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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Rod & Reel Pier remains closed, work continues

Rod & Reel Pier fans might be singing “Blue Christmas.” But sometimes Santa just can’t deliver on time.     The 1947-built pier at 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, didn’t reopen as hoped in time for Christmas, but manager Dave Cochran said repairs to the facility are moving ahead “as fast ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

West Manatee announces 2013 annual awards

The West Manatee Fire Rescue recently presented its 2013 awards to staff. Firefighter Adam Baggett was named Rookie of the Year, while Battalion Chief Rich Losek and fire prevention/training secretary Sherry Vetter received the 25-year Career Service Award. The 15-year length of service award went to firefighter Nate Bergbom, while firefighters Mike ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

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Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Island police blotter – 12-25-2013

Anna Maria • Dec. 5, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. An unknown person gained entry to the property by prying open a window. The suspect stole several items that were not listed or valued on the report. • Dec. 15, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, torture of an ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Merchants make merry on Bridge Street

Christmas on Bridge Street Dec. 14 included a holiday bazaar, face painting and live holiday music performances. A visit from Santa also was on the schedule. The market housed Santa’s sleigh and a Christmas tree and a good crowd. The festival ran until 10 p.m., with a lighted boat parade ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Fishing – 12-25-2013

 Can't beat the weater, nothing beats the fishing   With unseasonably high temps occurring at the end of December, fishing remains consistent around Anna Maria Island and its surrounding waters. Dock fishing with live shrimp is a typical wintertime pattern for these parts in December, although there are still shiners on the ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Obituaries – 12-25-2013

Steven Glen Fleming Steven Glen Fleming, 60, of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 14. He was born Dec. 22, 1952, in Davenport, Iowa, to Dorothy and the late Jack Fleming. After years of travel throughout the Southwest, Mr. Fleming settled in Florida in 1992, and moved to Holmes Beach in 1993. Mr. Fleming will ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Real Estate – 12-25-2013

796 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,520 sfla / 4,106 sfur 3bed/3½bath/4car home built in 1999 on a 50x100 lot was sold 12/03/13, Bank of the Ozarks to Badr for $845,000; list $899,000. 110 Willow Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,430 sfla / 2,557 sfur 3bed/2bath/4car home built in 1983 on ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Sports – 12-25-2013

Pickleball standouts, standbys fill weekly sports card   Twelve members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center Pickleball Club competed in the Florida International Senior Games and State Championships Dec. 13-15 in Estero. The group brought home a total of 10 gold and silver medals. Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis and ...

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Calendar – 12-25-2013

Social and service The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets most Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for breakfast and a meeting. Information: 941-778-1383. Islander File Photo   Wednesday, Dec. 25 Today is Christmas. 5:42 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, Dec. 26 Kwanzaa begins. 5:43 p.m. ...


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