AMCP whittled from Tampa Bay horizon

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by Ryan Paice | no responses

Gutted, crumbled and removed from the horizon. The Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant and bait shop are gone. Fresh off a week of vacation to celebrate Independence Day, around 10 workers from Speeler and Associates began the second phase of the pier demolition project — tearing down the pier-head superstructure. The process began July 9 […]

MCSO rearrests confessed Holmes Beach burglar-attacker

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Mark Lee Snyder — the 55-year-old man who was arrested and confessed July 3 to attacking a Holmes Beach woman and burglarizing her home June 28 — was again arrested July 9. Snyder bonded out of jail after his first arrest July 5. It sparked a flurry of anger, mostly directed to the judge who […]

Anna Maria commissioners approve FEMA fraud investigation

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by Ryan Paice | no responses

The city of Anna Maria’s problems took a new turn in the past week. After firing a building official who apparently failed to complete Federal Emergency Management Agency paperwork, which resulted in a citywide increase to property owners on their flood insurance, the city became aware of a lawsuit that drew attention from the city […]

Unexpected hatchlings emerge as sea turtles continue nesting on AMI

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Numbers of loggerhead sea turtles nesting on Anna Maria Island are approaching a record and now there are hatchlings. The first hatchlings emerged early July 13 from a nest initially documented by AMITW as a false crawl — a failed nesting attempt — in Holmes Beach. The surprise nest contained 93 eggs, with one dead […]

Island sightings of coyotes, reminder for caution

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

A coyote is not the type of wildlife one expects to see on Anna Maria Island. Capt. Carson Wooten of Island Fishing Charters was driving onto the island before 9 a.m. July 10 when he spotted a coyote near the “Welcome to Anna Maria Island” sign just past the Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of July 16: Avenue C in Bradenton Beach: Crews are installing a force main down the center of Avenue C from Gulf Drive heading northward toward 26th Street. Intermittent road closures will be in place. Crews also are fusing and […]

Off to sea

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A loggerhead nest documented June 3 on the beachfront at the Anna Maria Island Club condominiums in the 2600 block of 26th Street in Bradenton Beach hatched overnight July 14. Unfortunately, according to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, the hatchlings were disoriented and crawled from 26th Street on the beach to 28th Street, where some were found in three swimming pools. Fox said, “Many tracks led to bushes and the hatchlings were lost. This was one of the lucky ones.” Fox said AMITW and Bradenton Beach code enforcement would look into the cause of the disorientation. Islander Photo: AMITW

Sea turtle rescued in Boca Grande released on Anna Maria Island

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A juvenile male green sea turtle suffering the effects of red tide and rescued in Boca Grande was released July 11 at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox, the turtle was brought north to be released where there is less red tide. […]

Red tide detected in Manatee

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

Kid vs. seagulls

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A girl attempts to chase a flock of seagulls away from her family’s picnic spread July 8 in the sand at the Manatee Public Beach. Most of the gulls left after the girl chased them, but not before helping themselves to an afternoon snack. the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advises people not to frighten birds at the beach. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi

Bradenton Beach approves tax increase, considers library future

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The fiscal year 2018-19 budget for Bradenton Beach is almost completed. Commissioners and staff met July 10 in a work session to wrap up the proposed budget and approve the maximum millage rate for the DR-420, the form used by the state to assess the city’s tax base. Mayor John Chappie, as executive head of […]

Holmes Beach says ‘wait a minute’ on noise suit

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Not so fast. An attorney representing the city of Holmes Beach filed a July 3 motion to quash — void or declare invalid — a complaint filed in 12th Circuit Court by attorneys for residents Richard and Marjorie Motzer. Responding to the Motzers’ complaint, attorney Jim Dye filed a special appearance challenging the way they […]

Crowd alerts BBPD to drug deal

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People lined up on benches in front of a convenience store led Bradenton Beach police to arrest two men for drugs. Matthew Mottl, 35, listed as homeless, and Charles Fowler, 23, who lives on a boat in the bayfront anchorage near the city pier in Bradenton Beach, were arrested at 11:50 p.m. July 7 outside […]

