Michael spares AMI, decimates Panhandle

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Surfers filled the Gulf waters off Anna Maria Island Oct. 9, taking advantage of the big waves generated by Hurricane Michael. The only other evidence of the massive storm around Anna Maria Island? Minor street flooding at high tide, along with gusty showers, scattered debris and a disrupted school day for island kids. The Panhandle […]

School council focuses on improving reading scores

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by Ryan Paice | no responses

Hot off the heels of the Scholastic Book Fair at Anna Maria Elementary, the school advisory council is working on keeping students reading. Meeting Oct. 8 for the first time in the 2018-19 school year, SAC members discussed improving a dip in test scores from last year, including drops in reading and science. The purpose […]

HB candidate promises ‘free’ tech support

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Holmes Beach mayoral candidate Joshua Linney mailed postcards to residents Oct. 1 asking for their vote. Included in the pre-election postcard are typical candidate promises, vowing to serve and be a voice for citizens. There’s another promise. Stamped on the side of the postcard is: “FREE 1 hr Tech Support w/postcard.” Holmes Beach Police Chief […]

Cleanups spruce up AMI, Cortez

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

More than 200 volunteers Oct. 6 collected 149 bags of litter on Anna Maria Island and Cortez. In the annual coastal cleanup, Keep Manatee Beautiful collaborated countywide with community groups and schools, including Anna Maria Island Elementary, and cleared 2,980 pounds of garbage from the island, according to KMB executive director Jennifer Hoffman. On the […]

Bradenton Beach approves plan for Avenue C

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Bradenton Beach is moving forward with plans to restore Avenue C with enhanced stormwater infiltration. City engineer Lynn Burnett led the fourth in a series of work sessions at city hall Oct. 9 to explain stormwater improvements and garner resident input on restoring rights of way and driveways along Avenue C, which has been torn […]

Holmes Beach city field revamp takes shape

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

City engineer Lynn Burnett proposed one version of a new Holmes Beach city field. The commissioners chewed on the various components, spit some out and seemed to settle on an idea proposed by Commission Chair Judy Titsworth at an Oct. 9 commission workshop. Plans include relocating the tot lot and dog parks, constructing new shuffleboard, […]

Scavengers brings treasure hunt to island

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Scavengers Marketplace has been drawing treasure hunters to Palmetto to find antiques, art and one-of-a-kind finds. Now Scavengers has expanded to a new location in the Island Shopping Center at 5402 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Scavengers Marketplace AMI moved into the former home of SunCoast Real Estate, mingling nautical and beach-themed wares with antiques. Scavengers […]

HB commission pushes for fix to polluted Spring Lake

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Holmes Beach commissioners want to remediate the highly toxic Spring Lake. But whether the water body between 68th and 70th streets should return to fresh water origins or a subsequently transformed saltwater ecosystem will be studied next. At an Oct. 9 work session, city engineer Lynn Burnett called the ammonia levels “highly toxic” and agreed […]

Wave riders

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A surfer takes a ride Oct. 9 near the White Avenue beach in Holmes Beach. Hurricane Michael, churning offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, brought wind, rain, surf and surfers to Anna Maria Island Oct. 9-11. Islander Photo: Dennis Knowles Photography

Hurricane fuels hope for local red tide relief

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Opinions are split on Hurricane Michael’s impact on red tide in the region. One corner in the scientific community says the hurricane may have helped break up the harmful algae bloom plaguing more than 100 miles of Florida’s west coast. Others say the hurricane will intensify the bloom. Wave action could have busted open the […]

Holmes Beach lifts stop order on beach lots

by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Holmes Beach building official Jim McGuinness and developer Shawn Kaleta struck an agreement to mitigate a land clearing after the city lifted a stop work order on three beachfront lots. City commissioners and others, however, are still speaking out against the developer. The clearing took place in early September without notice to the city building […]

AME PTO finalizes Fall Festival plans

by Ryan Paice | no responses

Anna Maria Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization’s Fall Festival event is around the corner, and the pieces are falling into place. The PTO met Oct. 11 to finalize plans, from setting prices to figuring out who could bring what to the event — water, signs, tents and more. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, […]

Anna Maria commissioners still digging into landscaping ordinance

by Ryan Paice | no responses

A resident’s comment halted consideration of a proposed landscaping ordinance at an Oct. 11 Anna Maria City Commission meeting. Commissioners were set to vote on a proposed ordinance changing the required number and type of trees at newly constructed properties, despite a planning and zoning board recommendation to hold off. Commissioners were set to proceed, […]

Bradenton Beach candidate neglects political disclaimer

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Political advertisement paid for and approved by…? Bradenton Beach City Commission candidate Tjet Martin recently mailed a campaign letter to 246 absentee voters, but the letter failed to include a political disclaimer required by Florida statute 106.143, which requires the ad to state who paid for it. Violation of the statute could result in civil […]

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

Anna Maria officials unveil multiuse path | no responses

Sinking dock? Bradenton Beach cruises toward default on floating dock contract | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Fall arrives on AMI, fishing improves, red tide diminishes | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Optimism runs high — in spite of red tide — for stone crab harvest | no responses

Early voting to begin Oct. 24 | no responses

Turtle watch documents loggerhead nesting cycle on AMI | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Holmes Beach charter review candidates vie for decision on city’s future | by Ryan Paice | no responses

Shark struggles, dies | no responses

Holmes Beach commission candidates step up, seek votes at ‘popcorn’ forum | by Ryan Paice | no responses

5 bids submitted to build new AM city pier | no responses

Sports

Fall soccer action continues

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The fall recreational soccer season at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Oct. 9 with six games in two age groups. With three teams in each age division, the league has each team play two “mini games” of 25 minutes on game nights. The action began with three games in the 8-10 division, […]

Recent Stories

Golf, horseshoe news
9th October 2018 | no responses

Soccer, golf, horseshoes rack up for islanders
1st October 2018 | no responses

Fishing

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Finds for the cooler and catch-and-release in Tampa Bay

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing to the east of Anna Maria Island in Tampa Bay and its surrounding waters is producing a variety of species. Fishing structures around the Sunshine State Skyway Bridge is yielding Spanish mackerel, bluefish and jack crevalle, as well as limits of mangrove snapper. Luckily, red tide is staying out of Tampa Bay, which is […]

Recent Stories

Head to Anna Maria waters for good fishing action
9th October 2018 | no responses

For success, know the new regs and find clean water
1st October 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 10-17-2018

by Jesse Brisson

618 Hampshire Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,422 sfla / 3,230 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a 9,975 sq ft lot was sold 09/25/18, Arnold to Reynolds for $1,325,000; list $1,325,000. 523 Seagull Way, Anna Maria, a 2,746 sfla / 4,954 sfur 3bed/3bath/3car canalfront home built in 1991 on a 11.550 sq […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 10-17-2018

Anna Maria       Oct. 2, 500 block of Magnolia Avenue, suspicious incident. A man contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office about damage to the canvas top of his 1964 Mercedes-Benz. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach       Sept. 30, 200 Bridge St. anchorage, abandoned/derelict vessel. A Bradenton Beach police officer reported a […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE EXECUTIVE LEATHER OFFICE chair, high back, movable arms, adjustable. Excellent condition. $95. 941-545-6191. 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 dining […]