Pier demolition begins, 250 engraved planks removed

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by Ryan Paice | no responses

It was a clear, blue morning and the Anna Maria City Pier was buzzing with activity. But not the kind you think. Workers were removing planks. The demolition of the pier began June 11 with the removal of some 250 requested planks from the 800-foot-long walkway. Early that day, Frank Agnelli, owner of Agnelli Pools […]

Coastal Living: Anna Maria 6th happiest seaside town in U.S.

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by Ryan Paice | no responses

Along with beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and nifty shops, Anna Maria residents might just have another reason to smile. On June 12, Coastal Living magazine released its 2018 rankings for the 10 happiest seaside towns in the United States, placing the city of Anna Maria at No. 6. The 10 finalists were nominated on social […]

Sea turtle season in full swing on Anna Maria Island

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

It’s game on for sea turtle nesting season on Anna Maria Island. As of June 13, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 187 loggerhead nests on island beaches — the same number on the same date last year. By June 17, there were 223 nests and 238 false crawls. The 2017 season […]

AMI traffic lights may go dark

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by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Traffic signals could become obsolete on Anna Maria Island. Roundabouts planned in the barrier island traffic study by the Florida Department of Transportation have the hurricane-hardening benefit of eliminating traffic signals. Police Chief Bill Tokajer questioned a DOT-proposed roundabout in Holmes Beach at the intersection of East Bay and Gulf drives. “There’s so little traffic […]

1 in ‘shark drag’ case seeks to reduce charges

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Nearly a year after a video of a fateful boat ride went viral, there’s been another turn in court. An attorney for Michael Wenzel, 22, of Palmetto, filed a June 12 motion to dismiss one of three counts in the “shark drag” case pending against his client in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. With the […]

Qualifying begins for candidates for BB commission

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

And, they’re off! Almost. Qualifying began at noon June 18 in Bradenton Beach and two incumbents and two former planning and zoning members have filed qualifying paperwork with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office. Bradenton Beach has two commissioners whose terms are up, Ralph Cole and Marilyn Maro. Both have committed to seek re-election. […]

10 Holmes Beach candidates poised for fall election

by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Let the election begin. All three Holmes Beach races have competing candidates, said city clerk Stacey Johnston. Holmes Beach voters will choose a new mayor, two city commissioners and five charter review commissioners in the Nov. 6 municipal election. At least 10 candidates have picked up election qualifying packets from Johnston. Candidate qualifying opened June […]

Anna Maria incumbents step up for re-election in November

by Ryan Paice | no responses

Five days after qualifying opened June 11, only Mayor Dan Murphy had filed the forms to run for re-election on the Nov. 6 ballot in Anna Maria. The deadline for qualifying is Friday, June 22. As of June 15, only the incumbents had pursued qualifying for the election. Murphy, first elected mayor in 2014, was […]

KORN responds to city challenge on charter amendments

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Not surprisingly, opinions are divided in Bradenton Beach. A petition drive to put amendments to the charter — often referred to as the bible for municipalities — on the November ballot appears to have a challenger. The city commission appointed a charter review committee, which had its first meeting June 8, to review the three […]

MCSO arrests lost woman for DUI

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A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy arrested a Treasure Island woman who said she was trying to find her way home. Sarah Williams Nagel, 48, was arrested June 2 at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for driving under the influence. Holmes Beach Police Sgt. Joel Pierce detained her in the parking lot […]

Red tide detected in Manatee

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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in low and background concentrations in eight samples from Manatee County the week ending June 13. Red tide also was detected elsewhere in the region. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of June 18: SR 64/Manatee Avenue on Perico Island from Martinique Drive to 107th Court West: Crews are improving drainage, constructing sidewalk and bicycle lanes and installing new signage and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does not […]

HB files compel, contempt motion against builder/developer

by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Similar to a shot across the bow, Holmes Beach may be sending a message to Shawn Kaleta in the Bob and Ellen McCaffrey case — the first Bert Harris case to challenge the city’s vacation rental ordinances in court. The city filed a motion June 11 asking the 12th Circuit Court to hold Kaleta in […]

Holmes Beach honors partner, former Waste Pro liaison

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by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Waste-collection workers tend to be noticed only if the garbage piles up. The late Bob Baublitz, former lead operations supervisor for Waste Pro in Manatee County and an adjunct Holmes Beach city employee, broke the mold. He used an outgoing personality seasoned with a great sense of humor to make a difference in Holmes Beach […]

Last week's roundup

Anna Maria signs pier demolition contract | by Bianca Benedí | no responses

3 future island roundabouts touted in traffic study | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

FISH hooks, lands big boost from FWC for preserve | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Coquina carjacker arrested after crashing Corvette on LBK | no responses

Qualifying time arrives | no responses

Candidate qualifying opens for Anna Maria election | by Ryan Paice | no responses

List of Holmes Beach election prospects grows | by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Bradenton Beach PAC finalizes ballot questions | no responses

BB charter committee convenes, takes lead from city attorney | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Key Royale homeowner reports $100K, jewelry stolen | no responses

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Adult soccer finale ends 1 team’s undefeated campaign

by Kevin P. Cassidy

In a tense, back and forth battle that was finally decided in overtime, Lancaster Design handed Legler & Flynn Law its first loss of the spring adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island and won the Paul “Ace” Hayward championship trophy. The championship game, played June 14, saw Lancaster Design win despite […]

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Weather, fish fall into routine summertime pattern

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Falling into our typical summertime pattern of calm east breezes in the morning followed by a spattering of thunderstorms in the afternoon is providing excellent fishing around Anna Maria Island. Inshore fishing is providing good action on spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Deep grass flats are holding many and all sizes of trout. To find […]

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Variety in weather produces medley of catches
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Plenty of rain, but no damper on fishing
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Inconsistent weather results in consistent fishing action
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Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 06-20-2018

by Jesse Brisson

3103 Ave. E, Unit A, Ave E by the Sea, Holmes Beach, a 2,428 sfla / 4,136 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2010 was sold 05/31/18, Hotel Homes Florida Vacation Rentals Inc. to Stiles for $1,300,000; list $1,399,000. 709 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,165 sfla / 2,783 sfur 2bed/2bath pool […]


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Streetlife – 06-20-2018

Anna Maria         June 7, 300 block of Pine Avenue, domestic disturbance. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies responded after three 911 calls were abandoned and found a married couple arguing about their child. Officers determined it had been a verbal dispute. June 8, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, suspicious incident. A woman alerted authorities to […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE DELL COMPUTER WITH monitor, refurbished, $100. 941-756-6728. BELL MOTORCYCLE HELMET $20, Holly Roller kayak mounts, $35, Thule ski racks, $45. 941-778-7003. UPRIGHT VACUUM: NAME brand, excellent condition, refurbished. $29. 941-778-5542. TWO SOFAS, WICKER armoire and dresser, low media stand, miscellaneous. 813-625-8442. LEATHER LOVE SEAT, ottoman, two bar stools, dresser, $125. 941-704-0418