KORN sues to force ballot action from Bradenton Beach

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

The writ is on the wall. A Bradenton Beach political action committee is rising to the challenge. Reed Mapes and John Metz, co-founders of Keep Our Residential Neighborhoods, filed a writ of mandamus in the 12th Circuit Court July 5 to gain an expedited hearing and compel Bradenton Beach to put KORN’s proposed charter amendments […]

Holmes Beach proposes $15M budget, $2M spending increase

by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Times are good in Holmes Beach, as evidenced by a proposed new $15.45 million budget. The proposed budget reflects an increase of more than $2 million in spending. The 15.1 percent boost nearly doubles the spending increase approved for the current fiscal year. The commission adopted a Hurricane Irma-delayed $13,423,653 budget for fiscal year 2017-18, […]

Holmes Beach candidate survives campaign complaint

by Terry O’Connor | no responses

Political newcomer Kim Rash can continue to campaign for office in Holmes Beach. City clerk Stacey Johnston, as the Holmes Beach election official, ruled an error in campaign depository paperwork by the city commission candidate did not rise to the level of disqualification. Rash said it was the right call. “There was never any intent […]

July 30 deadline to register for primary

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Voter registration will close July 30 for the state’s primary, which will be Tuesday, Aug. 28. The primary in Florida includes federal and state races, as well as some local contests. Registration for the general election will close Oct. 9. For more information, go online to votemanatee.com or call the elections office at 941-741-3823. Call […]

Beach benches frustrate turtle watchers

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Turtles bumping into beach benches were already on the radar for folks who monitor sea turtle nesting on Anna Maria Island. So when a female turtle nested overnight July 4 under a bench near 66th Street in Holmes Beach, what followed only added fuel to the smoldering fire between the city and Anna Maria Island […]

Eagle eye – First week winner of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest

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Holly Avedisian of Bradenton wins the first week of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest with this image of a bald eagle taking flight. The photo was taken June 26 in Robinson Preserve in west Bradenton. “This bald eagle is occasionally seen perched in one of the palms or catching fish in one of the ponds. …I watched him catch (a fish) and bring it up to the path, where he ate seemingly unconcerned that I was taking photos,” Avedisian wrote in her entry. This winning photograph won the shooter an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt and is a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from advertisers.

New Top Notch contest deadline July 13

The Islander’s Top Notch contest begins this week. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the widespread switch from film to digital technology. Look to July 13 for the first deadline, and don’t forget to include your July 4 holiday photos. The contest includes six weekly front-page winners. Each will […]

Last week's roundup

MCSO rearrests Holmes Beach man for Anna Maria burglary | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Eagle eye – First week winner of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest | no responses

HBPD arrests suspect in home burglary-battery | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

DEP: Complaint to gain title for Cortez stilt house a ‘sham’ | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Ticktock: Set your turtle watch for hatch-time | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Family continues tradition with ‘pier-amid’ pose | no responses

Social media connects mourning family with sea turtle nest | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

New Top Notch contest deadline July 13 | no responses

Island real estate transactions – 07-11-2018 | by Jesse Brisson | no responses

The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 | no responses

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Key Royale golf news

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Thirty-four members of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach participated in an Independence Day scramble July 7 and later enjoyed a clubhouse barbecue of burgers, brats, shrimp skewers. The foursome of Amy and Alan Tripp, Peggi and Herb Clauhs combined on a score of 22.4 to win the day’s proceedings. They were just ahead […]

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Fishing

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Summertime pattern settles in, produces stellar fishing

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island has settled into a good summertime pattern. Light breezes from the east combined with morning high tides are producing some stellar inshore fishing opportunities. The deeper grass flats of Tampa and Sarasota bays are loaded with post-spawn trout. You may have to catch 20-30 of these trout to make your […]

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Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 07-18-2018

by Bonner Joy

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

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 07-18-2018

Anna Maria July 5, Rod & Reel Pier and 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, trespass/disturbance. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a call about a man walking around the restaurant with a bottle of whiskey, trying to engage customers in a fight. The manager walked the man to the parking lot and deputies arrived […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE CLARK EXERCISER 2000: Elite passive exercise machine, excellent condition, $100. 941-778-2184. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR […]