly of Bridgeport, Conn., died March 18. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 30 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Marion Rose Lacoste Ramsey McCartney Marion Rose Lacoste Ramsey McCartney, 88, of ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Fishing – 03-30-2011

Springtime, time to prepare for silver kings Well, it’s almost time to start the quest for tarpon. Sightings have been reported, although targetable numbers of tarpon have not yet arrived to Tampa Bay. So dig out the tarpon rods and get ready for one of the most desired fishing seasons. Take ...

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Islander Calendar – 03-30-2011

Wednesday, March 30 11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion on “What is Left of the American Dream?” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. Thursday, March 31 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Reporter James McCartney presents a talk on “Current U.S. Foreign Policy and Political ...


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