Toxic bloom continues to plague beaches, bays, beyond

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

The blame continues to be thrown at Big Sugar, the governor, bad zoning, decades old mistakes in managing wetlands and plans that rerouted the natural flow of water. Who, or whatever is to blame, the harmful algal bloom Karenia brevis — commonly known as red tide — continued to plague Florida beaches. What crept up […]

Commercial fishers ‘wait and see’ on red tide impacts

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by Jennifer Glenfield | no responses

Plenty of dead fish washed ashore the first week of August due to red tide, but it didn’t kill commercial fishing in Cortez. Karen Bell of A.P. Bell Fish Co., at an Aug. 6 Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage meeting, said impacts had been minimal, but it was too early to tell if the toxic […]

Islanders, visitors answer red tide cleanup call

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by Jennifer Glenfield | no responses

Social media helps spread the word. The action started with an Aug. 6 Facebook post on the Holmes Beach Police Department’s page: “Anyone who would like to volunteer to clean beaches along Holmes Beach can contact Holmes Beach code enforcement … .There will be masks, gloves and a trash grabber given out to anyone who […]

3 sea turtles wash up dead on Anna Maria Island

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Within one week, three adult loggerhead sea turtles have washed ashore dead on Anna Maria Island. “One is a month is not normal, so three in a week implies it could be red tide,” Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director said Aug. 12. Former Holmes Beach Commissioner John Monetti […]

AMITW powers through beach chores in red-tide conditions

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

As thousands of loggerhead hatchlings leave their nests on Anna Maria Island and scamper to the Gulf of Mexico, some people wonder, will they make it past the red tide? Thus far, hatchlings have not been harmed by the toxic algae bloom leaving dead sea-life in its wake since Aug. 4 on island beaches, according […]

Correction

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A July 25 article on Holmes Beach mayoral candidate Joshua Linney said Linney was charged with 12 felonies. Linney was arrested on 12 felony charges, but only formally charged for four felonies. He was not convicted on any of the charges.

Attorney threatens Anna Maria officials

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by Ryan Paice | no responses

Attorneys sometimes play a tough game. And some lawyers play hardball. When an attorney complained of Federal Emergency Management Agency substantial improvement fraud by Wash Family Construction, city officials were obligated under federal law to investigate. Jesse M. Tilden of Bradenton’s Tilden and Prohidney first went to the city in July with his allegations of […]

In-person early voting begins Aug. 18

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Aug. 18 brings in-person early voting In-person early voting for the Florida primary will begin Aug. 18 in Manatee County. The primary will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, and includes federal and state races, as well as some local contests. Early voting at select locations will continue through Saturday, Aug. 25, but will not be held […]

Sea turtle hatchling released after rescue from pool drain

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

People with swimming pools are used to pulling wayward leaves and other detritus from drains. However, hatchling loggerhead sea turtles — a threatened species — usually are not pool scupper fare on Anna Maria Island. A loggerhead hatchling that disoriented from a nest was found by Will Knight, 9, a visitor from the U.K., in […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of Aug. 13: State Road 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 signing and pavement markings. Work occurs off the roadway and does […]

A.P. Bell Fish Co. applies for title to bottomland in bay

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by Kathy Prucnell | one response

A.P. Bell Fish Company hopes to parlay a bit of Cortez history. With 118 pages of surveys, photographs and research, Bell filed an application for a Butler Act disclaimer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The company wants the state to disclaim interest in submerged land beneath the house Raymond Guthrie Jr. built in […]

Bradenton man sentenced to vessel DUI probation

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A Bradenton man arrested for boating under the influence near Jewfish Key was sentenced to 12 months probation. Timothy Holt pleaded no contest Aug. 2 in 12th Circuit Court. Judge Robert Farrance ordered the probation, including 50 hours of public service, allowing for payment in lieu of the work, and a boater’s safety class, which […]

Insurance runs the Bert Harris show

by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

On the brink of trial in the case of Bob and Ellen McCaffrey versus the city of Holmes Beach, both sides are looking at the big picture — with the city’s insurer in the middle. Now set for a three-day trial starting Wednesday, Aug. 15, the McCaffreys’ case is widely considered a Bert Harris test […]

Top Notch: Week 5, 20-footer at 20 miles

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On a cloudy day – Penny Frick of Bradenton wins the fourth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this image of an anhinga drying its wings near a small lake. Frick will receive an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt. She’s also a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers.

