Holmes Beach mayoral candidate makes clean sweep into office

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by Kathy Prucnell | 3 responses

She’s the first Holmes family member to serve as mayor since the city incorporated in 1950. Mayor-elect Judy Holmes Titsworth swept away her opponent in the Nov. 6 election, taking more than 79 percent of the vote — a likely record for a contested Holmes Beach mayoral election in the city. The Manatee County Supervisor […]

BB incumbents brush off challenge

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The line was drawn in the Bradenton Beach sand. “There’s a lot going on here,” Brian Finelli, a 30-year Bradenton Beach resident, said on Election Day, Nov. 6, after he cast his ballot. “It’s good to see people out expressing their opinions.” Voters in Bradenton Beach made their voices heard. They retained two incumbent commissioners, […]

Anna Maria hopes to relocate coyotes, Holmes Beach, too

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by Ryan Paice | one response

Steps are being taken to relocate a handful of coyotes seen prowling the streets of Anna Maria. Mayor Dan Murphy said at a meeting Nov. 8 that public works manager Dean Jones is coordinating the relocation of coyotes from the city and is speaking with two trappers, each with different methods to trap and relocate […]

Still no end to red tide intrusion on Manatee coastline

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Joey Dale was on a morning walk Nov. 6 when he stopped in his tracks. On the sands of Whitney Beach on the northern tip of Longboat Key, Dale came upon a dead goliath grouper measuring about 4 1/2 feet long. “It was a big one,” Dale told The Islander. “It was strange. There were […]

Against all odds, BB floating dock hovers on horizon

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

“We touched them,” Bradenton Beach Police Chief, Sam Speciale said Nov. 8 regarding pieces of the long-awaited floating dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. When Speciale confirmed Nov. 8 the location of the dock parts, he and Commissioner Ralph Cole, who also serves as the city’s community redevelopment agency chair, drove to Hecker Construction […]

DOT chief: Cortez Bridge megaspan ‘will not be revisited’

by Steve Albee | no responses

Speculation that the decided height of the Cortez Bridge could be revisited over concerns that a high fixed-span bridge would have adverse impacts to Cortez village will not happen, according to the top area transportation official. L.K. Nandem, Florida Department of Transportation District 1 Secretary, told an audience gathered Oct. 22: “There are no plans […]

Patches of red tide persist

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A bloom of the Florida red tide organism persisted the week ending Nov. 11. Bloom concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persist on Florida’s Southwest and Northwest coasts. Patchiness was observed in both areas. On the East Coast, bloom concentrations of K. brevis are no longer present. In Southwest Florida, high concentrations occurred […]

Bradenton Beach voters approve 7 charter amendments

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The tide has turned. Bradenton Beach electors voted “yes” for all seven charter amendments placed on the ballot by the city’s ad hoc charter review committee. The vote was 295 “yes,” or 58.99 percent of the vote, and 208 “no” to charter amendment 1, which reinstates “at-large voting for all elected officials, including mayor and […]

Rash handily takes HB commission seat, Morton returns

by Ryan Paice | no responses

Behind weeks of waving signs alongside Holmes Beach streets, a newcomer has moved smartly into a city commission seat. Kim Rash and incumbent Pat Morton won the two open commission seats among three candidates Nov. 6, with Rash garnering 1,127 votes to Morton’s 1,116. Don Purvis was the odd man out, with 887 votes. Morton, […]

5 Holmes Beach charter review members elected Nov. 6

by Ryan Paice | no responses

The votes are in, and the Holmes Beach Charter Review Commission is set. The five top vote-getters of eight candidates are Thomas W. Sean Murphy, David Zaccagnino, Nancy R. Deal, Claudia Carlson and Edward Upshaw. Murphy won a seat with 1,141 votes, or 17.9 percent of the vote. Johnny Rigney, Major G. Leckie and Jay […]

Top Notch pet photo contest winner 2018

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Top Notch pet photo contest winner – Photographer Jonathan Crane of Anna Maria took this winning pet portrait of his pal Boom Boom resting at home in June. He will receive a gift package from Perks 4 Pets in Northwest Bradenton and a gift certificate from Island Coffee Haus on AMI. Congratulations to Crane, and thanks to all the photographers who took part this year.

New Top Notch contest deadline Sept. 11

The Islander’s Top Notch contest is underway. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the widespread switch from film to digital technology. Look to Sept. 11 for the next weekly deadline, and don’t forget to include your summer holiday photos. The contest includes six weekly front-page winners. Each will claim […]

Last week's roundup

Election Day 2018 | by Ryan Paice | no responses

Holmes Beach elects new mayor in landslide | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Cole, Maro hold off challengers in Bradenton Beach, city amendments approved | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Morton, Rash win HB commission seats | no responses

Holmes Beach Charter Review Commission seats decided | by Ryan Paice | no responses

Anna Maria incumbents lack opposition, retain seats | by Ryan Paice | no responses

Election results for Anna Maria Island candidates pour in | no responses

Inflatable swan swoops mom, son 1 mile offshore | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

After short reprieve, red tide levels on AMI return to high | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

City deems ‘approved’ plaza site plan ‘null and void’ | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses


Adult soccer pushes to championships, youth soccer, too

by Bonner Joy

After four weeks of action in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, four teams are pushing for the league title and four teams are struggling to put together victories. Sato Real Estate and Eason Builders appear to be the class of the league. Sato sits in first place with a […]

Recent Stories

Soccer teams’ dreams of perfect season end with a tie
6th November 2018 | no responses

Soccer action tops center news, golf, horseshoes continue
30th October 2018 | no responses


Gamble on fishing, Gulf pays off in spite of red tide

by Bonner Joy

Although patches of red tide still exist in the Gulf of Mexico east of Anna Maria Island, fall fishing is on the upswing. While taking the gamble on fishing in the Gulf can be risky, those who are willing to try are being rewarded with some exceptional catches. Reports of blackfin tuna, amberjack, kingfish and […]

Recent Stories

Head north for consistent action, ‘exceptional’ snook bite
6th November 2018 | no responses

It’s no trick — fall fishing is a treat for AMI-area anglers
30th October 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 11-14-2018

by Bonner Joy

104 36th St., Unit 104, Palm Gables, Holmes Beach, a 1,919 sfla / 4,351 sfur 3bed/3½bath/1car Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 10/12/18, Clifford to Chase Investments 5 LLC for $1,650,000; list $1,775,000. 238 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,566 sfla / 2,142 sfur 3bed/3bath canalfront pool home built in 1957 […]


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Streetlife – 11-14-2018

Anna Maria No reports. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach Nov. 1, 2400 block of Avenue C, vehicle burglary. A laptop valued at $500 was stolen from a vehicle reportedly left open for 10-15 minutes. Nov. 5, Coquina Park, 1900 Gulf Drive S., warrant arrest. Bradenton Beach police found a 22-year-old man […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE DJI PHANTOM DRONE for Go-Pro camera. Extra battery, monitor. One-hour lesson. Jack Elka, 941-778-2711. LADIES 26-INCH Husky six-speed bike. Chrome fenders, mirror and cover. Sharp. $85. 941-727-5050. MR COFFEE 45-cup urn coffee maker. Used twice, excellent condition, $25. 941-779-0564. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. […]