Islander inspired by summer school in New York City

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By Bella Love Special to The Islander When I arrived on my first day of the School of The New York Times, or as the students dubbed it, SONYT, I admit being overwhelmed. Coming from the tiny community of Anna Maria Island to such a big program full of people who seemed to be so […]

Bradenton Beach sunshine suit prompts payment questions

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

It’s complicated. Hearings, depositions and discovery in a case brought by a former Bradenton Beach mayor and joined by the city, begs the question, “Who is paying?” Following the advice of city attorney Ricinda Perry in August 2017, the city voted to join a lawsuit initiated by ex-Mayor Jack Clarke against six former city board […]

Top Notch: Week 5, 20-footer at 20 miles

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On a cloudy day – Penny Frick of Bradenton wins the fourth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this image of an anhinga drying its wings near a small lake. Frick will receive an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt. She’s also a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers.

New Top Notch contest deadline Aug. 17

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 Aug. 17 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

Bortie’s Journey | no responses

Toxic red tide arrives to AMI beaches, bays | by Sandy Ambrogi | 4 responses

Mote Marine, partners take on red tide | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

BB commissioner’s motion for legal support falls flat — again | no responses

Return to ward representatives challenged in Bradenton Beach | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Red tide reported locally | no responses

Cortez fisher rescues man from Longboat Pass | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

In-person early voting to begin | no responses

Bradenton Beach floating dock ships, payment made | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

On a cloudy day – Fourth week winner of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest | no responses

Sports

Soccer plays on at center, golfers play to beat rain

by Kevin P. Cassidy

After four weeks of outdoor soccer action in the adult league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, Moss Builders and Sato Real Estate, boasted matching 3-0 records, making them the teams to beat. Running behind them and sporting a 2-1 record is Lancaster Design, while Progressive Cabinetry holds down fourth place with a 2-2 […]

Recent Stories

Summer soccer action runs hot and ‘cool’
6th August 2018 | no responses

Adult soccer action on the field, kids play gym soccer
30th July 2018 | no responses

Fishing

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Be in the know — avoid red tide to find the fish

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Despite being overrun with dead fish on the shore and marinelife that is overstressed by red tide, Anna Maria Island fishing can be productive. Fishing the outer boundaries of the red tide or traveling north to areas where the water is not contaminated is key to finding the bite. The highest levels of red tide […]

Recent Stories

Fishing remained red hot, before red tide moved north
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Weather variety results in consistency with varied species
30th July 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 08-15-2018

by Jesse Brisson

215 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 3,297 sfla / 4,566 sfur4bed/4½/bath/2car canalfront pool homme built in 2009 on a 13,542 sq ft lot was sold 07/16/18, Endean to Childress for $1,554,000; list $1,595,000. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, a comercial 3,801 sfla / 3,831 sfur building built in 1952 on a 9,500 sq ft lot […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 08-15-2018

Anna Maria         Aug. 1, 700 block of North Shore Drive, burglary. Fishing gear valued at $175 was stolen. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office took fingerprints for processing. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach         Aug. 2, Circle K, 2513 Gulf Drive N., theft. A manager reported three unauthorized credit card transactions […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE TWO KEY WEST Express vouchers at $100 each. Good through 2018. Cash only. 941-713-1559. VACUUM CLEANERS, EXCELLENT condition, $29-39 each. Hospital bed, as new, $100. 941-778-5542. 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 […]